VISITS on Wednesday & Thursday
During the 4th ENoLL Living Lab Summer School, participants get the change to get out into the (urban) fields. Developing global knowledge exchange through local action, all participants are invited to meet Manchester based local organisations and individuals involved as change agents, innovators and entrepreneurs through a series of study visits with the focus on how local innovation can benefit from cross-border collaboration in exchanging ideas, practice and experiences.
Ask more information and register to the visits at the Registration Desk at the Summer School!
Visit 1 (13:00-14:00) Your Host Venue Manchester School of Arts
Over the lunchtime period there will be an opportunity to tour Manchester School of Art (part of Manchester Metropolitan University) and the venue for this year’s Living Lab Summer School. Manchester School of Art is the largest art school outside of London and this year moved into a new £35m purpose-built home. There will the an opportunity to visit workshops in ceramics, glass, media textiles, print fine art etc and to learn more about the 175 year history of the school. (40 mins). Following this, there will an optional introduction and tour of the Digital Innovation Centre at MMU. Work is currently underway to refurbish an old engineering shed on campus which will become the location for start-up digital businesses alongside university teaching and research. This facility is due to open early 2014 and intends to become part of the Living Lab network and is already on the lookout for collaborative partnerships. (20 mins).
Led by Paul Bason, Director of Creative Manchester at MMU.
Visit 2 (15:00-17:00) Manchester: the ‘original, modern industrial city’
One hour walking tour of the heart of the industrial revolution which started in Manchester plus an optional visit to the award winning Museum of Science and Industry (MoSI) which is free of charge but closes at 17.00 so the idea is to get there before 16.00. Learn about the Roman origins of Manchester, the Flemish weavers who came to the city in the 1360s, the start of the industrial revolution in the 1700s and what Frederick Engels thought of the city in the 1840s.
Led by Dave Carter of Manchester City Council.
Visit 3: Open Data: Nurturing Community to Build Capacity within a City (at MDDA, 14:00-15:45)
This visit and workshop will take place at the offices of the local co-host MDDA and focus on how investing in communities of practice can create tangible opportunities for creativity and cross sector collaboration within a city. The workshop will include a case study of Open Data Manchester, a community who are interested in realising the potential of open data to benefit citizens, business and public bodies in Greater Manchester and beyond. It is a diverse community of developers, activists, artists, journalists and public sector employees.
- Drew Hemment (CEO of FutureEverything)
- Julian Tait (Head of Innovation at FutureEverything)
- Lloyd Henning (Director of FoxDog studios)
- Representative from Trafford Council (a neighbouring municipality to Manchester)
Visit 4: Let's Go Global (time tbc)
Let’s Go Global – Creative Media
Lets Go Global is a creative media organisation based in MediaCityUK. We combine art, education, film-making, digital development and training.Let’s Go Global believes that art is a powerful tool for people to use tell their stories. For this reason, creativity is at the core of all they do. They work across all art forms & artistic practises. They are excited by the potential digital media has to democratise and give every person a voice, and this is a tool often used. Everybody to be able to develop the skills to have an active and creative role in their community.
Let’s Go Global is more-than-profit organisation, reinvesting the profit back into communities to support digital and creative activity.
Visit 5 Growing Gorton at Gorton Monastery (time tbc)
You will be taken from the conference hall a ten minute ride to Gorton in East Manchester. Gorton has some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country. While much of the rest of the city enjoyed a programme of investment and renewal, when it came to Gorton’s turn the British government had embarked on a programme of severe austerity measures.The venue for this visit is Gorton Monastery (www.themonastery.co.uk) a deconsecrated Victorian Gothic masterpiece by the famous architect EW Pugin. Local people witnessed its deconsecration and abandonment and the dereliction that followed. They also saw the process of its rebirth: recognition by the World Monuments Foundation (alongside Machu Piccu and the Taj Mahal) as one of the world’s most endangered buildings and the remarkable story of restoration that followed. The Monastery now pays its way as a multi-award winning events centre, 100% of the profits reinvested into the upkeep of the building and the community, with plans underway to develop a major community and visitor centre.In keeping with its Franciscan traditions, the Monastery team has started to quietly catalyse a number of coproduction activities that contribute towards the community regeneration of Gorton. As well as an opportunity to look around this architecturally stunning building, ENoLL Summer School Visitors to the Monastery will see short presentations on a number of the Growing Gorton initiatives:UN recognition for Greater Manchester as a Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development. Gorton Monastery successfully led this bid and is now the hub of one of the handful of centres globally, not to be located in a university. Greater Manchester’s focus is on human sustainability.
Food security, including Gorton Ecocentre, Growing Faith in Community and “Boxfarm,” all initiatives to encourage the growing and waste reduction of food. While the first two programmes are traditional, Boxfarm is an innovation utilising shipping containers equipped with low voltage aquaponics units on brownfield sites. It will include an initiative agreed with Community Police in which equipment taken from raids on illegal cannabis farms (often the lofts of domestic homes) is given to the Boxfarm team for food growing, with ambitions to redirect the skills of cannabis farmers in a restorative justice model;
Visits 6 (time tbc) MadLab (Manchester Digital Living Lab)
An open learning and experimentation environment for adults, informal learners, digital groups and the wider Manchester community of learners, creators and tinkerers. Calling all geeks, artists, designers, illustrators, hackers, innovators and idle dreamers; the Manchester Digital Laboratory is here for you! It’s a space you can get together with like-minded individuals and work on your urban gardening, crochet, hacking, programming, media arts, filmmaking, animating project without worrying that you’re in a library, coffee shop, pub or other unsuitable venue. They know hackers and craftspeople need work space and may need to get down and dirty – we also know sometimes you need a quiet area to present and show works to your peers. We support both activities. MadLab welcomes a rich mix of individuals who’ll get out of the usual zones, the knitter talking to the software architect, the cupcake maker scheming with the laser etching builder. We know some good will come of this.
This visit to Manchester Digital Lab (MadLab): Manchester’s unique creative space for bottom up open innovation with a range of examples of work in progress, including:
- DIYBio: with DNA extraction – including tiki-DNA extraction (rum!); E-Coli heat shock demo and the Tongue Census – are you a supertaster?
- Local developers: such as HacMan, Manchester Girl Geeks, Rasp Pi with short practical demos;
- Internet of Things: DIY sensor build using arduinos
- Working with young people: code clubs in schools and the UK’s ‘Young Rewired State – YRS’ hackathon