Conferences and Workshops in November

Conexiones improbables will participate in the Bilbao Bizkaia Design Week 2018 that is held from November 15 to 22 under the title Hyperdesign, broaden the limits of the design. The week of design will open with a day organized by Conexiones improbables with EIDE (Association of Designers of Euskadi) and that will be titled Industries & Design 2018. New Territories for Innovation. They will include national and international experiences of art-business-innovation projects, some of them developed under the umbrella of Conexiones improbables. The director of the Platform, Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia, will offer a conference and moderate the final table of it.
On the other hand, on November 26 and 27, the communication manager of Conexiones improbables, Miren Martín, will be in Santiago de Compostela teaching a Cultur Communication 2.0 Workshop. Organized by the circus company Pistacatro. It will take place at the Cidade da Cultura.
And on November 29, Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia will intervene in the tribute to Eduard Miralles that Interarts yields to the person who for years was the president of the Foundation and a reference in the world of cultural management, three months after his death.
The director of Conexiones improbables will participate in a table titled Training in Cultural Management, which will be moderated by Alfons Martinell and in which will also, participate Luis Ben (Cádiz Provincial Council) and Marta Clari (Barcelona City Council).

EU recognises Conexiones improbables as good practice

As part of a study on the role of public policies in developing entrepreneurship and the innovative potential of the cultural and creative sectors, a report by the OMC (open method of coordination) working group of Member States’ experts has recognised the methodology of Conexiones improbables as a good practice example in its section on “Inspiring user-driven and co-creation policy examples”. 

The report examines 5 areas (frame, structures, cooperation, users and territory) and only mentions 3 state initiatives as examples of good practices: Conexiones improbables, Barcelona Laboratori (in the same section on users) and Barcelona Arts Factories (in the chapter on territory), as well as Factoría Cultural in Madrid (as part of the European Creative Hubs Network). This places the Basque platform at the forefront of developing cultural innovation methodologies and brings it to the same level as other public or private initiatives in countries such as Finland, Norway, Holland, Germany or Austria.

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Are you planning to start your business in the Cultural and Creative Industry? Are you an existing  entrepreneur for less than 3 years? Would you like to work with experienced European entrepreneur abroad?

Would you like to develop your entrepreneurship skills or business idea? Are you willing to build or already building your new business around your creative skills?

Apply now for the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs support!

c2+i/Conexiones imiprobables along with 7 partners within project EXCITE 2.0 has become a part of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme focusing on the entrepreneurship in Creative and Culture Industries and we invite all the initiative and young entrepreneurs to participate.

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Conferences and Workshops in October
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Next October 24 we will be in Bari (Italy) participating in a round table under the title Innovación, investigación, competencias: los retos para las industrias creativas y culturales that will be developed within the day "Technological innovation, research and talents". The Director of Improbable Connections, Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia, will share a panel with Michele Melazzini (PoliMI , CI.LAB Laboratory, Italy), Flaviano Celaschi (president of the ER Cluster of cultural and creative companies, Italy) and Ana Solange (Project Manager of Vertigo Project for Inova +, Portugal).

The results of European projects that have experienced innovation integration models, research, art and creativity, as well as those capable of generating new skills, professional opportunities, new ways of integrating knowledge, talent, and the needs that result in innovative and experimental training models will be counted. The day is organized by Chimera, Innovate cultural and creative clusters in the MED area.

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Upcoming Workshops and Conferences

Montevideo (Uruguay) 13-14/03/2018. On 13 March, we will be holding an Improbable Path to Innovation workshop on the invitation of the National Agency for Research and Innovation of the government of Uruguay. On the following day, we will be presenting a conference entitled “Improbable Connections, Link to Innovate” at Sodre National Auditorium, at which we will talk about how the Cultural and Creative Industries can influence strategic and sustainable innovation processes in organisations.


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Donostia/San Sebastián Citizen Participation AuzoLab

We conducted an AuzoLab with the Amara Berri Neighbourhood Association promoted by the Donostia/San Sebastián Citizen Participation Service. The challenge, to lay the foundations for designing both an offline and online communication strategy that would allow bidirectional communication, with a focus on promoting the participation of people living in the San Sebastián district of Amara Berri.

We worked on it with the creative Habib Belaribi, who suggested working work on the concepts of citizen journalism, a distributed local communication network and to take note of online conversations.


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Donostia Turismo

We are currently commencing a new project together with San Sebastián Turismo-Donostia Turismo that will include a planned Paths to Innovation workshop and Creative Pill.

The workshop is aimed at members of Donostia Turismo and will take place in May under the title “Inspiration for innovative tourism products and services”. Its goal is not to create a single product, but instead work on the knowledge and incorporation of innovation tools and methodologies that can be applied to daily procedures.

For its part, the Creative Pill will take place in autumn and focus on the challenge of generating new tourism product. The plan is to conduct it through a collective process that will try to involve as many members as possible and at certain moments it will also include the participation of active tourism agents such as the inhabitants of San Sebastián or professionals from other sectors. As always in the variety of projects conducted by Conexiones improbables, we hope that the people who participate in the Creative Maxi Pill learn more from the process than from the actual result.

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Organisational innovation in industrial companies

Two Creative Maxi Pills are to be held in the autumn of 2017 as part of a programme entitled “Organisational Innovation in Industrial Companies. Creative Maxi Pills 2017”, an initiative promoted by the Irun City Council through Bidasoa activa.

A total of 2 industrial companies from Irun with a different challenge are participating in the programme. Each organisation will work with 1 artist/creator throughout this three-month period with the aim of developing 2 different innovation projects: internal organisation and communication and extra motivation.

These Creative Maxi Pills share a unique feature, in the fact that an accompanying process will be activated to implement the results of the process in each of these companies.

The project has the support of the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council through its programme to promote competitiveness and territorial cohesion in Gipuzkoa.

The Creative Maxi Pills pairs are:

  • Placisa S.A. + Carlos Belda
  • Railtek Ingeniería Industrial S.L. + Diego Soroa 
  • Neumáticos Txepetxa + Pez Estudio


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Irun Open Innovation 2017

The date of 19 September marked the celebration of Irun Open Innovation 2017, a meeting focusing on open innovation promoted by the Irun City Council and organised by Conexiones improbables.

The conference day commenced with Cecilia Tham, founder of Makers of Barcelona and a Fellow at Singularity University, presenting a paper entitled “The era of metamorphosis” and it concluded in the afternoon with a paper by Antoni Gutiérrez-Rubí, communication advisor and political consultant, entitled “Innovation: thinking outside the box”.

There were three panels in total throughout the day “External inputs for Industry 4.0”, “Technologies that change daily life” and “When nature inspires innovation”. The experts from each of these fields will recount their experiences and discuss each topic.



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Upcoming Workshops and Conferences

Valencia, 2018/01/25, Presentation and workshop Conexiones improbables. In the Center of Carme Culture Contemporàmia. Meeting del sector cultural y empresarial

Donostia/San Sebastián City Council Citizen Participation Workshop

The Citizen Participation Service of the Donostia/San Sebastián City Council has conducted a Paths of Innovation Workshop by using the methodology of Conexiones improbables.

The starting point of the workshop was that of an organisation aiming to innovate in its participation methodologies, so most of the people who attended were from the Citizen Participation service, as well as others from Social Action and Development. The aim was therefore to work on the knowledge of new methodologies, as this is one of the goals that the Department has set to provide a quality service daily.

The approach taken during the entire workshop was to reflect on each of the dynamics that were carried out in order to analyse the elements that bring innovation value to each of these and to consider what aspects could be incorporated into the activities that are developed by the participating departments.

The agents involved ultimately constructed their own Path of Innovation, which arose from the work they carried out over the two-day period of the Workshop.

Barrio Creativo Programme In The Ventas Neighbourhood (Irun)

Conexiones improbables has completed the 2016 edition of the Barrio Creativo (Creative Neighbourhood) programme launched by the Irun City Council, which aims to make the city’s neighbourhoods more creative.

The project was set up by using the AuzolArt format, whose methodology follows a participatory process that culminates in an artistic intervention to find out a way of addressing an identified need. After several working sessions with the Steering Group, an OpenLab took place that welcomed the participation of anybody in Irun who wanted to propose an idea.

The project was conducted in the Ventas neighbourhood of Irun and a Steering Group was formed for it comprising people from the Landetxa Neighbourhood Association, a mediator and the artist Ixi García (Pink Gorillas), as well as an artistic proposal suggested by Irun’s Kunsthal Higher Education Design Centre. rom all of these suggestions, the Steering Group decided that an artistic intervention should be carried out in a disused green zone, a triangular unlit open area measuring 6,500 square meters.

The mediator suggested various artists who could take charge of this intervention proposal and the Steering Group decided on Irun’s Kunsthal higher education design centre.

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We were in Amsterdam on 14 September participating in the NXT Conference: Making a Living from the Arts, where we talked about the company and culture hybridisation experiences we conduct at Conexiones improbables. We discussed this in the panel entitled “Social Impact and Social Innovation”.

And on 6, 7 and 8 October we will also be in Buenos Aires participating in Argentine Cultural Industries Market (MICA), working with the network of 54 creative cities in the country.

Cultural and Creative Industries of Urola Kosta
Categorías: Urola Costa / Conexiones improbables

Conexiones improbables is working with the Mancomunidad of Urola Kosta because the latter wants to promote a programme that can help identify the reality and potential of the cultural and creative sectors in the county. Its aim is to professionalise and exploit the scope of the cultural and creative industries of Urola Kosta by boosting economic activity and creating quality jobs. It also wants to explore the capacity this sector has in impacting other strategic economic sectors in the area.

The Mancomunidad intends to focus more clearly on key policies and actions to boost the sector by making them more realistic as regards existing and future resources and ensuring they are adequately connected to the county’s overall development policy.

The project will be developed over 5 sessions: 2 that have already been held with the Steering Group, 2 with a Large Multidisciplinary Group and a fifth session to present the results will be held on 15 June 2017.

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OpenLab in Ventas (Irun)

We will be holding an OpenLab in the Ventas neighbourhood of Irun (Gipuzkoa) this Sunday, 27 November, to identify local needs that can be addressed by an artistic intervention. Two dynamic activities will therefore be carried out: the first to be done by groups and the second a photographic marathon in the area. Both residents in Ventas and others throughout Irun can participate in the OpenLab.

The activity is being held within the framework of the programme entitled “Barrio Creativo” (Creative Neighbourhood) organised by Conexiones improbables and promoted by the Irun City Council, with the support of the European Union (Interreg POCTEFA). The initiative was launched by the City Council in 2015 in order to bring together local artists with neighbourhood associations to revitalise various areas in the city through contemporary art.

The neighbourhood of Ventas was chosen for the 2016 edition. Several sessions have so far been organised with residents in the neighbourhood and various meetings will be held after the OpenLab to decide on the space, form of intervention and artist to carry out the initiative. The collaboration of Ventas residents is essential to undertake all this, through the mediation of Ixi García.



Irun Open Innovation 2016

The second edition of Irun Open Innovation, an event promoted by the Irun City Council and organised by c2+i/Conexiones improbables, will be held on 1 December.

The one-day conference will begin at 9am with an inaugural presentation by Ramon Sangüesa, director of Equipo Cafeína. After his talk, the day will focus on three panels entitled “Public services welcoming open innovation”, “Gastronomy as a driving force for innovation” and “Companies nourished from abroad”. Antoni Brey, founding partner of Urbiotica, will be in charge of closing the event.

The first panel will recount such experiences as those of Nantes and Irun, as well as the cross-border Ocean Living Lab event. The second panel, moderated by Xabier Gutiérrez, head of innovation and gastronomic creativity at Arzak, will discuss the Sapiens methodology of Ferrán Adriá, the Catas con Arte project and how Matteo Guidi has introduced gastronomy in the context of prisons. The final panel (in the afternoon) will bring together organisations such as Orbea, Orona Fundazioa and the University of Mondragón. There will also be time to discuss local experiences in all the panels.

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TenerifeLab 2016

A series of collaborations between seven companies and organisations on Tenerife with seven artists and/or creators was recently completed in order to promote innovation in the island’s tourism sector by incorporating creativity.

The TenerifeLab programme also included a training programme for artists and creators from the Canary Islands aimed at developing artistic interventions in organisations. The programme comprised two distinct parts. The first involved a theoretical session for 15 people presented by Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia, Arantxa Mendiharat (director and coordinator of Conexiones improbables respectively) and Albert Soler, an artist who specialises in these types of artistic interventions in companies. Following the session, 14 of these artists and creators participated in a traineeship programme accompanying the seven artists undertaking the TenerifeLab Micro Pills.

These Creative Pills are sponsored by the Tenerife Island Council (Cabildo Insular de Tenerife).


Mapping the Cultural Ecosystem of Llodio

The open innovation methodologies developed by Conexiones improbables have been used to complete a project entitled “Mapping the Cultural Ecosystem of Llodio”, which has helped to map the infrastructures and spaces for cultural use existing in this town in Alava, as well as others that may become so. Llodio Town Council commissioned the project in collaboration with the SOS Parkea Lamuza association.

Mapping the Cultural Ecosystem of Llodio was undertaken with the help of a specific web application that was developed to mark the places in the town where cultural activities are conducted, as well as others that can be used in a cultural manner. It was therefore a question of mapping both tangible and intangible spaces that could be located either in closed or open areas (a park, a square, etc.). The digital platform was developed in Spanish and Basque and has the special feature of being able to continue with the Mapping project. In other words, it is an open tool that has been left to the town as a legacy of the project, in which the town’s inhabitants can continue to indicate places in which they believe there is, or may be, a cultural space or agent.

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2nd edition of Hibrilaldiak
Call for artists/creators to be trained for artistic interventions in organisations.


Throughout the months of October and November 2016, the governing body of the island of Tenerife, the Cabildo de Tenerife, will undertake to train artists who want to diversify their professional practices by guiding them towards conducting artistic interventions in organisations.

The training course is aimed at artists and creators living in in the Canary Islands, with priority given to professionals trained in the Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Film/Audiovisual and Architecture, although people with training in other fields who are conducting autodidactic or amateur practices in the field the arts can also register.

The training course will involve 2 activities:

  • A training day at TEA, Tenerife. Maximum of 20 people. 8 hours.
  • Internships within the framework of undertaking the Creative Pills of Conexiones improbables. Maximum of 14 people to be selected from among the participants in the training day. 40 hours.

The training course will be free for participants, as the costs will be paid by the Cabildo de Tenerife.

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Registration is open until 5 September.



IrunLab Industria 2016


We are conducting 5 Creative Maxi Pills during the months of June and November as part of the IrunLab Industria 2016 programme, promoted by the Irun City Council with the support of Bidasoa activa and cofinanced by the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council.

On this occasion, the projects being undertaken using the methodology of Conexiones improbables are aimed at industrial enterprises or those from related sectors in the County of Bidasoa with more than 10 staff.

The goal of these Maxi Pills is to introduce creativity into companies through co-creation processes with artists and creative people. During this edition, the team from Conexiones improbables are helping the companies to redefine their challenges by using the dynamics of Improbable Challenges, a pack of methodological cards that are allowing the participants to conduct relevant work for their organisations by using visual thinking tools.




Training Culture and Innovation

On 17 May, we headed to the Municipal Training School in Palma de Mallorca to conduct a “Taking on the improbable” workshop under the banner of “Culture and Innovation: A Territory’s Creative Drives”.

The conference lasted for four hours and was aimed at artists and creators in the Balearic Islands.

Artistas Visuales (AAVIB) and the City of Palma’s Department of Culture had decided to address a series of objectives with this lab: to consider culture as a basis for local development, to learn about other experiences affecting the development of cross-cultural projects and to open a creative dialogue and exchange to facilitate relations between the different parties involved in cultural processes.

The workshop was divided into 2 parts, one theoretical and one practical. In the first, we talked about “Art and culture in constructing a city”, analysing open innovation concepts and projects developed with artistically and culturally based innovation methodologies, while the second part included a series of innovation-based dynamics such as “Chain of questions”, “Improbable experts”, “Taking on the improbable” card came, “Brakes and driving forces of innovation” and “Laying my innovation path”.


Conexiones improbables in Chile

Conexiones improbables will carry out some intense activity in Chile from 31 May to 3 June. It will commence in the morning of Tuesday, 31 May, when the director of Conexiones improbables, Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia, is scheduled to participate in a seminar in Santiago de Chile entitled New Perspectives with Enabling Agents in Innovative Entrepreneurship, with an Unlikely Challenges workshop taking place in the afternoon.

On Wednesday, 1 June, Casa Linares will be the setting for Crunchy Conversations, a conversation-chat in which the Conexiones improbables director will participate together with the team from Hibridalab and Corporación Mevol.

On the morning of 2 June, a seminar will be held entitled “Creativity Challenges in Public Health”, aimed at regional health teams in Talcahuano: hospitals, universities, public servants, health service and social and health organisations. With the workshop “What Do Health, Arts and Innovation Interchanges Bring?” in the afternoon, comprising health managers and officials who are participating in GIP DAS, as well as visual artists, muralists and other creatives.

The following day, and once again in Santiago de Chile, there will be a Conexiones improbables workshop at the Business Development Centre of SERCOTEC.

Conexiones improbables in Argentina

Last 28 May, the director of Conexiones improbables, Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia, presented the inaugural conference to open the first edition of the Mar del Plata Festival of Ideas. As part of the Festival, he also enlivened a session with representatives from the business, academic and creative sectors in order to establish frameworks for cooperation criteria.

The Festival was created with the mission of developing innovative projects that help to improve experiences in museums and cultural spaces.

And while in Buenos Aires, we also worked with the Secretariat of Citizen Culture and Creative Economy, under the authority of the Ministry of Culture, in developing new cooperation projects between cultural operators.



“Taking on the improbable” Workshop Logistop

We will be holding a “Taking on the improbable” Workshop in Madrid on 3 May. Organised by the Technology Platform in Logistics, Intermodality and Mobility, Logistop, the laboratory is aimed at professionals in the sectors of logistics, transport and mobility who are working in the field of innovation.

This workshop on innovation applied to logistics will aim to help promote creativity in people when it comes to making the most of their know-how and skills to develop from Conexiones improbables.

The Laboratory is based on the “Taking on the improbable” innovation methodology card game, around which various activities will be conducted guided by the dynamics of the team from Conexiones improbables.



2nd edition of Hibrilaldiak

The 25th of February marked the beginning of the second edition of Hibrilaldiak, a programme that we jointly conduct with DSS2016EU. This is the first of two editions that we will carry out this year together with the Donostia/San Sebastián 2016 European Capital of Culture.

We will be presenting the results of the projects produced through Hibrilaldiak on 12 May.

The groups comprising the organisations and their different others are:


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2 Euskadi New Patrons projects underway


The Artehazia Cultural Innovation, Arts and Society Association is currently conducting three Euskadi New Patrons projects, one of which is in Barakaldo (Bizkaia) and another in Oion (Alava).

In the first project, work is being done with the Barakaldo Time Bank, a network of citizens that is based on a system of the timely exchange of services, knowledge and care by periods of time. People of over ten different nationalities participate (all of whom are inhabitants of Barakaldo) and twelve of them are part of the New Patrons group.

Their challenge: to improve the dissemination of the project in order for it to continue to grow, to inform a greater number of locals of the existence of the project and to encourage them to participate.

The New patrons Oion, on the other hand, is driven by the group of 8 people Oion, which has been joined by people from migrant associations and others interested in a project concerning both individual and collective identities to see how these affect coexistence between the various different communities in Oion. The aim of the project is to improve intercultural coexistence in Oion and to shatter false stereotypes and rumours circulating in this Alava town. 

N.I.C.E. Award 2014

Conexiones improbables came in second in the 2014 N.I.C.E. Award (Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe), organised for the first time by the European Centre for Creative Economy (ECCE, Germany).

The first prize went to RLF Propaganda from Berlin, second place was shared by Conexiones improbables and Unperfekthaus from Essen, while third place went to Urbanauts from Vienna. The awards were announced during the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr in Essen.

Conexiones improbables also formed part of the jury for the 2015 N.I.C.E. Award and collaborates with fourth-place winner PKMN Architectures, a group of architects that has conducted joint research with Conexiones improbables on different projects. 

Other ways of seeing things

The Institute for Social Research Berlin (WZB) has just published (in Spanish) "Challenges addressed by artistic interventions in organizations: examples of Conexiones improbables 2011-2013" based on reflections made by over 80 project managers who participated in Long Connections or Creative Pills.

Conexiones improbables in ValenciaLab

Conexiones improbables has been invited to participate in the celebration acts of the centenary of Valencia’s Olympia Theatre. Its participation will be led by the platform’s director, Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia, who will talk about new opportunities for the professional development of artists in the field of innovation.

He will do so as part of the discussion entitled “Emprende y actúa” (Embark and Act), to take place on Monday, 11 April at 7pm in ValenciaLab (C/ Músic Peydró 36, Valencia).

The discussion will also include representatives from pioneering national projects in innovation and entrepreneurship from the world of the stage: Sandra Stuyck (La Factoría, EmprendeEscena), Eva Lapuente (Alltheater), Maxwell Wright (Berklee College of Music) and Ximo Rojo (Russafa Escènica).

“Arts Within Business: In search of innovation” conference

On the 3rd of March, we will be attending the conference organised by the Association of Friends of the LABoral Art Centre in Gijón to participate in a session that will analyse the relationship between the arts, innovation and enterprise, entitled “Arts within business: in search of innovation”.

The team from c2+i/Conexiones improbables has played an important role in organising the conference and the experiences developed so far by this platform will also form a part of the programme. Consequently, as well as the director of c2+i/Conexiones improbables, Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia, who will speak on “Hybridise to innovate: Arts and culture for business innovation”, other participants will include companies that have already carried out “improbable” innovation projects.

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