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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)


Welcome to Log

Toolbox Development Partners

Welcome; We’d like to wish a warm welcome to log in Lisboa, who have won the contract to build the Origin of Spaces Toolbox. At the moment we are dealing with Tiago Jacob, their Scrum Master. Scrum is an Agile development methodology which we think will be very useful in developing the Toolbox.

WordPress; Because a number of Spacers (#oosEU) have experience with WordPress we decided to go for a WordPress based solution as potentially we could call on expertise with the Origin of Spaces group.

log; Have great expertise in WordPress, Scrum combined with a focus on UX (User Experience). As we aren’t providing support for users of the Toolbox UX could be the critical factor in user takeup of the Toolbox.

More on log; Can be found on their log website or contact them at

Questions; Any questions for log, or about the development process of the Toolbox, can be posted here.


Multidisciplinary CoWorking

Origin of Spaces DOODle – Day 1 

Multidisciplinary CoWorking – Lead Partner LXFactory Lisboa

Summary; Our lead partner describes its’ own Multidisciplinary CoWorking as follows;

LXFactory, a “factory of ideas and creativity”, is a private endeavour located in Alcantara Lisboa, owned by MainSide, a foresighted property developer specialised in (re)use and revitalisation. Transformed from a factory into a new space, where heritage lives alongside tech and creative start-ups, LxFactory has 25000 square metres, holds 200 companies, employing 1000 people and 100 coworkers, in multiple sectors ranging from culture, design, fashion and advertising to trade, technology and commerce, etc.

However LxFactory is more than just joined up organisations and individual independent workers sharing space and collaborating, it is a community of projects, ideas, coworkers and visitors, within that space. Accordingly, LxFactory’s strategy is deliberately flexible. Dedicated project analysis enabling autonomy and self-organisation, allowing each project to adapt and manage the space to suit its specific concepts, are key elements. This provides a unique environment accommodating a wide range of needs and attracting many promising and talented projects, Ler Devagar, CoworkLisboa, Cantina, Wool, etc., which have become icons of a strong local grass-roots culture.

Events such as the OPEN DAYS (Sunday’s LxMarket street market for handicraft, second hand and vintage), conferences such as OFFF, IGNITE, and numerous seminars, fashion exhibitions, music concerts and book launches etc., attract visitors and future projects whilst promoting networking and collaboration, and the international name of LxFactory.

Key Points in Multidisciplinary CoWorking (at LxFactory)

  1. Factory of ideas and creativity
  2. Private endeavour
  3. Foresighted property developer specialised in (re)use and revitalisation.
  4. Transformed industrial (factory) space,
  5. Heritage lives alongside tech and creative start-ups
  6. Joined up organisations and individual independent workers
  7. Sharing space and collaborating,
  8. Community of projects, ideas, coworkers and visitors…
  9. Flexible strategy
  10. Dedicated project analysis enabling autonomy & self-organisation
  11. Attracting many promising and talented projects
  12. Open days promoting networking and collaboration

Key Aspect of MultiDisciplinary CoWorking at LxFactory is point 3 “Foresighted property developer specialised in (re)use and revitalisation”

Questions for discussion

  1. Are these the 12 key aspects of MultiDisciplinary CoWorking?
  2. What points would you like to know more about?
  3. Do you have your own MultiDisciplinary CoWorking project and do you have any information about it to share with us?
  4. Do you know of any other useful information about MultiDisciplinary CoWorking?

Wikipedia definition of CoWorking. Fernando defines “multidisciplinary (co)working spaces” as “unique grassroots spaces that host different types of individuals and organizations, working independently in different areas such as; creative, cultural, social, technology-based, leisure, commerce, food-services etc… Over time multidisciplinary (co)working spaces may evolve beyond shared and collaborative space to become working / living communities”

Background Information on the Origin of Spaces project in the presentation CoCreating CoWorking Spaces

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