After lots of discussions on this project, on every aspect of it, it appears that for technological reasons, we might need to convert our perspective into something else.
As we were up to create a meshnet there, linked to the radio project, two things came on the table and showed us it might not be the perfect timing:
- the local community wouldn't beneficiate that much of such a thing, as smartphones are not legion in the area for now, as @hazem told us.
- the only tech that could build such a network is @matthias, and he's already pretty booked on other projects.
Those two points make clear to me (and @anique.yael @hazem , the rest of the team is still on hold) that we won't be able to build our project with the meshnet as its center.
Though it makes also clear that we need to switch to another game plan, and here is my perspective on it:
We have the possibility, regarding how the team is built and who is composing it, to get there and make & map things. By that I include the already planned projects (around coffee, surf...). But could be included also quite everything linked to both the local community and ER commitment to the #commons.
It also is the opportunity to link a little more and further with Owen's post about creating a content/media platform.
Because, and this was in the core of the initial project, we still intend to document as much as possible the project, anthropographically, in the most various ways we can.
For instance, I'd like to map the local fresh food cycle: resources, places, people, companies, prices, and perspectives.
For that I would have to check markets, talk to people, learn things, collect data on all that. And I want to document what I'm collecting.
That way it will be possible for anybody in the team/ER community/local community use that data (open data) or methodology for another project or to continue the current one. That, as some point by extension to all the projects of each members of the team, create a network of some sort (data + media content), the very old school way.
Which leads us to the final point: the creation of a meshnet and festival around that might be one of the key project in the future. As soon as we collected and worked on several projects with the ER and local communities, I'm pretty sure that such a network will appear as the main step forward to gather everything in a decentralized, collective and shared way. It's just a question of time.
I also wanted to confirm that this project will be carried without any ideologies, meaning that we won't use any terms and words that implies a political stand or another. Even if, of course, we stand and care about the values they might carry somehow. We need this neutral-as-possible stand in our terminology, and we need it in the way we document the project.
This is the best way to me, for the local community to get involved fully and to feel free to take the handle on the project and appropriate it for itself.
It is also needed to avoid as much as possible the interference/ingerence effect that we, as "exotes", could have on the local community and ecology. It is important to get and keep in our minds, tools, terminologies and methodologies, that we're here not to disturb but to enhance. (Sorry to sound like an moral preak... But nobody, including me, reminded this crucial aspect of any project since we started this one)
I'll rename this thread and posy details about the liner, things to have to be done, schedule, and team organization later tonight.