Questions make people think, make people wander, they make understanding possible. Problems have a sense of urgency, they motivate, a have a way influencing emotions. Answers, products and solutions are great, but without questions and problems they are meaningless.
A ‘Monstration’ event
Initially devised by Loskutov. A monstration is a public performance similar to a demonstration, but intended as creative performance art parodying a serious demonstration. They are doing this since in 2003 in Russia, and here’s a report of the last one.
Participants paraded under distinctly apolitical placards bearing slogans such as “Hail insulation tape” or “Forward to the dark past.”
Artyom is director and cameraman of the 2011 documentary Oil for Nothing. He is also the author of other projects aimed at the development of a Siberian identity. He has recently switched to street-art.
At WTHX3 Artyom made his own banner welcoming a dark web language where people (or hackers) can communicate on their terms, encrypted and private.
Akram Saud in Aleppo
Akram Saud, 26 years old, left Aleppo, Syria in 2016 and lives now in the Netherlands. Akram is a member of Kesh Malek (checkmate) a group of activists that since 2011 fights for freedom, democracy and dignity.
Civilians are deliberately targeted: hospitals, markets and schools are under constant threat of being bombed.
As a result the schools are regularly forced to close their doors until the situation is more safe. Kesh Malek is looking for help in stopping and countering the bombardments and to find ways to be better protected against bombings.
The touching stories from by Akram. Check out his Twitter to get a sense of who he is and what he stands for.
Giving people voices and tools
Thanks to Amnesty, Hivos and Pax, we had to thank such amazing people as speakers.
The goal of WTHX is to prototype a new form of activism for freedom of curiosity, humanity and expression.
The third edition happened yesterday on sept 22nd 2016.
Questions that were raised after the stories
- How can we encourage action instead of reaction?
- How to improve the social cohesion of refugees and the host society?
- Is humor the thing that keeps us human in difficult situations?
- Is there actually we can do to change the world?
- How to protect the public sphere internet from totalitarian regimes and corporate interest?
From these questions, that were beamed on the wall, attendees could hack ideas and prototypes together.
Experiments, prototypes, conversations that happened
Here’s a grasp of the amazing (open source) ideas, soon to be launched in the world.
The cooking caravan. A safe place to find solutions for hungry bellies.
A place away from home where people can interact in a universal language. An ongoing cooking caravan (food truck) where no languages are needed, and women come together to cook and overcome barriers.
Bizarro. Inverted opinion.
Be exposed to different opinions than your own. And make reactions in to actions. Data dis-comfortzone. All your data will be the inverted. Feed of your current feeds for new concepts, views ideas of others.
- Get away from corporate public sphere and create your own public sphere according to your need.
- Creating global co-operation between people to create public funded public spheres outside the control of corporations.
- Creative destruction of the internet to go from global to local which will also destroy corporations and regime that controls people.
Inner circle, solutions from a distance.
They visualised the situation in Syria as two circles: The inner circle is the Syrian people who are resilient and try to survive an sustain an relatively normal life.
The outer circle is the government and the fighting parties who keep the civilians in the inner circle, take resources from them. How can we help from here. They came up with a platform and database where people can share information. When there are big problems you cannot solve like addressing the participating governments to stop the bombing, you can try to focus on the smaller problems. they used the burning, smoking tire as an example. The platform is meant to establish a network of Syrians in the inner circle of the war and scientist from all over the world. Syrian people can share material and resources they have available and what they do with it. For example, burning tires to prevent strikes.
Scientist and other experts from outside the war zone can work on and share designs with these materials that can help Syrians to improve their situation, help protect them or built useful tools. This platform would need some kind of moderation which could be done by Syrian refugees. They can also bring useful skills and knowledge and of course help with translation. In short the platform builds a network between Syrian people in the war zone and scientist and people all over the world. They can exchange information and solve real basic problems with what is there.
A mask thats also is a screen allowing you to trick surveillance technologie so and expressing yourself in inventive ways.
Come together to collaborate
The purpose of this hackathon slash think tank in The Hague is to come up with solutions and experiments for real world problems. Although it’s mainly aimed at creating collaborations between different disciplines. Because if you put people together to only talk, you don’t get to know each that wel. If you work together, be provoked together, there’s such a deep level of understanding and you are bound to initiate a project for good.
The energy was lively, grand and hopeful until the very end of the evening. Collaborations were formed, between people, institutions, governments and companies.
At a ‘normal event’ you start with the speed dating, atWTHX3 we ended with that. The main positive question was raised every time again: Where can we collaborate in impacting the world for good?