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Exploring the new spaces of entrepreneurship: an illustrated report of a learning expedition in Montreal

Exploring the new spaces of entrepreneurship: an illustrated report of a learning expedition in Montreal

On May 15th, 2018, the Montreal’s RGCS (Research Group on Collaborative Spaces) chapter organized a learning expedition through coworking spaces and start-up incubators chosen for their diversity (technological and social entrepreneurship) and their location in the city, in order to propose a 1-day walkable itinerary through 3 different neighborhoods of Montreal: downtown, Mile-End and Mile-Ex. We experimented some of the OWEE method’s principles, by walking together in the city, collecting visual and written data, sharing it on social media and having informal and semi-directed discussions.

This post is a collective illustrated report of this learning expedition.


1. Welcoming the participants in MTLab

On the same week, ESG UQAM was holding an international conference on entrepreneurship, the Journées Georges Doriot 2018, providing the opportunity to form a group of 20 participants interested in new forms and spaces of entrepreneurship (scholars, students and practitioners).

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Academia in the Mirror of Street Art: Back to a Recent Walk in Paris

Academia in the Mirror of Street Art: Back to a Recent Walk in Paris

This was a rainy day. On June, 14th, an alternative academic network (RGCS ) has organized a great learning expedition about street art in the 13th district (« arrondissement ») of Paris.

This Open Walked Event-Based Experimentation (OWEE) was an opportunity to mix academics with entrepreneurs and street artists. A group of 20 people thus walked in the grey and cold streets of Paris this day. The context helped us to realize how colored and warm street art can be!

We started with a meeting point and a first discussion at the town hall of the 13th arrondissement. The deputy major explained us the history and context of street art here. We then walked around from one point to another (see the hashtag #oweesa and our album) before the final destination at les Frigos.

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Track about coworkers, hackers and makers, EGOS 2018 in Tallin

Track about coworkers, hackers and makers, EGOS 2018 in Tallin


The European Group on Organization Studies (EGOS) organizes an annual conference about organizations, organizing and society. The event is interdisciplinary and covers numerous intellectual and scientific debates about the dynamic of organizations and organizing.

A sub-theme (convened by Janet Merkel, Stefan Haefliger and me) was about « Co-workers, Hackers & Makers: Transforming and Making Visible Work Practices« .

22 papers discussed how collaborative communities, collaborative spaces, collaborative movements transform and/or make visible (new) work practices. Researchers in Management & Organization Studies, Economic Geography, Urban Sociology, MIS… participated to the discussion.

Introductory ppts can be accessed here

Summary of the concluding discussions and avenues for further research, in this Framapadd:

Looking forward to your feedbacks!

Janet, Stefan & François, convenors of the sub-theme










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Art & coworking: opening event of RGCS Stockholm

Art & coworking: opening event of RGCS Stockholm

We are pleased to share with you the program of our opening event which will take place in Stockholm on  June 13th:

9 am Visit at Transit

Transit is both a site and a collaboration partner for freelance film makers, musicians, performing artists, fine artists and designers. We who work at Transit know that a dynamic and accepting environment helps many artists and their companies to develop both artistically and economically

We will meet outside their building at LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm10.45 am

Visit to Goto at 10 AM (

Goto 10 is the only free start and meet up space in Stockholm for anyone who wants to develop their internet ideas – with or without a business idea or start-up plans. We have space available for free for all our members to work during regular office hours. We also offer space for free lectures, seminars, networking events … Read more

Walking the Talk, Talking the Place: Three Research Protocols for Learning Expeditions

Walking the Talk, Talking the Place: Three Research Protocols for Learning Expeditions

Walking the talk, talking the place: Three research protocols for learning expeditions


Jeremy Aroles, Hélène Bussy-Socrate and François-Xavier de Vaujany


Managers, customers, citizens, entrepreneurs and researchers are being transformed into knowledge tourists but more rarely into ‘knowledge voyageurs’. Field trips, learning trips and learning expeditions epitomize a new trend in embodied explorations of places likely to bring learning and new knowledge with them. These transformative experience mainly consist in a set of visits to places and territories, between one day and one week, integrated into a program and narrative giving an orientation to this partly walked experience. Being ‘outside’ traditional frames and context of life and work is expected to produce something particular.

Most of the time, the visit starts at a meeting point where organizers introduce the agenda of the day. Participants are then guided to the first place where they meet the owner of the place (i.e. … Read more

Learning Expedition : RGCS et How I met my startup – 29 mars 2018

Learning Expedition : RGCS et How I met my startup – 29 mars 2018

Depuis 5 ans, How I met my start-up propose aux étudiant.e.s de Paris et d’Île-de-France de partir à la découverte de start-up innovantes et dynamiques qui ouvrent leurs portes le temps d’une matinée ou d’une journée. L’objectif : découvrir l’univers de travail en start-up, les métiers qu’on y exerce et pourquoi pas, y décrocher son futur job !

RGCS rejoint l’aventure en dispersant des chercheurs dans plusieurs parcours. L’objectif pour nous est de peaufiner la méthode OWEE, voire, de faire émerger de nouvelles perspectives en lien avec les thèmes principaux de l’équipe (espaces de travail, collaboratifs, innovation, tiers lieux, learning expedition).

Les participants sont tous invités à participer de manière réflexive à cette « learning expedition ». Ils pourront ainsi compléter le questionnaire en ligne ci-dessous :

Merci à tous pour votre aide !

Contact : Anna Glaser, ESCP Europe ( )

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A learning expedition about street art: why?

A learning expedition about street art: why?

  1. Back to an initial dream: walking together, collaborating together…

In September 2016, a small network of scholars and practitioners (RGCS) experimented a first learning expedition in Barcelona. This event gathered students, artists, designers and academics interested in the new places for entrepreneurship and innovation.

After an opening event in a coworking space, we had the opportunity to spend two days in Barcelona visiting coworking spaces and makerspaces. We walked a lot together, shared numerous ideas, had fun, tweeted while walking and commenting what we just saw. Entering into spaces, visiting them, and then going out and sharing long walk in the city was both something very simple and very complex at the same time. At the end, isn’t it what we do all day? Coming in and out, walking? But quickly came the idea that this could also be a method, a set of techniques and routines we … Read more

New PhD: Boukje Cnossen ! \o/

New PhD: Boukje Cnossen ! \o/

On January 16th, Boukje Cnossen defended her PhD thesis at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management of Tilburg University, the Netherlands.


The main focus of her thesis concerned organizing practices between solo-entrepreneurs in the creative industries. The thesis is positioned in the field of organisation studies, more specifically in the stream of research known as CCO, or the communicative constitution of organisation, which regards organisations as temporary outcomes of discursive and material practices. The thesis engages with various literatures, such as actor-network theory and autonomist philosophy.

Empirically speaking, the thesis consists of different qualitative case studies into creative spaces and a collective of cultural entrepreneurs and artists in Amsterdam.

The three chapters deal with:

  • (1) the politics of self-organizing practices between independent workers in creative spaces, and their relation to the institutional context affording such spaces,
  • (2) the role of material objects in constituting communities
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Science popularization seminar #RGCSParis

Science popularization seminar #RGCSParis

by Aurore Dandoy (Université PSL Paris-Dauphine), Bérénice Thouin (La Fabrique des Territoires Innovants) and Christian Simon (Fablab Sorbonne Universités)


In February 2018, the #RGCSParis seminar took place in an intriguing fablab : FabLab SU. Why intriguing ?
– First, because it is a multisited fablab, situated in different areas of the university, based on the uses and the users of each part. We only visit three spaces on five but they were so different that we immediately understand the benefits of multisites.
– Second, because they are a real interdisciplinary places where everyone is welcome!
Espace Créa – Meeting point
We started with a meeting point at 17:30 in the Espace Créa, because it is closer to the entrance and easier to see how many participants we would be. We met
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Creativity, collaborative spaces and ambiance #RGCSGrenoble

Creativity, collaborative spaces and ambiance #RGCSGrenoble

By Sabine Carton (Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CERAG)

Grenoble, the 13th of February 2018 – RGCS Coordinators : Guy Parmentier and Sabine Carton, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CERAG



We thank CoWorkIn Grenoble for graciously hosting the event. We thank our two presentators : Maxime Mellard (Univ. Grenoble Alpes) and Rainer Kazig ( Social Geographer,  CNRS UMR CRESSON- School of architecture,  Grenoble) for their insightful presentations.

First presentation by Maxime Mellard, PhD Student at Univ. Grenoble Alpes.

He reported how a collaborative space in Lyon (La Cordée) tries to stimulate creativity : the physical space, the organization, and people . He first comes back to the definition of creativity. He then analyzes how the space, the event organization as well as the state of … Read more