April 10, 2017


Unleashing the power of creative conversations in urban innovation and intermediation: Insights from NetCreate

10th October 2017, London, Digital Catapult

This event will bring together industry partners, practitioners, academics and policy-makers to reflect on the findings from NetCreate and illuminate new opportunities that might emerge from them. It is kindly being hosted by Digital Catapult, one of the most influential innovation intermediaries in the UK working closely with the British government and a range of university and industry partners.

The panel includes:

  • Prof Mariana MazzucatoDirector, UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose: Rethinking investment for public impact
  • Indy Johar, Architect and Place Strategist, Project 00/Impact Hub: Hubs as the creative centres of the civic economy
  • Dr Irene Lopez de Vallejo, Director of Collaborative Research, Regional and International Development, Digital Catapult: How to curate expert-entrepreneur interactions  

Hubs and the Future of Co-working

27th March 2017, London, Impact Hub Islington

Inspired by Andrew Scott’s The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, this event explored ways in which hubs are changing to accommodate people throughout different life stages by offering support for a wider range of needs beyond affordable workspace, including life-long learning, career transitions, pensions, housing, health etc.

Special guests included Pauline Roussel and Dimitar Inchev of Coworkies, a growing international network of co-working spaces and their members. 

This event was attended by 15 professionals from hubs, research organisations, universities and consultancies and included an informal lunch networking opportunity. We were kindly hosted by Impact Hub Islington, one of the first co-working spaces in London established in 2005, which inspired the growth of a global network of 100+ Impact Hubs.


Hubs and the Magic of Creativity

4th November 2016, London, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity 

The purpose of this event was to start a deeper conversation between organisational scholars and practitioners about leveraging the collective creative potential of communities that share a physical space. It also served as an opportunity to test the hypotheses that informed our methodology and ensure the focus of the research aligned with existing needs of practitioners in hubs. 

It brought together a group of 10 practitioners from 7 different London hubs in a collaborative, interactive format followed by an informal lunch.