This thread is where we are collecting and structuring our notes from the group video chats. It is a collective notepad, so please add your own notes if you took them or see that something important is missing.
What we are trying to do in this initiative: Building a distributed cluster of mutual support between people located in different places (towns, cities, countries, language regions). We are moving from a network to a system. The difference being that in a network, people are trying to see how they can benefit from the activities of others. Whereas in a system, people are willing to change their own operations/ models etc around the common goals.
Proposals for next step:
- Run a Challenge for the OCI Lab: "Find a nice fun way to get people to develop appropriate voice and telephone based methods and tools for coordination of crisis response. And an engagement campaign to drive adoption in the local context. " With Marco and Martin’s projects as the use cases. What do you think about working on this together @ichraf and @MariaEuler with support from @OCILab and @zmorda ?
- Collect & Share Relevant Stories to the situation in Different Countries: Connect people with stories from the community of some of the interesting initiatives where people are working on community projects with similar objectives that are being run under similar social or political conditions We have a huge archive of this material on the platform. Perhaps we could start by better understanding the Polish context from Wolja, find stories from OpenCare, Wellbeing in Europe and Futurespotters collections - then have a discussion on the platform with Wolja and other community members based in Poland, to see what insights, connections or initiatives can be useful in the Polish con. What do you think @amelia noemi about helping with this?
Context for the proposed actions:
@Martin: Lives in a small community in Germany, where he needs to coordinate efforts between people who use landline phones or simple mobiles (not smartphones), as well as explain the concept of exponential growth to people who are making important decisions in the community (e. Local officials) He will purchase an open video room that is always open and accessible and invites others to meet in the video room. Then look at how to manage it. Needs help with: 1) Find a good way to coordinate for mixed teams where some do not use the internet or smartphones and 2) Find good, easy to understand explanations and examples to explain exponential growth which is a counterintuitive concept for many 3) Structured activities for using the video room (@KatarinaBtc suggestion)
@Mstn: Is based in Italy, (where - rural? Urban? Small/Big population?). He is building an open source mobile application to make it easier for people to avoid queues at the supermarkets by making it easier to find and buy from small local places that offer home delivery. The objective is to collect information and make it easily available in your phone, as well as establish its use enough that people continue to buy from small local shops even after the crisis is over. There are initiatives that are doing this to some extent, but they have a number of issues. They tend to be map based which Marco feels is not a good interface for the purpose, hyperlocal and only available in some places e.g Milan or Bologna. Also, some of what he has come across e.g a guy in Rome collecting google modules may work for the short term, but we need to think further (privacy concernsI guess? Something else?) Needs help with: 1) Reaching out to existing initiatives and encouraging them to use the app 2) Reaching out to a lot of people to compile lists of shops in their neighbourhoods and upload the information into the database. Ideas- add functionality/ interface for people who want to volunteer to deliver food to keep costs low for small shop owners.
@katerinabc is offering support with her data analysis skills (need the audio recording to make good notes)
@Ichraf: Runs a creative/coworking space in Tunisia and has been involved in hosting OCI Lab activities in it. There is a big established community around the space of people who want to build things in response to the pandemic (how many? What skillsets?). Some want to work on apps for Corona. Some are experimenting with 3-D printing masks. Others are developing software for localisation of people who might be ill. Ichraf needs to find a different business model to secure commitment from the members and the membership fees. Perhaps move some of the activities online. The first challenge here is content - the OCI Lab webinar screenings had high attendance and that the content and format appealed to her community : “In Tunisia people don’t communicate in writing much”. Another is that of payment. She is considering delaying collection of payment until after the crisis as it is difficult to collect money digitally in Tunisia. People do not trust neither online payment nor mobile payment systems - they do not trust that they will not get cheated/robbed. Ichraf needs help with: 1) Finding the right content and activities to keep her coworking community active and committed now that they cannot use the physical space 2) Finding a way to collect/manage payment when people do not trust putting their fiat money into digital or mobile platforms.
@Kajafarszky: Described the situation in the performing arts/cultural sector. In many ways there are parallels to what @jasen_lakic and @matteo_uguzzoni were describing with board games. She also shared a list of remote culture activities. @HadeerGhareeb maybe you should also add your proposal for running the online game calls here?