Social inclusion, Communities

Futurespotters Lab


Who is behind this?

Natalia Skoczylas


United Kingdom

Who is joining forces?

ARCUB Cultural Centre of Bucharest Municipality


Pracownia Miejska


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Futurespotters Lab is a blend of physical and virtual, international and local residency that reinvents modern collectivity - by co-living, co-working and stewarding underused assets. It’s a sandbox for the potential that creative individuals have (everyone of us), given time, space and means to (1) take up meaningful work, (2) work collectively to solve societal challenges and (3) engage deeply with immediate surroundings, while having their work augmented in a virtual international community.

Where will your idea take place?

Bucharest, romania

Why does Europe need your idea?

Precarious lifestyles of creative generations,need for alternative models of living,working, community support
Isolated micro-scale grassroots initiatives lack access to common infrastructure,resources,p2p help,global expertise
Institutional failures to manage cultural assets(material and immaterial)
Re-narrativize cultural and historical controversies around “communes”,“collectives” in post-socialist countries
Counteract hostility towards otherness,lack of hospitality, mistrust/xenophobia

What is your impact?

Distributed R&D lab connecting local and international creatives in a (Edgeryders)network and enables to tackle challenges with greater expertise/agility
Blueprint for responsive, resilient and responsible communal infrastructure,community managed material assets(ie modular spaces),community governed structures(co-ops) and processes solving local challenges collaboratively
(g)local incubator for sustainable projects backed by international network carrying the knowledge-successes&failure

How do you get there?

Identify and secure space where likeminded peers can work together(Edgeryders deployed this model for the City of Matera running for ECOC 2019,prototyping the world’s first unMonastery)
Organising series of week long hackathons/project jams to identify high potential,under-resourced initiatives and assess needs for getting them off the ground; Matching local initiatives with skills and knowledge sourced from the existing Edgeryders online community(3100 members in over 30 countries)Bringing 6 Edgeryders to Bucharest in 4 months international residencies committed to collaborate and open license the work;
Deep storytelling and documentation to augment Futurespotters Lab digitally on the platform; support projects’ replication and growth, empower communtiy members to spin-off

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Potential beneficiaries:local community around the residency whose challenges, dreams and needs we’ll try to meet by helping isolated projects come together,share resources,access global expertise
wider European community from all walks of life, engaging with projects offline and online, learning to work as distributed teams,beyond borders and various differences,anyone in the world searching for models and resilient ways of living and working together in times of generalized precarity,stigma

What makes your idea stand apart?

Our strength lies in how Edgeryders connects wide range of changemakers in the network-we're committed to community more than to projects,which are short lived.Everywhere we go we make use of our methodology for collaboration:we pride in diversity,openness and documentation.We'll embed alternative living and coexistence in the project and offer entire community laboratory on the ground-everyone can participate differently,augmenting support for local projects and ultimalely results

€ 50,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50,-

Total budget

Major expenses

rent, preparation and running of a space for the participants of the residency and the local community for 6 months (around 25.000 euro for the whole period) budget for community events and production of creative works (15.000 euro) project management, communication, community engagement and online community management (10.000 euro)

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We welcome all sorts of feedback - on how to build a successful collaborative space that is neither a commune, nor a hackerspace and less infused with specific paradigmatic values (inherently exclusionary); how to govern co-created works and help groups overcome their differences; best practices on the art of hosting and how to inspire continuously a coherent and engaged group.



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

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