Center for cultural decontamination
In Athenian democracy, idiocy was the natural state of ignorance into which all persons were born and its opposite – the citizenship, was affected through education.
We've forgotten much. How to struggle, how to show solidarity or empathy. It's the apathy so absolute that it's like a hole you might fall in. We live within the boundaries that the politicians have determined for us, with constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to consume. The opposite of culture is not brutality, it's indifference. Working together in a community - linked, informed and educated – creativeness will bring prosperity and solidarity to its citizens. Through partnership with other European communities we offer to exchange experience and knowledge, and develop the wide community network in order to implement innovative ideas that will have wide impact. Our idea is simple in its design and it can be applied universally.
We want to bring fate and power back to citizens, acting first locally. Pointing out to the reality, the awakening takes place, and initiates criticism of the political system and the media, which plagiarize reality. Media visibility will be achieved through chosen public personae support (sport, music, art) promoting the project idea. We are witnessing the usurpation of public space, manifested through the subject of ownership. Through local authorities’ sensitization, participatory strategic planning practices involving community will be promoted and stimulated that should result in tangible outputs and reforms. We believe in the capacity of citizens to impact the transformation of our neighborhoods, overcoming the sense of disconnection, with a sense of community and endurance.
Through creative actions proposed by community members, encouraged to get involved in participatory projects with intersectorial ideas, we will inspire perception of public space as a common ownership. The international board of professionals from different fields will set criteria of an open call for community oriented proposals. By public voting most innovative and achievable ideas will be funded from the grant. The HQs will be at CZKD, and the mobile stations will be located for a certain period of time in different communities, and the board will be visiting public locations and meet the citizens in order to familiarize with the local needs, aspirations and problems.The methodology is direct democracy: the citizens will create ideas, propose, vote, take active part in their realization
We would like to gain deeper knowledge on similar experiences across Europe and learn about different models of local policies, tactics of approaching local authorities and linking with local communities.