Work and Workplace Transformations: Between Communities, Doing, and Entrepreneurship

1st International RGCS Symposium

Friday, 16th December 2016 – Paris (France)


This 1st International RGCS Symposium will be a threefold opportunity:

First, it aims at gathering academics and practitioners interested in work and workplace transformations, in particular at the level of collaborative communities and social movements (coworkers, hackers, makers, fab labers…) embodying and conveying them. We are particularly interested in discussing following questions:

  • Coworking communities, coworking movements: what’s new for organizations, entrepreneurs and project leaders?
  • Collaborative communities and collaborative movements: new muses for management or counter-cultures?
  • Makers and maker movements: a new industrial and artistic revolution?
  • Collaborative communities, hacktivism and city renewal: towards new civilinfrastructures for citizens and consumers?

Second, this symposium will be an opportunity to diffuse and present the final version of RGCS White Paper 2016. It is the result of a collective work between the different RGCS chapters (Paris, London, Montreal, Lyon/Grenoble, Barcelona). The objective of the White Paper is to explore the current state of the art of public policies and corporate strategies related to collaborative communities and spaces and to make propositions for academics, society, policy makers, etc.

Third, the symposium’s objective is to interact in depth with new people and to bring closer the international community that is working on these emerging subject thanks to several interactive social events. There will be for example a night guided tour by the conservateur of the Musée d’Orsay, an interactive Parisian expedition to discover the collaborative landscape of the city, and an artistic exposition of Berlin’s collaborative spaces in the Parisian City Hall.

Website: Twitter: @collspaces LinkedIn: Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS)

Submission process

Academic submissions will be based on an extended abstract (1,000 words without references and appendices, in English, Times New Roman font, 12-point, 1.5-spaced).

The proposal must be submitted as an email attachment (doc or pdf) and should contain in the upper left corner authors’ names, institutional affiliations, email, and postal address. Please name the abstract: “FAMILYNAME-2016-RGCS”.

Interested participants must submit to by July 16th, 2016 indicating on the subject line: 1st RGCS Symposium 2016 Paris.

We strongly encourage academics from various backgrounds and regions to submit an abstract. We wish to have a strong diversity of trends and practices of various cities and territories.

Possible but not exhaustive topics:

  • the relationship between collaborative communities and work transformations,
  • the relationship between collaborative communities and new collaborativespaces,
  • the social movement nature of collaborative communities,
  • the new business models behind collaborative communities,
  • public policies and their impact on collaborative communities andcollaborative dynamics,
  • clusters and social hubs and their relationship with collaborative spaces,
  • innovation and new innovative practices grounded into collaborativecommunities and collaborative spaces,
  • social and critical perspectives about collaborative communities,
  • digital transformation and collaboration, etc.Website: Twitter: @collspaces LinkedIn: Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS)


  • Abstract submission: July 16th, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: September 16th, 2016
  • Preregistration: For a better estimation of the number of participants we kindly askyou to preregister here:
  • Final Registration for the symposium & Social events: October 16th, 2016
    • Registration form will be send out in September
    • All people (academics, practitioners, politicians, etc.) interested inparticipating in the symposium are welcome (even if they have not submittedan abstract!)
    • Registration will be free of charge but the number of seats at the symposiumwill be limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come first-servedbasis.
  • Symposium: December 16th, 2016 in Paris (France)Further details on the venue will be published through the RGCS website ( and the Twitter hashtag #RGCS2016.Looking forward to meeting you all in Paris!