WYMIENNIKOWNIA – YOUTH CENTRE FOR DESIGN AND SOCIAL INNOVATION
(FINALIST 2018) Empowering local youth: a centre designed for young people to share ideas, hobbies and work on projects together.
The primary goal of the Wymiennikownia (WM) is to support the bottom-up initiatives of the local youth, helping young people to implement their ideas, share hobbies, and fulfill their passions. It provides the space and conditions for spending free time in interesting ways. Responsibilities are delegated to young people, breaking usual conventions, as well expanding the district or city’s offers through various events. Having taken over the operative management, young people adjusted the centre’s opening hours to their habits of spending free time. The schedule of workshops and events in WM is prepared based on the projects submitted by young and active citizens of Gdynia, and it changes in accordance with their moods and plans. Independent decision-making on what events to organise or take part in is the essence of the place. Skills and knowledge are exchanged through the operation of the centre: I can do something and show you how to do it too, and I can also learn something through teaching you. In addition, young people themselves in cooperation with professionals designed the interiors of the centre based on their own ideas and the activities they plan to conduct.