New Reef partner? Faber community space in Timisoara

Our friends from Timisoara, some of whom are leading the edgeryders federated are opening a new community space called Faber in a former industrial building in one of the city’s neighborhoods. It was supposed to open this month, but it’s been postponed due to the corona crisis… Theirs will be a multi purpose space reuniting several groups of associates: creatives, architects, fablabbers.

(photos from Faber facebook page)

The good news is that they want to become part of the Reef network - namely to look into the (co-)organising the solarpunk expo in their space:
Why? it aligns well with their strategy to build a community around Faber which is solid on grounds of sustainable urban development, and fits their strategic development of the space+urban community around the opportunity of Timisoara European Capital of Culture 2121.

We agreed on two things, preliminary:

  1. that we would consider them as partners (especially for hosting) in a next application.

  2. that they will look into their own pipelines for funding.
    One stands out where they see a good fit: They are looking to apply for the funding call below - Norwegian grants traditionally funding a lot of sociocultural ngos in Romania - foreign aid kind of pipeline. The funding is between 15000 - 50000eur per project, no co-financing needed: (right click for EN translation)
    The condition would be for one of the partners to be an organisation based in Norway/ Liechtenstein/ Iceland, because that’s where the fund is coming from. @hugi maybe you have some thoughts?

No action needed, and we would of course need to adapt / rewrite the project together, but that should be ok. We had a preliminary call, but they should know more next week.


Yes, I’m pretty sure that we could find a good fit on Norway or Iceland. One idea that springs to mind is if we could involve Værøy Lufthavn. I have been in conversations with them before. There is also Lunga in Iceland, as well as some spaces in Reykjavik. What sort of org. would be a good fit and what do they stand to gain from partnering?

Very very cool. Bring them on!

Actually, Fondazione Comunità Messina is also considering being a partner. It is very exciting, they have already a live social co-housing experience at Fondo Saccà:

  • Four buildings
  • Built with wood and pressed hay (!)
  • Domotics to monitor air quality
  • Renewable energy produced locally and shared “according to social algos” by their “people’s energy company”.

ping @matthias



This is the time to page @Val.Muresan here… :slight_smile:
Valentin: this is the only preliminary due dilligence to make ahead of moving forward.
Is Bogdan also registered on the communities plaforms? Can you forward him the orgs Hugi mentions, so he can check tentatively if it could work for eligibility?

Hi Noemi,

Bogdan is joining now and will check this thread.


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Hi! I’m here. Will have a look on the proposed orgs and revert to you soon. Thank you!


It looks really really good.
I can see a lot of experience sharing happening as part of any new thing we go for in a multi partner constellation.