creation spaces

A Trip to Bali and Four Challenges for Coworking

A Trip to Bali and Four Challenges for Coworking

We spent some amazing days in Ubud, Bali for CUASIA – Coworking Unconference Asia 2015 last week. Meeting and learning from extraordinary people from India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Germany, Singapore, USA, France, Spain, Brazil, South Korea, Sweden and more, in the most spectacular surroundings of The Green School and the Hubud Coworking Space. I have been involved in the coworking industry ...[Read More]

Reflections on the superhero space network in London

Reflections on the superhero space network in London

If you were to arrive in London today, without knowing anything of the city’s developments across domains in recent years, without having experienced the riots, the games, the aftermath, the new vision; you might be forgiven for seeming a little lost and maybe confused, when faced with the now intricately interwoven ecosystem of physical establishments and intangible networks, blurring lines betwe ...[Read More]

Five Superhero Spaces to visit when in Berlin

Five Superhero Spaces to visit when in Berlin

Berlin is full of superhero spaces. Innovation labs, coworking spaces, makerlabs, artists’ collectives, creative clusters, abandoned warehouses, experimental living hubs, underground clubs, hackerspaces, social innovation incubators etc. Here are five of them, recommended to us by Berlin-based entrepreneur Jonathan Imme – co-founder of the awesome initiatives Palomar 5 and Ignore Gravi ...[Read More]

Superhero Spaces in China – Pt. 2: Xin Chejian, Shanghai

Shanghai, China’s largest seaport, is also the country’s most cosmopolitan city, and the centre of its largest industrial region. Xin Chejian, or ‘new workshop’, embodies the cosmopolitan dynamism of Shanghai. Xin Chejian is a makerspace, and it sure looks like one. A model plane hangs from the ceiling, bizarre plastic and glass vats hold plants by one of the windows, with UV lighting and water gu ...[Read More]

Superhero Spaces in the Arab World

Sahara Labs, Fab Lab Egypt and Lamba Lab are some of the superhero spaces that have popped up across the Arab world recently. “Many that have launched in the past two years claim an agenda to make the world a better place by letting anyone, of any age, profession, or background, use a 3D printer and make their own electronic circuit. Their newfound creativity could be driven by post-revoluti ...[Read More]

Superhero Spaces in China – Pt. 1: Yi-Gather, Guangzhou

Built in a former locker factory just outside Xi Menkou station, in the heart of Guangzhou’s old town, Yi-Gather is the largest co-working space in South China. Guangzhou has a long tradition of leading Chinese innovation and importing new models into the country: two thousand years ago, traders from India, Persia and even as far as Rome brought exotic goods and stories of distant lands into the c ...[Read More]

What is a superhero space? The search for a definition…

There is no definition of a superhero space yet. That’s a work in progress. There are however three long quotes which I have found particularly helpful in this search for a definition: “Creation spaces offer the potential to shift the dynamics of collaboration in a profound way. Rather than focusing on short-term, zero-sum transactions in which your gain is my loss, creation spaces fos ...[Read More]