Community and business

Sobole, Poland

2017

How a local business can serve the community around it?

The challenge we worked on

A lot of people feel a sense of isolation. Social alienation is one of the top problems in urban and rural environment. This is true for the Lublin Province as well in eastern Poland where Sobole, the venue of HOLIS is to be found. Bringing a community together is a challenging wicked problem especially for outsiders as us.

We believe that change should be initiated with the most agile agents.  We identified this agents in the local business community. This is why we partnered up with Spomlek, a local cheese factory. We asked ourselves: how a local business can serve the community around it?

What are the results

The team developed 5 brand interventions and a magazine about the people of Spomlek. See the presentations and the magazine here.

The projects were delivered by people who cared

Organiser

Maxim Dedushkov

Interdisciplinary Designer

Maxim is kind of designer, kind of entreprenuer. He is the founder of Holis. He also founded many other things. Some of them are still running. That makes him happy. Waste makes him angry. He also works as a consultant in social innovation, design, collective intelligence and management in general.

Organiser

Eszter Bircsák

Co-founder and Food Curator

Eszter is a curator and cultural mediator who is interested in CEE regional creative industry and local movements. She is the co-founder of Holis and was part of the team until 2019.

Facilitator

Tomek Rygalik

Founder at Studio Rygalik and Tre

Tomek is a designer, curator and educator with a Ph.D in Industrial Design, born in Lodz in 1976. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Lodz, and graduated in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute (1999 BID). He then worked with design companies in the United States, consulting for international clients such as Kodak, Polaroid, MTV, PerkinElmer, Dentsply, Unilever, and Dupont. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2005 (MA), he joined the RCA staff as a Research Associate and established Studio Rygalik in both London and Lodz, Poland.

Facilitator

Gosia Rygalik

Partner at Studio Rygalik

Gosia graduated from the Design Department at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (2010 MA). She also studied at the Danmarks Designskole and gained her first professional design experience in Copenhagen. During the studies in Warsaw she was a member of the PG13 platform – responding to experimental design briefs, exhibiting, organizing and taking part in design workshops and competitions as well as industry supported projects.

Participants

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Artist, Freelance Graphic Designer
Daniel Kozma
Budapest, Hungary
Designer
Jeremiasz Rzenno
Glasgow, UK
Service Designer
Zsófia Szatmári-Margitai
Innsbruck, Austria
Designer at ChemAxon
Gábor Lukács
Budapest, Hungary
Social designer
Eliza Chojnacka
Vienna, Austria
Product designer at Studio Rygalik
Gabriela Szałańska
Warsaw, Poland
Designer
Maciej Budzisz
Lodz, Poland
PhD student
Monika Favara-Kurkowski
Warsaw, Poland
Product designer at Frontíra
Zsófia Elek
Budapest, Hungary
Project manager
Zsófia Anna Rutkai
Budapest, Hungary

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