A pop-up university…
is an innovative format for stakeholder involvement, mutual learning and co-creation across boundaries focused on a complex burning issue.
The methodology proposed to frame and guide the entire 48 hours of the Pop-up University for Transition is called “Collaboratory” (collaboration-laboratory). The collaboratory is a co-creative process for addressing complex issues in a spirit of experimentation and appreciation of diversity.
It is a facilitated space open to everybody to meet on an equal basis in order to jointly generate new solutions for societal, environmental or economic challenges, including those that appear intractable. It is a temporary space of co-creation in which people passionate about an issue can live, learn and work together in stimulating and joyful ways to invent their common future. Collaboratories empower ordinary people to make a difference in the world based on their genuine concerns and dreams.
The collaboratory provides a staged choreography, engaging diverse stakeholders around a burning issue. The iterative and emergent learning, inquiry and sharing process of the collaboratory taps into collective intelligence and brings to surface fresh solutions driven by issues, not by theory. A collaboratory merges several time-tested holistic approaches, such as Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry, Theory U, Design Thinking and Whole Person Learning, into a new energizing experience of individual and collective creativity.
The collaboratory has been developed for the Rio+20 conference in 2012 and has been applied in a broad range of settings ever since with groups of 30 to 300 participants and a variety of timeframes, from a few hours to several days non-stop, up to longer processes of several months with repeated meetings.
The methodology can be easily adapted to a broad range of contexts. Each collaboratory is different and needs to be carefully designed to fit the particular context, ambition, and purpose, as well as the respective stakeholders, cultures, and conditions (in terms of time, space and resources that are available).
At the same time, a universal sequence of stages is enacted through each collaboratory:
1. Invitation (attracting diverse stakeholders)
2. Introduction (presenting the issue from multiple perspectives)
3. Visioning (whole person sensing of desirable futures)
4. Teaming-up (gathering around concrete endeavours closing gaps towards the envisioned future)
5. Prototyping (developing actionable solutions that serve a certain target group)
6. Fine-tuning (presenting proposals, gathering and integrating feedback)
7. Follow-up (planning and executing next steps and, ideally, reporting back)
More information on the collaboratory can be found in a recently published book:
Muff, K. (Ed.). (2014). The collaboratory: A co-creative stakeholder engagement process for solving complex
problems. Sheffield: Greenleaf.
to buy on: http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/productdetail.kmod?productid=3979
and its companion website: https://collaboratorybook.wordpress.com.
Documenting the Benelux Pop-up University for Transition is aimed at creating a living archive made of useful links, photographs, drawings, videos, posters, notes and documents, among other multimedia items. These items will be collected before, during and after the three days of the event.
Why it is done
The multimedia documentation is intended to
• present the results of the event and promote its outcomes;
• voice and reflect the diversity of the views expressed during the sessions;
• give visibility to activities, initiatives and networks contributing to transition in the Benelux region;
• document an example of how the collaboratory methodology can be applied;
• stimulate similar initiatives.
How it is done
There are participants that are in charge of identifying, collecting and recording relevant moments and materials throughout the event. They are our harvesters, but everybody else can also participate in harvesting (see section below). The participants specifically in charge of harvesting are the following:
• The „Ethnographer“ is a note taker in charge of portraying the activities of the conference through images, sounds and words, but also of editing and assembling the multimedia documentation after the conference.
• The „Visual Harvester“ captures what is expressed and translates it immediately into quick notes and drawings on the wall.
• The „Videographers“, a SNJ team will realise a video clip that captures and highlights some key moments of the plenary sessions, especially on the second day. Another participant from the SNJ will video-record the plenary sessions on Wednesday and Friday afternoon. A television team from RTL might also pass by at some point of time.
• The „Twitterers“: 10 students will tweet photos, short quotes or summaries of the ongoing conversations in real time.
How you can contribute
You are given the opportunity to contribute directly to the multimedia documentation of the conference. Please share short notes of your experiences during the conference, add your ideas and hints on how to learn transitioning and your questions and suggestions. You can do this in the format of your choice, textually, visually (photos e.g. of drawings) or orally (voice recording). You can share these items either by sending them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by tweeting them on Twitter with the hashtag #4Fchannel.
The Twitter hashtag #4Fchannel is used for pooling Tweets concerning the Pop-up University and for collecting questions and comments during the event. You are invited to tweet text and pictures. If you do not have a Twitter account yet, it can be created easily and quickly at https://twitter.com/signup?lang=en. Please make sure to include the hashtag #4Fchannel in all your messages related to the pop-up university and its theme. This is the prerequisite for following messages from different persons in one stream.
Summary: the practical steps of the documentation process
• Harvesting multimedia items throughout the Benelux pop-up university for transition
• Selecting, editing, formatting the most relevant material after the conference
• Assembling the multimedia material and making it available online for comment
WEDNESDAY, 18.11. 2015
- 13:30 REGISTRATION
- 15:00 INTRODUCTION (Main conference room)
Opening by Michel Grevis
Welcome Adress by Alain de Muyser
Review of the previous conferences (Apeldoorn 2013 and Gand 2014) by Michel Grevis
Introduction of the theme and the approach of the Pop-up University for Transition by Markus Molz
- 15:30 FIRST ROUNDTABLE (Main conference room)
Progress and barriers in transitioning towards sustainable lifestyles and a circular economy
- 16:30 REFLECTIVE WALK (Belval campus)
Discovering each other and the post-industrial site of Belval
- 17:15 SECOND ROUNDTABLE (Main conference room)
Opportunities and challenges of transition learning
- 18:30 CONVIVIAL EVENING (Hall des poches); ends at approximately 10 pm
THURSDAY, 19.11. 2015
- 09:00 CREATING VISIONS (Main conference room)
- 10:45 COFFEE BREAK
- 11:15 CREATING ACTIONS (Main conference room)
- 12:00 CREATING PARTNERSHIPS (Halle des poches)
Market place of initiatives with informal conversations
- 14:00 FORMING WORKING GROUPS (Main conference room)
- 14:30 CREATING PROJECTS (Rooms for working groups)
- 16:00 POSTER EXHIBITION (Main conference room)
- 16:30 CREATING PROTOTYPES (Rooms for working groups)
- 09:00 CREATING SYNERGIES (Main conference room)
Improvement of intermediate results through feedback from the large group
- 10:15 COFFEE BREAK
- 10:45 CREATING PLANS (Rooms for working groups)
- LUNCH BREAK (finger food)
- CREATING COMMITMENTS (Rooms for working groups)
- 13:30 POSTER EXHIBITION (Main conference room)
- 14:30 CLOSING (Main conference room)