Self Determined Participatory Action of Marginalized Groups: The streets of São Paulo

workshop proposal: how to organize the mapping and reporting project

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Once the feasibility
and usefulness of the research project
is assured by the local
community/people, an organisational structure has to be established
which allows the project to be managed in an autonomous and 
self-organized manner by the people itself.

The following proposal could serve as a guideline for the conduction of a
series of workshops that cover the concrete questions of the
implementation of the project.

Objective: creation of workgroups that cover the different aspects of
the project. The workgroups are open to all members of the community,
with or without corresponding knowledge, and could be formed during the
workshops. All knowledge necessary shall be discussed and transfered to
the participants in order to enable them to work autonomously. Further
on, the people could pass their knowledge to other people, thus they are
multiplicators for their own and probably other communities.

Workgroups could be formed for the various parts of the
research project. The following list is an initial and rather
theoretical proposal and is always adjustable according to the
propositions of the people:

  • deployment of technical infrastructure
    • installation and setup of hardware
      and software
    • finding a place where to put the computer and the mobile phone and
      made them accessible to the community or even host a website
  • development of a method and corresponding description on how to use
    mobile device

    • how to structure information in a sms (if sms are a feasible way
      of transmitting information)
    • how to use the mobile phone
    • how to transfer data to the computer/map
  • raise awareness about the project in the community
    • creation of media like handouts, community radio, internet
  • creation of how to’s for immediate participation and usage
    of mobile devices for reporting

    • how to’s could be created as handouts/flipcards/etc and
      rely on and make use of the results of the other workgroup
  • organisation or funding of necessary equipment/ refunding of
    running costs such as send sms

    • can equipment be organized for free or cheap
    • organize solidarity parties

There are some questions that could be dicssused by all people in the
first place, before the formation of workgroups as these questions are
crucial for the whole community and should be reflected in the
working groups the people create later on

  • how are assemblies organized in general
    • open to everybody
    • consensus among all in order to make decisions
  • what are the crucial issues for the community that could be
    reported and mapped
  • how to exchange knowledge and give feedback during the reporting
    and mapping phase

    • structure of regular meetings/assemblies
    • where to hold the meetings
  • how to give feedback of the progress of the project to the local
    community and the public
  • gathering of ideas what to do with the information on the map
    • this
      point may not be crucial for the implementation of the project but
      could serve as a base for a later discussion which could take place when
      a set of usefull information is available, thus at some point during
      the actual reporting and mapping phase.

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