Instituto Do It Yourself


These are theoretical-practical workshops/pills where contents, activities and projected actions are proposed to a community or group of people interested in the development of skills, abilities and knowledge through non-formal learning and group work. The pills are developed in a real context. The starting hypothesis is defined by a community or collective and they are inscribed in a specific territory or project. The pills enable a specific knowledge in different subjects that grants competences for the development of collective projects.

Learning processes from the culture «do it yourself» and «do it with others», which enable a resilient training and critical capacity to adapt to changing conditions and situations.

Experiences that encourage teamwork and group decision-making involving a more horizontal model involving negotiation and consensus building to achieve objectives.

Description of the format:
Pills are non-formal learning formative processes aimed at communities and individuals interested in specific knowledge, techniques, skills and the use of tools. The pills are associated with specific knowledge depending on the theme and a transversal knowledge that involves the dynamization of group work and the construction of their collective stories.

In all the modules there is the presence of a dynamo/expert with extensive experience in the subject, which focuses the objectives of the target community with pedagogies of transfer of tools and knowledge. Attendees are involved in a «non-formal» learning environment motivated by the exchange of knowledge, procedures, techniques, information and ideas. Each process has a methodology that articulates a learning community that facilitates the transfer of knowledge per to per to.

The experience is linked to starting conditions that establish a specific need for a community or collective linked to a reality or territory. The result of the workshop is formalised in an action, intervention or document that gathers the experience and responds in one of these formats to real needs that are initially posed as a workshop challenge.

To whom it is addressed:
Our practice is aimed at neighbourhood projects, entities or social programmes and citizen initiatives already underway, joining a newly created project, or initiating a process: neighbourhood spaces, urban gardens, social centres, citizen initiatives, social centres, schools, canteens, libraries, social community centres, shelters, etc.

  • 1. The IDYS School has the capacity to join a process already underway implementing processes through a program of advice, intervention, support or tutoring to strengthen the project.
  • 2. The IDYS School has the capacity to initiate a process according to a specific demand articulated through a co-designed pedagogical itinerary.
    Benefits and Justification Group work is encouraged as a tool for sharing knowledge and developing learning experiences that allows participants to assume collaborative work roles while learning from doing and developing skills from their own concerns. The direct link with the community offers a fieldwork adjusted to a real context, being a pedagogical potential that will serve for people, collectives or communities to acquire competences through collaboration and teamwork.

In IDYS we develop 4 pills:

 1.Pill Territorial diagnostics.
Development of research and «radiography» type linkage for contexts and/or projects, where a previous study and evaluation is made with the intention of detecting needs, problems and possible design and implementation solutions. The objective of this open-ended analytical process is to obtain consensual conclusions and, in this way, to propose a roadmap and a common plan of action.

Hours: 20 h Theoretical and practical
Participants: 20-25max
Pill Competencies: Citizen Participation Facilitator/ Territorial Diagnostic/ Initiative Mapper
Transversal skills: Dynamising teams and working groups/ Documentator and reporter of community processes/ Collective care
Budget: 3000 €

 2.Pill Collaborative design.
Collaborative design is a space for thinking and sounding out projects and proposals. It is elaborated from prototypes that respond to the needs, aspirations and desires of the future community of use. Most designs are closed and accessible to a few. In contrast to this paradigm of closed patents, open collaborative design as a tool plays a key role in democratizing the processes of intervention and regeneration of urban commons.

Hours: 20 h Theoretical practices
Participants: 20-25max
Skills: Pill Handling of basic tools for open design / Prototype development for testing
Dynamize teams and work groups/ Documentator and reporter of community processes/ Collective care
Budget: 3000 €

 3.Module. Collective construction.
These are learning processes in which practical skills and abilities are acquired that enable them to the execution and construction of devices, furniture or infrastructures. The contents are focused on technical learning and the use of tools, while stimulating not only their understanding but also their potentialities and different applications. The objective is to have sufficient knowledge to materialize designs and prototype devices that respond to the needs of the target user community.

Hours: 40 h Theoretical practices
Participants: 20-25max
Skills: Pill Manager of material resources and resources / Basic management of tools for construction of furniture or devices / Work planner and team coordination
Transversal skills: Dynamising teams and working groups/ Documentator and reporter of community processes/ Collective care
Budget: €6000

 4.Module. Management model.
Collaborative management of infrastructures, devices or programmes implies understanding and generating articulation contexts as non-traditional governance models, as well as new inclusion channels and tools for the shared management of resources and contents. Thus, ideas and concepts are explored where models are proposed where management is assumed as a collective responsibility that is not limited to decision making, and which also includes the processes of construction and management of common domains: it is a recipe in which spaces of shared management are supported, having a fundamental role in the production from the citizenship.

Hours: 20 h Theoretical practices
Participants: 20-25max
Competences: Pildora Gestor cultural/urban mediator/financing and sustainability.
Transversal competences: Dynamising teams and working groups/ Documentator and reporter of community processes/ Collective care.
Budget: 3000 €