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Du collaboratif à l’université : les académiques doivent-ils devenir des « makers » ?

Du collaboratif à l’université : les académiques doivent-ils devenir des « makers » ?

By François-Xavier de Vaujany, Professeur, PSL-Université Paris-Dauphine (DRM), Université Paris Dauphine

Avec l’économie collaborative et l’économie du partage, le capitalisme est en train de connaître une mutation profonde. Plus que jamais, on entreprend, on expérimente, on bricole ensemble, on co-produit, on co-créé de la valeur pour le plus grand nombre, alimentant par-là même de nouvelles pratiques de travail.

Comment nos universités vivent-elles ce retournement ? Deviennent-elles plus collaboratives et ancrées dans le « faire » ? Faut-il les faire entrer de plain-pied dans ce « nouveau » monde ? A la fin du clivage entre producteurs et clients, salariés et entrepreneurs, faut-il également ajouter celui entre « sachant » et « apprenant » ?

Les universités : des communautés collaboratives très anciennes

Pour commencer, j’aimerais rappeler que le fonctionnement en communautés, l’horizontalité (évaluation par les « pairs ») et la préoccupation pour le développement d’un savoir « bien … Read more

Meeting point at the AOM 2016

Meeting point at the AOM 2016

We will organize an off-the-track workshop this year at the Academy of Management (Anaheim, 5th-10th August).

Join us if you are interested in collaborative communities, collaborative spaces, collaborative movements (coworkers, makers, fabbers, hackers…) and work transformations at large (new mobilities, telework, digital nomads, slashers, etc).

Very good cookies will be waiting for you 🙂

To know more about our event: Invitation – Workshop AOM Off the track collaborative communities

The coordinators

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Event of RGCS London: 17th June

Please find below the program of the next RGCS London which will take place the 17th June (4-6.30 PM) at Cass Business School

Invitation – RGCS London 17th June

The topic of this meeting will be: “Coworking spaces and coworking movements:  an overview of business models”

Looking forward to meeting you all

Best

François, Stefan, Hélène, Nathalie and Yesh

 

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RGCS White Paper (Version Alpha)

RGCS White Paper (Version Alpha)

Dear all,

Please find below the Alpha version of our White paper (in French):

Livre blanc RGCS_Version Alpha bis

The English-speaking version will be put on line very soon.

Best

RGCS teamp

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A process for RGCS White Paper

Please find below more information about RGCS White Paper

A process for RGCS White Paper

Version Alpha of the WP is already on line here

Version Omega, the final version of our White Paper, will be published in December in the context of RGCS Symposium in Paris

Best

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Call for papers – First RGCS Symposium 2016

Call for papers – First RGCS Symposium 2016

We are pleased to announce the first international symposium of the RGCS network:

 

 Friday, 16th December, 9:00 – 20:00 (9PM – 8PM) in Paris

  Work and workplace transformations:

The new communities of makers and entrepreneurs in the city

 

 Call for papers First RGCS symposium

  1. Topics of the symposium

 

This first international symposium will be a twofold opportunity.

Firstly, 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. The key topics discussed will be: the relationship between collaborative communities and work transformations as well as new collaborative spaces, the nature of their social movement, the new business models behind them, public policies and their impact on the collaborative dynamic, clusters and social hubs and their relationship with collaborative spaces, innovation and new innovative practices grounded … Read more

Une nouvelle clé pour comprendre les espaces collaboratifs : les communautés émotionnelles ?

Une nouvelle clé pour comprendre les espaces collaboratifs : les communautés émotionnelles ?

Max Weber ne cesse d’être découvert et redécouvert. C’est récemment en lisant ou relisant plusieurs de ses écrits que je suis tombé sur cette notion de « communautés émotionnelles » (Weber, 1971, &5, pp. 204-211).

Le concept est à mettre en perspective. Il est mentionné et défini dans le tome 2 d’Economie et société (traduction française de 1971 avec pour sous-titre : « L’organisation et les puissances de la société dans leur rapport avec l’économie). Le projet de Weber est d’articuler l’économique et le social en partant d’unités sociales, juridiques et historiques fondamentales : les communautés.

En particulier en occident, les communautés ont une histoire longue. Elles sont difficilement dissociables des « communautés domestiques » et de certaines de leurs extensions monastiques (j’ai évoqué dans un autre post la racine grecque du mot « abbé », abba, qui signifie « papa »). Les communautés sont le fondement, largement présentiel, … Read more

Collaborative spaces in Paris, Singapore and Sydney: so far, so close?

Collaborative spaces in Paris, Singapore and Sydney: so far, so close?

I am just back from a trip in Singapore and Sydney which has been an opportunity to visit 15 collaborative spaces (e.g. coworking spaces, fab lab and maker spaces).

What a strange feeling… going so far, and feeling so close to what I already know.

Firstly, feeling so close to what I have seen in France and other countries. Same pieces of furniture (post-its, acoustic bubbles, iconic ping-pong tables, chalk boards, Ikea seats and tables…), same space design (welcome desk, general L or U shape of the place…), same emphasis on a ‘community’ (see the charter of Stone & Chalk below), general use of open spaces punctuated sometimes by small closed offices…

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  • Picture 1: The community charter of Stone & Chalk in Sydney

This makes me realize, again, how global our world has become. People share the same information, the same training (e.g. standardized MBA programs), the same providers and … Read more

Collaboration in an academic building: the case of UTS new building in Sydney

Collaboration in an academic building: the case of UTS new building in Sydney

First of all, I would like to say that I really like UTS new building designed by Franck Gehry. It makes me think about Gaudi’s productions in Barcelona. The façade is amazing. The stairs (see picture below) and new amphitheaters are highly iconic. Volumes, lights, wood, glasses, are part of a great aesthetic experience.

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But I wonder if all this really leaves a room for everyday activities of administrative and technical staff, academics and students. Making a tour of the place (with a major academic of UTS) was a fantastic experience. But the day after this visit, I started wondering about something. A couple of years ago, campus and academic buildings were designed first. Then, they were enacted through campus tours with parents and prospective students. Today (in particular for this building), it seems that the campus and building tour is designed first (all iconic artifacts and glamorous trajectories are … Read more

Coworking spaces, maker spaces, fab labs: true communities?

After a set of new visits of coworking spaces and fab labs this week, I am more than ever skeptical or at least, lost, about the use of the notion of ‘community’.

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You will join a community, share a space, collective events. I’ve even heard the word ‘family’!

Let’s make a short detour. An historical detour again towards the history of western universities. It is often reminded that the word university comes from the latin word ‘universitas, universitatit, f’, which means (among others) ‘community’. Unversities have emerged for the Middle Age period. They are a typical collectivity of the Middle Age. The archetypal community of that time are monasteries (see previous post). With a strong set of rules, a major time and space unity. Monks of that time (and most monks today) are fully involved in collective life, day and night. Everybody is expected to respect the same rules, the … Read more