CATALYST LAB WHERE WE CAN BE THE CHANGE CO-CREATING + CO-OWNING PLACES WE WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD
VIRTUAL CATALYST LAB
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE – ZOOM PLATFORM
MAY 6-May 8
Daily from 1PM EST – 4PM EST
ABOUT
The Event
1. WHY ATTEND

Leaders interested in co-creating cooperative destinations for positive change, ‘catalyst hubs’, will convene to advance these place-based demonstrations of neighborhood revitalization.

Catalyst Lab is the first in a series of gatherings to co-create emergent models of mutual stakeholding in a working laboratory environment. Each attendee is a co-creator in the event experience.

We are collectively developing a platform that integrates self organization, community capital and community ownership – enabling stakeholders to co-create, co-own catalyst hubs that make their communities better, together.

2. BREAKOUT AREAS

Community ownership – This breakout will feature a $15 million, 50,000 s.f. mixed-use building being developed as a cooperative in Traverse City, MI, CommongroundsAlso represented are programs to develop cooperatives as catalyst hubs in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington DC.

Community capital/crowd investing – This breakout will feature a crowd-investing platform, Small Change, dedicated to supporting impact development. Also represented are several development projects committed to crowd-investing.

Self organization/sensemaking – This breakout will feature new platforms designed to engage stakeholders in the community development process through self organization using sensemaking – scalable story-based ethnography that helps organizations detect emergent patterns, trends, linking qualitative and quantitative data to understand, manage, and measure situations that are complex.

The arts in community building – This breakout will feature a model program for utilizing the arts in community revitalization, Create Your State, featuring a community-led effort to develop cooperatives in downtown Princeton WV, known as the Princeton Catalyst Club.

3. OUR PRINCIPLES
  • Projects should be defined, governed, and where feasible owned by communities;
  • Investments should add more value than they extract;
  • Relationships should fairly balance risks and returns among all stakeholders;
  • Projects should support local ecosystems and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Projects should value and where possible equitably leverage the human, social, natural and intellectual capital of the stakeholder community.
EVENTS TIMELINE
Conference Schedule
NEEDS ASSESSMENT, PRELIMINARY INTRODUCTIONS, IDENTIFYING MUTUAL INTERESTS

Prior to the event each attendee will be interviewed to assess their needs. All attendees will be introduced to each other in a group forum, and preliminary networking among aligned and mutual interests will be coordinated.

EVENT LAUNCH 1-4 PM ET, 6-7 PM ET
  • Welcome and program overview
  • Introductions of attendees and what stakeholder results they are seeking, what they have to offer
  • Emergent practice of aligning shared interests, results, offerings into working breakout sessions
  • Introductions to self organization, community capital, community ownership, with Q&A
  • Optional breakout session
  • 6pm-7pmET: Evening interview + Q&A with Bonnie Roy, leading self organization and sensemaking expert
EMERGENT COLLABORATION AROUND MUTUAL INTERESTS 1-4 PM ET
  • Daily opening
  • Breakout session 1
  • Breakout session 2
  • Breakout session 3
  • Daily closing
DEVELOPING A COLLABORATIVE NETWORK TO ACHIEVE PROJECT RESULTS 1-4 PM ET
  • Breakout session 1
  • Breakout session 2
  • Individual shares on significant findings, connections over the week
  • Aligning emergent content into final round of working breakout sessions based on shared project and program level results
  • Group share on notable findings, connections, ideas
  • Group discussion on how we can work together as a consortium and networked community
  • Next steps and closing
MUTUAL INTERESTS, TEAMING, GROUP KINSHIP, EMERGENCE

All attendees will be able to join teams of mutual interests that lead to common results, stay in touch as a group, and be supported in participating in future gatherings that most effectively meet their emerging needs.

TICKETS
$75 – nonprofits
$150 – corporations
CREATIVE PARTNERS
Questions? Comments?
Email us at catalyst@cspmgroup.com