Trust in Play - second update (October 22)
Last Tuesday we had the second call with the partners of Trust in Play, I talked about it here.
The main goal of the project is to create an European School of Urban Games design, there will be an open call to find the junior game designer that could participate, then a remote coaching period, an intense week of training and a final weekend festival with new urban games.
During the meeting we were updated about the meeting that the leader partner had with Creative Europe, we shared our long term vision / extra ideas about the project, few decision about communication, nothing really key so I will use this post to outline the timeline of the project and what is the work of next months.
note we is used as we-the project partners if it's we-Edgeryders it's specified
The first phase of the project (we are in this one right now), is a preparatory phase in which we start knowing each other and then we start working on infrastructure, teams and administrative stuff.
The second will be the open call phase, in which we look for the potential team of participants of the school.
During the third phase all the team will converge and have the training (a week in Athens, October 2019)
After that they will finalize the design of new urban games and organize Urban games Festival in their respective countries or there will be a final Festival in Berlin with all the teams invited.
As I said we are now in the first phase that will end in January with a 5 day meeting in Berlin (between 7 and 15 tbd) when together with all the partners we will outline the final design of the project and agree on definitions and process.
Our (Edgeryders) activities in this first phase is mainly the platform and fund-raising.
Platform: together with @matthias we are going to develop a Federated version of Discourse, our goal is to collect experience and expertise from european urban game designer, then having the selected teams to share their journey.
I proposed to have the platform ready in the beginning of December, so we can test it and populate it with content that we are going to be used in Berlin.
In this first phase I imagine mostly that the partners will familiarize with the platform so the interaction with the ER community and the community management activities would be very low.
The second main activity for the next months is fund-raising.
This is a co-financed project so we have to collect our 40%, roughly is 24k.
This it's going to be my focus: we had relationship open with Plovdiv and Matera (we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with both of the Committee and check that will be the first thing).
I’m also working to open a collaboration with the MICA game lab, the University where I’m currently working with, to bring a team of US students to participate in the school and the design process, with them covering the cost and give a participation token to the project.
@alberto you said that this could be an activity that bring inside other potential sponsors, do you have someone in mind, or an idea of what could be interesting for them, with the project picture in mind?
I think it could be interesting for other ECoC cities (thinking about Rijeka @noemi ) if small team of designer from those cities will participate they will design something that could enrich their program later.
Also a smaller invitation could be made to Cultural workers, artistic curator, (operatori culturali) that could participate as visitor/viewer of the Athens training so they can enter the Urban Games community and understand if this kind of solutions are interesting for their cities.
In term of sponsorship (brand and so on) I don’t know, usually Urban Games have small participation numbers, cheap materials, low technology, so I really don’t know who could be interested.
What do you think? @alex @natalia_skoczylas @noemi what is your experience so far with the Culture Squad?