The idea behind the Creative Space Explorer
Everyone seems to be interested in boosting creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration at work. There are hundreds of inspiring spaces worldwide that intentionally or unintentionally get people to connect, collaborate and enter a state of flow together. And there is an enormous, yet untapped potential among innovation labs, co-working spaces, online communities, art studios etc. to learn from each other.
The first step is to make those creative spaces aware of each other. The Creative Space Explorer (CSE) is an online tool that’s based on a global crowdsourced map of creative spaces. Users can explore different approaches of creative spaces and make their own contributions to the map. Whether a space is online or offline, corporate or community driven, temporary or permanent – every hub worldwide deserves to be on the map as long as the contributor can state why this space is particularly interesting (for other hub creators).
To add more depth to it, a library of insights features take-aways from interviews with selected experts & space creators.
Your input is needed
We want the CSE to become a compendium of the world’s most inspiring/awesome creative spaces and a true source of knowledge and inspiration for the people that run such spaces. We believe the community of people that care about creative spaces knows best which ones actually pose a valuable lesson to others. Therefore, we urge you to put your knowledge on the map and add your favorite creative spaces.
About the creators
The CSE is initiated by ignore gravity, a berlin based consulting studio from Jan Bathel, Bernhard Krusche & Steffen Kellner. We create environments with and for organizations where people adapt an entrepreneurial spirit and start to ignore gravity. Because of that, we’ve researched and interacted with many creative spaces across the world. Spaces that are able to hack societies problems and organizational setups. We had the gut feeling that a platform to visually explore different approaches of creative spaces on a global level would not only inspire us, but many other people. So we decided to kick-start a map, enter the most interesting creative spaces that we are aware of ourselves. And then set it free as an open source project that gets more useful with every added space.
Special thanks for having a good start with Jonathan Imme & Noortje Offreins (who prepared a lot of the start content & first interview-line up for us) and to the folks at bleech (who programmed and designed the first CSE). Today we work with Katinka Illés, Adam Jorleen & Jonas Kwaschik from sleighdogs on the next level for connecting creative spaces.