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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)


Participatory Governance

Origin of Spaces DOODle – Day 4

Participatory Governance – Lead Partner Rojc Pula (Croatia)

Summary; Our lead partner describes its’ own Participatory Governance as follows;

Imagine a huge military building of 16,739 square meters with endless, gloomy hallways where, historically, militants, officers and war refugees lived and worked. The building was named after Second World War hero Karlo Rojc but abandoned in the late 1990’s. Due to the simple fact that no one switched off the electricity and water supply, different artists, activists and associations began to occupy the building, thereby inhaling and inspiring new creative energies.

Today, the Community Centre Rojc is a particular “place of civil society,” an alternative urban culture centre situated in a small town called Pula, Croatia, in the north of the Mediterranean southern Europe. Rojc hosts 111 associations with very different activities: culture and art, sport and recreation, children and youth, ethnic minorities, psycho-social work, etc.

In 2012 some associations established the Rojc Associations’ Alliance, defined as the associations’ network of the Community Centre. Together with the city of Pula, which is the legal owner of the building, Rojc Alliance is developing a participatory governance model for governing this huge building. There is a need to break away from a co-tenancy mode to more productive forms of co-existence, co-management and co-production, thus creating a dynamic, hybrid organisational and management model that will be more effective and professional.

Key points in Participatory Governance (at Rojc)

  1. Huge abandoned military building owned by the local council
  2. Occupied and used a functional building
  3. Artists, Activists, Associations and NGOs acting together
  4. Inhaling and inspiring new creative energies
  5. A place of Civil Society
  6. Culture & Art, Sport & Recreation, Children & Youth, Ethnic Minorities, Psycho-Social Work
  7. An organisational alliance network of the Community Centre.
  8. Move away from a co-tenancy mode to more productive forms of co-existence, co-management and co-production
  9. Creating a dynamic, hybrid organisational and management model

Key Aspect of Participatory Governance at Rojc is point 8 “Move away from a co-tenancy mode to more productive forms of co-existence, co-management and co-production

Questions for discussion

  1. Are these the 9 key aspects of Participatory Governance?
  2. What points would you like to know more about?
  3. Do you have your own Participatory Governance project and do you have any information about it to share with us?
  4. Do you know of any other useful information about Participatory Governance?

Background Information on the Origin of Spaces project can be found in the presentation CoCreating CoWorking Spaces. Wikipedia definitions available for CoWorkingPartnerships, Ecological Transitions (Ecosystem), Participatory Governance (Participatory Democracy) and Third Place. Comments also welcome on Multidisciplinary CoWorkingLocal Partnerships and Ecological Transitions. More information available in the Glossary & Resources sections.

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