Democracy and participation, Social inclusion

Social Design Cookbook — Recipes for Social …


Who is behind this?

Lili Eckhardt

Kitchen Budapest


Who is joining forces?

Kitchen Budapest


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Social Design Cookbook aims to collect, study and present a selection of replicable collaborative and cooperative formats. In this project we document 20 widely adopted models and practices of collaborative knowledge production, sharing, collective action and decision making. Next to that, we develop a design toolkit that can be used to analyze, describe and design cooperative social processes and help organization and engagement of citizens worldwide.

Where will your idea take place?

Budapest, all over Europe

Why does Europe need your idea?

Social cooperative initiatives often face the challenge of keeping themselves and their operations sustainable as they mostly rely on volunteering effort.

Our project aim is to create and offer a design toolkit for such social initiatives to help understand, analyze and design their way of working.

What is your impact?

We want to inform, support and encourage the active involvement, organization and engagement of EU citizens to start their own creative, cooperative solutions to challenge existing social, cultural or political deficits.

In this project we want to publish the book ‘Social Design Cookbook’ and promote the novel design toolkit we developed that can be used to study, analyze and design new forms of social collaboration and cooperation.

How do you get there?

We publish a book that provides information and inspiration by presenting a selection of successful, sustainable and replicable social cooperative practices. (20 case studies​ with in-depth interviews​; 75% ready)

The book also introduces the concept of ‘motivation architecture​’ that describes the interrelation of participants, their motivations and contributions in social cooperative processes and a design toolkit. This design toolkit has been refined through a series of workshops​ that were held across EU, attended by over 200 people. (40% ready)

Our goal is to publish a well executed book, to share the main learnings online under free licences as well as to hold 12 workshops around Europe in cooperation with local NGOs and social initiatives.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Our primary target audience are social innovators, social entrepreneurs and activists as well as art and cultural mediators. Secondary we would like to inform and give examples to governments, institutions and organisations, both for- and non-profit, interested in engaging public into their activities. Most of the formats featured in this book have a large, established user base and a global network grown around them. We can use this network to enhance publicity about the project.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The most impact the Social Design Cookbook project can have is that it will inspire and help the creation, development and spread of new social collaborative projects around Europe. We want to make Social Design Cookbook into the go-to reference and easy-to-use toolkit for social initiatives. Something like Business Model Canvas, but for social cooperative processes.

€ 33700,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 37700,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Book publishing: Printing costs: 7000 EUR Costs of content creation 5300 EUR Introduction:1000 EUR (written by Martijn de Waal) Editorial costs: 3500 EUR Proofreading: 2500 EUR Book design: 4500 EUR Project coordination: 2000 EUR Marketing costs: 1500 EUR 12 workshops in collaboration with European NGOs (partly financed by partners) Travel costs for 2 persons: 4800 EUR Accommodation costs: 3600 EUR Equipment + personal costs: 2000 EUR



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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