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5 Cities – 5 themes 

Theme1 London; Social Enterprise

Social Enterpreneurship 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

  1.  What is a Social Enterprise
  2.  Skills & People you need
  3.  Legal Stuff to address
  4.  Getting Funding & planning
  5.  Case Studies

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

  1. About Participatory Governance
  2. ROJC as an example
  3. Methodology & Development
  4. Learning from Success

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

  1. Definition (Ecological Transitions)
  2. Defining an organisational vision
  3. Defining an Action Plan
  4. Create and Develop your Community

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

  1. Local Partnerships Definition
  2. Analyse and lead a partnership
  3. Team Structure
  4. Development
  5. ZAWP (Case Study)

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

  1. What is CoWorking?
  2. Models of CoWorking Hubs
  3. Resources you will need
  4. Engaging a social community
  5. Hands on (Case Study)


Ecological Transitions

Origin of Spaces DOODle – Day 3 

Ecological Transitions – Lead Partner Darwin Bordeaux

Summary; Our lead partner describes its’ own Ecological Transitions as follows;

Darwin-Ecosystem in Bordeaux France, created in 2012, has the objective to practice a new way of working. The tenants’ association “Les Darwiniens”, as initiator, coordinator and partner of ‘The Origin of Spaces’, envisions sharing its collection of experiences on ecological transition, and its potential for creating a cohesive and resilient ecosystem.

Among the various shared values in Darwin’s work, culture and leisure community, the objective of ecological transition is the most emblematic, and one that has attracted many committed members. However not every hub project has the same scale or means. Displaying ecological transition values is one thing, but implementing them is quite another. Can sharing a printer, separating waste, certified eco-renovation, even the online monitoring of resource consumption, as alternative eco-practices, be implemented at scale?

Following 12 months of internal and external consultation, sessions with 12 pivotal initiators, and 30 representatives of eco-business and other sectors commenting on the project themes, Darwin’s ecological transition grew from a popular message to a measured mind-and-action-set.

When asking ourselves how to create a Third Place that could change environmental habits on a daily basis, and wondering how to enrol peers to engage in new responsible ways of managing hybrid sites, the experiences of Darwin-Ecosystem provide valuable practical insights.

Key Points in Ecological Transitions (Darwin)

  1. Designed as an Ecosystem
  2. Practical New Way of Working
  3. Tenants Association based
  4. Collection of experiences on ecological transition
  5. Based on a Cohesive and resilient eco-system
  6. Shared values concerning ecological transition
  7. Developing ecological transition as an implementation model
  8. Collaborative development of a “measured mind and action set”
  9. Creating Third Places to change environmental habits
  10. Enrolling peers to engage in managing hybrid sites (Third Places)

Key Aspect of  Ecological Transitions at Darwin is point 8 “Collaborative development of a “measured mind and action set”

Questions for discussion

  1. Are these the 10 key aspects of  Ecological Transitions?
  2. What points would you like to know more about?
  3. Do you have your own  Ecological Transitions project and do you have any information about it to share with us?
  4. Do you know of any other useful information about  Ecological Transitions?

Background Information on the Origin of Spaces project in the presentation CoCreating CoWorking Spaces. Wikipedia definitions available for CoWorking, Partnerships, Ecological Transitions (Ecosystem) and Third Place. Comments also welcome on both Multidisciplinary CoWorking and Local Partnerships.

As our partner ZAWP says; Share your practice with us!