Team facilitator: Barbara Predan
Team participants: Collyn Cooper, Amira El-Shawarby, Daniela Haas, Eszter Kalóz, Maciej Zawierucha
We were working on two themes: hacking public space and increasing well-being. We wanted to:
And last but not least, we wanted to follow Maxim’s advice on incrementalism: to think about the change that is implementable.
At the beginning we set our common purpose as a group. It was to achieve positive change by addressing social and environmental issues by creating hybrids from existing elements. With our proposal we wanted for people in Sobole to see value in our project and possibilities to develop our idea that we co-create further. That is why we wanted to create something tangible and along the way learn how to better design with rural communities.
So our overall goal was: to connect young people to the community of Sobole while increasing their cultural knowledge.
Baza is an intensive week long summer program that teaches youth in Sobole how to build real-world projects while learning about cultural diversity and connecting with their communities.
Main purposes of our project are to:
We propose and develop BAZA because our research showed that Sobole youth are bored and have nothing to do during the long summer break.
We decided for BAZA because we wanted to:
And because we strongly agree with Ms. Jolanta Bilska’s opinion that “Kids need to learn how to nail a nail.”
The main beneficiaries of BAZA project is Sobole youth.
By joining BAZA they will learn how to:
Also they will gain new knowledge about:
We already have our potential local partner, it is Sobole Foundation (Tomek and Gosia).
Other stakeholder might be: Ms. Jolanta Bilska, local primary school, parents, designers and architects. As for the test pilot of the project: it can be done in the summer of 2019.
Regarding our involvement: all team participants are looking forward to come back as team leaders at BAZA summer program. Also, we are all ready to develop the content and the steps further, if we can find the local stakeholder who will own the project and be prepared to work with us.
The long-term goal is for the locals to stay or at least regularly return to Sobole, for other people to visit and discover rural Poland, and if opportunity arises, stay to make the region economically and culturally wealthier.
Holis 2018 was co-financed by the Governments of the Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.