Urbanisation is a continuous process for almost all European cities. The production process is frustrated with three major factors that have to be integrated: adapting to an accelerated demography, limiting the environmental impact and dealing with the depletion of resources.
A critical match making of immediate investment possibilities in existing physical and socio-economical structures is an adaptive and complementary approach.
Since the current socio-economic crisis might be more than a temporary situation, innovative, positive action must be taken now to address this and create new solutions. Most European cities are impacted by the continuous processes of urbanisation and the impacts, both positive and negative, that this involves. Running a business within this environment brings its own additional concerns. We need to act responsibly to:
- Create positive working and living conditions for those who help improve society and the local and wider community (adapting to a continually changing demographic client base)
- Look at innovating and developing new methods and approaches to using recycled materials, techniques and the skills of people that have a high environmental sensibility (Limiting the environmental impact of running a business)
- To create the best places imaginable with the lowest impacts on the environment and manageable cost to do it (Learning to cope with the depletion of resources in a competitive marketplace)
We must utilise the opportunities available now, to re-use existing buildings and re imagine them to accommodate promising start-ups who will contribute to the inevitable societal change at hand, whilst working closely with short and long term urban planning schemes. It is therefore critical that any interventions in this area, particularly in the provision of physical business space, is able to be both adaptive and complimentary.
In our developed society there are a methods, sensibilities and habits than need support to be changed, to reestablish a more balanced and measured way of life, ultimately the inevitable ecological transition that is taking place is perhaps the only hard argument to kick start change.
We believe that sustainable multidisciplinary clusters and their orientation towards ecological transition, are one important approach for a responsible answer to the present needs of our society. In our experience, sustainable multidisciplinary clusters are, and could be innovation labs, incubators of new ways of working, living and acting for the co-creation of sustainable communities. They are cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary in nature, enriching in their very attitudes around working together, innovation and problem solving. They are safe spaces for the testing out of ideas and methods but within a supportive framework and environment. They are fertile a ground for the nurturing of innovation in society, as they are in themselves models of social innovation.
Therefore, the main aim of this project is to work in partnership for the exchange of knowledge and skills, development and implementation of innovative practices in the field of development, creation and management of sustainable multidisciplinary clusters.
– fostering active citizenship & social entrepreneurship in terms of sustainable development
– exchange of best practices that improve employability, inclusion, creativity and learning through a participative approach
– to recognise possibilities and meet the challenges of co-creation, co-management, coworking, co-operation, coliving, co-intelligence and community gardens in urban sustainable and multidisciplinary clusters
During the project period different creative methods and approaches, including new research and an on line Tool Box, will be made to present innovative models in the following 4 project scopes:
- ecological know-how
- participatory governance
- social entrepreneurship skills
Following our four key areas, our objectives are to improve and meet the needs for social and economical sustainability in management and development of activities in sustainable multidisciplinary clusters:
a) able to be for profit: economic sustainability
b) able to be for benefit: for society and for the environment
c) able to accept wide intergenerational scope of users
d) able to improve employability and creation of new jobs that respond to the needs of society
e) able to provide opportunities for different ways of life long learning
We want to improve and share our knowledge and skills for the benefit of our local and wider communities, so that we can learn, adapt and grow together. Ultimately sharing solutions for our current ecological, economical and social challenges.
Concrete results of this project are our intellectual outputs and the development of the The Origin of Spaces Toolbox as an outward facing learning platform to share our knowledge, methods, ideas and skills with others.