The Format Project aims to collect, study and present a selection of collaborative formats, models and practices. It explores widely adopted practices of knowledge production, sharing and decision making. The project examines how these formats were born, how they work and how they help practices succeed and spread virally beyond their original contexts, locations and communities.




In the project we will study 40 cases from around the world. The cases will be presented on a website with text descriptions, interviews, visualizations and photos. Next to that we will shoot a short documentary movie featuring founders, initiators, adopters and users of specific formats as well as experts of the related fields.

The preliminary list of the formats to be featured in our study includes:


Restaurant Day, Critical Mass, Complaints Choir, Flash Mob, Café Philosophique, BYOB, BarCamp, Likemind, Galaxy Zoo, The Johnny Cash Project, ReCAPTCHA, Fallen Fruit, Crowdmap, Atlas of Vacancy, OpenStreetMap, Github, Wiki, Stack Overflow, Book sprint, Instructables, Etherpad, NaNoWriMo, Startup Weekend, Fablab, Coworking space, Media Lab, Hackerspace,  Subjective Atlas, Use-It, TEDx, Meetup, Dorkbot, PechaKucha Night, CreativeMornings, Lange Nacht der Museen, One City One BookAirbnbCouchsurfingApp StoreKickstarterFlattrRSVP, Binary decision making, Kittenwar, User rating, Upvoting.


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Subjects of study

  • formats
  • models
  • practices

Field of study

  • collaborative knowledge production 
  • sharing of knowledge and resources
  • collective decision making.

Selection criteria

  • contemporary
  • collaborative
  • copied widely




What ingredients contribute to the success, replicability and global spread of a format?

How do formats spread across communities, continents and even disciplines?

What are the characteristics of the networks built up behind those formats?

What potentials do the strategic use of formats offer in a networked world?




With the rise of digital connectedness, collaboration methodologies have an increasing role and enabling power in contemporary societies as they establish and inspire new ways of social coexistence and cooperation, economic development and growth.


Our work at Kitchen Budapest spans across a wide range of disciplines, we develop projects on the intersection of design, media art, information and communication technology. This has always incorporated experimentation with collaboration methodologies.



If you have any question or idea regarding this project or you are interested to get involved, let us know!

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