Dear Edge Ryders,
I’ll have a double shot presentation, so as to introduce myself and as an application for the connector role in Bucharest.
I am a cultural coordinator, blogger and trainer and the common thread to all these roles is exploring new ways of doing things with my own mind.
Some of the projects I initiated involved an out of the box promotion of cultural memory. One of my projects, Cultural Stations, took place in London, at the Cultural Olympics, in 2012 (parallel to the Olympic Games) and another one, Scara de bloc, in Bucharest, integrating community, cultural heritage, art and design in the communist blocks of flats. I am, also, a proud member of the team who worked on the Bucharest Cultural and Creative strategy for 2015-2025.
Briefly, I consider myself as a non-artist in search of creativity and I am particularly interested in creativity for traditionally non creative persons. I use my blog http://traiestecreativ.ro/ as a playground and a place to gather ideas and tools for myself and those who want to generate imaginative solutions.
The most exciting things for me are:
- connecting people from different areas of creative industries in types of projects they have not thought before
- turning doubtful people into positive changers in their communities.
It’s a hard job, but I decided to take it one bit at a time. That is way I decided to initiate my own projects, get involved in those I love, blog and teach so I can work on different levels and mix their individual powers.
Another difficult part of my work was getting the funds for projects I could not possible do exclusively on voluntary basis. Instead of writing project proposals and applying project management, I switched the way I work and I chose applying design thinking instead. It’s a major shift in my work and I find it so much fruitful to be in the middle of people and generate from there the relevant projects they need and not the projects I thought they needed.
Part of this shift, I plan to experiment my own workshop, called Creative infuser, focused on creative problem solving for people working with projects. I have to admit I was amused to see the coincidence in experimenting a Spot the Future workshop as part of the Edge Ryders’ connector role in Bucharest.
If I were handed the community connector role:
- I would start mapping cultural disruptors such as Florin Anghel (university proffesor), Cristian Lupsa (journalism disruptor) and projects such as Make a point, Halele Carol, Gradini Urbane Comunitare and many more.
- I would definitely document both in text and video format my engagement with avant-garde entrepreneurs, social innovators and cultural shapers.
Last, but not least, I am presently working on a printed projects for dreamers workbook and I would love to connect with people who can give me hints of specific communities and organizations where I can test the project for dreamers workbook.
All my best,