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Digital Lab – an online capacity building lab for Ukrainian creative hubs managers to jointly develop practical solutions and share experiences. Digital Lab - a place to learn about the European approaches and models of hubs management presented by the EU and the UK experts.

Key focus of Digital Lab: Creative Hubs Managers

  • Create space to exchange experiences and jointly search for solutions;  
  • Present case studies from the EU, the UK, and Ukraine;
  • Forge connections between programme participants;
  • Form a high-quality and meaningful space for online interaction.

We organised three editions of the Digital Lab for hubs managers. Here is the overview of each edition of the programme:

Digital Lab 1

The first edition of Digital Lab was launched in autumn 2020, only half a year since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme focused on the forced transformation of physical spaces and interaction formats in communities, which were caused by quarantine measures across the globe.

Key topics of the programme:

  • How to ensure the safety of a space? 
  • Do offline activities need cutting down and what should be the balance between online and offline activities? 
  • How to be competitive in a digital space; how to form your unique offer and monetize it? 
  • How to strengthen connections within your community?

Digital Lab 2

The focus of the second edition of the Digital Lab was the search for antifragility of creative hubs. The group of participants researched what pillars help creative hubs to survive in the world balancing between online and offline.

Key topics of the programme:

  • Old/new reality. Transformations of creative hubs during the pandemic year
  • How creative hubs managers can work with online and offline communities
  • Sources of sustainability in unstable context: crowdfunding and other formats of involvement in co-creation
  • Sustainable partnerships: cooperation at the local, national and international level. 

Digital Lab 3

The programme of the third edition of the Digital Lab was based on the materials of Creative Hubs Leaders Toolkit designed by the British innovation agency Nesta. It contained three main thematical blocks that allowed making a complex analysis of a creative hub, its target audiences, products, and operational model.

Key topics of the programme:

  • Building Your Hub Culture
  • Persona development and activities to offer
  • Theory of change and measuring impact
  • Hub business canvas.


Digital Lab: Creative Hubs Managers was delivered together with the NGO “Insha Osvita” under the EU-funded House of Europe programme.


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