OK so here’s my latest attempt to come up with a practical definition of innovation spaces and why they matter for development.
Innovation spaces are physical environments that promote community, learning, and making. They come in different flavors: Hubs, labs, libraries, hackerspaces, makerspaces, telecentres, coworking spaces. Yet all provide opportunities to (1) engage with people, ideas, and technologies, (2) experience participatory culture, and (3) acquire the literacies and skills needed to prosper in the 21st century.
For comparison, this was the first try. And here’s an updated post on this topic, with a focus on libraries »
Thanks to Hugh McGuire for his support (read: access to amazing brain, and generously taking time away from PressBooks to give feedback), to Stresslimit for providing today’s innovation space, and to Beyond Access for sponsoring this work!
PUBLISHED August 14, 2012
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