The Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS)* has been set up in November 2014. It is an independent network and a think tank gathering mainly academics in the fields of humanities and social sciences (management, organization studies, sociology, economics, anthropology…).
- RGCS VISION: THREE IDEAS
RGCS relies on a threefold vision. Firstly, academic networks need to be both global (as almost all international networks) and local. That is why we organize an annual conference, but also local (at the level of different cities) meetings. We see this as a way to be closer to what the world itself has become. Local meetings are also opportunities to share ideas and research with entrepreneurs, managers, journalists, artists and politicians who would probably not join us for a global event.
Then, we want to share research, but we also want to have an impact on society and organizations. That is why RGCS is also a think tank, a collectivity producing (collaboratively) a White Paper for public policies and corporate strategies.
Lastly, RGCS aims also at being an opportunity, through its annual conference (RGCS Symposium) and other local events, to experiment and to test new ways of sharing and producing knowledge and networking. This does not necessarily mean ‘hacking’ academia (quoi que…), but more complementing academic routines.
2. RGCS FOCUS: COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITIES AND NEW WORK PRACTICES
RGCS is focused on new work practices and workplace transformations in the context of the sharing and peer-to-peer economy. It explores collaborative spaces, collaborative communities and collaborative movements (e.g. coworkers, makers and hackers) and how they transform or make visible (new) work practices. Studies related to RGCS cover the social, political, managerial, digital, spatial and temporal dimensions of collaborative entrepreneurship, DIY and hacking practices.
3. RGCS ORGANIZATION: A NETWORK
The network is mainly focused on the dynamic of four cities: London, Paris, Montreal, Barcelona, Berlin, Roma, Amsterdam, Lyon and Grenoble. Each chapter organizes bi-monthly research seminars and working groups. Events take place in universities and collaborative spaces. Three new chapters should be opened in late 2017 in Singapore, New York and Stockholm. .
Research seminars are opportunities to attend presentations by academics, practitioners and consultants interested in collaborative spaces.
Working groups and workshops correspond to more informal, creative and interactive meetings. They are sometimes organized jointly with research seminars, sometimes separetely.
Research seminars, Working Groups, informal discussions between members, and research projects related to RGCS aim at contributing to an annual event (which should take place in December 2016 in Paris) which should be an opportunity to provide diagnosis and recommandations for corporate strategies and public policies about collaborative spaces, places and experiences in the city. These proposals will be formalized in an RGCS White Paper which will be communicated and diffused during this event.