Knowledge Mobility

This month we are formally introducing this years macro thesis of THECUBE, Knowledge Mobility. 

In 2015 we started to discuss Knowledge Mobility with Susannah Haslam, research practitioner and educator.

Structuring knowledge mobility, from coworking to smart spaces is written by Susannah Haslam with Araceli Camargo and Anne Fritz as a reflection on a collaborative research enquiry into some of the practical applications of knowledge mobility in coworking. It contributes to Susannah’s doctoral research into knowledge mobility and alternative forms of arts education after the Educational Turn in art, with the AHRC’s Creative Exchange research programme at the Royal College of Art, London. Knowledge mobility is an original concept that is derived through Susannah’s research and this enquiry marks the beginning of one interpretation and potential application of it.

Please click here for the full report.

We focussed on three ideas: access to knowledge, curated knowledge, knowledge’s mobility in the context of the distinctions between knowledge, information and truth and in the applied arenas of education, coworking and tech, amongst others. Reconsidering these conversations in 2017, it seems more pertinent than ever to challenge consensus around what knowledge, information and truth is, amidst the very recent flurry of claims to post-truth society and the ever-volatile circulation of alternative facts. We must ask ourselves what are the combined roles of education, coworking and tech in challenging this consensus and towards shaping democratic working and living environments.

THECUBE takes as its role a part in challenging the consensus and facilitating space for knowledge production, collaboration and dissemination. In a time where knowledge, information and truth are abundant and precarious, now persecuted and ridiculed, it is important to create and maintain safe spaces for people to speak freely and create new ideas.

Hence, this year our events focus on Climate Change, Cognition, Conscious Cities, and the humanities.

Below a list of events to kick off February 2017:

01 Feb 2017 at 1pm
We will be doing a potluck lunch, this means everyone brings a dish or a snack and we are going to sit down and discuss what your goals are for 2017 and what we can all do to help each other out.

1. bring what you are working on

2. list contacts or resources you are looking for


02 Feb 2017 at 7pm

For the Oxford Dictionary, post-truth was the word of 2016, after having seen a spike in its use in the context of the EU referendum here in Britain, and the presidential election in the States. Thus having moved from a peripheral term to being frequently used in political commentary.

Apart from “having the courage to take apart every statement that is made by politicians and pundits and to stand up for evidence-based reporting and democratic values”, in times of post-truth, what is the role for knowledge mobility?

07 February 2017 at 7pm

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the CONSCIOUS CITIES MEETUP on a regular basis. The first event of 2017, will take place on February 7th and examine Loneliness in the City.

Is the urban condition compatible with the healthy relationships we seek? For decades, loneliness has been one of city life’s most documented and discussed issues, yet little has been done to adapt our built environment in response.

Cities are often blamed for amplifying loneliness and leading to a spectrum of mental health issues. How has living around more people become associated with having fewer meaningful connections? In this event, we will discuss the role a conscious city should or could have in facilitating personal relationships.

We will be joined by Claire McAndrew. Claire is Senior Research Associate and Director of Research at the Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment. She has spent the last eight years collaborating on national and international digital innovation projects that traverse communication and interaction design, social science and the built environment.


10 Feb 2017 at 7pm

On Friday the 10th of February we explore the emotions of guilt and shame. What exactly are the emotions of shame and guilt? What are they for? Do they have a social adaptive function? Can they be maladaptive? Are they in anyway socially constructed? Do they protect relationships in society? Maintain the status quo? Do they make people vulnerable? Indeed, how effectively can people be manipulated to feel a certain way through these emotions? Emotions for good? Or for evil?

Clearly, both guilt and shame are complex: playing a role in learning and balancing social relationships while being at the core of debilitating feelings of inferiority. Explore this interesting pair of emotions through our two speakers: ask what can guilt and shame tell us about self-governance in society and humiliation; and question how revealing insecurities and weaknesses can be both a source of empowerment and deep manipulation which only too often leads to difficult self-doubt, mental states such as anxiety and depression.

Our speakers for the evening include:

  • Fellow Arctic Circle resident Spike Dennis (multi-disciplinary textile artist, Arctic Circle 2016) who creates embroidered masterpieces exploring legends and folklore including creatures such as Baba Yaga, the Wildman and the Unicorn. Like much folklore, his work is allegorical, providing opportunities to contemplate the complexities and darkness of human experience.
  • Luka Katic (experimental psychology, Oxford University) will discuss his research into the role of guilt and shame in human interaction and in societies across the world – thus unpacking how they relate to other emotions.


21 Feb 2017 at 7pm

There is a misconception that neuroscience is the study of the brain in a manner that is disconnected from the body. Neuroscience is actually the study of the central nervous system, which is the spinal cord and the brain included.

From this anatomical perspective our interaction with the physical world and how we make sense of it changes. In this new three-part series of Cognitive Academy classes, we will be learning about embodiment and the manner of which the brain and body work together to give a sense of perception as well as help solve problems around cognition, communication, and emotion.

Each class is 90 minutes and it starts with a scientific review and explanation, and then it is put forward to a discussion to examine how the science is applicable to industry.

We are increasingly moving towards a more human-centric approach to cities, design, and technology. Making neuroscience a great a place to start if we are curious about understanding ourselves and creating better “things” for people.

Class 1: Thinking Beyond the Brain: Embodied Cognition

This class consists of three different parts an introduction to the thematic, neuroscience reviews, and discussion. We will examine:

  • What is embodied cognition?
  • How is neuroscience helping us understand embodiment?
  • Discussion: Does our body helps us think?