Floating knowlegde across borders – icebauhaus goes Europe
In the past decade, icebauhaus was repeatedly invited to participate in tenders or application processes to join activists networks and communities of practice within the European Union. While our focus has thus far obviously been more directed towards projects and cooperation in Africa or Asia, icebauhaus was also involved in the concept development of EU related content, like the H2020 funded SAMS project (Smart Apiculture Management System), in the needs assessment for digital services in the field of migration (DIMAK) in the Western Balkan region and in the context of research to support the development Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Europe.
Confident Europeans as we are and aiming to foster the collaboration between civil society, academia and private sector also in Europe, we decided in early 2020 to take further steps to broaden our horizon and expand our scope of interest to this particular region by starting work on a first project: MOCI.
“MOCI is a cultural mobile hub on the roads of the Balkan and a community platform in the digital world for open culture and creative production.”
The idea for the Mobile Open Culture and Innovation Hub (MOCI) was born during the Creative Forum Ljubljana 2019 where most partners met. Main motivation is the shared impact-oriented passion for innovative cultural and creative work and to empower rural communities, especially youth and women in Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and Greece. MOCI is a co-created project of Tek Bunkeri (ALB), Munja (MNE), 7-Arte (RKS) , Youthnest (GRC), all cultural and/ or youth organisations in the region, in close collaboration with icebauhaus (DEU) and r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation. (DEU).
The concept of MOCI provides a comprehensive Community and Capacity Building Program on the ground and Open Educational Resources online by building a network for exchange, peer-learning and co-creation. The concept of a mobile hub brings to life creative pop-up spaces for participatory education, experimentation and production wherever it stops. It carries and disseminates tools and equipment for multiple disciplines of the cultural and creative sector. A digital repository provides tutorials and documents that are of practical relevance for targets in their local contexts. It also presents cases created and collected throughout the MOCI-Tours. It has the potential to grow into a regional and European grass-roots network platform.
Project development in progress.