We are running a portfolio of cutting-edge projects and experiments with our community of partners, friends and collaborators. We have a particular focus on working with actors and organisations that bring new voices into our community. We believe that an open, vibrant and diverse community is the only way to make the change we need. For example, we are working with museums, artists, comedians, humanitarians, journalists, sports, graphic designers and more, to explore and bring attention to the many and varied actors in the climate action space.
Find out about our past and current projects and experiments below.
The CEE Community LAB
The CEE Community LAB is an action-oriented network and co-creation ‘lab’ that brings people together – from the public and private sectors – to address climate change challenges in central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
The LAB aims to build the trust, capacity and cross-sectoral collaborations that are needed to trigger transformative, systemic change. Collaborations will address priority areas for the region, including retrofit, smart agriculture, re-industrialisation and other significant sectors in CEE.
Read more here.
Museums Facing Extinction
We Are Museums, as part of their Museums for Climate initiative, is partnering with EIT Climate-KIC’s Community Activation team to design a series of events. The pilot took place in November 2019, which you can read more about here.
The mission is to turn museums and their local communities into climate leaders, and to foster systemic changes towards a climate-resilient future.
Economics Sci-fi Seminar
Edgeryders held an Economics Sci-fi Seminar in Brussels in November 2019. The purpose of this seminar was to create a space for science fiction authors and economists to work together through a dedicated event, where experts and the general public, especially science fiction fans, could take part to imagine climate-resilient future(s).
Planet Super League
Avocet Holding kft is home to an initiative called Planet Super League. Their dream is to work with football club fan-bases and tap into the characteristics that drive this particular community (i.e. competition) to undertake climate-related behavioural change challenges. They are looking at whether this kind of endeavour can be funded by proceeds of sponsorship.
Trees as Infrastructure
Through the Trees as Infrastructure project, Dark Matter Laboratories are exploring the question: what if municipal accounting accounted for all the externalities of trees; rather than just maintenance costs, could you use that information to converge our value of the live-environment(s) and built-environment(s)?
The Smart Covenants experiment with Dark Matter Laboratories explores how advances in digital technologies and digital contracting, combined with granular property value data analytics and visualisation, could help to rewrite the conventional property deed, and as a result create platforms for more localised investment in public infrastructure. Could we all be owners of infrastructure?
Institute for Sound and Music
The Community Activation team held an exploratory event with the Institute of Sound and Music in Berlin (ISM) in December 2019.
The focus of the collaboration was the design, organisation and facilitation of an event focused on creative place-making and social impact of cultural institutions and their role within the context of a climate-resilient future.
Consult the Performance Artist
Watch out! The performance artist is coming!
Clearly, fear is not working in communicating the acuteness of the climate crisis. Or is it? We have been working with the Danish-Dutch-Swedish performance artist Olof Olsson, to think about “What we talk about when we talk about the climate (and why we should laugh more while doing it)”. The brilliant pilot performance took place in November 2019, and we are currently working with Olof on continued collaborations for 2020.
Amatus GmbH is home to an initiative called Revision, a peer-to-peer accountability network, with an annual immersive experience for goal-setting and answerability. They are facing a two-part question: can peer-to-peer accountability be an effective method for social impact? If so, how do we measure the vision of community and impact?
Fagor is working on Data Dragon, a tool to manage large amounts of data employing deep listening for citizen engagement and real-time policy reactions. Fagor is one of the main cooperatives enterprises in the Debagoiena, Spain. The Valley cooperatives understand that what they have developed – over the past 60 years or so – is a distributed system of trust and accountability that could become a safe-home for meta-data in the future.
Travelling w/o travelling
Other Spaces is a Helsinki-based Live Art collective with members from different fields of art. The group’s work is based on collective corporeal exercises that allow visiting nonhuman experiences, phenomena and forms of being. During its 15 years of working history the collective has developed over hundred exercises and become one of the most influential and international Live Art groups in Finland. The performances and workshops of the group aim to increase empathy and understanding of interspecies relations, ease planetary fear and explore more sustainable and collective ways of being. The artistic work of the collective suggests that meaningful experiences can be found nearby, without travelling far.
Other Spaces Live Art collective offered a creative and awakening session for Moments Matter. In this session participants learned some simple exercises to explore the ways in which we can bodily encounter one another in remote settings by visiting “other spaces”.
What does a thriving nightlife have to do with healthy and resilient cities? And how do we express the value of nightlife culture to those who have never set foot in a club? Creative spaces are today’s principal breeding grounds for the development of new strategies, policies and initiatives aimed at making culture and creativity a driving force for sustainable development and urban regeneration through the stimulation of growth and innovation and the promotion of social cohesion, citizen well-being and inter-cultural dialogue. The Creative Footprint (CFP) is a sociocultural initiative that maps and indexes creative space to measure the impact of nightlife and cultural activity on cities.
EIT Climate-KIC’s Community Activation team invited Vibe Lab to design a Deep Dive into governance of the night-time city and to explore nightlife culture as a catalyst for creativity, innovation, equality and empowerment.