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Sharing Spaces
May 29th-30th 2015
Glasgow
Sharing Spaces – creating a more equal society through place making.

The focus of the IN TRANSIT Glasgow event was social polarisation and the question in what way public (green) spaces can tackle social inequality and lead to less social polarisation. The local partner initiative, North Kelvin Meadow Campaign, is a community group set up in October 2008 to campaign for the green space in Glasgow's Maryhill/North Kelvinside area to be kept as a multi-use community green space for the people of Maryhill and others in the West End. The initiative around the land sees it currently under threat – the council wants to sell the land for high-end housing. The initiative regards the space as vitally important to the community and claims that through sharing open public spaces, social inequality can be reduced. Locally, the initiative was supplemented by the Equality Trust UK as well as further local partners who are engaged in bottom-up neighbourhood development.

The discussion focused on the following main questions
  • In what way do the initiatives encourage a more equal society?
  • Do the initiatives create a space that fosters access for a diverse group of people?
  • What are the common problems regarding inequality in the individual cities/ neighbourhoods?
The initiatives discussed their organisational and financial models in order to enable mutual learning and to understand possible positive outcomes and respective interdependencies.

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Access to Space
September 17th-18th 2015
Dublin
The focus of the IN TRANSIT Dublin event will be Access to Space. The issue of vacant space in Dublin is a highly politicised area of research, especially in light of the current housing and homelessness crisis.

One local partner initiative is OurFarm, Dublin's largest inner city food-growing farm, situated on a disused site on grounds of the Irish National College of Art & Design. The initiators Fabian Strunden and Rian Coulter have sought to realise the extensive potential of free space in the inner city for educational, environmental and social use. With an emphasis on sustainable farming and community building, the project now uses the production and provision of organic food as a resource for learning and inclusion. The success to date has largely been as a result of participation by a wide-range of people and groups who bring new skills and ideas to expand and strengthen the project, by promoting the progress to date to new audiences, it can act as a prototype to be replicated elsewhere and as a platform to invite further participation – expanding further the potential and activity of the project.

Through field research by the other local partner initiative, Connect the Dots, it has been observed that there are a number of groups and organisations within Dublin interested in vacant space and how it can be utilised. Yet they have noticed that such stakeholders – ranging from artists, arts initiatives, collectives, squatters, charities for homelessness, researchers, students, council members, architects, city planners, and developers are working within silos across the city, disconnected. Connect the Dots aims to explore, pilot, and test a series of creative/experimental interventions to help those interested in activating vacant space to learn about each other and from each other – to connect, pool knowledge, share resources, and collaborate.

We feel the project is a good model in bringing stakeholders together in a relaxed manner to share ideas and potential solutions to problems in an open and collaborative manner. It facilitates a free flowing discourse that is controlled largely by the participants, with no pressure on an end goal or cleanly packaged solution as unlike many other conferences/ workshops, we do not believe that is feasible in one sitting. The IN TRANSIT Dublin event will thus be designed as an Connect the Dots event, inviting the IN TRANSIT partners from Northwest Europe to join the conversation on how to access space.

The discussion will focus on the following main questions
  • in what way do the initiatives enable people to access space?
  • Do the initiatives create a space that fosters access for a diverse group of people?
  • What are the common problems regarding access to space in the individual cities/ neighbourhoods?
The initiatives will discuss their organisational and financial models in order to enable mutual learning and to understand possible positive outcomes and respective interdependencies.

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Social Infrastructure
October 8th-9th 2015
Malmö
The focus of the IN TRANSIT Malmö/Röstånga event is Social Infrastructure.

For the Swedish IN TRANSIT program we will bring together initatives from cities, suburbs, as well as rural areas that work in neglected areas on developping solutions for local needs. Participation and local engagement are key components to their engagement. Through their work they build, directly or indirectly, new social infrastructure.

The two days in the region of Skåne are organised as a workshop and site-visit in collaboration with the engaged locals of "Röstånga", who since 2009 started to turn around the negative development in their community. Together the villagers have bought and developed a museum, a restaurant, a micro-brewery, a community bus and housing. The organisational setup keeps the profit in the community, creating employment, sustainable development and contributing to the local, circular economy.

Together with the invited IN TRANSIT initiatives, we will compare prerequisites of the initiatives' engagement, discuss challenges as well as opportunities they face.

The discussion will focus on the following main questions
  • In what way to they cooperate with the local officials?
  • Is there a risk of municipalities pulling back when initiatives are taking responsibility for local development?
  • Or could their engagement even work the other way around, as an inspiration for politics and officials?
The initiatives will discuss their organisational and financial models in order to enable mutual learning and to understand possible positive outcomes and respective interdependencies.

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Learning City
October 29th-30th 2015
Rotterdam
During the event in Rotterdam IN TRANSIT will be part of the yearly Rotterdam "Stadmakerscongres", a one day conference organised by the Architecture Institute Rotterdam (AIR) that brings together a large number of Rotterdam's urban initiatives. On the day before the conference the IN TRANSIT initiatives will already be invited to a series of workshops, where they are matched with groups with similar interests and working methods from Rotterdam. Under the banner of "The Learning City", they will look at how upcoming actors can impact and eventually change their city, exploring the intersection between bottom-up initiatives and city planning.

The initiatives will discuss their organisational and financial models in order to enable mutual learning and to understand possible positive outcomes and respective interdependencies.

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Alternative Living
November 19th-20th 2015
Helsinki
The IN TRANSIT London event will focus on designing and testing new ways to grow the civic economy. Civic Systems Lab, the local IN TRANSIT initiative, will organise the event as a so-called C.School – a platform for learning and knowledge building. C.School draws on developmental evaluation methods to bring together distributed knowledge and create collective insight. Professionals and citizens who are working together to build new local participatory ecosystems come together regularly to learn from and with each other.
civicsystemslab.org/cschool

Civic Systems Lab is a laboratory that designs and test methods, strategies and systems to grow the civic economy at regional, city and local level. This economy, which is built on the ideas and models of innovative citizen-led initiatives, is creating new systems in areas ranging from energy to food, and housing to play. It's changing the appearance and economies of places across the UK and around the world. Civic Systems Lab is working in partnership with local councils, housing associations and other institutions to re-organise our local systems to create equality of opportunity for all people.
Civic Systems Lab would like to invite the IN TRANSIT network to share findings, and join us in analysing, comparing and understanding our collective experiences - and build new knowledge together.
civicsystemslab.org
@civicsystemslab

The Liverpool-based IN TRANSIT initative Homebaked will be the second local initiative.
The Homebaked Bakery Co-operative was incorporated in June 2012 by a group of local residents passionate about the possibilities of re-opening an old bakery in community ownership, and creating a successful enterprise with social as well as financial value. Homebaked aims to support the local Liverpool community to "take matters into their own hands" regarding the future of their neighbourhood. They also founded the Homebaked Community Land Trust, a membership organisation that allows local people to collectively buy, develop and manage land and buildings.
homebaked.org.uk

Key themes of the event will be:
  • What are the shared characteristics of civic ventures that are thriving beyond 5 years?
  • What are the shared characteristics of productive and successful citizen / professional collaborations?
  • What in our current systems either blocks or supports innovative place-making initiatives – and how can we draw on our collective knowledge to design a new system that is fit for purpose?


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Civic Ecosystems
November 26th-27th 2015
London
The IN TRANSIT London event is Civic Ecosystems and will focus on designing and testing new ways to grow the civic economy. Civic Systems Lab, the local IN TRANSIT initiative, will organise the event as a so-called C.School – a platform for learning and knowledge building. C.School draws on developmental evaluation methods to bring together distributed knowledge and create collective insight. Professionals and citizens who are working together to build new local participatory ecosystems come together regularly to learn from and with each other. (www.civicsystemslab.org/cschool)

Civic Systems Lab is a laboratory that designs and test methods, strategies and systems to grow the civic economy at regional, city and local level. This economy, which is built on the ideas and models of innovative citizen-led initiatives, is creating new systems in areas ranging from energy to food, and housing to play. It's changing the appearance and economies of places across the UK and around the world. Civic Systems Lab is working in partnership with local councils, housing associations and other institutions to re-organise our local systems to create equality of opportunity for all people.

Civic Systems Lab would like to invite the IN TRANSIT network to share findings, and join us in analysing, comparing and understanding our collective experiences - and build new knowledge together.

The Liverpool-based IN TRANSIT initative Homebaked will be the second local initiative. The Homebaked Bakery Co-operative was incorporated in June 2012 by a group of local residents passionate about the possibilities of re-opening an old bakery in community ownership, and creating a successful enterprise with social as well as financial value. Homebaked aims to support the local Liverpool community to "take matters into their own hands" regarding the future of their neighbourhood. They also founded the Homebaked Community Land Trust, a membership organisation that allows local people to collectively buy, develop and manage land and buildings.
homebaked.org.uk

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Centre / Periphery
February 24.-27th 2016
Oslo / Kirkenes
The theme of the IN TRANSIT event will be Centre / Periphery and will feature site visits in Oslo as well as a field trip to Kirkenes in Northern Norway.

More details will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

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The Willing City
March 13-15th 2016
Copenhagen
The theme of the IN TRANSIT event will be The Willing City and will be part of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival.

More details will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

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