I’ve been thinking about logistics.
40 ERs in Matera, probably many more ERs and friends flowing in the city during those days. I don’t know i the venue in the Sassi will be ready by then (hopefully it will) and I am not sure who is planning to stay where, but was imagining a way to start practically involving the local community in the organisation of the LOTE3. There will be need for places to sleep, food to eat, transportation and why not a session of visits around the city. All this can happen spontaneously… or can be organized through a matchmaking system which could allow at the same time to:
- map people and skills both in the ER community and locally
- map the needs and the quantities
- spontaneous matchmaking but keeping track of it
- include local community in the organization starting from now: it is possible that in the beginning (and probably till the end) very few materani will become ERs and start contributing to the tracks. However, starting with hosting an ER, adopting a mission (1 guided tour of the Sassi) we start to cross-fertilize the 2 communities.
There is already the platform Angels for Travellers launched by a friend of mine to advise and host travellers accross the South of Italy. The starting point is that southern reagions are way less infrastructured than other Italian regions when it comes to tourism and culture. The platform is only in Italian and the project has been having a few problems, but maybe this could be a starting point?
Second step: I’m becoming a bit obsessed with a “system” (platform? app?) that adds a rewarding dilmension to crowdsourcing issues: for example, the more you collaborate, the more you gain “civic points” and then you can barter them to lower taxes, transportation prices or whatever else (of course this is at municipality level). Would love to discuss about this at LOTE3 but was wondering if this could be implemented already or if it is to short notice.