OPTION 1: “Creativity: It Will Probably Save the World (and Help Your Business Too) by Sofiane Ben Chaabane, co-founder of the Tunisian concept store and brand, Lyoum. Like it or not, your coworking space is a brand. A brand you need to create, build and develop, to turn it into an key/essantial actor in your ecosystem. How to do so ? There are no easy answers. Putting creativity at the center is a good start… Location: Arabica I OPTION 2: “Greening Your Business” by Marnix Van Holland, Programme Development Manager for the Hivos Green Society program. Coworking spaces has a direct role to play regarding nature and the environment in general. But what does it mean for you? And what can YOU do? This workshop will discuss the environmental impact YOU have already, the impact you CAN have, and what you might/ could improve in terms of your environmental footprint, plus WHY you should! Location: Tipasa Room OPTION 3: “How to Network for Awkward Humans” by Carly Slater, an entrepreneur, community director, event producer, executive coach, and public speaker. Despite our very best efforts, at some point we have to talk to other humans. For anyone who identifies as “awkward,” this can be very challenging. This talk explains why shy, awkward and stand-off-ish audiences happen, and reveals why “icebreakers” don’t work. In this workshop, participants will learn “HTTP for humans” – a humorous and pragmatic look at the venn diagram between neuroscience and social norms, with a few take-aways that will help them to create inviting, inclusive and successful networking environments. Location: Arabica II
Spark sessions are short, inspiring talks designed to give the audience a burst of energy and get them thinking. In this session, Marnix Van Holland from the Hivos Green program will discuss the current momentum for collaboration and how, at the end of the day, we are not simply job seekers, but job creators.
Spark sessions are short, inspiring talks designed to give the audience a burst of energy and get them thinking. In this session, Maie El Zeiny from the social incubator Nahdet El Mahrousa will discuss a pilot study on creative entrepreneurship in Egypt and key takeaways for supporting art and cultural sectors in the region.
Over the course of the three-day summit, participants will be given dedicated time to work together and with the trainers on a specific project or initiative. This session will serve to introduce this activity and get participants thinking about their collaboration project.
This second collaboration session will follow-up on the initial brainstorm and agenda-setting started earlier in the day. During this time, participants will select the most salient ideas begin working on a project in a small group, which will be sustained over the next two days and presented during the summit’s closing ceremony.
Option 1: ” Raising Funds from NGOs, Foundations & Other Institutional Donors” by Evert van der Meulen, the chief fundraising for New Silk Roads and who has experience in raising millions of euros for various NGOs and coworking spaces. Coworking spaces are, at heart, social enterprises. That means that you are more than just your business model, and your options for funding and investment go beyond the commercial sector. This workshop is about how to translate the ‘social’ aspect of your space into non-commercial funding opportunities. Location: Arabica I Option 2: “How Coworking Spaces Can Support Startup Growth and Exits” by Khaled Helioui, CEO of Bigpoint, one of the leading online mobile gaming companies in Europe. Part of a coworking space’s mission is to nurture and support local startups, including as startups start to grow and rapidly scale up. This workshop will cover the main shortfalls and bottlenecks in the growth path of a startup and what to consider and take account when preparing for an exit from the perspective of an entrepreneurship and ecosystem support structures, like coworking spaces. Since the management of a startup evolves dramatically from early stage to scale and sale, coworking spaces are well placed to provide the perspective that startups most often lack. Location: Tipasa Room Option 3: Effectuation for Coworking Spaces, by Keith Wallace of De Investeerdersclub and Hivos Impact Investments As coworking spaces develop and grow, it is essential for each space to have a strong business plan which looks beyond just the nuts and bolts of daily operations. This workshop pushes coworking spaces a step forward to think about their business models, added-value, and role within their entrepreneurship ecosystem. Location: Arabica II
Option 1: “Plan and Manage Your Results” by Arthur Steiner, Project Manager of Mideast Creatives. The coworking community is filled with great ideas that will truly change the world if put into action! This workshop will give participants all the necessary tools to transform their idea into an implementable plan and the necessary skills to run a successful social enterprise. Location: Arabica I Option 2: “Will They buy it? Customer Development 101” by Maie El Zeiny, Incubator Manager at Nahdet El Mahrousa, Egypt’s leading incubator for early-stage social enterprises. As entrepreneurs, we must learn to successfully engage our full ecosystem of players: the team, partners, beneficiaries, customers, suppliers, investors, media, local communities, society and more. In this workshop, participants will identify, map, and prioritize stakeholders; analyze their respective relationships to these groups; and use this understanding to harness the power of co-creation. Location: Arabica II Option 3: “Impact Assessment for Coworking Spaces” by Rima Abou Baker, Management, Monitoring and Communication Officer with GIZ. “A goal without a plan is just a wish,” so the famous saying goes. This workshop will assist space managers in learning to plan, monitor, and evaluate their activities to best transform their many fantastic ideas and dreams into successful, impactful programs. Location: Tipasa Room
Spark sessions are short, inspiring talks designed to give the audience a burst of energy and get them thinking. In this talk, Rima Abou Baker will discuss the exciting, inspiring, and sometimes unexpected findings of Istebdaa’s study of coworking spaces in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Jordan.
Spark sessions are short, inspiring talks designed to give the audience a burst of energy and get them thinking. In this talk, Carly will map out how personal space works, including a fun real-time demo exercise that you can take away and use anytime!
Option 1: “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling: How to Create a Perpetually Inclusive Environment” by Carly Slater, an entrepreneur, community director, event producer, executive coach, and public speaker. Co-working communities are built to be open, welcoming and collaborative, right? So why is it that over time, they start to lose that loving feeling? This workshop will break down the building blocks of ongoing communities, identify pitfalls, and most importantly arm you with tools to create real solutions. Location: Arabica I Option 2: “Initiating and Financing Art Spaces” by Kim Beckers,a former civil servant that now specializes in redeveloping buildings and serves as an advisor for art spaces and Floor Ziegler, a bottom-up community builder, talent finder, advocate, and bridge-builder. Drawing from Kim’s experience in Amsterdam, this workshop will cover the basics of financing art spaces as well as creative, practical ideas for operating creative spaces on a budget. In this context, the trainers will work directly with participants to identify different types of financing needs and co-create solutions to these specific opportunities and challenges. Location: Arabica II
Option 1: “Community Building from the Bottom Up” by Kim Beckers,a former civil servant that now specializes in redeveloping buildings and serves as an advisor for art spaces and Floor Ziegler, a bottom-up community builder, talent finder, advocate, and bridge-builder. Coworking spaces are all about building community, but where do we start? And how? In this workshop, Kim and Floor will cover examples and tools of how to empower pioneers, innovative ways to involve unexpected persons within these communities, and inspiring examples of bottom-up community building. This workshop will draw from Floor’s experiments in stimulating new pioneers and creating new communities across the Netherlands. Location: Arabica I Option 2: “Open Source Storytelling Tools for Hub-Makers” by Lotte van Elp, from Open° – a global meeting place for hub-makers, and who has spent most of her working life working with youth and media makers in Afghanistan and Sudan. Storytelling is an essential part of building a coworking space’s identity, spreading the word about all the exciting work that the space is doing, and promoting the concept of coworking to the larger community. This workshop is a participatory crash course in open source storytelling tools for text, video, audio and social media channels where participants will learn from inspiring stories and examples from Mideast Creatives peers and beyond. Location: Arabica II