Drawing from Alex’s proposal here, collecting here some ideas for the concept and format.
“VAULT Festival is a multi-week line-up of non-stop entertainment across eight unbelievable venues, three stylish bars and a top-notch restaurant, all hidden away within the labyrinthine Vaults beneath Waterloo.”
A Fundraising Workathon
We connect the attendees of the event together, bringing new support and volunteers to organisations in the UK (and further afield), creating the opportunity for collaboration and skills sharing in the future. (Alex)
->the event becomes an opportunity where sponsor company employees co-work on their professional company project, and the payment for the day goes into a common fund directed to a non-profit (most obvious choice is Crew for Calais). Source
A Writers' Challenge
We set out to solve a problem that the people who are likely to attend could help solve. The number one target on my list is: How can we change the prevaling narrative about refugees in the UK? As part of this has to do with the stories we tell about them, and who tells them, it fits really nicely into the other work that we are producing at the festival as well. (Alex)
-> the event becomes a space for meaningful human encounters between people who wish to learn and make a contribution to building a new media narrative around refugees. A playful mix of Storytellers and Capturers combining various media (text, visuals, audio, video etc) produce and reproduce what are essentially deeply human stories.
-> we’d need experienced journalists, (v)bloggers, data people and art storytellers to support the creative process
Creative concepts: New Media Therapy, Citizen Journalism, Data Journalism, #nofilter #nostigma
-> Morroccan volunteer led blog
-> Humans of NY style for massive outreach.
I. SEEDING Refugee data and stories:
- Case studies presented on site: Orange House, Backpacks for Refugees, TraumaTour, RefugeesWork, The Shit Show exhibition for mental health, SAVA creating furniture for refugees etc. https://edgeryders.eu/en/channels/people-on-the-move
- Live testimonials: people we can invite to share their story, i.e. in a performance style.
- articles production in a facilitated context (one on one and reshuffling pairs; groupwork etc; if held in an open space think how to involve spectators to join along..)
- Awesome Journalism Kit made available.
what other formats could be suitable??
What worked in ER driven workshops
- knowing who comes (from Bucharest, Nepal etc experiences)
- engaging with participants and collecting data ahead of the physical meeting
- facilitation heavily focused on what participants care about rather than imposing a big, hard topic that is disconnected from their work
- organisers having a personal/ professional high stake to make the event a success
- contextualizing the event in an ongoing conversation
Example of what could be agreed DELIVERABLES from early on:
There are a number of concrete deliverables that are required in order for the event to directly contribute towards furthering good work:
- That the discussion on location departs from a shared core base of knowledge about what makes the issue relevant in everyday lives and societies.
- That participants articulate what they found most relevant from key case studies: in personal statements, live introductions or by leaving comments online prior to the event.
- That participants can locate their role in a brokerage model for a new deal between institutional politics, media landscape and the individual's own possibilities to take meaningful paths of action.
- That participants design a fair value proposition for the communities which their workshop output is intended to serve.
- That main insights from the meeting are summarised in the form of high quality blogposts to be posted on the event and partners platform no later than a week after the event.
- That participants are sent a follow up email with all summaries and reminder of what has been agreed and what the next steps are.
What we need to pay attention to
- How to structure collaborative writing? The long collaborative writing session was possibly a bit disorienting. I don’t know, did participants enjoy this time, or did they feel left alone to “work for us”? Since the sharing time session worked so well and was seemingly more interesting, a next writers’ workshop might consist of just the sharing session (and the presentation sessions before). Not every participant would have to come with a text to share, some might enjoy to hear the comments and discussions when others share, and learn a great deal from that about how to write. (Matthias on the Writer's Workshop in Kathmandu)
- I (Noemi) suggest efforts to secure timely live translation are set up in advance
- followups are always tricky - rigourous collection of documentation may not be enough. engagement to deliver on key promises would be welcome (if there is enough support from this)