Featured People: Meet the 2015 Idea Makers

The second edition of the Idea Camp follows our highly successful Idea Camp that was held in Marseille in 2014 on the theme of ‘Public Space’. It has been co-developed by ECF and the six hubs in our Connected Action for the Commons programme. This year, the Idea Camp will be hosted by Subtopia in Botkyrka, near Stockholm in Sweden.

The Idea Makers (Idea Camp 2015)

The theme of the Idea Camp 2015 is ‘Build the City’. Gathering together 50 inspirational Idea Makers from all across Europe, the Idea Camp is a collaborative working platform – a safe and open space for sharing and co-creation that addresses some of the most urgent challenges facing our continent today. The Idea Makers will be joined by some of Europe’s key thinkers, community hubs, some of the most engaged foundations, city developers and policy-makers – forming a wider community of practice with a shared commitment to strengthening the commons.

This year, our Idea Makers were selected from 400 applications and they come from 23 different countries from across Europe as well as neighbouring regions. They represent a range of sectors and their ideas offer a myriad of topics and methodologies. ECF seeks to support these exciting ideas at an early stage in their development in order to catalyse new approaches and new solutions. There are ideas focused on climate change, sustainable urban planning and design, reclaiming public space, management of shared resources and open source design. There are also ideas for welcoming migrants and supporting inhabitants of the ‘invisible’ city, ideas for community healing and social cohesion in cities that have experienced divisive conflicts.

You can read more about the Idea Makers and their ideas in our Ideas Booklet.

Selected participants (in alphabetical order) and their organisations

  • Michał Augustyn, Pracownia Dóbr Wspólnych (The Commons Lab)
  • Merve Bedir, Land+Civilization Compositions
  • Sophie Blake-Gallagher, The Peace Walls Project
  • Sophie Bloemen, Commons Network
  • Federico Brivio, Collectif Transbordeur
  • Viviana Checchia, Centre for Contemporary Arts - Glasgow (CCA)
  • Nicolai Chirnev 
  • Paul Currion, Ko Gradi Grad
  • Margot Deerenberg, Paradocks | bridging potential
  • Stefania del Torso, Lviv City Council - Tourism Department
  • Daniel García, Taller de Ficció + cccbarri
  • Loïc Fel, COAL I Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development
  • Elvira Gizatullina, Urban Institute Sreda / Master Program "Building The City Now!"
  • Ana Gonçalves, Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies (ESHTE) and Centre for Geographical Studies, IGOT-UL
  • Ale González, Arquitecturas Colectivas GRRR Working Group
  • Dzmitry Herylovich, Ecohome
  • Julia Heslop 
  • Eliza Hoxha, NGO "UrbaniaK"
  • Salvatore Iaconesi, Human Ecosystems
  • Tamar Janashia, Culture and Management Lab
  • Reem Khedr, Mahatat for contemporary art
  • Galina Raguzina, Ecodefense Kaliningrad
  • Josephine Leclercq, Fronteras
  • Lea Linin, PAC Multimedia
  • Juan López-Aranguren, Autobarrios (self-made neighbourhoods) 
  • Miguel Magalhães, EDA
  • Wojtek Matejko, Partnership for Jazdów Settlement
  • Silviu Medeșan 
  • Nela Milic 
  • Anel Moldakhmetova, Bureau Light and Space
  • Silvia Nanclares 
  • Anders Nilsson, Teater K
  • Truls Nord, FLUST
  • Sabina Ostermark, Civic Karlstad
  • Laura M. Pana, migrationlab
  • Irina Paraschivoiu, The Creative Room
  • Igor Ponosov, Partizaning
  • Laura Popplow, University of Applied Sciences Mainz
  • Ylva Rancken-Lutz, Ekenäs Story Caravan working group
  • Mohab Saber, El Madina for Performing and Digital Arts
  • Pedro Salguero, La Fábrika detodalavida
  • Antonia Schwarzmeier 
  • Antonio Sforna, Policentrica
  • Frederic Sultan, Remix the Commons
  • Zuzana Tabackova, SKRZ
  • Steve Threlfall, We Make Places CIC
  • Bea Varnai, UrbaMonde
  • Gökçe Su Yogurtcuoglu, MODE Istanbul
  • Maé Durant Vidal, Pezestudio
  • Razvan Zamfira, Poiana lui Iocan NGO