Free Culture Incubator

An ongoing project by Ela Kagel

The Free Culture Incubator explores the realm of free culture and the open web - with a focus on new forms of authorship, economics and legal ownership. The Free Culture Incubator was launched at transmediale.10, covering a broad range of topics and formats based on questions such as the price and value of cultural work, the identity of cultural enterprises, creativity as an economic resource and new forms of cultural organisation. [more about the FCI...]

Thu, 26.01.2012

The final Free Culture Incubator, the culmination of  a 12-month workshop series, will showcase people, themes and highlights from two years of extensive research covering the price and value of freelance creative work. In addition to a short review of our progress, we shall also focus on questions that have proved to be most relevant for workshop participants in our previous sessions, such as: How can an open, collaborative initiative transform itself into a sustainable, long-term enterprise? | Date: 26 Jan 19:00 - 23:00, Address: Supermarkt, Brunnenstrasse 64, 13355 Berlin, U8 Voltastraße

Fri, 14.10.2011

A matter of form – founding stories of creative organizations

Free Culture Incubator No 10


Moderators & Facilitators: Jan Froehlich, Ela Kagel, Dirk Kiefer
Friday, Oktober 14 2011, 1-6 pm

Universität der Künste Berlin, Career & Transfer Service Center, Einsteinufer 43-53, Auditorium

Sat, 27.08.2011

Metanoia: Mindshift - Exploring pathways through freestyle learning

Free Culture Incubator No 9


Saturday August 27th, 13.00 - 18.30 @Supermarkt, Berlin. Brunnenstraße 64, 13355 Berlin (between U8 stop Bernauer Straße and Voltastraße)


Exploration Guide, Host and Facilitator: Pippa Buchanan

Tue, 26.07.2011

Mission Impossible – How to move a ship across the mountains

Free Culture Incubator No. 8


Tuesday, 26.07.2011, 5-9.30 pm
betahaus / Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20 /10969 Berlin / U8 Moritzplatz


With Henning von Gierke, Tonia Welter and Christoph Fahle.

Thu, 30.06.2011


Open Innovation and other Methods to Activate People & Resources


Where: Supermarkt | Brunnenstraße 64 | from 1-6 pm.


Chances, challenges and downsides of Open Innovation approaches.

Tue, 31.05.2011

Aufbau Haus, Theater Space

Moritzplatz 1, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Tuesday, May 31st, 10 am- 6 pm


With: Heather Kelley, Alexander Rulkens, Paul Blazek, Ela Kagel, Peter Troxler, Nadia EL-Imam as facilitators

Part of the Create Your Own - CYO2011 conference

Fri, 15.04.2011
Ela Kagel, initiator of the FCI and Dirk Kiefer, Kompetenzzentrum Kultur-und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes, will moderate the co-funding conference. Participation is free, but you have to register in advance.
Please find all the information and a registration link here:

Thu, 31.03.2011

Get Your Message Across - platforms, tools and strategies to reach your audience
Thursday, March 31st, 7-10 pm
Documentation soon online

Photo: Katrina James / The Wanted & For Sale Office
Sat, 26.02.2011

The Free Culture Incubator SOURCING IT - MONEY FOR MAKERS workshop took place on 26 February from 14:00 - 18:00 in the Klubraum of Podewil, Klosterstraße 68, Berlin.

Andrea Goetzke
Fri, 28.01.2011

Free Culture Incubator Workshop No. 3: 'Music Industry and Free Culture', hosted by Andrea Goetzke, took place on Friday 28 January 2011 from 16:00 - 20:00, followed by an informal get-together 20:00 - 22:00.

Free Culture Incubator OPEN UP workshop - Break out group 4
Sat, 27.11.2010

The Free Culture Incubator OPEN UP workshop took place on Saturday November 27 at the Open Design City, betahaus. Here is the documentation of the workshop.

Sat, 23.10.2010

Free Culture Incubator Workshop No. 1 MAKING WAVES,  hosted by Sourcefabric, took place on Saturday 23 October 2010 at Direktorenhaus, as part of the ON2 Festival "Test Signals".

Since its launch during transmediale.10, the Free Culture Incubator has already accumulated an extensive archive of videos, soundfiles, presentations and more. Enjoy browsing through it.