Cultivating Collaborative Lifestyles in Urban Neighbourhoods


Sofia Elisabeth Ratzinger
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Design + Change
Linnaeus University, April 2018


Despite the increase of urban populations resulting in people living in close proximity to each other, society continues to operate with a focus on individual desire rather than collectivity. Cultivating Collaborative Lifestyles in Urban Neighbourhoods explores the everyday practice of collaboration and its potential for transforming neighbourhoods into hyper-local networks that are socially and environmentally sustainable, resilient and thriving. The research of this bachelor thesis is presented in the form of a toolkit called “An Activist’s Guide to Cultivating Collaboration”. It presents methods and guidelines that encourage individuals to become activists for collaboration in their neighbourhoods.


An online accessible toolkit allows visitors of Pumpipumpe’s website to access, download and print off it off at ease. Using a one-page “zine” format allows both sides of the paper to be utilised, one side being a poster and the other being the informative tools. The poster (pictured on the right) intends to act partly as a visual and text-based manifesto as well as being visually-eye catching to show the potential collaborative lifestyles have in urban neighbourhoods. The backpage of the poster, folded up, is a guide showcasing the different methods and tools for cultivating collaboration. Individuals are encouraged to become an activists in in their neighbourhood and use the toolkit to support development and spread the word by simply passing it onto a neighbour or hanging up the poster in their building.


This project was done in collaboration with Pumpipumpe, a non-profit association that operates globally, offering an alternative consumption model based on building a local network in neighbourhoods.  Pumpipumpe offers stickers of household items that individuals are able to adhere on their mailbox allowing neighbours to see what kind of items they are willing to lend to others. The toolkit acts as an additional physical touchpoint to the service, giving existing and prospective users the ability to learn about the core value of collaboration that Pumpipumpe has, and how to implement it. It provides the opportunity for their users to take on a different role, to take action, to implement collaboration in their neighbourhood.