London Launch of beta Toolbox

Place Ladywell – Lewisham 

Friday June 2nd 2017 sees the public launch of the beta version of the Toolbox, which is a resource box people who want to create a new economy out of abandoned spaces. It is being held in the new public space of Place Ladywell opened by the London Borough of Lewisham during the life of the Origin of Spaces project. Featuring a CoWorking Space, a social enterprise cafe (Cafe of Good Hope) and Rushey Green Timebank run by the redoubtable Philippe Grainger, the event at Place Ladywell will allow the public to play with the Toolbox for the first time. We hope it will become a resource to support people and community-based innovation based on the examples of our partners.

Welcome to The Toolbox and intro video

The Five Themes of the toolbox each have a section pulling together a set of resources to help people understand a little more about each of these topics and perhaps giving them fresh ideas of how to become involved in that area… The Themes are Social Enterprise, Participatory Governance, Ecological Transitions, Local Partnerships and Multidisciplinary CoWorking. Watch the intro films first to find what interests you most and help us Build the Society that Pleases You Most

Theme1 London; Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise is the key theme of London, Capture Projects and the London Borough of Lewisham, who think that in a post-Welfare State society we need new enterprises concerned with social good if we are to help design a the future that we wish to live in. Become the change you want to see… More on Social Enterprise

Theme2 Pula; Participatory Governance

Participatory Governance is the key theme of Pula who are based in ROJC, an abandoned Naval Academy,  that has been turned into a hub for the emerging Civil Society in Croatia. It is a huge community centre, with over one hundred groups from the Green Party to Clown school, running innovative activities there. Pula thinks that Participatory Governance is the process whereby we create new democratic practices, especially through NGOs. More on Participatory Governance

Theme3 Bordeaux; Ecological Transitions

Ecological Transitions is the key theme of Bordeaux, the Darwin collective, who have taken an abandoned military barracks and made it a centre for next generation work, play and, because it is France, eating. Bordeaux think that Ecological Transitions is the process whereby we green our work and help make the world a balanced eco-system. More on Ecological Transitions

Theme4 Bilbao; Local Partnerships 

Local Partnerships is the key theme of Bilbao, the ZAWP art collective, who think that when you regenerate old parts of the city, you need to create new local partnerships with the living communities involved so that change and regeneration  is a process about people rather than buildings and grand plans. More on Local Partnerships

Theme5 Lisboa; Multidisciplinary CoWorking

Multidisciplinary CoWorking is the key theme of Lisboa, of LX Factory and especially CoWorkLisboa. They think that in the digital workspaces of the future we don’t just need bandwidth but also social interactions, discussions about new projects and an environment that encourages new ways of thinking… More on Multdisciplinary CoWorking

5 Steps Learning Model of the Toolbox

The Toolbox uses a five-step model for learning – These are the 5 steps for Social Enterprise.

1. What is a Social Enterprise

2. Skills & People you need

3. Legal Stuff to address

4. Getting Funding & planning

5. Case Studies

We love the UNLTD social enterprise toolkit

We have created ISSUU online books for longer resources.

Play with the Origin of Spaces Toolbox

And leave comments too please…


Toolbox Planning (Pula)

Agenda / Pula / OOS April 25th – 27th 2016

Monday 25th April (looking back)
08.45 for 09.00 start

09.00 Introduction by Co-ordinating partner (Darwin)
Appoint one person as an observer and timekeeper for the 3 days (could be different person each day)

09.10 Warm up exercise – led by Rojc

09.30 Introduce new team members and participants

09.45 Feedback from UK on the toolbox work and research collected so far, over view of what we have done and what we need to do by the end of the 3 days in Pula.
1. Concrete decisions and next steps for modules / agree common framework
2. Possible decision on the platform
3. Visual artists brief
4. Technical brief (for allocation of platform build budget)
5. Assistantships and staff training dates and content of visits
6. Exceptional costs budget – how do we use this?
7. Everyone knows what they have to do for November 2016 in Lisbon

10.00 Feedback (10 minutes each)
Research teams feedback / led by Danijela (research bees)
Tech teams feed back / led by Nuno
Visual teams feedback / led by Ema or Suse

10.30 – 11.30 Coffee break and ROJC tour

11.30 Meet the Mayor

12.30 Lunch

13.30 5 steps (led by Deb and Ane) 15 minutes
Share the 5 steps common framework and talk through / plus table (2 week deadline)         15 minutes to prepare presentation

14.00 Everyone share their first iteration of their 5 steps module; JUST the Learning Content NOT Visual Content (this could be simply drawn on large paper so we can walk around and look)
*Where are the gaps?? Gap analysis?
*Start to think about
*What visual content do we need?
*Technical aspects
*First Ideas
*How can we visualise the learning content?

5-Steps Model example (Social Enterprise Example fg-5stepsResourcesSocEnt)

15.00 Coffee break

15.30 – 16.15 Ideas for the User Interface (Nuno)
Presenting some ideas of what this might look like and a discussion / Q and A

16.15 Coffee break

16.30 – 17.30 SUB GROUPS (mixed teams)
Ideas generation session on visual content
(45 minutes and 15 minutes feedback) All feedback

17.30 coffee break

Tuesday 26th April (collaborative) 
Big discussion plus sub groups
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Toolbox Planning (Lisboa)

Some Resources for Toolbox Planning

I have prepared a set of slides covering the topics; this page adds links from those slides;

These are the resources we will link to on planning days October 14/15

Toolbox Vision

Presentation on Workshop Themes (October 14/15)

Toolbox Vision Document (in Google Docs)

5 Themes

Multidisciplinary CoWorking (lead partner LX Factory in Lisboa)

Local Partnerships (lead partner ZAWP in Bilbao)

Ecological Transitions (lead partner Darwin in Bordeaux)

Participatory Governance (lead partner Rojc in Pula)

Social Entrepreneurship (Lead partner Capture Projects (Lewisham) in London)

Digital Platforms (6)  Continue reading

The Origin of Spaces Research Report

#oosEU Research Report by Christian Weiler

This 223 page report represents the summary of the first years work on the Origin of Spaces EU (#oosEU) Erasmus project. Compiled by Christiaan Weiler of Cab54 architects through a process managed by project partner Darwin and involving all 5 partners. It will provide the basis for the Toolbox and is built around our 5 key themes; Multidisciplinary CoWorking, Local Partnerships, Ecological Transitions, Participatory Governance and Social Entrepreneurship. The full report is here;

Short summaries and discussions of the 5 themes can also be found on these pages;

Multidisciplinary CoWorking – lead partner LX Factory (Lisboa)

Local Partnerships – lead partner ZAWP (Bilbao) 

Ecological Transitions – lead partner Darwin (Bordeaux)

Participatory Governance – lead partner Rojc (Pula) 

Social Entrepreneurship – lead partner Capture Projects (Lewisham) London

This week (October 12-16) we will be discussing our five themes and examining ways we can share what we have learnt with others, and Continue reading