CivicWise at Tenerife Isla Colaborativa


This week, from the 19th to the 24th of September, CivicWise will participate to a great event Tenerife Isla Colabortiva in the Faculty of Bellas Artes of the La Laguna University (ULL)

Tenerife Isla Colabortiva is:

  • An opportunity to discover the major aims of a new economic system, to explore common actions in order to implement this changement and define common  strategies for a collaborative process and management  of urban transformation in Tenerife and Canary Islands
  • A unique event to get in contact with an advanced and intensive training on collaborative economy by the main local and international experts.
  • A great chance to connect locals actions and projects in order to enhance the construction of a collaborative ecosystem in Tenerife and Canary Islands.

During this event Civicwise will organise different events following 7 differents axes:

  1. Supply and local and responsible economy
  2. Production and energy as commons
  3. Collaborative Economy
  4. free and open access culture and knowledge
  5. Neighborhood relations as common values
  6. Livable cities and common spaces
  7. Informal Education

The CivicWise community will be represented globally by an intervention of Domenico di Siena giving a talk about city as human scale and collective spaces; locally by CivicWise Canarias that will be actively involved in the Tenerife Collaborativa events with a specific project called AGORA.

AGORA is a physical and conceptual space that brings together all debates and reflection activities on civic engagement and innovation in an integrated management of the territory. Its aim is to foreshadow the role that could have a international Civic Factory Network.

A Civic Factory Network  is a project developed by the CivicWise community to create a network of places of knowledge, learning, action and reflection to foster a collaborative working amongst the differents actors that contribute to the urban transformations of the city like citizens, professionals, public sector and private sector.

AGORA will be a catalyst multifunctional space organise as follow:

  • Information Space
  • Dynamic Space :  workshop organisation and coordination
  • Ephemeral and flexible Space : we wants to settle down a recognizable physical presence around the city and Canarias islands during and after the festival to promote collaborative initiatives in Canarias
  • Space of reflections and debates : to animate formal and informal discussions
  • Space of conviviality : an informal place where people can exchange , discuss and built networking sharing a coffee, a lunch or a chillout area.

AGORA  will be a moment to presents and discuss about some important local projects developed by Civicwise Canarias.The local community is leading 2 fundamental research project:

  • InsuLab : an international research Lab about insularity through the analysis of the local environment introducing transversal concepts.The principal aim of this research laboratory is to create an international observatory of resilient insular solutions in a worldwide perspective.
  • RuralLab : a local international research laboratory to develop specific model acting in the local territory as an hybridization between urban and rural environment.

And 2  local projects in process:


A project developed in 2 actions:

a first action is a participatory and social process that tries to generate an active community around cultural, social and physical activities and that helps to improve and stir the facilities into action. The aim is to create an open cultural center, built around a collective management across collective intelligence, collaborative design and civic empowerment;

a second action consist in the rehabilitation of the facilities of a private socio-cultural center in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain

For more information about this project look at :

Youtube channel:

Facebook page :




Is a project to promote spontaneous civic actions leaded by citizens through informal education strategies and empowering the collective intelligence.

This project will be developed in 6 differents actions :

  • Set up a Civic Space (Civic Factory): transformation of an abandoned school in a civic lab
  • Mapping prosumers initiatives
  • Civic School
  • From Human to Human: a platform to exchange objects in the city
  • Co-construction of public equipments in differents neighborhood
  • My firs public space: civic lessons in the schoolyard as a first example of civic public space

For more information follow twitter @cwCanarias

To follow the Tenerife Collaborativa event :@tfcolaborativa





CivicWise | Get Involved!

It took several months but finally here we are with our brand new website. We hope you can appreciate it. This is the first version. Soon we will active new features. Now it’s time to spread the word and get CivicWise known.

Now you has the opportunity to get involved on our activities and governance.

You can choose between four different roles: Friends, Members, CivicWisers, Connectors
You can find an outline about Members at >

Friends are those who follow us on social networks or our Magazine. They participate in our activities without further long term involvement.

Members are those who want to be part of the community more actively.
To get engaged, they fill in a form identifying the communities and values they belong or relate to. From 2016 members pay a small membership fee. Members are “participants” thus they are not responsible for the activities, although their level of engagement can be very high. Members have access to all information from google drive and communication platforms, such as slack, high value newsletter and discourse.

How does one become a member?
Select membership here >

The civicwisers are the main actors in the CivicWise community. They can
act completely autonomously. They can use the brand to initiate projects and
circles. They can make money with them and can provide consulting on these
activities. However, they must commit to a very active role in the community.

The Connectors are responsible for taking care of networks and the Civicwise global
community. They are in charge of accelerating the flow of internal operations and exchange of knowledge, as well as promoting synergies, connecting projects, people and territories. They can earn money and once Civicwise has available funds the Connectors can be eligible for receiving a salary.

How to become a Civicwiser or a Connector?
First selectmembership here and fill the form >
Following you need to a public message on our debate platform “Discourse”. Here you can see an example >
In this post, one has to publicly declare that he/she wants to be a CivicWiser or a Connector and describe what kinds of projects and activities he/she is interested in developing. There is no subsequent selection process. Once the post is published, the person automatically becomes a Civicwiser or a Connector. After a six months period the respective person has to publish a report that will provide a description of the undertaken activities during this period. Over the course of this six months, the person will have to be active on Discourse and support various projects. This provides a way of sharing knowledge and values with the community. If at any time anyone believes that anything declared in the report is false, the collective evaluation will take place and decisions will be made on whether the person can remain Civicwiser or Connector.

What does Civicwise offer?
As a form of value, Civicwise provides a federated system to its members, so that the values, knowledge and reputation generated anywhere in the world will serve as a support for the development of new projects. We also aim at providing an infrastructure that simplifies the project development and generates a true P2P consulting system.

If you are interested on get involved and be member, civicwiser or connecter and you have any doubt, please write to

Next Global Hangout | 29th April

The next Hangout Meeting will take place on the 29th of April at 20h (GMT London Time) meaning it will start one hour later than previous weeks. The Hangout will last aproximately one hour.

In this meeting we will be discussing our #Governance in general and our choice of legal form for Civicwise in particular. You can have your say about this topic prior to the meeting by registering in Discourse (a forum aimed at improving our CoDesign process), and posting your comments here.

If you want to take part on this Hangout please follow us on Google+. You can watch the streaming directly from YouTube. On the right of the YouTube page you can find a chat box. We will use it to debate with all of you.

Help us spread the word promoting the event via Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #CWhangout  We will use this same hashtag to tweet live during our hangout meeting.

IMPORTANT: The Gobernance Working Group will  hold a one-hour meeting prior to the Global Hangout on Tuesday the 28th at 2pm (UK).


In addition to proposing your ideas for #Governance, we would very much appreciate if you could also access the #Principles channel and contribute to the discussion by suggesting principles for Civicwise, along with associated behaviours and implications.

Regarding the #Principles topic:

Andrea created an exel file that offers a very clear and simple way for civicwisers to participate and input their perspectives on principles. 


Should both represent the essence of the rule as well as be easy to remember. Avoid ambiguous words in the Name and in the Statement.
Should succinctly and unambiguously communicate the fundamental rule. It is vital that the principles statement be unambiguous.
Should highlight the benefits of adhering to the principle. Also describe the relationship to other principles, and the intentions regarding a balanced interpretation. Describe situations where one principle would be given precedence or carry more weight than another for making a decision.
Should highlight the requirements (think for all domains of CivicWise*) for carrying out the principle – in terms of resources, costs, and activities/tasks. The reader should readily discern the answer to: “How does this affect me?” It is important not to oversimplify, trivialise, or judge the merit of the impact.

We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing you all on Wednesday!