Community Bootcamp is a mentoring program for future leaders of communities and bottom-up initiatives, organised by CIKE and international experts. The program is led entirely in English.
This program was built for persons who are:
- Community believers: Persons who are surrounded by people with the same interests and understand the concept behind 1+1=3: together we go further. They enjoy working with other people and believe that everybody can benefit from a joined effort;
- Doers: They have an eye for recognising the needs and opportunities and they have the right attitude and drive to do something about it;
- Curious souls: They want to share know-how, gain new insights and network with like-minded people.
Community Bootcamp will take place this autumn in Košice. It is a series of 5 day-long workshops full of custom-made education and vocational training. Its participants will network and receive mentorship from international experts with successful experience in areas such as leading co-working centres/communities and crowdfunding finance.
Entrance fee for the chosen participants is €50. Applications are now closed.
Who was the program made for?
The desired participants of the Bootcamp are leaders or participants of communities. Design, IT, coworking, gaming, media arts, dance, education, business, music, illustrations, marketing, startups - applications came from all kinds of different areas of interests.
What did the participants learn?
Lecturers of the Community Bootcamp provided valuable information, concrete examples from practice and useful tools for working with communities, clubs and groups. More precisely, how to build, co-create or manage them, how to maintain them, how to communicate appropriately internally and externally and how to get the finances for your dream activities.
A very important part of the program was mentoring throughout which the participants were given time to go over their personal goals and plans. Even after the Bootcamp was finished, mentors continued to help them with evaluating their growth, activities and decisions.
The process after the submission of applications was:
- Spring: Applications were reviewed by CIKE and together with mentors we chose 10 participants. During the decision-making, we considered factors like motivation and the potential impact of activities on the city/country.
- Participants were in touch with the mentors and CIKE in order to define their needs.
- Summer: Lectors created a custom-made Bootcamp for the participants.
- 25-29th of November: Bootcamp full of theory, practice, hands-on learning and mentoring took place.
Tânia Santos (Portugal) is an expert in creative hubs and community building.
Tânia is the founder and manager of CRU Cowork - a creative hub that combines coworking space, art gallery and a designers' store in Porto. She is also the coordinator of the most important street market in Porto, where she weekly presents a hand-picked selection of music, paper and bioproducts from local businesses. Having studied psychology, economics and innovation management, Tânia’s main interests and work focus is on Entrepreneurship and Creative Business Development, Human Centered Design, Collaborative Work and Creative Economy. Since 2018, Tânia is an interim steering committee member of the European Creative Hubs Network and also became a consultant in the European Development Institute.
Luka Piškorič (Slovenia) is a cultural and creative industries specialist.
Luka has been working as a producer and consultant in cultural and creative industries for over 20 years. He co-founded Slovenia Coworking and Slovenia Crowdfunding initiatives to build creative communities and help creators fund their projects. His activities have naturally led to the foundation of Poligion Creative Center - an autonomous collaborative space and a platform for independent professionals, creative communities and start-ups in the creative economy, social entrepreneurship and culture. He is also one of the founding members of the Cultural Policy Designers Network. He lectures on numerous conferences around Europe, provides consultations and facilitates workshops addressing the topics such as co-working, crowdfunding community building and audience development.
The program has been supported using public funds provided by Slovak Arts Council.