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]
- John Hagel
We're addicted to the places we call superhero spaces.
These are spaces, which seem to have some special thing in the air that turn ideas into action. Spaces where diverse, multidisciplinary groups of people co-create the future together. Spaces for wise innovation. Spaces where the true, the good and the beautiful meet.
We’re fed up with today’s given structures that stifle collaboration, innovation and true expression. We don’t think our traditional institutions such as universities, corporations or governments are inspiring or capable to guide us into better futures.
Superhero spaces are today at the “edges” of society, and usually outside traditional structures. We would like to see a world where superhero spaces are effective not only at the edges, but play a major role in societies.
That’s why we work to identify and connect the global network of superhero spaces.
Subculture explorer | Curious about complexity & emergence | Sensemaking with systems | Playful problem-solving. London, UK
Our ambassador network is a group of curious people, spread out over the planet in coworking spaces, futures-focussed non-profits, corporate innovation labs, outlier university institutions, alternative business schools, hacker spaces and transdisciplinary community organisations. These people are all exploring the links between creativity, space, community and collaboration in order to make these spaces thrive.
Are you an Explorer?
We need help with a couple of things:
We are looking for more superhero ambassadors. Are you passionate about the network of creation spaces in your city, country or region? Do you have a good overview of the super connectors, entrepreneurial clusters, subculture scenes and spaces that they frequent there? You don’t necessarily have to be heavily involved, a space founder or entrepreneur yourself. We are looking for curious ambassadors and sharp observers with a helicopter perspective. If this sounds like you; get in touch now.
We need help to map the superhero spaces on our planet. We have explored the cities we frequent to find amazing spaces over the last decades. We’ve been to Berlin, San Fransisco, Melbourne, Beijing, Nairobi, Mexico City and many other places. But we can’t travel everywhere and the superhero space network is constantly changing. Please help us, take a minute and add one or two of your favourite superhero spaces.
Our mission is to find and connect the most amazing creative spaces in the world. We do this in three ways:
Highlighting the global network of spaces with The Creative Space Explorer map project.
The Creative Space Explorer (CSE) is a tool for mapping creative spaces around the world. This map is crowdsourced, i.e. it lets anyone pinpoint creative spaces they have visited or started.
When the crowd has helped us find 1000 creative spaces on the planet, we will begin our second task; curation.
Listing the top creative spaces in the world, as voted by our global ambassador network.
Our guiding question is: What makes a space a superhero space?
To answer this question, we have visited hundreds of spaces in many cities and countries over the world.
But amazing creation spaces are found in more than these places. Therefore we’re currently building a global ambassador network to help us curate a list of 30 superhero spaces every year.
Capturing and sharing the stories and learnings from our creative space explorations.
We have a constantly expanding library of insights from creative space founders, radical innovators, community builders, design thinkers, artists, corporate innovation strategists, placemakers, intrapreneurs and more.
We’re currently working on several initiatives in order to capture and share this knowledge with the world. Our blog, a coming book and a conference are some of these.