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3rd regional workshop – a deepened investigation on cross-over inititaives and coworking in rural contexts

3rd regional workshop – a deepened investigation on cross-over inititaives and coworking in rural contexts

The third out of four planned regional workshops took place in the middle of May in the very unusual setting of the Alte Mühle (old mill) in Himmelpfort, one and a half hours by car north of Berlin. The village counts only around 550 inhabitants and is a popular holiday resort famous for being Santa Clause’s home, but devoid of any kind of industry or economy whatsoever.

The Alte Mühle is an old industrial mill, owned by Tilman Kunowski and his partner Brit Eisman, who seek to transform the place into a meeting place for creative professionals who want to transplant their work- and living space to the country side for a while.

To this special venue we had invited some of the participants of our last workshop (from Neuruppin, Oranienburg, Eberswalde and Strausberg), who were and are already working with and on the issues of cross-over inititaives and have or plan to acquire a space where this can happen – be it under the format called coworking or in a different manner.

As a special guest we had invited Marc Piesbergen, the project leader of Grüne Werkstatt Wendland, an open source project in the very rural region Wendland, mostly famous for the regular protest against the passing Castor Transport, for Ex-Hippie communes and the historical rundlings villages.

In this remote area, the Grüne Werkstatt manages to bring together designers, students and local companies to work together on innovative new products and services in their annual project week called Designcamp.

As this project is already running very successfully and is open to being transferred to other regions, Marc was really the perfect guest for our workshop.

In the first part, he shared all his experience and answered to all the many questions the group had. In the second part, we concentrated on the participants’ own projects, their challenges and visions and collected ideas on how to go on from there. It definitely seems as though stronger collaboration between all sectors and local players is a good starting point.

Right now we are in the middle of conceptualizing the next steps on which we will keep you posted here.

Second regional workshop: starting to assess needs and demands in Brandenburg

The second regional workshop took us to the 42.00 inhabitant town Oranienburg about half an hour north of Berlin. Our goal was to test how relevant our previous findings would be for those in local business or culture administrations in the districts of Brandenburg. Together with Katja Dietrich-Kröck, the creative industries coordinator in Brandenburg, we invited about 20 people who already were active in this field.

The meeting place seemed like a symbol for future creative industries development in Brandenburg: we met at Oranienwerk, an ensemble of buildings that had been used as a mill until 1989. The different parts of the building structure shall be developed into a location for cultural and creative industries. The building application has been handed in, they are just waiting to kick off.

In the course of the workshop we presented some of our findings from our trip to Skåne and Copenhagen. Although to some of the participants the examples seemed to be a bit “too urban”, some topics emerged as being relevant in Brandenburg as well:

1. Infrastructure/Work Space: while some argued that coworking was indeed only a topic for the more urban structures in Brandenburg like Potsdam, others stressed that due to the  increasing lack of low priced space in Berlin, alternatives in smaller cities that still could easily be reached by public transport opened up scope for action in Brandenburg. Allowing for experiments and not being distracted by manifold events and activities in the capital could indeed be a field of action for Brandenburg in supporting creative industries.

2. Mapping and Visibility: a huge deficit is that creative entrepreneurs and companies hence are not visible enough to decision makers. While oftentimes “facts, facts and only facts” count, the value of creative industries for local and regional development is still not well-known. The participants of our workshop discussed that it would be beneficial to have a template for quantitative and qualitative measurement that could easily be adopted by towns or districts.

3. Consulting and Coaching: While a systematic account of the existing consulting and coaching structure is lacking, our participants uttered doubts whether the existing structures really served the special needs of creative industries entrepreneurs. Wolfgang Flieger, project manager at our cooperation partner IBF (Institute for occupational area research and corporate planning in the media sector) gave our participants valuable insights into his experience with creative entrepreneurs within the “Innovations need Courage” program. While there are manifold institutions and consultancies in charge of consulting entrepreneurs in the stage of the formation of their business, coaching in an earlier as well as in a later phase is lacking. The IBF thus invented an early stage consulting approach when there is not yet a business plan that could be discussed. This kind of consulting seems to be especially relevant for CCI entrepreneurs, in Brandenburg typically coming from cultural projects backgrounds

4. Networking seems to be an everlasting demand when it comes to creative industries support. In Brandenburg, there have already been attempts to address this demand, e.g. for the design sector with the “Design Days Brandenburg“. Networking towards other industries, among CCI entrepreneurs of different disciplines and also on the administrative level is still underveloped.

From our point of view, our findings about CCI instruments in Skåne and Copenhagen triggered a discussion and an exchange of ideas in the region and helped identifying need and gaps in CCI support. The workshop served as a starting point for a more regular exchange. Moreover, C2C and its cooperation partner IBF can accompany some of the initiatives arising from the workshop during the next months, giving advice and providing tailored consulting.

 

Further information

Portraits of CCI entrepreneurs inBrandenburg (in German)
Portraits of CCI entrepreneurs using early stage consulting (in German)

Workshop announcement: existing and new approaches and activities for better cooperation and CCI support in Brandenburg

Today in a week we will be hosting our second workshop in Brandenburg, again in cooperation with Katja Dietrich-Kröck, the creative coordinator of the region.

This time we want to focus on the existing and ongoing activities that are being carried out in the different Landkreise in Brandenburg, on existing CCI projects in the region, the encountered challenges and obstacles, as well as the potential seen within this branch.

We invited different carefully selected representatives from the economic development administration, from different cultural and touristic offices, as well as creative networkers and other multipliers in order to discuss these topics on a very practical level.

Together, we hope to find out more about the specific demand of CCI entrepreneurs in the different regions, clarify what support methods can work and which do not, help foster better networking conditions and maybe also develop ideas on how working solutions in one region can be successfully transferred and implemented to others or even better, how they can be turned into a model that works for the whole of Brandenburg.

We are very much looking forward to this workshop and would like to thank all participants as well as our hosts from the Oranienwerk!

 

What: Workshop on new approaches and activities for better cooperation and CCI support in the region of Brandenburg

When: Friday, 22nd of March, 12 to 4 p.m.

Where: Oranienwerk, Kremmener Str. 43, 16515 Oranienburg

Organized by Creative Capital Conference in cooperation with “Kreativdialog”.

 

More infos: Kreativdialog and Oranienwerk