She is currently studying physics at the Universitat de Barcelona. In this area, she started an internship in the Observatori de l’Ebre and then began a project in La Mandarina de Newton. As a curious person with eager to learn, she combines her degree with music and languages and some monographic courses. Marta lives in a rural area and loves being surrounded by the mountains and nature. Most probably for that reason, she did not doubt in accepting to make part of the local scout association: she is a scout girl and collaborates as a monitor for four years now. She also participates in the organization of several local events, both cultural and festive acts. Collaborating with La Mandarina de Newton fulfils two of her passions: science and children.
She has a long experience in the fields of education, online communication and community dianmization. Pau has worked for over ten years in projects to create and manage online communities, from digital magazines to collaborative learning groups.
She joined Citilab shortly after its foundation, becoming part of its in Educational Area, where she developed new working methods based on cooperative and peer to peer learning. Later she was responsible for training programs for the managers for several Spanish Knowledge Centres. The methodologies she developed in the meantime relie heavily on the methods of learning by objectives and projects. She masters 2.0 application development for articulation of communities: blogs, social networks, microblogging, shared repositories, etc.. However, her main contribution in this area is the human component and its connection with motivation, learning and new roles in creative groups. Pau left Citilab in September 2010 to look for bigger opportunities to create an impact on the areas of collaborative culture. From her refuge in the Sierra de Aracena mountains in the South of Spain, she manages to keep working in innovative projects all around.
Pau describes itself as “digital plumber”, recognizing the value of the practical approach of the craftmen and women forlearning.
He graduated in Documentary Filmmaking at ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya). He has attended seminars by film directors José Luis Guerin and Patricio Guzman and was selected to take part in the Talent Campus, organized by Cine Regio during the International Film Festival Sitges 2007.
He has directed several documentaries for television, among which are El Camió (The Truck 2005), Salvem els Krokodillos (Save the Krokodillos, 2006), Krokodillos On The Road (2007) and CB Ciutat Vella (2008), all broadcasted by Televisió de Catalunya and / or BarcelonaTV. He has also been executive producer of Ciutat Vella CB and On The Road Krokodillos and co-producer of independent documentary What To Do?
Currently, he combines production taks for several audiovisual companies, institutions and advertising agencies with teaching, while developing several documentary projects, both independently and for various producers, but he is always open to new projects and proposals.
He is a graduate in visual communications and he has a Master on telecommunications and multimedia from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a Master in directing and producing creative documentaries by idEC. He was one of the founders and shareholder of the company Tangent Interactive and he also founded and is now the deputy director of AREAtangent (Cultural Association for the promotion of contemporary culture). He is a professor at the University. He teaches the disciplines: audiovisual projects and narrative and critical audiovisual. He is a member of the Design degree offered by the Universitat Ramon Llull, and has been awarded by this university for his professional and teaching career.
Sofia Menezes-Cabral holds a BA in Biochemistry from Universidade do Porto, Portugal, and a Ph.D. in Biology from Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal (a collaboration between PDBEB-CNC, Coimbra, Portugal and IBMB-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain). After more than 6 years as a researcher, Sofia decided it was time for a change in her career path and she enrolled in the Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication at the Universidat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She thought these would be the way to go and the perfect opportunity to merge her scientific knowledge and her creative side. She aims to help shorten the gap between Science and Society by developing and organizing innovative and engaging projects. She is now at La Mandarina de Newton doing her Master internship.
Neus Pavon studied a BS degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona. Meanwhile, she has been learning English, German and Italian. Learning languages is one of her great passions, as well as nature. Given her vocation for teaching, she worked for five years in a museum as Educator, where she was responsible for science workshops and guided tours. At that time she was also studying a Master on Scientific Communication. She did also an internship in the US and she is currently working at La Mandarina de Newton, teaching science workshops to children from 6 to 12 years old. Meanwhile she keeps learning languages. In addition to her interest in science, she is also passionate about music, photography and many other forms of art. For this reason, she spends her spare time with handicrafts and DIY projects, very helpful at the time of teaching some of the workshops.
From artificial intelligence to design for social (digital) innovation
I started in the area of Artificial Intelligence. There, the work of Herbert Simon, made me shift my focus slowly from technology to organization and design. I explored the agent paradigm, and specifically I used agent-based social simulation to study the interplay between collaboration, innovation, networks and emergence. This opened up a whole world of interdisciplinary work. I have interacted with scholars and practitioners from very different disciplines, such as Economy, Sociology, Organizational Behaviour and Design. My present interests are mainly in the creation and study of innovation dynamics, collaboration, and the emergence of collaborative design networks. I am focusing my research on how groups can design together new interaction systems for spawning new design processes, what some call research in metadesign.
The practice of social (digital) innovation: from centers to platforms and situations
I am one of the three founders of Citilab, a community innovation center in Barcelona, Spain, that connects citizens with research, innovation, and communication. It tries to turn them into active players in each of these areas. It is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Industry. It has been awarded several important international prizes, the last one the Urban Land Institute (ULI) award.
Citilab’s goal was to explore new organizational designs and new processes to generate social innovation from, with and for citizens. It used the design practices of the digital culture as its general framework since technological culture is a design culture. At Citilab I coordinated all the innovation activities … including the design of new methods of innovation.
My experience at Citilab reinforced my belief that new, innovative, citizen-centric organizations can explore new formats to engage people in cocreation. People really need, want and enjoy building together from their own needs and expertise. I have started to test new formats and interactions based on the concept of platform and public space. That is, to use current embrionic forms of collective organization already present on the net and to oportunistically take advantage of existing spaces (university campuses, museums, art galleries, technology centers, squares, and other public gathering points). Their function was to concentrate and spawn innovative activities of interest by citizens and for citizens. With the help of Irene Lapuente and the support of several institutions such as the Center for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona, the CoCreating Cultures platform was started very recenty. It explores the processes of collaborative design in science, technology, art and culture. My research is now focused on the “situation for innovation” concept which is tightly connected to technological collaborative design practices, digital innovation ecosystems and network creation. It is, in my view, a basic component of metadesign.
About my background: Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (1997). Postgraduate in Science Communication (Universitat Pompeu Fabra. also in 1997). Professor of Languages and Systems, Barcelona School of Informatics, of which I was Vicedean of innovation for six years. Affiliate researcher at the Center on Organizational Innovation at Columbia University (New York) and Senior Fellow at the Strategic Innovation Lab, Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto, Canada).