UnLondon Digital Media Association (UnLondon) is a non-profit organization that exists to challenge and embrace ideas related to new technologies and social platforms through the education, entertainment and engagement of its membership and the community-at-large.
The purpose of UnLondon is to make change in and around the city of London from outside the normal confines of change making, using unconventional methods. The name UnLondon was chosen as a specific and direct reference to nomenclature endemic of social media community standards. The ‘Un’ prefix is used throughout this community and industry as a method to describe ‘unconventional thinking and practices’. Indeed, the ‘UnLondon’ name comes from our long time experience both organizing and attending ‘UnConferences‘
UnLondon operates as creative incubator; we provide the tools, resources, support, volunteers and sometimes the inspiration, for anyone with the nugget of an idea to turn it into an impactful result. We specifically focus on the intersection of art, media, digital, technology and “maker” culture and work to facilitate unconventional ideas and innovative solutions. We host classes and workshops, produce conferences and help spread digital literacy around South-Western Ontario.
In order to expand on this ‘unconventional’ way of doing things, UnLondon has crafted a philosophy that describes the platform upon which UnLondon’s membership operates.
Simply put, UnLondon is like a playground. When you arrive at the playground everything you need is already there – the swings, the climbing trees, the jungle gyms, the soccer fields. Anything that needs to be added can be built by the community and the rules of the playground are defined arbitrarily and on-the-fly.
So it is with UnLondon – all of the tools, resources and supports for innovation, hacking and civic engagement are made available by and for the member community. UnLondon is simply agnostic, facilitating entities designed to support our membership in each of their ’Hacks’ (UnLondon projects).
In addition to UnConferences, UnLondon has a permanent ‘UnLab’ – a place where community members are encouraged to approach a number of areas unconventionally; these areas may include Maker culture, social and digital media, steampunk, art and design, open government and data, as well as academic pursuits. The UnLab is a community space with a diverse membership, including artists, computer programmers, web designers, and hardware hackers.
Our spaces are inspired by the philosophies of the global hackerspaces movement which encourages people to socialize, share knowledge, and work together on their projects. Find out more at www.unlab.ca