The Format Project

Research on thriving formats of collaboration


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.


In the project we will study 30 cases from around the world. The cases will be presented on our website with text descriptions, quick facts, visualizations and photos. Next to that we make in-depth interviews with founders, initiators, adopters and users of specific formats as well as experts of the related fields.


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 Book, Airbnb, Couchsurfing, Kickstarter, Flattr, RSVP, Binary decision making, Kittenwar, User rating, Upvoting.


Replicable formats of cooperation

Questions we ask

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?

Global Relevance

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 motivation

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.

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