Curso en inglés:

A Planet of Citizen Laboratories 

- Citizen Innovation in Urban and Rural Areas

Online Workshop June 14, 16, 21 and 23 16:00-17:30 (CEST)

During the pandemic, both proximity and remote ways of cooperation have been activated. In moments of confinement and social distancing, many people coordinated in mutual support networks to face the problems derived from Covid19. In the first wave of the pandemic, some institutions organized hackathons that enabled the creation of projects that aimed to face the situation, but after the first few months these hackathons stopped being organized. What if we created stable infrastructures for experimentation and collaboration that promote citizen innovation at the local level and international cooperation simultaneously?

Citizen laboratories are places that facilitate collaboration between people to experiment, design and implement projects that improve life together. In the last 15 years, citizen laboratories have proven to be highly useful facilities for the development of cultural, social and innovation policies: improving life in cities and rural areas, social cohesion and the creation of innovative projects.

This workshop is an invitation to any organization interested in launching a citizen laboratory to alleviate the effects of the pandemic, and design a network that simultaneously facilitates local citizen innovation and international cooperation.

During four online sessions of an hour and a half each on June 14, 16, 21 and 23, a methodology developed by Medialab Prado in the last fifteen years will be shared so citizen laboratory experiences can be carried out during next fall. As part of the workshop, it is proposed to start designing an international network that allows remote collaboration between the different citizen laboratories that are set up.

This initiative is promoted by the Madri+d Foundation for Knowledge, where a regional network of citizen laboratories is being launched in the Madrid Region. The project is related to the program "Distributed Citizen Laboratories. Citizen Innovation in Libraries and other Institutions" promoted by Medialab Prado and the Ministry of Culture.

To register for this course, please fill out the registration form.