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…


Social Entrepreneurship

Origin of Spaces DOODle – Day 5

Social Entrepreneurship – Lead Partner Capture Projects Lewisham (London)

Summary; Our lead partner describes its’ own Social Entrepreneurship as follows

Being a social entrepreneur is hard to define as there is no precise global definition, although there is a lot of history in the UK, where the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) was founded by Michael Young in 1997.

The term was first used in the literature of social change during the 1960’s and 1970’s. It means taking entrepreneurial methods including risk taking, learning from mistakes, self-confidence, determination, the ability to adapt and above all a passion for solving problems, then using them to solve social problems. These key traits are used to create businesses that measure performance not in terms of profit and return, but in creating businesses that measure their success by their positive impact on society.

Much social entrepreneurship developed in response to Strategic Regeneration. In Deptford London, post-1992, there was a local response built around cultural and

ecological activists in Creekside where many abandoned industrial sites and offices were taken over by artists, and even the SSE. One such cultural response was Capture Arts who act as cultural brokers and have acted in pop-up spaces allowing social and cultural entrepreneurs to operate. Despite much intermittent local practice, no strategic approach to developing spaces for social entrepreneurs has emerged.

Key points in Social Entrepreneurship (at Capture)

  1. Hard to define, so ad-hoc and chaotic
  2. School of Social Entrepreneurs (a history)
  3. About social change using entrepreneurial skills
  4. Risk taking, learning from mistakes, self-confidence, determination, the ability to adapt
  5. A passion for solving social problems,
  6. Creating businesses that measure their success by their positive impact on society.
  7. Cultural and ecological responses to strategic regeneration
  8. Abandoned offices taken over by artists
  9. Cultural brokers creating pop-up spaces allowing social and cultural entrepreneurs to operate
  10. No overall strategic approach to developing spaces for social entrepreneurs

Key Aspect of Social Entrepreneurship at Capture is point 4 “Risk taking, learning from mistakes, self-confidence, determination, the ability to adapt.”

Capture Arts page on Social Entrepreneurship on xtlearn.

Questions for discussion

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

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), Social Entrepreneurship and Third Place. Comments also welcome on Multidisciplinary CoWorkingLocal PartnershipsEcological Transitions and Participatory Governance. More information available in the Glossary & Resources sections.

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