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March 17, 2006

Utopia by design? Creative communities in Europe

An international seminar on design, welfare and local development takes place in Milan on 28 March. The event concludes the two year Emude project (in which Doors is a partner) that explored social innovation in 10 European countries. Emude is a Europe-wide investigation into the phenomenon of people who, in a wide range of contexts, invent new ways of carrying out daily life activities. This botom-up innovation by creative communities is found throughout Europe's knowledge-based societies.This phenomenon of diffused creativity has the potential, we believe, to drive the major social and economic changes that will be needed during the transition to sustainability. Emude investigated these creative communities with from a design perspective. That is to say, we observed their ideas and practices with an eye to the design and deployment of enabling platforms. Enabling platforms would enable creative communities to be innovative more effectively - and to multiply. They are infrastructure systems based on products, services, communication and governance tools. These platforms, we surmise, would enable larger numbers of people to solve daily life problems in an active way. Sometimes these activities will generate shared or common goods, and a new sense of citizenship.
In summary, the key results of Emude, which will be dioscussed at the seminar, are:
a) the identification of creative communites - and descriptions of their role in a knowledge based society as key actors in the transition towards sustainability
b) definition of the notion of diffused social enterprise and discussion of its potential role in the fields of active welfare and sustainable local development
c) an initial description of the enabling platforms that could enhance the effectivenesss of the diffused social enterprise
d) proposal of an policy agenda for bottom-up initiatives - a list of actions to be taken to create a better environment for creative communities to arise, and to evolve as strong, scalable, social enterprises. (An online book about the 56 cases at the centre of Emude will be published in April).
Milan, 28 March, 09.30-13.00h. Politecnico di Milano, Campus Bovisa, Via Durando 10, Aula CT46.Carla Cipolla

Posted by John Thackara at March 17, 2006 06:28 AM


I am Archana yadav, from Domus academy. I wanted some help for my thesis topic 'Gate City'.

I am working on the creative communities which are mushrooming in the Bovisa area over a period of time...where group of people collabrating and manage a mix of creative initiatives in the field of art, culture, economy, production, social services and urban generation and integrating it with station.....

I want to know.....what are the needs and desires of the people who are using such spaces...n esp. which kind of people are using them....do thy have any other areas in mind which they think can be creative enough to use by people which are dead or empty nw....does bovisa railway station help in anyways to all this...n hw does it respond...
if u have some other article or smthng to help me about the area.

Thank you

Posted by: Archana Yadav at October 1, 2008 05:53 PM

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