CivicWise London re-launched & CivicWalks

The London Circle was the first CW circle and the founder of the community. Originally, it was founded by Domenico Di Siena, Pablo Sendra, Lina Algoed, Fausto Llopis, Orsola De Marco and Mark Bentley.

After a year with very little activities, Fausto, Pablo and other London Wisers—Anna Boldina and Marco Picardi—joined the Glocal Camp in Paris. Coming back from Paris, we decided to re-launch the CivicWise London Circle, establish a partnership with OuiShare UK, and plan activities.


We are happy to announce that CivicWise London Circle has been re-launched and has come back with a lot of energy. Paris Glocal Camp in May 2016 was key in bringing the London Team together again. Three CW founders, other new CivicWisers, and a new collaboration with OuiShare UK have make the circle very active.

After three meetings, we have decided to go outdoors—despite London’s weather in winter—and to start a new initiative that bring us closer to London’s communities: CivicWalks.

CivicWalks consists in walking the city to meet community groups, campaigners, community enterprises around London in order to explore how the CW community can address the specific needs of the communities and to establish links with civic initiatives in London. Rather than meeting indoors to discuss about how to work on civic engagement, we have decided to walk the city and talk to community groups that are campaigning for having a say about future developments in their neighbourhoods.

The first of the CivicWalks will talk place on the 5th of November (meeting at 10:30am at Shepherds Bush Station). It is be a walk along the West Way, a flyover motorway that is planned to be redeveloped, bringing new challenges and opportunities for communities around it. The CivicWiser Marco Picardi, who has been involved in campaigns around the West Way, will guide us and introduce us to groups and campaigners.

Get it contact with us if you want to get involved with CivicWise London or would like to plan or attend a walk.

These are the Wisers that form the new London Team:

Fausto Llopis: CW founder and community organizer in Southwark.

Orsola De Marco: CW founder, placemaker currently working on tech incubators.

Pablo Sendra: CW founder, Lecturer in Urban Design at University College London and Urban Designer at Lugadero.

Carlotta Fontana: coming from the CW Paris Circle, now studying a MSc in Building Urban Design and Development at UCL.

Marco Picardi: Planner, involved in campaigns in West London.

Marielle Ulhalde: currently works in education, previously working in civic initiatives in the Basque Country.

Elena Giroli: OuiShare London Connector.

Anna Boldina: Urban Designer, involved in CW since the beginning.

Toni Rovira: Architect, currently studying a MSc in Sustainable Urbanism at UCL.

Aitor Fernandez: maker, currently completing his degree in interior design at LCC, University of the Arts London.


The list keeps growing with other people previously involved in CW like Noel Hatch, who will re-join us soon.

If you are in London and would like to get involved in CivicWise, JOIN US !


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 :

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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