IstasyonTEDU, a heterogeneous community

We, at IstasyonTEDU Center for Social Innovation, have a heterogeneous community:

  1. Different types of Actors

All types of actors can join IstasyonTEDU community including students, academics, practitioners, researchers, representatives/employees or volunteers from public sector, municipalities, private sector, and civil society.

  1. Different Entities   

Trading arms of civil society organisations, cooperatives, companies and initiatives without any legal entities from a broad spectrum can join IstasyonTEDU programmes.

  1. Different Life Cycle Stages 

Enterprises from all stages of their life-cycle can benefit from IstasyonTEDU’s services starting from idea to spin-off stage.

  1. Different Sectors

IstasyonTEDU runs programmes that are sector agnostic. Actors from different sectors including creative industries, catering, media and information activism, technology, women’s empowerment, ecology, social inclusion are supported.

This heterogeneity allows actors to collaborate in new ways, learn from each other and give support to each other, including buying and selling products and services from each other in the form of a micro solidarity economy within the IstasyonTEDU community. There are countless good examples of this collaboration and support; for example one of our incubees Teyit buys promotion materials from another incubee, Joon, Joon gives design thinking training to Factory, Roof Coliving contributes to the community building activities of OpenJoon, Teyit supports social media campaign of Women Self-Defence Academy, Joon acts as a fiscal sponsor for Tina Zita, etc.

This collaborative organisational culture also motivated us to enlarge our community and dream on setting up an interdisciplinary ‘interface’ with a multitude of actors/participants, with the purpose of inducing and supporting social innovation, by co-creating and openly sharing solutions together with relevant stakeholders. To make the interface, we conducted a project with the participation of 7 academics and 6 practitioners from TED University and contribution of many external actors from diverse fields.

During this participatory feasibility study, meetings were organised with ecosystem actors, one-to-one interviews were conducted with similar interfaces, an international modelling workshop was organised with the participation of Design Factory Global Network (Finland), Dartington Service Design Lab (UK), Technion Social Hub (Israel), Originn (Turkey), and Kentsel Strateji (Turkey); and finally a feasibility report was prepared. Unfortunately, it is only in Turkish for the time being, but you can contact us if you want to learn more about the ‘interface’. Now we are seeking for funds to realize this feasibility.