The Atlas of Civic Innovation is a box/portable exhibition that contains a hundred sings.
Each sign will explain the operation of an exemplary initiative, which was selected for its inventiveness and effectiveness to face a social, economic, cultural or environmental challenge.
The signs will represent a process in a graphic and very synthetic way, they will offer a point of entry to a certain topic.
In conjunction with public and private education systems, these boxes will be distributed in schools, universities, cultural centers and meeting places. At every location, the contents of the box will be displayed, resulting in hundreds of micro-exhibits. This powerful pedagogical tool will allow the diffusion of materials that are current and of HIGH CONTENT at a VERY LOW COST, creating new audiences in areas with limited or no cultural offering.
In addition to the box with the signs, the Atlas will manifest itself as a Web 2.0 platform, enriched constantly by its users’ content. On this platform, there will be interviews, photo galleries, statistics, discussion forums, and recipes. It will provide the valuable element of feedback, an index which will show three types of profiles:
Many times there are citizens that participate in many projects, and projects that are being promoted by more than one organization. This type of cross-search is not possible currently; that’s where the utility of this social web becomes evident.
One of our tools are the recipes that are prepared by every initiative chosen at Atlas (from how to make a compost box to organizing a gender workshop). The recipes are miniature versions of the techniques that every initiative has been using and in which they have become experts.
To explain to replicate and therefore increase the coefficient of social transformation.
Every school and cultural center will be able to show photos of their exhibit online. Not only how they put the signs up but their own interpretation of the recipes. This will generate a very useful archive that will be constantly updated by its users.
To the AUTHORS of the recipes we ask that they also be TUTORS. They shall respond to doubts and guide whoever needs it, to find sources to increase their knowledge.
The Atlas will give visibility and speed up the exchange of experiences in the public sector, the private sector and civil society. Many of these initiatives are hybrid models that combine more than one sector. These stories show that change is not always based on economic incentives, but on identifying mutual disposition.
Will show how an innovative idea, linked with work, translated into results. It will enumerate the actors that participated and the phases that they went through. This step-by-step explanation is presented as a story that is easy to assimilate, and to relate to, as the testimonies are narrated directly by the agents of transformation.
A great part of the discourse of citizenship has been centered on our rights, but the eloquence of these practices stems from the ability of showing the citizen’s responsibilities. Not responsibilities that have been dictated, but groups or individuals that find in their work a sense of urgency, products of an act of conscience: “If I don’t do it, no one will.”