A couple of things I find important to save for later:
Since we struggle to keep people on the platform and engage them in conversation, despite relatively clear incentives and some benefits (rewards), we need to at some point, when the summer is over, try new ways to make it happen, for example:
organize meetups and see if people come to talk (not sure after the Prague experiment, also just heard that meetups in Berlin might be closing doors (this is the platform that was bought by We Work a year or so ago) because people do not attend meetups. There might be some kind of tiredness creeping into us, but this also might be in my little bubble and limited perspective) or attent other events that attract people who we’d like to encourage to join
look for activists on the spectrum of political opinions - Asia is trying to do that for example, Mikołaj relies on personal connections
look for people who live on the internet
don’t worry about having too many grandmas without emails: this research is not sociological research as it misses some of the important data, but the key would be to bring stories from as many walks of life as we can find. It does not have to be extremely representative, just offer a wide range of views.
Later on, we can move to organize the event and promoting its subjects and the stories underpinning them in order to get people to talk. We will make it into an interesting space for people to come and share their stories, experiences and connect with people who do relevant work/have similar situations - this is an invitation, as the tickets can’t be bought, but they’re acquired by participation in the discussion and communal building of the project.
Let me know what is missing here. It was great to hear and see you all!
Some of the updates from my side:
This week I was busy connecting people and commenting on their stories on the platform
Pinging my Czech people to share the call and share their stories - got two interviews promised
Had our call published in a big (200plus members), progressive group run by Tri Ocasci (the venue where I hosted my flunk event)
Creating some new content on the platform
Publishing the stories from my trip to the Czech Republic
Started preparing ideas for the event in Poland for November with the Polish team
Helping with the upcoming report