Critical ChangeLabs will implement the Critical ChangeLab Model in at least 19 locations across Europe.
These include the Critical ChangeLabs organised by consortium partners in Oulu, Finland; Barcelona, Spain; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Linz, Austria; Dublin, Ireland; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Lesbos, Greece; Greater Paris, France.
The Critical ChangeLab at the University of Oulu is implemented by the INTERACT research group. The roots of the group are in Human-Computer Interaction, European Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Participatory Design, and Activity Theory research communities. The research group focuses on understanding and supporting participatory design, user-centered design, value co-creation, user driven innovation and human interaction in IT (information technology based services in divergent everyday life contexts.
The Critical ChangeLab Ireland, led by Trinity College Dublin, is undertaken by the School of Education’s Science & Society Research Group and the Trinity Long Room Hub’s Democracy Forum. The research team brings expertise in education, science, arts and the humanities to this project, and promotes interdisciplinarity in its implementation. Through Critical ChangeLab Ireland, we are interested in creating spaces to partner with youth to imagine futures, explore new technologies, foster creative expression, and reinvigorate democracy.
The Critical Change Lab in Barcelona is implemented by the research group Esbrina — Subjectivities, Visualities and Contemporary Learning Environments at the University of Barcelona. The group’s research program is based on the evidence that putting into practice those pedagogical proposals that respond to current educational needs (at times contradictory and paradoxical) demands an awareness of the processes involved in the construction of subjectivity–in a world that is complex, changing and heavily mediated by digital technologies–of subjects who move between different formal or informal educational environments.
Technology is not neutral. Waag reinforces critical reflection on technology, develops technological and social design skills, and encourages social innovation. Waag works in a trans-disciplinary team of designers, artists and scientists, utilising public research methods in the realms of technology and society. This is how Waag empowers as many people as possible to design an open, honest and inclusive future.
The Critical ChangeLab at Ars Electronica will take place within the context of create your world, Ars Electronica’s future initiative of the next generation. create your world is not only concerned with new technological developments, but also tries to integrate the complex web of art, technology and society into everyday life and thus make it usable. Sustainability is also an important focus – in every form: Whether green event or use of regional resources – the long-term “durability” of ideas and projects is an important goal here.
Kersnikova Institute is a non-profit and non-governmental cultural organisation, founded by the Student Organisation of the University of Ljubljana, and serves as an institutional frame for three progressive venues: Kapelica Gallery, a world renown platform for contemporary investigative arts, the hacker space Rampa, where relations between society, science, technology and art are being reconsidered, and the inspirational laboratory BioTehna, which focuses on the artistic research of living systems.
LATRA is a non-profit organisation which in response to the Europe’s current humanitarian crisis set-up an innovation lab inside a refugee camp in Lesvos-Greece, enabling world-class science and technology professionals, educational practitioners, artists, digital innovators and social entrepreneurs, to co-create alongside the refugee community, technology-driven creative projects that directly respond to societal challenges and accelerate the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Since its creation, Tactical Tech has co-developed hundreds of interventions and resources in collaboration with local partners and collaborators worldwide. These resources have directly reached millions of people: activists, human rights advocates, researchers, journalists, educators, librarians, young people…and the list continues. Looking back, it’s incredible to see the places we’ve been, the people we’ve worked with, and the projects we’ve undertaken. Join us on this remarkable journey through two decades of collaboration, innovation and co-creation.
European Alternatives works to promote democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation-state and imagine, demand and enact alternatives for a viable future for Europe. European Alternatives action is based on:
– Articulating a radical, long-term vision of democratic, just and culturally-open politics, society and culture beyond the nation-state for Europe and for the world.
– Experimenting with forms of action that contribute to transformative change in political institutions, society, the economy and imagination.
– Building the capacity, the mutual-awareness and connection of members, activists and organisations working in line with our values.
– Advancing and defending human, fundamental, civic, democratic and social rights across borders.
ISRZ carries out socially significant, fundamental and applied quantitative and qualitative scientific research of different aspects of the Croatian society, in a systematical, longitudinal and interdisciplinary manner. Our research topics include social stratification, space, youth, education, science, culture and religion. This key role of the ISRZ implies the publication of research results in books and journals, and their presentation at scientific conferences. We foster intensive international collaboration and networking, knowledge dissemination, and especially the transfer of knowledge to younger generations, i.e. to junior researchers, while contributing to the development of the Croatian society by providing scientific bases for public policies.