calling all creative and social hubs

connect.hubs is an initiative to support the social and creative hubs in Southern Africa that drive the creative economies and create social impact in the region.

 

Creative and social hubs support diverse communities of artists, entrepreneurs, activists and culture producers in physical or virtual spaces. Examples are makerspaces, music studios, fablabs, collectives, online networks, co-working spaces, incubators, and more.

 

If you bring your community together to work, collaborate or access resources, we want to support you.

 

about connect.hubs training

 

This November, we are inviting young leaders, influencers or decision-makers from social and creative hubs to attend a free 2-day training program designed to build and sustain your skills, knowledge and network.

The training will cover topics like:

  1. Communicating your value
  2. Serving a community
  3. Sustaining and adapting your business model
  4. Content curation and reaching larger audiences
  5. Diversity and inclusion
  6. Planning for impact

 

The training is open to decision-makers, influencers (aspiring or established), age 18-35 years, running hubs based in Southern Africa.

Training for applicants from South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius, Mozambique and Botswana will take place in Cape Town, South Africa on 19-21 November 2018.

Training for applicants from Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia will take place in Harare, Zimbabwe, on 21-23 November 2018.

** All travel expenses will be fully covered, including flights/local taxis, accommodation and meals **

Participants will be selected based on their interest in this training and the potential for the training to impact their work. 20 hub participants will be selected for each training event.

The workshop training is led by Nesta. connect.hubs is a project by British Council and Hivos, with support from Electric South, Enthuse Afrika and Youngblood.

 

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

 

We’ve gotten an overwhelming number of applicants and are currently finalizing the selection process.
Applicants will be notified of selection status on Wednesday, 14 November.

 

 

FAQ

This is a running list of questions and answers about connect.hubs. If you have any additional questions, please drop us a line at connect.hubs@electricsouth.org.

Who can apply?

Aspiring or established managers, influencers, decision makers, movers/shakers from Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, age 18-35, at hubs that work with creative or social impact communities.

What is a “hub”?

We define hubs as any gathering point for creative and/or social impact workers where support is shared, and collaboration is encouraged. Creative and social hubs support diverse communities of artists, entrepreneurs, activists and culture producers in physical or virtual spaces. Examples are makerspaces, music studios, fablabs, collectives, online networks, co-working spaces, incubators, and more. If you bring your community together to work, collaborate or access resources, we want to support you. If you are not sure if you qualify, please go ahead and apply!

Where should the eligible hubs be located?

We welcome applicants from anywhere, including physical spaces, online networks and mobile groups. You must primarily work with communities from Southern Africa.

How established should my hub be?

We’re looking for hubs that want to take their work to the next level. You could be just getting started, or you could have been up and running for a few years and be looking to grow or diversify your work. No hub is too big or too small to apply!

Can more than one person from a hub apply?

Yes. Please submit a separate application per person.

What format will the training be in?

The workshop will focus on how hub managers can lead their creative communities in an inclusive and valuable way. In a collaborative learning environment, we’ll explore how leaders and their teams can practically support their communities, communicate the value of what they do, whilst staying on top of their internal operations. The workshop will use tried and tested creative problem solving and innovation tools, as well as some specially adapted and designed tools, specific to the creative hub leader context. With strong networks being central to the success of creative hubs, this workshop seeks to strengthen networks and collaborations across the Southern African region, with participants attending from 8 countries, and opportunities to connect remotely with the extended networks via co-creation sessions and webinars held online.

What happens after the training?

British Council and Hivos are committed to growing the ecosystem of creative impact workers across Southern Africa. After the hubs training, there will be an open call for projects that involve collaborations between hubs. Whether you attend the November training or not, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the programme and be part of the Southern Africa Arts Hub Summit, February 2019. More details to follow!

Who is organizing connect.hubs? 

The training is led by Nesta. connect.hubs is a project by British Council and Hivos, with support from Electric South, Enthuse Afrika and Youngblood.

The British Council has developed programmes such as the European Creative Hubs Forum and Creative Hub Making Vietnam , and launched resources such as the Creative HubKit and Creative Hubs: Understanding the New Economy. They have also carried out mapping studies of creative hub networks in Europe, Vietnam and Taiwan and recently commissioned hub mapping research in Southern Africa and Southeast Asia.

Hivos has worked over more than 5 years to support creative hubs include Coworking for Sustainable Employment, Age of Wonderland,  Resource of Open Minds, and Ubunifu.  Hivos has also organised several Global Creative Hub meetings, such as the Creative Hub Thinktank in Southern Africa, the Coworking Summit in Tunisia, and the Future of African Cities summit in Egypt.

Nesta is an innovation foundation with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. They are recognised as a global thought leader on how innovation works, how governments, creative businesses, charities and other organisations can improve the world with new approaches, and how to build and/or influence larger systems and environments so that good ideas and initiatives can thrive and be sustained.