Toolbox Navigation

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)

Advertisements

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…

#oosEU Script for video introduction 

Revised possible script for #oosEU Animate

#oosEU; Our planet is full of beautiful surprises, as well as the unintended consequences of human behaviours.
Whether this saddens or pleases you, some of us in Europe think we can co-create the world afresh through new skills and capabilities we can develop and share
Like…
Mutuality, enterprise and CoWorking, through friendships and partnerships, through socialising and enabling transitions to a socially just and ecologically-balanced world where we can live the life we choose to design together…

Imagine a building (ROJC) where creative energy can be inhaled from fellow artists / fellow activists. / NGOs… In an occupied (Austro-Hungarian) Naval Academy, inspiring the rebuilding of our town Pula based on participatory governance

We can make it a “factory full of ideas and creativity”  like LX Factory where heritage lives alongside tech in Lisboa and creative start-ups can evolve into working and living communities like CoWorkLisboa connecting people through MultiDisciplinary CoWorking

Some of us can green our workplaces, rebalance the environment and, by building sustainable Tiers Lieux, magical Third Places like Darwin in Bordeaux, can help create vital ecological transitions to our shared future…

That involve our local communities, like ZAWP in Bilbao  moving from random interventions to a Coherent Process where we live, challenging the council and, inspired by just one train drivers dream, create new local partnerships

Some of us can take responsibility, become social entrepreneurs with the self-confidence to believe in risking-taking, learning from our mistakes, develop the confidence and determation to become social entrepreneurs  as Capture Projects show in London 

 

 
#oosEU Together we can build the world we want to live in; use our Toolbox and help us.

Possible Script for #oosEU Animate

The Origin of Spaces video script

#oosEU; Our planet is full of beautiful surprises, as well as the unintended consequences of human behaviours.
Whether this saddens or pleases you, some of us in Europe think we can co-create the world afresh through new skills and capabilities we can develop and share
Like…
Mutuality, enterprise and CoWorking, through friendships and partnerships, through socialising and enabling transitions to a socially just and ecologically-balanced world where we can live the life we choose to design together…

Capture Projects London Some of us can be social entrepreneurs with the self-confidence to believe in risking-taking, learning from our mistakes, and the determination to create a new social economics OR????

Some of us can take risks and, learning from our mistakes, develop the confidence and determation to become social entrepreneurs

CoWorkLisboa Some of us can connect people in a “factory full of ideas and creativity” where heritage lives alongside tech and creative start-ups can evolve into working and living communities through MultiDisciplinary CoWorking

Darwin; Some of us can create Tiers Lieux, third places to help green workplaces and help transition to a cohesive and balanced global eco-system OR???

Darwin Some of us can green our workplaces, rebalance the environment and, by building sustainable Tiers Lieux, help create vital ecological transitions to our shared future…

ZAWP Some of us can create new partnerships in our locality, moving from action to process to engage and transform urban planning, all inspired by just one train drivers dream OR???

ZAWP Some of us can move from random interventions to Coherent Process within our community, challenging the council and, inspired by one train drivers dream, create new local partnerships

ROJC Some of us can help create a new Civil Society for the 21st century, inhaling new creative energies from fellow artists, activists and NGOs and inspiring others in the participatory governance of an occupied military installation from where we can inspire the rebuilding of our town OR???

ROJC Some of us inhale creative energy from fellow artists… from fellow activists… from NGOs… In an occupied Naval Academy, to inspire the rebuilding of our town based on participatory governance
#oosEU Together we can build the world we want to live in…

Come and join us, use our Toolbox and find out who you are…
Then inspire the people all around you
To work with you on your own terms
Yes!

Our favourite collaborative script from the workshop (Peter Partners)

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 log@log.pt.

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

 

Selection criteria for technology platforms (Nuno)

Scoping the choice for #oosEU

A great well renowned author was once at a conference and one person in the audience asked: “You are such a great author, I love all your books, they are fantastic.. I wish I could write like you.. please tell me.. what kind of pencil do you use?

It’s a great story because it illustrates that you shouldn’t start by focusing on the tool but rather by obsessing about knowing your users and know what problem(s) you are trying to solve.

I know what to build, I just need to choose the platform

Until you’ve interviewed between 20–30 users you really don’t know your users and you’re building something based on hypothesis and assumptions. Progress at your own risk.

If however you’ve somehow managed to go through the necessary user research to build something valuable you’re now stepping into execution.

Execution is bound by the team and you should aim to first pick the best team rather than deciding on a platform and then choosing a team that works with that platform. This is best illustrated by considering these opposing views:

“I know we should use X — what are some good X people?”

“I have a good team — what does my team recommend we use?”

I would argue that the second statement is a much smarter approach to building something valuable.

Evaluating your team’s recommendation

You’ve gone through user research and you also have a team in place to work on your product. The team is pushing for a particular platform. Here are some concerns you should have in mind:

Ownership/Autonomy

You want to have ownership (or at least a way-out option) of the platform you choose so that your project doesn’t become dependent on a single platform/supplier.

Multi-lingual

You want a platform where you can make the contents available in multiple languages.

Ease of Use/Usability

You want a platform that is simple to use and according to the latest Web standards.

SEO Friendly URL structure

You want a platform that is SEO friendly from day one.

Open-Source  Continue reading

Selection Criteria for Technology Platforms (Fred)

Scoping the choice for #oosEU

Background; I’ve been involved in thinking about choosing in thinking about how to match technology choices to user (and institutional) needs since the 1980s. The big issue at that time was the arrival of the PC, personal computer. Businesses who had previously seen computers as the preserve of computing professionals, who handed out print-outs of information to managers, maybe a day or a week or a month (!) after the information was requested, suddenly found that users (not just computing professionals) could now actually touch the computer, or terminal, or desktop computer (that is why it is called a desktop) and retrieve information for themselves; later on they would be allowed to input information as well.

Metaphors; Microsoft eventually won the war of the metaphors for user-computing and determine that we would use the “desktop” metaphor. The metaphor both simplifies and shuts down choices for the user; if I know how a business desktop works then I also know how M$ Windows works. If you use computers you are interested in “business.” One of the issues we might be interested in #oosEU is what metaphors we are using in developing the Toolbox. Toolbox itself is already a metaphor of course…

Systems Analysis; As there are issues between what technology can do (its affordances) and what users want (the purpose of the system) a key process in the design of technology systems is “systems analysis.” System analysis is about looking at what the user needs Continue reading

Toolbox Planning (Lisboa)

Some Resources for Toolbox Planning

I have prepared a set of slides covering the topics; this page adds links from those slides;

These are the resources we will link to on planning days October 14/15

Toolbox Vision

Presentation on Workshop Themes (October 14/15)

Toolbox Vision Document (in Google Docs)

5 Themes

Multidisciplinary CoWorking (lead partner LX Factory in Lisboa)

Local Partnerships (lead partner ZAWP in Bilbao)

Ecological Transitions (lead partner Darwin in Bordeaux)

Participatory Governance (lead partner Rojc in Pula)

Social Entrepreneurship (Lead partner Capture Projects (Lewisham) in London)

Digital Platforms (6)  Continue reading