“What would Gropius do a century later? Parallel dialogues

Conexiones improbables, New European Bauhaus esparrua, as official partner of the New European Bauhaus, is launching a series of meetings that seek to analyse, from different thematic areas, the role played by the arts, culture, creativity and thought in the processes of transformation and innovation of organisations and territories, as well as creating a network of dialogue and reflection on the contribution of transdisciplinarity, hybridisation and cross-fertilisation between sectors and knowledge in developing Europe’s future.

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Conexiones improbables is at the starting block of the New European Bauhaus because it has been selected as one of the first thirteen organisations to be part of this new cultural movement, launched by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

The New European Bauhaus seeks to build bridges between the world of science and technology with art and culture. It is a creative, interdisciplinary movement currently under construction that has attracted a high level of interest in many European organisations that have applied to become part of it.

Revitalising Alava Alliance for Sustainable Development

Conexiones improbables is revitalising the working groups that make up the Alava Alliance for Sustainable Development 2030, an initiative headed by the Alava Provincial Council and including various organisations from this historical territory.

The aim of the work is to help activate and implement projects aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals within the local context. In addition to these SDGs, two new groups of a cross-cutting nature also emerged from the Alliance’s last Plenary Session: “Culture” and “Children and Teenagers”. The sessions with the Alliance’s Driving Group and Plenary will be held on 17 November and 17 December 2020 respectively.

Hybridising Art/Culture and health sector

Conexiones improbables is mediating two Improbable Consulting projects with OSI Araba’s Maintenance and Radio Diagnostic Services.

We presented the results of the Creative Pill last October carried out between AA:TOMIC LAB (Carles Gispert and Paco Espinosa) and OSI Araba’s Maintenance Service, in which a system was defined to address its training needs in the form of an “unfinished manual" that focuses on soft technologies.

The month of November will also see the start of a new Creative Pill together with the staff of OSI Araba’s Radio Diagnostic Service and the improbable Collaborator Álex Carrascosa, in which he will tackle the following challenge defined by the Steering and Broad Groups: How to set up a team with the service’s various professionals and establish collaborations among different levels.


Upcoming activities by Conexiones improbables

We will present the online talk entitled “Nothing is equal in culture, but neither was it before: Opportunities and challenges for the cultural, creative sector” by Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia through Facebook Live next 5 December 2020. The talk will conclude the series of meetings we have been holding in recent weeks with the team from Panama’s Ministry of Culture and local business sector to consider how to explore new fields of opportunity in the relationship between the arts, culture and corporate social responsibility within the current context.

We are collaborating with Mexico City’s Secretariat of Culture on a meeting of artists, creators and cultural promoters in which best practices will be presented and shared with professionals from Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia and Spain. Coming soon.

Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia, director of Conexiones improbables, has been invited by the the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to join the Culture and City Expert Group that will work, during the next weeks, on the role of culture in building more sustainable, inclusive and resilient cities.

Erasmus+ New Projects

Conexiones improbables is participating as a partner organisation of two European projects selected in the latest calls of the Europe’s Erasmus+ programme.

What will higher education art schools be like in 2045? FAST45 (Future Art School Trends 2045) will work to answer this question through processes of exploring futures. Selected as part of the Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliances call and led by LUCA School of Arts in Brussels, the project brings together eleven organisations from eight European countries.

The second selected project, STEAMProcess, will conduct work on transitioning from the STEM to the STEAM approach, promoting cross-fertilisation between technical-scientific knowledge and artistic-humanistic knowledge. We are participating in this project alongside the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Science (XAMK), the organisation leader, Changemaker AB (Sweden), MateraHub and Sineglossa (Italy).


AntartikaLab 2020
Categorías: Conexiones improbables / AntartikaLab / Open Call / Antartika Kultur Container / Auzolab / Navarra

Following the open call launched by Antartika Kultur Container to conduct 3 AuzoLabs in Navarra by using the Conexiones improbables methodology and selecting the draft projects presented by the guest artists and creators, the formed pairs are:

  • Eutsi Pirineo + Marc Badal
  • Gardatxo Elkartea + Mikel Belascoain
  • Nommad + Bilal Dadou

The AntartikaLab 2020 programme also included a training day for artists so that they can intervene in non-artistic contexts, of whom three have been selected for further practical training. The co-creations commenced after a Methodology Session.

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Urola Kosta 2020

Promoted by the Mancomunidad of Urola Kosta and with the support of Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, we are running a programme in this county entitled “Make a Path from Creativity and with Creativity”, comprising a training day for artists to intervene in non-artistic contexts aimed at innovation and two Creative Pills with the food and agriculture sector in the area.

Work will be done on the two Creative Pills by the pairs comprising:

  • Kosta Aroa + Josian Llorente
  • Talai Berri + Macarena Recuerda Shepherd

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Publicaciones Conexiones improbables

La COVID-19 ha afectado seriamente al sector cultural. El director de Conexiones improbables, Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia, ha hablado sobre el impacto de la pandemia en diferentes entrevistas y artículos de opinión.

Landa Sortzailea Gipuzkoa 2020

We have already completed the Landa Sortzailea Gipuzkoa 2020 project, promoted by Gipuzkoa Provincial Council and in which 3 AuzoLabs have been developed in the Alto Deba area of Gipuzkoa, specifically in the municipality of Leintz Gatzaga, in the Angiozar district and in the Eskoriatza parishes.

Three projects have been worked on in parallel with the methodology of the Landa Sortzailea programme of Conexiones improbables, in which the challenges have been related to improving mobility and services, prototyping a building for the creation of a care community or developing a rural path.

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Urola Kosta-Lab

The two Creative Pills we conducted in the Mancomunidad of Urola Kosta have already led to results following a two-month period of co-research. Calderería Zue worked with Josian Llorente to create a new business line that involves an online service of cutting customised pieces and supplying these to end customers in a kit format. For its part, the result of the co-creation work undertaken by C.I.F.P. Monte Albertia and Pez Estudio was geared towards communication and internal organisation. They therefore created what they dubbed a “vital panel” that clearly displays which project each teaching staff member is working on and also their emotional state at any given moment as regards their work (how busy they are, availability, etc.).

These results thereby address the challenges posed by the two organisations. Calderería Zue wanted to devise a new product, while Monte Albertia sought to create (physical and non-physical) tools to continue maintaining the good atmosphere among teaching staff during times of heavy workloads.

The project is an initiative of the Mancomunidad of Urola Kosta, forms part of the programme entitled “Impulsar la promoción económica de Gipuzkoa a través de la contribución de la perspectiva comarcal” (Driving economic promotion in Gipuzkoa through regional perspective contributions) of the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council and is financed by this latter organisation.


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We are working on an unlikely Consulting project in which the global challenge is "how we want the Maintenance Service of the 21st century to be like in OSI Araba". This project includes a creative Pill with the specific objective of working on how “to build a system that helps to analyse and detect training needs in the Maintenance Service so that the workers can be approved and accredited through adequate, effective and efficient training, thereby helping to improve the service”. This creative Pill is being carried out together with Carles Gispert, artist and cultural activist, and co-founder of AATOMIC LAB.

The project was carried out with a Steering Group (comprising people from the Maintenance Service of OSI Araba), a Broad Group (comprising OSI Araba workers from various departments, categories and levels) and a Working Group that participated in the Creative Pill.

The results of this co-creation process will be presented on April 3, 2020.

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Creative Pill with Bioef

We already have the results of the Creative Pill we conducted with Bioef, the Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research, which aimed to identify the crucial milestones in the cancer disease process in order to improve integrated patient care. In this video, you can see the theatre play that portrayed the work done with a pair that included cancer patients (with active, cured or chronic cancer), their family members and cancer, psycho-oncology and Active Patient Programme professionals. The play was performed at the International Conference on Integrated Care held in Donostia/San Sebastián on 1 April. A document has also been produced based on the structure of a theatrical script that underlined the physical and emotional moments (of patients, relatives and health professionals) during the 3 main moments of this disease: when the news is communicated, during treatment and at its outcome (whether positive or negative).

Bioef is working together with Conexiones improbables on a Creative Pill whose aim is to develop improved integrated care for cancer patients. The artists Mireia Gabilondo and Kike Rada from Tanttaka Teatroa are taking part in the joint effort, while the Basque Health Service (Osakidetza) has set up a working group comprising two oncologists, an oncology nurse, a primary care physician, the coordinator of the Active Patient programme and a psycho-oncologist), alongside patients who have either overcome cancer or are in the process of being cured and 3 relatives of these patients (one of whom has already passed away).

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Creative Pill in Kuartango

We already know the results of the Creative Pill that was organised to define the possible uses of Kuartango Spa. They specifically include a commitment to implement KuartangoLab, a people laboratory for innovation in rural areas that would take place over an entire week. It would be a space for experimentation in which multidisciplinary teams devise and develop innovative projects to address economic, social and environmental needs.

Conexiones improbables and the Valle de Kuartango Foundation have conducting the “Urratsera” project to identify new uses for the old spa facility in Zuazo de Kuartango, Álava, by using artistic- and cultural-based processes that can promote community culture and local development. The project has combined a work of shared strategic considerations with the Creative Pills format of Conexiones improbables.

The project has revolved around 4 agents: a steering group of strategic considerations, a broad group comprising people with stakeholders in the valley, a group of artists and the team at Conexiones improbables.

After identifying 6 possible scenarios for action, the broad group decided to work on the scenario that referred to leisure and nature. Nine people from the valley are working on this Creative Pill.


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Urola Kosta-Lab

We have commenced the 2 Creative Pills that we are going to conduct with the Mancomunidad de Urola Kosta, which is committed to boosting CCIs in the region and aims to undertake a project to develop hybridisation processes between the sector of Cultural and Creative Industries and traditional sectors. The programme is entitled “KSI Urola Kostan: Sorkide Ekosistema” and it aims, on the one hand, to provide CCI sector agents with skills, knowhow and tools to work with traditional sectors and, on the other hand, to carry out intersectorial connections by implementing interventions in traditional sector companies.

The pairs comprise:

The two challenges to be addressed are extremely different. While Calderería Zue wants to work on product innovation, Monte Albertia seeks to generate tools that can help to maintain a good atmosphere among staff at the centre during heavy workloads.

The project is part of a programme entitled “Boosting economic promotion in Gipuzkoa by regional perspective contributions” by the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council and is financed by this body. 


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Auzolab Social Inclusion

We are working in an Auzolab with the challenge of to improve the quality of life and increase the degree of integrating people who find themselves in a situation of social exclusion by using physical activity, promoted by the Department of Social Policy of the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council. The different one in this case is Athlon S. Coop.

The improbable collaboration is being developed with the idea of creating a SOAF (Physical Activity Orientation Service) at both a group and individual level for each person currently in a situation of social exclusion. At the same time, it aims to link these activities with the range of local sport on offer in order to facilitate access to physical activity for these people.

Work is therefore underway with a strategic reflection group that includes managers and technicians from the Social Policies and Sports Departments of Gipuzkoa Provincial Council. A steering group has also been formed made up of people in situations of exclusion with which collaborative work is being undertaken to design an individual itinerary of activities.

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Próximas actividades de Conexiones improbables

Actividad variada la que se plantea para las dos próximas semanas. Por un lado, el 22 y 23 de marzo estaremos impartiendo formación en el Máster de Gestión Cultural del ICCMU (Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales) donde hablaremos de Innovación y de Comunicación Cultural 2.0. Mientras avanza la Píldora creativa para definir los usos del balneario de Kuartango ya que en los próximas días se llevarán a cabo la segunda y tercera sesión del grupo de trabajo de la Fundación Valle de Kuartango- Kuartangoko Arana Fundazioa  con VIC (Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas). La presentación de resultados tendrá lugar el día 12 de abril. Por otro lado, el día 27 de marzo estaremos en el III Congreso Europeo de Proximidad, Participación y Ciudanía: Sociedad del riesgo, organizado por la Fundación El Director de Conexiones improbables, Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia, coordinará la ponencia bajo el título "Conexiones improbables, cómo incorporar la creatividad a la estrategia y a la organización".

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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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Workshop with BIC Bizkaia

BIC Bizkaia (business public incubator) with Beaz (sociedad pública de la Diputación Foral de Bizkaia), support (public society of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia) has made the Workshop improbable Innovation Path, with the companies located in the building, some dedicated to engineering and others to biotechnological research.

The challenge had a double objective. On the one hand, make a reflection about Individual Innovation Path of each people who make up the organizations participating in the workshop and, on the other hand, a collective path that could serve each of the companies to consider collaboration possibilities, either with others of the sector itself or with those of others. It sought to boost the development of cooperation between the companies of the two sectors that work in different plants of the incubator. It was tried that the participants achieve a series of basic concepts that are essential to work cooperative projects and, in turn, foster a change of mentality that can help organizations innovate in collaboration and collaborate in innovation.

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Landa Sortzailea

The Conexiones improbables team have worked on the conceptualization of a new project: Landa Sortzailea. Its objective has been to face a balanced and sustainable rural development. And we have done it because we believe that in a purely urban life environment, it is an urgent challenge to face the balanced development of the territory, propitiating the generation of new ruralities, the creation of a new role of the rural area in the economic environment but also social. In this aspect, there have been are several elements that have been fundamental to face: the progressive depopulation, in the aging of its inhabitants and the quality of life of these elderly people, the general lack of economic activity, the absence of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs, the new settlers (migrants with often have to work their labour and social insertion), and access to new technologies that new forms of work demand.

The program has been done through the AuzoLab format and has had the support of Innobasque.

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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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The Basque Employment Service, Lanbide, has completed a consultancy project and hybridisation process based on an artistic and cultural foundation (under the Creative Pill format) by using the applied creativity methodology of Conexiones improbables.

The initial aim was to conduct work on Lanbide’s general strategy as part of a participatory process involving 6 agents: a core group (comprising people from various levels of Lanbide), a broad group (including the participation of all local employment office directors), a management team, 3 artists, 6 local employment offices, Lanbide users (both individual job seekers and companies requiring workers) and a consultant team.

Work began with the broad group following the initial results obtained in the core group sessions and the 3 challenges of the Creative Pills were defined.

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Conferences and Workshops in October
Categorías: Conexiones improbables /

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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