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…


Podcasts for #SocEnt

Getting started in Social Enterprise

The Toolbox; We are building a toolbox to help people who want to be social entrepreneurs. More information on the #oosEU Toolbox here.

Podcasts on Social Enterprise; We are collecting links to useful podcasts on social enterprise, and related topics. We prefer podcasts with a European perspective, but useful American links will be included of course.

Guardian Social Enterprise Podcast; The Guardian Sustainable Business resource has a very useful Social Enterprise blog

Current podcast #13 This is on “Starting Up a Social Enterprise” It lasts for 36 minutes and features the following interviews; 2.20: Andrew Cook – enterprise adviser at Inspire2Enterprise, Teresa Burton – chief executive and co-founder of Buzzbnk and Servane Mouazan – director at Ogunte
13.55: Alex Mitchell founder of Young Brits and Sarah Sharlott – chief executive of Realise Futures
25.00: Dan Lehner – head of ventures at UnLtd

List of Podcasts (so far); 

ImpactQ (new – UK) – Full list of 4 podcasts

Guardian Social Enterprise #13 – Setting up a social enterprise

Guardian Social Enterprise #11 – Co-operatives and Mutuals

Sprout Summit (Australia) – Full list of Podcasts

Entrepreneurial Spark (USA)- list of podcasts for StartUps

Social Entrepreneur Podcast (USA) – on Twitter

We are gathering a list of #socent podcasts;

Please add your podcast in the comments section below – thank you!



5 Levels Learning Model (London)

The Origin of Spaces (OOS) EU project (Erasmus)

Social Enterprise Learning Resource


Overview; This blog post shares the thinking behind the Lewisham 5-Level Social Enterprise learning resource for OOS. Each partner has been encouraged to develop their own 5-Level model, which will be resolved across the project in the next Transnational Meeting in Pula, April 2016. This is our thinking to help clarify some of the terminology and issues.

An interest driven approach We believe that the OOS Toobox is a resource that people will use because they have a specific interest in one or more of the themes of the OOS; Social Enterprise, Multidisciplinary CoWorking, Ecological Transitions, Local Partnerships and Participatory Governance . We anticipate that people will use the toolbox because they want to do things in the real world because they are interested in, or passionate about, that theme. The toolbox is not an education resource encouraging people to say that they know everything about (social enterprise), rather a practical resource for people who want to (create a social enterprise) and wish to learn what that entails; what they will be required to do in order to create a successful social enterprise.

What is the learning narrative? The learning narrative for the toolbox is based on a sequence of, first, inspiring interest in the topic (of social enterprise), secondly scoping what is covered in that topic, thirdly identifying what needs to be known in order to (create a social enterprise), fourthly providing precise details of skills needed to be a (social entrepreneur), fifthly of having enough expertise to share with others or build a community of practice, or collaborative work group and also be capable of providing new resources to the toolbox. If users trust what we have to offer on each theme then this learning narrative will be, arguably, the best way to understand the information being provided. We like UnLtds Social Enterprise Toolkit.

What is the learning design? Whilst the five partner projects are involved with OOS because they bring specific expertise in the five key areas of the project, and so provide much of the resource for the toolbox, we neither have sufficient information about our areas of expertise, nor know how best to provide that information for each and every user. Whilst the structure of the resource will be based on the (5-level) learning narrative we need to design the toolbox so uses can navigate their individual ways through what they are interested in. This can best be described as offering users three choices; to skim the information, address it in depth, or by-pass that information. It is difficult to learn in isolation and so the parts of the toolbox requiring deeper understanding will point to relevant discussion groups, or offer them. The proposed learning design is based on; Structure, Content, Community (see presentation on Learning Design). The Toolbox is only addressing the Structure and Content dimensions so will only point to Community as possibilities for accessing self-managed learning communities.

What are the learning pathways? We intend for the overall design of the toolbox to allow for multiple learning strategies, the user chooses how to use the toolbox for themselves. They may wish to focus on a single theme, such as social enterprise or ecological transitions, they may wish to improve their CoWorking hub in terms of participatory governance or to help create a local partnerships. We hope people will learn from the Toolbox to help them deal with practical problems in their world and so will identify their own learning pathways. If we subsequently decide Continue reading