Amnesty International (Potential)
VoiceMap is the proposed hosting platform for the project (non-commercial, free access). Amnesty International (whom I work for currently) may be interested in partnering for human rights education.
It is easy to forget how far one's nation has come in obtaining democracy and enshrining civic freedoms. 'Echoes of Freedom' is a site specific, geo location audio tour project across 12 European states (tackling subjects like LGBT persecution, post-war refugee history and slavery) that aims to remind Europeans of their recent history, the gains they have made since, and their responsibility to continue to participate in democratic processes to guarantee these freedoms for future generations.
One site specific tour in twelve locations across twelve cities, each in a different country.
The project brings recent history into current conversations, illustrating for Europeans the dangers of not defending democratic institutions by revisiting past injustices. For current generations, bringing history 'to the stage' of the present is a powerful reminder of our communal responsibility.
Each audio tour will be linked to a current human rights/democracy issue (for example, the historical audio tour of Dublin dealing with post-war emigration will be linked to the current Syrian migrant crisis). This will allow for empathy education on current issues - convincing participants to act.
1) A scoping project on issues affecting democracy and citizen participation in Europe currently
2) Identification of linked democracy and rights issues, and then sites in twelve European countries with compelling stories on these.
3)Scripting and recording of audio tours.
4)Uploading onto a distribution platform for streaming/download
5) Onboarding tourism, democracy, media and citizen education partners for distribution and promotion.
6) Post August 2019 M&E Report
As a human rights educator, I feel compelled to remind people in current generations about how hard-fought rights struggles from previous generations were, and how easy it will be to backslide into losing those rights if we don't remain vigilant about the curtailment of democracy now.
The main audiences are digitally literate European citizens (both tourists and city locals) who are moved to participate in learning about shared history.
Tourism and cultural authorities, media and education partners are also stakeholders and potential collaborators in the proposed endeavor.
I would love for suggestions of city linked stories about previous failures of regime in democracy and human rights protection. Does your city have a compelling story as the site of a past human rights abuse? Do let me know! (this will help immensely with scoping)