Vanessa was invited to be a keynote speaker at the World Café workshop in Copenhagen on the topic of grassroots fabrication in makerspaces. This was on part of the International Living Knowledge conference, which connected a network of science shops.
After four speakers, the workshop continued with a facilitated session exploring issues of creativity, inclusion and sustainability in makerspaces.
The session facilitators summarized "The key message from the World Café, in our view, is that providing facilities, tools, and even technical assistance and training is only one aspect to creating a makerspace. Establishing the culture within and its position in the world is what makes the space. In doing that, there are complex interactions between the people and things involved, and also between the space and the wider social and material world."
You can read more about the workshop here on the blog of Sabine Hielscher and Adrian Smith and here on the website for Grassroots Innovations
A full report from the event is available here.