Social Spaces and Zero Zero are coming together / by Nick Ierodiaconou

00 and social spaces are combining - having worked together for many years we have decided the time is right for us to fully come together.

We have been working on social and civic systemic challenges over the course of the last few years and have collectively built a body of knowledge on how we understand, seed, and develop the civic and social economy ... from the Community Lover’s Guide, The Compendium for the Civic Economy, Civic Crowd, Handmade, Hub Westminster, Hublaunchpad, Library Lab, The Work Shop, The Common Room, Wikihouse.cc, Opendesk.cc etc.

The work has explored and tested the conditions, techniques & platforms needed for supporting civic change. We want to accelerate and deepen our impact by translating and validating what we have been learning into whole-systems re-design - that accomplishes tangible change for real people. We know that creating the conditions for emergent civic change needs our collective capabilities and ambition.

In the coming months, along with the developing change laboratories with our partners, we will be starting the Civic Systems Lab, which will be a knowledge building and learning platform. This platform will be focused on sharing effective system re-design methods and processes - that involve citizens, enterprise and government working strategically together - in ways that will be open and accessible for people leading civic change everywhere.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our collaborators over recent years and are sure that all our friends will be as delighted with this news as we are.

Alastair, Alice, Anna, Bethany, David, Debbie, Indy, James, Jean, Joni, Joost, Laura, Lynton, Nick, Olivia, Ottilie, Sarah, and Tessy.