Collaborative people in challenging places
Reframing social innovation and city making
DESIS – Design for Collaborative Cities / Seminar – Bogotà 28 October 2019
Pre-Cumulus Conference event at the Los Andes University
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Most of them do it in settlements that challenge all the traditional ideas of city. They are challenging places where social and environmental problems may be tragically tangible, their basic infrastructure may not exist and public institutions may be absent. Places where people may be in danger for their health and their safety and where everybody, day by day, has to invent how to live. Or at least, survive. But these places are challenging also in positive terms. If they are where, day by day, willing or not, people must invent and re-invent they life, they are also social environments endowed with a huge energy. A widespread creativity and entrepreneurship that, in principle at least, could be cultivated and transformed in an agent of change. Fore the same involved people, for the whole society and for whole Planet.
In turn, the mainstream discussion on social innovation, until now, has mainly looked in other directions. It has mainly referred to a traditional idea of city: a city, full of everyday life problems, of course, but, for everything else, described as a context far away from the challenging reality experienced by the majority of the new citizens world wide (see also Annex 1 Background notes).
Collaborative people in challenging places is a Seminar that aims to focus on how innovative collaborative behaviours appear in challenging places, and what individual, social and environmental values they can produce.
- 14:00 Opening (DESIS Coordinator, Cumulus President, Los Andes Dean, if available)
- 14:20 Presentations of collaborative ideas in challenging places (3X30’ each)
- 15:50 Three workgroups in parallel (including coffee break)
- 16:30 Presentation working groups (3×10’)
- 17:00 Two invited discussants + open discussion
- 18:00 Final remarks and conclusions
DESIS Network, Uninorte DESIS Lab
DESIS Network and Uninorte DESIS Lab with TEC Monterrey, Mexico; Elisava, Barcelona, Spain, + other partners (to be discussed)
Pre-seminar active participation
In the next months we want to start the conversation on the seminar theme. To do it, we propose to collect examples of transformative social innovation in places that, for reasons that they will be asked to better explain, they consider to be “challenging”.
Therefore, we warmly invite to express the intention to actively participate to the seminar sending one or more cases you consider interesting.
- The proposed cases must be in an urban settlement (every kind of urban settlement, included the informal ones)
- Choose them looking to these three main areas of activity: (1) collaborative living (sharing everyday life services and spaces), (2) collaborative work (producing value and creating jobs through cooperation), (3) collaborative care for the commons (caring for the neighbourhood, caring for water, energy, waste, caring for wild life).
- Consider that the cases should be used to discuss the questions proposed in the seminar introduction and, in particular, the following one: how do collaborative behaviours emerge, re-emerge and/or are maintained in their challenging contexts?
- To increase the comparability of the proposed cases, collect them using a common form (see Annex 3 Template for case collection).
- If you are interested in this active participation, and you have ay questions, please contact us (contact address: firstname.lastname@example.org )
31st July: Expression of interests (in presenting a case) to be sent
30th September: proposed cases to be sent (using the proposed form)
28th October: Seminar