The organizers of the Living Knowledge 6 conference are delighted to invite some delegates to visit one of three innovative grassroot initiatives in Copenhagen.
The three initiatives that we are visiting are:
- Bicycle Innovation Lab (Thursday at 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm). Departure from Scanic hotel (by bus) is 1 pm.
- Floating City Community (Thursday at 1.15 pm to 2.30 pm). Departure from Scanic Hotel (by walk) is at 12.00
- Copenhagen Food Community (Wednesday at 4 pm to 5 pm). Departure from Scanic hotel (by public transport) is at 3 pm.
Each excursion can take up to 30 delegates. Registration can be done by the registration desk from Tuesday the 8th of April.
Please note that the excursions are held in parallel with different sessions. So make sure if you register that you are not expected in a session at the same time.
Bicycle Innovation Lab
The Bicycle Innovation Lab association is to work for an innovative development of bicycle cultures both a national and an international level. The association’s activities serve to highlight the potentials of cycling culture across disciplines. The association further works to promote interdisciplinary collaborations and interdisciplinary dialogue on important issues related to the economy, mobility, sustainability and urban development. This is done in a holistic process involving design, technology, mobility behavior, urban development and traffic planning.
Activities of the Bicycle Innovation Lab
The lab has different activities ranging from a bicycle library to courses and exhibitions. The basic idea behind the bike library is that everyone should have the opportunity to test drive a wide range of bicycle types, as more different bikes you’ve tried; the greater is the chance that you will find just the bike that suits your individual transportation needs.
‘The City on a Bike’ is a course that focuses on the intersection between design and the city. The lab has also developed a course for school children, aiming at increasing the percentage of kids cycling to school, through a method of teaching makes the bike relevant as an interdisciplinary teaching object in subjects such as mathematics, science & technology, art or history, while promoting the children’s desire to cycle.
‘The Good City’ is Bicycle Innovation Lab’s international travelling exhibition. It focuses on the challenges Copenhagen faces as a cycling city and explores the possibilities inherent in cycling as a platform for change towards better cities with less congestion and better living spaces. The travelling exhibition is aimed at an international audience and can be rented by anyone in any locality. Rent it to create an interactive space for debating the role of the bicycle in the good cities of the future.
Floating City community
The Floating City community (in Danish: Flydende Byer) aims to build up a sustainable society from below. They develop methods to create decentralized sustainable solutions out of reused and organic resources, and they experiment with new ways of organizing work, economy and decision processes in a fair and socially sustainable way.
The organization’s strategy for the period of 2012-14 has been create a self-sufficient, travelling floating course centre, build according to own principles of sustainable and organic-complex architecture. The floating course centre should from 2015 be reaching harbors around the world, exchanging knowledge about decentralized sustainable solutions.
Copenhagen Food Community
Copenhagen Food Community (in Danish: Københavns Fødevarefællesskab – KBHFF) is a member-based and member-driven food co-operative in Copenhagen. KBHFF is an alternative to the ordinary profit-driven supermarket chains. They focus on offering organic and biodynamic products in season with lots of taste and quality at affordable prices.
To us “consumer influence” is not just the opportunity to choose between different brands and groceries. In KBHFF, the customers are members, owners and co-workers.
- As a member you can buy cheap, locally produced organic fruit and vegetables every week.
- All members are expected to put in three hours of work in the Co-Op each month. This could be packing vegetables in the shop, ordering vegetables, arranging debates, fixing the website, etc.
- As co-owners of KBHFF, all members have a say in the operation and development of the Co-Op. All decisions regarding the products and economy are taken by the members of KBHFF, and every member has the opportunity to influence these decisions.