Date: December, 14th-15th 2018

Topic: “Exploring the past of work practices: walking from the Middle Age to the second empire in Paris”

Most of the events we organized till now have focused on new work practices and the future of work. With this new learning expedition in Paris, we will move both in space and time. We will explore the past of work practices in Paris, in particular during the late Middle Age and the second empire. Four key spots will be at the heart of our walked and seated discussions: the musée de Cluny, Haussmanian boulevards, the Bon marché and Montmartre. As usual in the context of our OWEE protocol, new places and people will be improvised in the flow of our questions and debates. The topics of women at work, time-space of work and key modes of organization will be at the heart of our event and the article we will all co-produce. Researchers (historians, sociologists, economists, org scientists…), managers (entrepreneurs, HR managers, space planners, CIO…), designers, activists, entrepreneurs, citizens… are all welcome. As usual, this event organized by the Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS) is free and open knowledge-oriented.


08 juin 2018 de 8h à 17h – Compus de l’université de Grenoble
Le chapitre grenoblois de RGCS organise (en partenariat avec Promising) un “OWEE” sur le campus de Grenoble afin de faire découvrir de nouveaux espaces en place sur le campus et co imaginer un nouvel espace, le 8 juin.
Ci-dessous le lien :
Learning lab, learning center, fab lab, espace de co-working, salle de créativité, vous connaissez ? Savez-vous les distinguer et comment les exploiter ?


RGCS will be delighted to organize a field trip in Boston (July, 25th, 26th, 27th) entitled “Hacking and opening knowledge: back to where it started?“. The expedition will be an opportunity to visit labs and innovative places at Harvard university, MIT, BC and various makerspaces and hackerspaces. We will try to understand when and why the story started largely here.

The event will be in partnership with PSL research university.

To register, click here

To access to our program (provisional version), click here

Contact: collaborativespaces@gmail.com


The next event of RGCS Amsterdam will be held at the FreedomLab located at Plantage Middenlaan 62 in Amsterdam on Thursday 31 May @15:00 for a tour, and 16:00 for the paper presentation.

FreedomLab is “a creative strategy consultancy, a future studies thinktank and a campus.” The campus was founded in 2014 to “create a physical environment for crossover innovation” in which FreedomLab offers “co-work memberships, a creative environment for sessions or meetings and events and meetups.” They have graciously volunteered to host us, and I look forward to learning more about their campus.

Katie Stephenson will be presenting my working paper with colleagues Linda Putnam, Ari Kuisman, and Anu Sivunen titled “Spacing and Organizing: Process Approaches to Organizational Space.” Below you can find the abstract. We need to move on by 17:00 because FreedomLab is hosting an event, but I suggest we borrel at De Plantage on Plantage Kerklaan 36.


Le « séminaire indiscipliné » est un collectif de chercheurs (d’horizons divers : Université de Lyon, La Myne, Coexiscience, Research Group on Collaborative Spaces, etc.) qui tentent d’apporter des réponses pratiques à des questions complexes selon une méthode expérimentale, co-construite, évolutive, fondée d’une part sur la méthode scientifique et d’autre part sur la pratique des communs.
Chaque séance du séminaire est préparée avec une intention, un dessein (design), qui, pour faire court, consiste à résoudre, en pratique, un problème. Le savoir produit est actionnable, il vise à agir, à faciliter la prise de décision. Il est aussi circonstancié : sa validité dépend du contexte.
Chaque séance a vocation à faire avancer les connaissances sur le sujet travaillé (toutefois la validité de la connaissance produite est toujours remise en question) ; la connaissance produite de façon contributive est ouverte (selon les termes de la licence Creative Commons [BY-SA 4.0]), ce qui permet sa constante actualisation.
La prochaine séance du séminaire aura lieu le 17 mai 2018 à la Fabrique de l’Innovation (28-30 Avenue Gaston Berger, 69100 Villeurbanne, arrêt de tram Gaston Berger – campus LyonTech la Doua) de 10h à 12h30 se poursuivant par une déambulation créative (#OWEE).
Le thème de cette séance est « l’adaptocratie », autrement dit une réflexion à co-construire sur la manière de gouverner les organisations en commun.
Voici une introduction sur le sujet : https://pad.lamyne.org/adaptocracie_intro?both


We are happy to announce the first meeting of the Stockholm Chapter RGCS on June 13th!

Visit to a collaborative space and seminar for learning to know each other – more info to come!


RGCS London will organize a research seminar at Cass Business School on April 24th at 3pm, room 2005.

We will have two presentations, on entrepreneurship and Fablabs, followed by discussions. It will also be a good opportunity to chat about what we could do with the RGCS chapter in London. Our two presentations will be:

  • Organizational Imprinting Beyond the Founding Phase

Authors: Lien de Cuyper (presenter), Bart Clarysse, Nelson Phillips

  • Being fluid, being modern: Identifying practices that lead to effective interaction among permanent and temporary organisations

Authors: Maria Rita Micheli (IESEG School of Management), Amanda Shantz (Trinity College Dublin), Mario Campana (Goldsmiths, UoL / presenter), Marta Gasparin (University of Leicester).