What drives Poligon?
Poligon unites communities in Slovenia, which operate in the field of creative economies, social entrepreneurship and culture. These communities have developed as a response to the economic downturn and increasing precariousness of young professionals.
Cofounders of Poligon are Slovenia Coworking, Slovenia Crowdfunding, Kreativna Cona Šiška (Rompom) and Ljudje.si, who have invested over 5000 hours into developing and educating about coworking and crowdfunding over the two years before opening the centre in February 2014.
Poligon is run by Luka Piškorič, Eva Perčič, Marko Orel, Alja Stanko, Urša Dolinšek, our team of interns and many others, without whom this project could not have become a reality.
Poligon, institute for development of creative industries has been founded in 2012 as a response to the lack of governmental policies to support creative industries in Slovenia. Since it’s founding it has supported Slovenia Coworking and Slovenia Crowdfunding initiatives that successfully introduced and promoted concepts of coworking and crowdfunding in Slovenia to tackle the challenges faced by stakeholders in the creative and cultural fields due to changing social and economic circumstances.
In 2014 Poligon Creative Centre has been established in Ljubljana as the first Slovenian creative centre, operating as an autonomous platform for empowerment of freelancers, creative startups and communities. Poligon has also produced numerous conferences and other events to introduce new concepts and educate key stakeholders, organized exhibitions promoting Slovenian creatives internationally and produced several research and policy papers commissioned by government and municipality stakeholders. Recognized as one of the best practices in Europe, Poligon and it’s know how are regularly shared at numerous conferences and workshops around Europe and wider region.
Poligon operates as private NGO and so far doesn’t receive any public funding.