PROUDLY PRESENTED: Jellyweek Crew Part 1 / Leslie, Bert-Ola, Leila

From 2nd to 9th of september the international Jellyweek Crew will gather for the first time at the JELLYWEEK SUMMER WORKCAMP in the south of France. It will be a very important moment for the Jellyweek movement, when people who mostly experienced together the first Worldwide Jellyweek in January 2012, but who didn’t meet each other personnally before, will come together with their experiences, skills, energies for the first time to cocreate the next Jellyweek in January 2013. See also the cool deskmag article to learn more about the camp.

Today we present the first part of the crew with asking them four important questions: Who I am? What’s my vision for the next Jellyweek? How I will travel to the Camp location in France? And what is my vision for the Camp in September? For those, who also want to be part of the mission: The booking will be open untill the 11th july.

Leslie Starr / France / Camp Organizer & Jellyweek 2012 Ambassador


WHO I AM
I am a strong minded girl, a wife and a mother, I live in the country side and I’m passionate about coworking. I’ve created an association: "Uploader" to promote coworking through organizing events: Jelly, FrozenJelly and now the Jellyweek Summer Workcamp. I believe that rural areas can benefit from the coworking movement and wish to help develop it.

MY JELLYWEEK VISION
Jellyweek is the one event that makes a difference, people from all over the world get together online and face-to-face. This event gives the chance to everyone to connect, meet, create partnership, get involve in new projects and be part of a worldwide movement.

HOW I WILL TRAVEL TO THE SUMMERCAMP
Unfair really, as i only have to drive 30 minutes to get there!

MY SUMMERCAMP VISION
I feel that in order to create a strong core team, it is important that we meet face-to-face, share our points of view, feelings, and experiences. We can then define what we need to improve the next Jellyweek, get organized and start creating. This will be a unique event and I am feeling proud and happy to be part of it.

Bert-Ola Bergstrand / Sweden / Jellyweek 2012 Ambassador


WHO I AM
Over the last years I have initiated and been part in developing a global network of Institutional entrepreneurs called Social Capital Forum. Aim of the network is to facilitate social capital development among actors in society, connecting local with global, urban with rural and virtual with face to face meetings. Moreover, I have been involved in developing the “Impact Investing” field in Scandinavia, hosted a number of events on the topic in the Nordic countries together with SoCap and other actors. I have also been part in outlining a new type of innovation system, the Biosphere Innovation system which basically connects social entrepreneurs into the context of Biosphere reserves. Finally, I am at the advisory board of some great social enterprises and facilitaing some awsome social media groups.

MY JELLYWEEK VISION
Jellyweek 2012 was a powerful movement which grew quickly and spread widely around the world in a few weeks time. I have a few ideas what could be the reasons for that and in 2013 I hope there will be an even more dynamic event with more participation around the world. If there could be 400 coworking places with 10 000 changemakers involved it would be awsome, but fully realistic. I also hope that I can understand the dynamics better around Jelly Week, its possibilities and challenges by using the social capital theory.

HOW I WILL TRAVEL TO THE SUMMERCAMP
I guess I will fly to Paris and then take a train.

MY SUMMERCAMP VISION
In the Summercamp I hope to learn more about the coworking movement around the world, not the least experiences from Brazil, which seems to be a very interesting country related to social capital development. Also the quilt project which was a very fascinating project would be great to hear more about. The quilt project has the potential of giving anl understanding in how to develop more sustainable development around relationships. Also I hope to enjoy the wine and culture of France, and baguette!! I remember when I was climbing in south France some 20 years back. My first trip on my own to another country in europe, outside the Nordic countries. A great experience! I am sure this trip will bring at least the same positive memories for the future.  

Leila País de Miranda / Brazil / Jellyweek Quilt Creator


WHO I AM
I was born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro in 1958 and became a mother in 1989. I graduated in Engineering and Systems Analysis and have always had special interest in helping children to be happy, creative and nice for themselves and others. In 1996, with two friends - Nilton Lessa and Luis Eugênio Pacheco - I opened "Moleque de ideias" - a space of co creation, where we have a team of software engineers and that can be also used by children from 4 years of age onwards to develop their own ideas and learn what they really want to learn. In Moleque de ideas we explore new technologies, including e-textiles. In January 2012, when I heard about Jellyweek, I decided to propose the co creation of a quilt, a piece of e-textiles, as a symbol of the coworking movement. It’s working!

MY JELLYWEEK VISION
Like the 2012 edition, Jellyweek 2013 will be a source of inspiration and motivation for us to meet with old and new friends and have again the pleasure of living and creating something meaningful together in the same space - physical and virtual.

HOW I WILL TRAVEL TO THE SUMMERCAMP
On August 31 I’ll fly to Paris and then to Toulouse where I’ll spend the day getting to know the historical center. The next day, I will go by train to Carcassonne, where I will meet with everyone to follow to Frontiers-Cabardès. I intend to spend the week following the Summercamp in Barcelona.

MY SUMMERCAMP VISION
I see the SummerCamp as a special moment of celebration of the idea of co creation. I believe in the transformative power of small groups acting together as creators rather than consumers. The Jellyweek Quilt 2012 is an example of co creation and it’ll be there in Summercamp, reminding us how we make beautiful, intelligent and meaningful things together - and just because we want to.

More to follow. So: Join the crew. Book the camp. Push the movement.