Travel Faraway At Home (TFAH) offers locals to experience cultures that they otherwise wouldn’t visit out of fear, wars, or lack of time or personal finances. TFAH is a gamified cultural integration and social inclusion project designed and developed by Pocket Stories that aims to bridge diverse communities. We ultimately aim to challenge harmful stereotypes and prejudice towards migrants.
Milan, Amsterdam and Minsk
We want to address the overarching fear of the unknown that is challenging the core values we hold as Europeans. The fear of migrants is a threat to our freedom, equality, social cohesion and peace. Our fear of ‘the others’ has led to inequality, social segregation, increased crime, hate speech and paranoia. We believe that both migrants and many locals do not feel heard in this debate. We want to turn the perceived threats into real opportunities for both migrants and locals.
We want to create a safe space where both locals and migrants can safely talk about the issues they are faced with and to co-create new social solutions. Across Europe, citizens are being overwhelmed with information that we are being invaded by people that want ‘abuse’ or ‘ruin’ our society. As a team of migrants and travellers, we want to celebrate the richness of cultures with the same curiosity we have for travelling. Ultimately, we want to blur the lines between migration and travelling.
The project focuses on the process rather than the end-goal. We work together with local migrant associations, local communities, tourism organisations, and governmental organisations to co-design (using human centered design) our activities in a way that everyone can feel ownership of the final outcome. Through various workshops, interviews and meetings we work together with migrants and locals co-create innovative solutions on how we can use travel, food, stories, art, music via social entrepreneurship in public places to connect in a meaningful and interactive way, instead of ‘mere’ consumption (e.g. eating Thai food or watch foreign movies).
As a migrant-led initiative, we are doing this for migrants and locals, like ourselves, to develop solutions to create a cohesive community. As our team members have at least two cities they call home, we understand the need to feel included when moving to a new country with a different culture. Ultimately, we will design a framework based on our experiences that can be replicated and implemented in other cities both within and outside our network.
Migration is widely controversial, traveling is widely popular. Yet, both are means to pursue an enriched life. Using traveling as a tool to attract and engage locals, we stimulate interaction between locals and migrants in a participatory designed environment in order to overcome prejudice and negative stereotypes. We include migrant cultures from every part of the world to make the ‘travel experience’ diverse and inclusive. We design our activities to trigger curiosity, and not debates/fear.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Air tickets 3000 Euros Accommodation and substance 3000 Euros Personnel costs14000 Euros Production of exhibition material 12000 Euros Co-Designing workshops needs 3000 Euros (Upcycled) and basic building material 6000 Euros Workshop material and needs 3000 Euros Promotional material 3000 Euros
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