• Co-design your Place

Summer Volunteer Programme has come to an end

The fourth edition of Co-design Your Place (CYP) - the international service design educational program, has come to an end.

Last Saturday (4th of September 2021), we met in the Palace-Park Complex in Sieminowice Śląskie, Poland, to recap the Summer Volunteer Programme, CYP 2021 edition. The brief for the Service Design process, which ten young designers and professionals have been working with during the last two months, focused on building a sustainable community around the eastern Palace's wing. The challenging question was how we might organise a community in a place that is not ready to be used? Our answer was crowdfunding.

By crowdfunding funds, we want to create an open, friendly space for the Palace community. The main goal is to complete the construction of the Eastern Wing of the Palace and then apply services supporting community-building and regeneration processes. "Patrons of the Palace" participating in the crowdfunding will be able to, e.g. organise a meeting, workshop, mini-conference, rent a desk, or drink good coffee with friends.

CYPers presented two attractive services last Saturday during the final presentations and celebration event. Ten young designers have been working for the previous two months with eighteen mentors and experts' fantastic support and companion.

Thank you and congratulations to our alumnis: Alicja Koziej, Barbara Russa, Bartosz Nowosielski, Monika Skręt, Katarzyna Kreis, Natalia Cymerman, Natalia Komar, Olga Lech, Patrycja Ulińska for courage and openness to new challenges! We hope that all these experiences will help you follow your passions or support other places that need you!

At the same time, we would like to thank all our guests and visitors who supported us with kind words, profound questions and meaningful feedback. Without your comments, this event wouldn't be so valuable for us and the future services in the Place.

We thank our mentors who guided us, showed opportunities and gave feedbacks. It made a profound impact on our process and supported us in moments of doubts and uncertainty. Special thanks go to: Agata Korzenska, Aleksandra Kopeć, Anna Bil, Astrid Lundsgaard, Bartek Bala, Clara Llamas, Dina Lingås, Javiera Godoy, Jessica Ann Venø, Julia Koczorowska, Łukasz Siódmok, Marcin R. Kołodziej, María Jesús Domeyko, Martyna Bielak , Moosa Khan, Paweł Nowak, Sampada Muralidhar, Trisha Rathod.

Also, we would like to thank the team coordinating the project: Anna Bielak-Dworska, Sabina Musiol, Tomasz Szlezak and the graphic team of Sandra Ryt and Amadeusz Długaj.

We want to thank President Rafał Piech for taking the event under the patronage of the Mayor of Siemianowice Śląskie and the Siemianowice Dobre Bo Śląskie portal and the Siemianowice Śląskie City Hall for promotional support.

See you next year, and please keep your thingers crossed for the implementation phase. In touch!

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