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Impact Space Berlin takes place at UfaFabrik, a sustainable cultural oasis in the south of Berlin.
It’s just a few minutes walk from the Ullsteinstraße station on the U6 U-bahn line.
The address: Viktoriastraße 10-18 / 12105 Berlin / Tempelhof
UfaFabrik is the former post-production facility of the German film industry, now a cultural centre run by a residents collective, with multiple enterprises including cafe, cinema, bakery, ‘freischule’ and theatre.
When Berlin was divided after the war, the UFA film labs were separated from the studios in East Germany. The historic building was going to be demolished, until it was occupied in 1979 by a group of young idealists, seizing the chance to put into practice the idea of a sustainable, creative community life.
During Impact space there’ll be a chance to take a tour of this fascinating and historic place, and find out more about its past and present.
What is Impact Space?
Impact Space is a collaborative, participant-driven event for campaigners and fundraisers from across Europe, organised by more onion, and formerly known as ECF Europe. 2020 would have been our tenth annual in-person event. Find out more here.
Who can attend Impact Space?
Impact Space is a participant-generated event for campaigners and fundraisers, so it’s important that we bring together a group of people with experience and expertise to share. That’s why we ask you to apply, and to tell us about your experience on your application form.
We recognise that people may have different contributions to make – if you’re bringing experience from another career, or from activities you pursue in your personal rather than professional life, do tell us about it if you think it could be useful to fellow changemakers.
As event organisers, our objective is to curate an event which is an interesting, stimulating, and sometimes challenging learning experience, in an environment which supports participants to be open about their difficulties and problems as well as share their successes. We reserve the right to decline an application if we feel that a given participant is not a good fit for the event and could undermine the experience for others. See event policy for details.
What is covered by the ticket price?
Your Impact Space ticket covers:
- Participation in both days of the Impact Space Berlin
- Participation in (optional) pre meeting the evening before
- Vegan or vegetarian breakfast on both days
- Vegan or vegetarian lunch on both days
- Vegan or vegetarian dinner on day 1
- Coffee and snacks during the breaks
Vegan or vegetarian “pre-event dinner” can be booked when you apply (additional cost)
Do you offer bursary or discounted places?
We know that some of the most interesting and innovative campaigning is going out outside of established organisations. We’re also keen to support campaigners from Eastern Europe for whom cost may be more of a barrier.
We offer a reduced rate for participants who meet the usual qualifications, and fit any of the following categories:
- Staff from super-small or grassroots organisations
- Individuals campaigning in a voluntary capacity
- Students or researchers in a relevant field with expertise to share
- Campaigners from countries in eastern Europe
In future we hope to set up a participation fund to allow us to offer lower rates and widen participation. If your organisation could be interested in funding or supporting this, please contact us.
Why is the agenda so empty?
Impact Space is different to most other events you’ll attend because we build the agenda together. That way, you can take an active role in hand-crafting exactly the event you want or need right now.
For ten years now (as ECF Europe) we’ve been using participant-led approaches to build an agenda which is unique to, and formed around, the participants themselves. Some of the agenda will be built on the day, using a version of the tried-and-tested Open Space methodology. Other parts of the agenda, such as presentations and workshops are also scheduled according to participants proposals in the run up to the event, so keep an eye on the online agenda and items will be added as time goes on.
This also means you have space to showcase and get expert feedback on your own work, try out or develop a workshop, or run sessions or presentations that you’d like the chance to share with peers. You can propose sessions as part of the application process, or during the run up to the event.
Find out more about our participant-led approach, and Open Space, below.
Is the venue accessible?
The UfaFabrik ‘Theatersaal’ building is wheelchair accessible via ramp, and there is a ground-level accessible toilet. However, some of the breakout rooms are accessed via stairs. If you have access needs we can work with you to make sure that the sessions you want to attend are allocated to accessible spaces – let us know on the application form.
We have a very limited amount of on site accommodation available for people with access needs.
We make sure to use a public address system (amplification) for all plenary sessions. If there’s anything we could do to make the event as a whole more accessible to you, please let us know and we’ll be happy to discuss.
Are you able to accommodate special diets?
All the catering for Impact Space is vegan, provided by the excellent Playing with Eels – we feel that this is a great way of making sure that vegans and vegetarians are well catered-for, and it’s really no hardship for the meat-eaters, we promise! Just let us know on the application form if you have any allergies or other requirements and we’ll do our best to accommodate these.
Who’s behind Impact Space?
Impact Space, formerly known as ECF Europe, is organised by more onion, with support from sponsors. 2020 will be the tenth year. Find out more about Impact Space.
Why is the event in English?
Impact Space aims to bring together campaigners and fundraisers from right across Europe (including the UK!) and so English works well as a common language. Participants are welcome to propose open space sessions to take place in a specific language if it’s appropriate to the content. (eg a session to discuss the German political context where all participants are German-speakers)
How do I get there?
UfaFabrik is conveniently located a short walk from the Ullsteinstrasse station of the U6 U-bahn line, in the south of Berlin.
We encourage participants to travel over land if possible. Berlin is well connected to the European rail network and can be reached in under 10h from London, Vienna and Paris. You can book trains via the Deutsche Bahn website, or thetrainline.eu.
The www.seat61.com website has exhaustive information and advice on rail travel to Berlin from across Europe.