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The DECIDE
Coffee Shop

The DECIDE Coffee Shop is a virtual environment and a self-moderated process exclusive for DECIDE project pilots and DECIDERs (more information on DECIDERs here), that allows existing and evolving communities and collective actions to mutually benefit from their experiences. This process of knowledge exchange, blended learning and informal networking shall accelerate the process and boost the quality of initiatives that institutionalize collective approaches to a future sustainable energy supply and consumption system.

Together with the DECIDE project partners Th!nkE and ICLEI, the  team of B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH has developed an iterative exchange process with repeated sequence of events, along six phases with the ultimate goal to run stable energy communities. The Coffee Shop approach is based on the idea to provide structure and predictability, but also agility and simplicity. Therefore, the Coffee Shop is building on three aspects, namely the people involved (and their respective Roles), gatherings in various settings (recurring Events) and interactive and creative infrastructure (including a gameboard and activity cards) to work with (so-called Artefacts). To make it dynamic and also viable even beyond the active funding phase, it is technically based on an easy to maintain virtual whiteboard platform, while also building on a community based, long term strategy.  

Each cooperation season is designed around a number of events, starting with an official Kickoff phase, where new activities are being introduced and chosen to work with. Within the following period of 12 weeks a number of bilateral Synchros between Tandems (DECIDERs and pilots) are taking place to exchange on selected activities. In the end of each season a Season Retrospectives is scheduled in which Tandems exchange on their collaboration, followed by a Sharing Season with the whole Coffee Shop to exchange on outcomes, to enable feedback from the community and to network.

By being an active member in the Coffee Shop Community, one can

  • Get expert support (from DECIDE partners) to set-up and run a stable community
  • Benefit from the experiences and knowledge of like-minded Coffee Shop companions:
    • Each DECIDER will be working together with a DECIDE pilot in a Tandem on dedicated activities in multiple seasons of 3 months to accelerate their Energy Community / Collective Action
    • Open networking with other Coffee Shop participants and the DECIDE consortium
  • Shape the long-lasting Coffee Shop programme
  • Participate in DECIDE capacity building events, based on one’s needs
  • Promote one’s efforts to the Europe-wide DECIDE community

On 15 July the Initiation meeting of the DECIDE Coffee Shop took place with the 11 selected DECIDERs, the DECIDE pilots and the DECIDE consortium. In the first part of the meeting the DECIDE project, the Knowledge Hub and the Coffee Shop concept were introduced, followed by a feedback session on the Coffee Shop concept. The aim was to collect feedback for the following activities within the Coffee Shop to meet the participants needs. The second part of the meeting focused on getting to know each other and to provide insights in our joint transitioning towards our future energy system. Therefore, all pilots and DECIDERs shortly introduced themselves and their expectations with a short presentation. Within the last part of the meeting pilots and DECIDERs could start their conversation in sub-groups.

On 19 August the official first Coffee Shop Initiation and Phase Kickoff meeting with DECIDERs, pilots and the DECIDE consortium was held, where the innovation process within the Coffee Shop was initiated. Afterwards, the first phase Kickoff took place with an introduction of first phase activities and an announcement of Tandems, followed by bilateral Tandem meetings and networking.

In the ongoing periodic Season, the Tandems are meeting regularly in a bilateral setting.

The next Coffee Shop Phase Kickoff and Sharing Event will take place on 14 October, 13:00-16:00 CEST. The meeting will include a first Season Sharing, which will include a presentation on the progress of each DECIDER and feedback by the Coffee Shop companions. Further, we will have the next phase Kickoff, including exchange among peers and networking opportunities.  

 

Are you interested in the DECIDE Coffee Shop?

If you have questions or if you are interested to join the DECIDE Coffee Shop as DECIDER, please reach out to info@decide4energy.eu – we will get back to you as soon as possible and inform you about the latest options to apply for a Coffee Shop membership. Find here information on the first call for DECIDERs.