Challenge Intro: We Mix Cultures

(This is an introductory text for a story collection campaign that we used before in Edgeryders, and may want to use again.)

As we are increasingly connected by data, as creativity is bursting and the boundaries of ownership become blurred, we see people striving to build societies where the public is free to add, change, influence, and interact with their culture through new ways of expression: see folklore, graffiti, sampling, culture jamming, stereotypophobes (people who fear being stereotyped), or performative memes on the Internet. Even family constellations appear to move towards mixed ones: in some European countries 15-20% of marriages in 2009 and 2010 were cross-border unions, the percentage having grown since the 90s [details here]. This bears on how we accommodate mixed cultures in our private lives as well. How are we learning from each other, how do we express ourselves freely, what are the existing constraints? and who supports us in that?

  • Tell us about a project you know or have started that looks into cultural blends. What statement does it make? How are people reacting to its manifestation? Is there change involved?

Good for you: If it’s your project, you make it visible and have Edgeryders give you ideas on how to improve it or replicate it and become an inspiration. If not, you get to showcase an initiative from your own community that you are proud of.

Good for everyone: By telling Edgeryders about it you help us understand better the cultural life in our immediate surroundings and open doors for similar contributions.

Count me in! How do I participate?

It’s easy! submit your contribution by replying to this post below.This will open a WYSIWYG editor where you can write about your experiences.