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EURAM 2016 Fab lab, coworking space, start-up accelerator… New spaces of cooperation?

EURAM 2016 Fab lab, coworking space, start-up accelerator… New spaces of cooperation?

By Julie Fabbri and Anna Glaser

visuel-euram-420x235During the 16th EURAM Conference in Paris (at Paris-Creteil University) we had the opportunity to organize a Development Working Group (DWG) entitled “Fab lab, coworking space, start-up accelerator… New spaces of cooperation?”. The DWG was sponsored by the SIG Entrepreneurship and took place on Friday, June 3rd 2016. We are happy to share to a broader audience what happened there.… Read more

Management as Transformative of Society and Politics

Management as Transformative of Society and Politics

Management is a tricky, pervasive word today. Everybody manages something: a budget, a house, a family, a team, a car… Beyond the omnipresence of management as a discourse and buzzwords, what is less obvious is the growing transformative effect of management (as a practice) on our everyday lives. Management transforms deep dimensions of our sense of togetherness and even, political life. The way we move inside and outside the city, the way we express (or not) ourselves in the context of public debates, modes of legitimacy and representativeness, are deeply changed, in particular by contemporary entrepreneurs and their disruptive business models. Their models are not only disruptive for their industry. There are also (and more and more) transformative for democracy, public infrastructure and public life at large.

The political effects of management are not new. In the 20s and 30s, Henry Ford, with his T model, also changed American society, … Read more

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

RGCS team… Read more

Quatrième réunion du WG « Politiques publiques »

4e Réunion RGCS, Working Group « Politiques publiques »: Mardi 15 mars 14h-16h (Dauphine, espace One):

Présentation de Raphael Suire (Université de Rennes) sur l’évaluation de la performance des fablabs (à partir d’une base de 80 fablabs européens), suivie d’une séance de questions et d’un temps de discussion.

Poursuite de la discussion sur le livret blanc RGCS (version alpha)
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

The collaborative economy and Robin Hood: Political experimentations without political visions?

The collaborative economy and Robin Hood: Political experimentations without political visions?

The collaborative economy is at the heart of contemporary capitalism. It relies massively on digital infrastructures and their necessary standards.

For some managers, it is the ideal setting for the experimentation of disruptive business models and global strategies. It enables rapid breakthrough for some young startups which become standards themselves in amazing time spans.

Beyond the sphere of management, global digital infrastructures enable disruptive political innovations for communities and social movements. The how and the why of these new kinds of social and political breakthroughs is the subject of numerous studies, e.g. in the field of management and organization studies, sociology, media studies or economics. More than ever, activism has become a connected exercise.

But beyond such emergent attempts, it seems that some major political ideas are tested at a global scale. Friedrich Hayek’s invitation to introduce multiple and competing currencies in the same national context have started. Numerous virtual … Read more

Les transformations du travail : vers un capitalisme d’assembleurs ?

Les transformations du travail : vers un capitalisme d’assembleurs ?

Pour beaucoup, une transformation profonde du travail serait en cours, et avec elle, une transformation fondamentale du management et de la société. Cela fait-il partie d’un débat public, voire politique ? Pas vraiment. Mais là n’est pas le sujet de la courte réflexion que j’aimerais restituer ici.

Avec le développement massif (et politiquement arrangeant) de l’entrepreneuriat, l’explosion du travail indépendant et du télétravail, la massification de l’externalisation (en particulier dans le domaine des données et de leur traitement), le capitalisme connaît une forme de liquéfaction. Si notre monde a été largement couvert d’organisations, si d’autres l’ont souhaité totalement régulé par un marché, ce sont aujourd’hui les assembleurs qui semblent dominer les transformations en cours.

Les vastes cathédrales (type grands groupes multinationaux) existent toujours. Elles se font et se feront sans doute plus rares. Certaines sont largement patinées par le temps, et ont, quoi qu’elles fassent, un air suranné. D’autres appellent … Read more

Work transformations and the teaching of management: towards the end of business schools (as they are?)

Work transformations and the teaching of management: towards the end of business schools (as they are?)

Academics in the area of management are often invited to draw managerial implications about their research. This is often part of a section called “managerial implications” or “implications for practice” (in scientific journals). Most of the time, this results in extremely expected and unsurprising things. Beyond that, I have always found strange to put myself in the shoes of a manager… who will never read my article.

Research about work and workplace transformations could be a unique opportunity to make a key managerial contribution: rethinking management teaching.

What is the focus of most teachings today? I would say structures, tools, techniques, procedures and projects.

What is already a key lesson of most research about work and workplace transformations, the so-called end of waged employment, and the generalization of entrepreneurship? The new line necessary to follow the deep dynamic of capitalism, society and management is more and more grounded into practices … Read more

Manifeste pour une vraie politique publique en matière d’espaces collaboratifs

Manifeste pour une vraie politique publique en matière d’espaces collaboratifs

Depuis janvier de cette année, je réfléchis à une offre de formation aux nouveaux métiers liés à la conception et la gestion des espaces collaboratifs. Dans les fab labs, les espaces de coworking, les maker spaces, les hacker spaces, les media labs, les labs… de nouveaux métiers apparaissent. De nouvelles compétences également. Un individu ou un petit collectif d’individus doivent : savoir concevoir et faire évoluer les espaces, organiser des évènements, être des médiateurs, être des techniciens IT, faire la maintenance de certaines machines, gérer des formations, organiser des réseaux sociaux entre les membres et entre les anciens de l’espace, communiquer et gérer les visites, administrer et gérer les finances du lieu, etc.

Sur ces sujets, les échanges avec les acteurs académiques, les gestionnaires d’espaces collaboratifs, les collectifs et les acteurs publics ont souvent été étonnants, voire décevants. « Petit marché pas encore assez mature », « acteurs pas assez … Read more