Who is behind this?

Elke Rauth

dérive - Verein für Stadtforschung


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Imagine ACUTE as an open space where community activists, artists, policy makers, urban practitioners and researchers come together for the collaborative effort of building the city as commons by creating a hub for exchange, learning and innovation, embedded locally with a strong European outreach.

Where will your idea take place?

Vienna, Austria

Why does Europe need your idea?

As urban societies throughout Europe are facing numerous challenges, alternative approaches in the production and dissemination of knowledge become crucial. Our vision is a strong European civil society that takes on responsibility for deciding upon the very questions of living together in cities.
ACUTE enables collaborative learning and exchange between otherwise fragmented urban stakeholders, bringing together activists, artists, urban practitioners and researchers, dedicated citizens and policy makers. We aim to create an independent open access space to create a fertile environment for innovation. ACUTE operates on existing ties with European stakeholders on all levels of social life. Working closely together will establish a network of solidarity between European urban initiatives.

What is your impact?

In december 2016 ACUTE has successfully completed its initial phase, opening its doors as an open space for collaborative knowledge production. ACUTE is implemented on three scales: the neighbourhood; the local level of the city; the European network.

We have completed the following goals:
ACUTE is legally established as a non-profit, non-governmental cultural initiative.
Contributions from 5 key partners are formalized.
Valuation-, feasibility-, operational and financing-plan for 2 years ahead (2017-2018) is assured.
ACUTEs virtual platform is online, providing information for urban stakeholders.
Main formats of learning and knowledge dissemination are tested, feedback has been incorporated.
ACUTEs ongoing program is worked out and running on a regular basis.

How do you get there?

OUR OBJECTIVE: By the end of 2016 ACUTE is up and running. THE CURRENT SITUATION: A physical location, a vision, a network and key committed partners. OUR APPROACH: Using the grant for mobilising stakeholders and resources;, further shape ACUTE with partners; putting lots of attention on prototyping and learning by doing. OUR NEXT STEPS: 1) Formalisation of a core team dedicated to lead the project. Inception event with key partners. Business plan and detailed action plan.
2) Develop main knowledge and learning formats, (online) platform. ACUTE spring-school to pilot formats and initiatives. Formalisation of contributions from key partners and legal establishment. 3) Development of a curriculum. Pilots and further build up of network. Valuation-, feasibility-, operational plan for 3 years.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 150000,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are interested in existing experiences 1) in fostering knowledge production between activism, arts, academia, urban practitioners, citizens 2) in developing digital communities, open knowledge platforms and services 3) with alternative models of financing for independent non-profit organizations



Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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