CALL FOR COLLABORATORS

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Civic Innovation Lab for Peace and Post-Conflict

“HUMAN, RURAL AND URBAN TERRITORIES”

The High Council for Post-Conflict, Human Rights and Security (ACPC) of the Presidency of Colombia, the Governorship of the Department of Nariño and the Civic Innovation Project of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) are launching this call for the registration of collaborators to develop civic innovation projects at the Civic Innovation Laboratory for Peace and Post-Conflict – Nariño (#LABICxlaPaz), which will be held from 13 to 25 February 2018 in the city of Pasto, in order for citizens to generate new proposals and groundbreaking solutions for the post-conflict.

The LABICxlaPaz – Nariño will be assisted by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of the Interior of Colombia, Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue of Norway, Zaragoza Activa, Medialab-Prado and Instituto Procomum.

This opportunity invites proposals for candidacies for collaborators who wish to take part by becoming involved in the design and prototyping of new tools, platforms and actions of the civic innovation projects chosen in a recent bid to be developed during the laboratory.

Nariño has been one of the areas most affected by Colombia’s armed conflict, which has left a total of more than 8 million casualties across Colombian territory (16% of the total population). This is the main reason for holding the LABICxlaPAZ lab in this department.

The post-conflict strategy is an ambitious programme that has been presented by the Colombian Government, whose first stage is titled “Rapid Response Strategy (RRS)”. This civic innovation laboratory is to be held in this stage in order for citizens to generate new proposals and groundbreaking solutions for the post-conflict.

Through collaborative methodologies, 11 projects will be prototyped with the assistance of work teams formed of the project promoters, a group of 90 collaborators (9 per project) and the continuous support of four specialized mentors, technical specialists and local guest mediators. A project produced jointly with local communities will also be developed across the board.

To this end, this call is being launched for anyone who is interested in taking part as collaborators in the 11 projects described below.

1. Technology, bodies and autonomy. Methodologies for the generation of open-source prostheses

Name Technology, bodies and autonomy. Methodologies for the generation of open-source prostheses
Author Francisco Díaz Montero y Esteban Paz Díaz
Description Rebuilding the future of Colombia also includes healing the physical consequences of the victims of the armed conflict. Landmines and unexploded ordnance have caused 11,508 victims, leaving 80% injured, who have lost some of their limbs, fingers, hands, arms, legs. Only in the department of Nariño, almost one thousand victims of landmines are registered.The specific human cost is multiplied at the social level, as it impacts family environments, education and employment opportunities those affected and therefore represents a permanent burden for the communities affected by this problem.“Technology, bodies and autonomy. Methodologies for the generation of open-source prostheses” bridges this gap and offers a direct benefit for the victims. It proposes to build prosthetic limbs using 3D printers at a cost 600 times cheaper than those offered in the conventional marketplace.The key aspect is that the affected community itself will work on and learn how to develop the orthopaedics, which will be offered in open source and therefore free of charge and without having to pay patent licences. In addition to free use, open source enables other developers or users to make changes in order to adapt the prostheses to specific needs. It is a sustainable product at the social and economic level, which bridges the gap between the cost for communities and the opportunities for progress offered by the Peace Process to the country in general.

The project is a result of the union of two partners: Autofabricantes (“Self”-Manufacturers) of Madrid and the community of prosthesis manufacturers of Nariño. Madrid and Nariño act just like an international initiative, sharing technological advances and developments that allow continuity to the designs.

Collaborators profile A person or family with diversity and an interest in collaborating in the project, preferably children from Nariño
An industrial designer
A 3D designer
A physiotherapist / occupational therapist
A social worker familiar with the local fabric
An expert in 3D printing
A communicator, documentary maker

2. Sumak Kawsay: Indigenous peacebuilders for “Good Living”

Name Sumak Kawsay: Indigenous peacebuilders for “Good Living”
Author Darwin Muñoz Narváez
Description The Inga indigenous community of Aponte has been recognised as an example of peaceful resistance and successful conflict recovery. In the midst of the conflict between illegal groups, the rupture of the social fabric and aerial spraying, the Inga decided to deal with the war but without firing one single shot. They turned to their wisdoms and ancestral practices. Through spiritual councils and ceremonies, such as yage consumption, the community found the strength to confront the illegal groups and implement strategies to resume harmony, which they succeeded in doing. They now grow coffee and breed fish, their occupations since they gave up poppy cultivation.
The aim of this project is to identify and systematise the wisdoms, ancestral practices and strategies implemented by the Inga in order to subsequently, through multimedia and physical contents (books, pamphlets), pass them on to their children and future generations as well as to other indigenous communities in Colombia, which are facing the post-conflict situation and the replacement of illegal crops.
The project is going to be run in collaboration with the inhabitants of the Inga Reserve of Aponte. The aim is to find out how the internal and armed conflicts, drug trafficking, kidnapping and forced disappearances and displacement have affected people’s lives as well as to ascertain the impact of these problems and how they have succeeded in overcoming them through the use of their ancestral knowledge. Sumak Kawsay is a Quechua expression that means “Good Living” or a “Life in Abundance”.
Collaborators profile A community leader from the Inga ReserveA teacher / principal of the Inga Agricultural College of Aponte
2 teachers with experience in writing contents for children
A social worker
An anthropologist
A publication graphic layout artist / designer
2 audiovisual producers (video recording, edition and production)

3. Biodigester Energy self-sufficiency and environmental protection for indigenous communities

Name Biodigester Energy self-sufficiency and environmental protection for indigenous communities
Author Dayra Titinango Hormiga
Description Access to energy sources, as well as waste management in remote communities, is a combined challenge in any economic development process. More than a quarter of the population in the most rural areas of Colombia suffer from social and production exclusion. Thus, the armed conflict has prevented access to necessary technology for the indigenous communities of Nariño, more than 170,000 people who account for 10.8% of its population and are spread across 38 municipalities. These indigenous reserves are characterized by the guarantee of an autonomous organisation and ownership of their means of production, such as cattle, pigs and goats, for the supply of their communities.There is no adequate management of faeces and organic waste of this livestock, resulting in a negative environmental impact in general, especially for water sources.A “Biodigester” can deal with this problem. This project offers to design and manufacture a biodigester, which fulfils a double objective: using waste to generate energy and protecting the natural environment, which is the basis of survival for these communities. The energy generated can be offered, for example, for domestic use, directly reducing the use of fossil energy sources, which, in turn, increase environmental threats. A biodigester is an element to promote a virtuous circle of sustainable environmental development, while providing access to energy self-sufficiency.The developer of this project belongs to an indigenous community, hence emphazising developing and building the biodigester by the communities themselves, in pursuit of the sustainability of these groups in the future of the country and along the road to peace and post-conflict. This enables shared learning which can be applied to other contexts and serve as a solution in other regions of Colombia.
Collaborators profile An agri-industrial engineerA leader of the indigenous community of Nariño
An agronomist
An agricultural engineer
A social worker
A forestry engineer
An industrial engineer
An agroecology specialist
A communicator, documentary maker

4. #Araneae: e-learning for peace

Name #Araneae: e-learning for peace
Author Rosa Cristina Parra
Descripction The aim of this project is to design and develop a virtual, e-learning platform that enables people to develop skills and proficiency in the use of virtual tools in order to increase social mobilisation, especially for peace building. The aim of strategic communication-based mobilisation is to generate participatory processes where people can become involved, in a structured manner, with occasional actions and activities as well as with medium- and long-term processes.
Digital social network tools have recovered the origin of the word “Politics”. Participation is no longer related solely to voting and experiences have served to make an impact as well as to build peace. Nevertheless, access has not been equal or inclusive. #Araneae facilitates access to information and knowledge via the socio-educational approach of a strategic communication-based social mobilisation model that drives not only knowledge reinforcement for ICT use but also facilitates the production of structured projects that promote social transformation work.
Collaborators profile An adult virtual education specialist
A development communication specialist
A web technology and digital tool specialist
Content editors, copywriters
A graphic designer and layout designer
A multimedia editor
A proofreader
A project coordinator
A social communicator or reporter to document the projectExperience in video preparation and editing will be valued.

5. Micro-sprinkler irrigation innovation

Name Micro-sprinkler irrigation innovation
Author  Jesús Díaz
Description As a ground-breaking alternative to the high costs of installing and buying irrigation technology and tools and as a solution to the water shortage suffered by some areas, this proposition is for the design and creation of an irrigation system using economical and recyclable materials that guarantees easy access by vulnerable rural communities which are victims of the conflict, as well as raising the inhabitants’ living standards.We propose designing and assembling a low-cost irrigation system that is viable and accessible in multiple cases. The commercial irrigation system using micro-sprinklers would be adapted to a traditional system that conforms to the reality of many producers and is highly efficient when it comes to water transportation. The quality-price ratio of this system would be better as the cost of its installation and preparation is 12-times lower than a private irrigation system.

Work will be done closely and continuously with a rural community in Nariño and, in turn, this collaborative construction will generate other learning communities that will be able to copy this solution in other regions of Colombia.

In this way, timber plantations would be generated in conjunction with an agricultural crop and use by livestock of land for planting pastures in order to feed beef cattle and afford sustainability to the community.

Collaborators profile 1 social communicator
1 environmental management specialist1 peace and conflict resolution specialist
1 civil engineer
1 forestry engineer
1 veterinary surgeon
1 animal husbandry specialist
1 agroforestry specialist

1 person from the Nariño community interested in micro-sprinkler irrigation

6. Civic toy library: Childhood Urban Utopias

Name Civic toy library: Childhood Urban Utopias
Author  Daniel González Xavier
Description The aim of the project is to restore coexistence through collective, collaborative toy creation based on technological, analogue and robotic devices. These toys will be developed by the children of the conflict themselves, together with their family members, to then form part of a physical community toy library, which would continue these activities.
We use new technologies and audiovisual production as a pretext for creating educational links that serve to build dialogue-based knowledge with children. Our project embraces different forms of artistic expression and scientific experimentation that merge through the creation of audiovisual stories on the adventure of growing.
This experience will combine reality and fiction executed through the staging of different creative activities as a means to broadening the critical perspective of reality and leading to the building of a collective horizon for thinking and acting for the common good. The features of the toys that are going to be created by the boys and girls may vary and range from strategy games and small toys containing technological devices to interactive installations involving reactive mapping, augmented reality and virtual reality.
This recreational and educational methodology for restoring coexistence and the social fabric may be copied not only in other areas of Nariño but also in Colombia.
Collaborators profile 3 programmers and hackers
1 teacher specialising in children’s games
3 art teachers (preferably with expertise in carpentry or educational games)
1 scenic arts student
1 cultural mediator

7. Fog catchers: Water for sustaining peace

Name Fog catchers: Water for sustaining peace
Author  German Mueses Rodríguez
Description The design and installation of fog catchers; a device that is able to capture fog on site and to turn it into water by installing Raschell nets, guadua bamboo, gutters and a water collection tank. One of the advantages is that the system does not use energy and can produce up to 20 litres of water per day. Thanks to its natural purification system, it produces drinking water thus improving living standards.
The project is based on non-conventional supply systems to mitigate the water shortage in communities affected by the armed conflict. To this end, work will be done together with communities from El Encano, next to La Laguna de La Cocha. The project also proposes the creation of local learning communities, which may spread the installations and maintenance of the fog catchers to the rest of the territory of Nariño suffering from water access difficulties.
Collaborators profile 1 civil engineer, specialising in structure building
1 architect, specialising in environmental space design
1 environmental engineer
1 sanitary engineer, with expertise in water treatment
1 surveyor
1 geographer
2 leaders of communities in Nariño suffering from a water shortage

8. Co-creation of a Collaborative Virtual School

Name Co-creation of a Collaborative Virtual School
Author Jairo Alexis Rodriguez
Description The creation of a Virtual School as a collective interaction platform for the co-creation and interchange of knowledge and scalable, sustainable solutions, focussing on rescuing the wisdoms of the communities of African descent of Tumaco.The aim of this proposal is to support, in an innovative way, the public education of Tumaco, which is in crisis. Violence in the area has resulted in communities, especially young people, losing the wisdoms and ancestral values of the African culture, which have been replaced by a culture of laziness and violence as a means of achieving goals. The project proposes four challenges:

  1. The recovery of African ancestral wisdoms
  2. Culture and sport as a strategy for continuation in the education system
  3. A fresh approach to teaching traditional knowledge subjects (language, mathematics, sciences).
  4. The exploration of new knowledge areas (astronomy, robotics, etc.).
Collaborators profile 1 communicator
2 experts in software and website development1 researcher specialising in education and/or ethnic education

1 social science researcher (sociologist, political scientist or similar degrees)
1 cultural manager
1 physical education teacher
An educational leader from Tumaco
A youth leader from Tumaco
A leader of the educational community and a university student and/or teacher
A representative of a national foundation offering education programmes.

 

9. Cobwebs: Recovering the social fabric

Name Cobwebs: Recovering the social fabric
Author Daniela Fuentes Moncada
Description A project that seeks to build common assets through the creative stimulation of people who have been affected by the armed conflict in Colombia and who are currently facing a post-agreement scenario. The aim of this methodology is to recover the social fabric by strengthening collective memory through the recovery of the wisdoms and diverse stories of the victims of the conflict in their own contexts, focussing on work with the indigenous population and people of African descent in a region in Nariño.To be specific, the project initially proposes work with up to 45 women and adolescents who represent the diversity of stories and roles played during the war in order to process the conflict through creative stimulation tools. Audiovisual documentation, coexistence codes and artistic material resulting from the process will be produced.
Collaborators profile A psychologist with experience in group containment.
An anthropologist or social manager or educator with experience in popular education.
A writer or someone linked to the literary arts specialising in creative writing.
A designer with expertise in book binding and traditional paper manufacture.
A designer/artist specialising in illustration and creativity stimulation methodologies.
A visual artist (photography and video) with knowledge of editing and montage.
A communicator for systematizing and disseminating information.

10. Collective building of a production model (technology package) for producing cocoa in three areas in Colombia

Name Collective building of a production model (technology package) for producing cocoa in three areas in Colombia
Author Lina Marcela Tami
Description The replacement of illicit crops – such as the coca leaf – by legal alternatives is one of the main challenges in the post-conflict strategy and peace in Colombia. The department of Nariño has the highest coca crop production in the country, housing some 20,000 hectares of plantations.This project allows those directly affected to take part in the change process, ranging from producers and rural development promoters to researchers and local institutions. Only by connecting all the members of the production chain will long-lasting results be achieved, offering a reliable economic alternative to illicit crops.The expected result is an improvement in the conditions of cocoa producers, in productivity and in product quality. In addition to the economic advantages, the project fosters an intangible social value that is fundamental for any undertaking: trust in a real, consented alternative, which are of special relevance for the peace process and post-conflict in Colombia.The chosen setting for implementing this model, which can be applied elsewhere in Colombia, is Tumaco, where cocoa cultivation is spreading as an alternative for peace.
Collaborators profile 3 leading cocoa producers, cooperatives or local associations
2 researchers specialising in integrated cocoa crop handling at the local level
2 extension workers, technical assistants or technical advisers specialising in cocoa growing at the local level.
1 expert in documenting the exercise (sociologist, social worker, social communicator, etc.)
1 representative from an NGO, local development agencies or local government

11. The Window (invited project)

Name The Window
Author Maria Fernanda Lopez Mora
Description The creation of a children’s television broadcasting kit that uses participatory video as a method for promoting the coexistence and insertion of children and young people who are victims of the conflict.
The first project would be implemented in Commune 10 of the city of Pasto, a town that has received families displaced by the violence from across Colombia. The first measure would be to work with children and young people in building the broadcasting network (kit) and to handle the audiovisual production in a participatory manner in order to generate contents on knowledge and coexistence for transmission purposes, stimulating the communication capabilities of the participants and offering them a role in the place where they live.
During the laboratory, the transmission kit would be developed and a focus group would address knowledge transfer in order for a participatory video to be made. It is worth highlighting that the aim of producing the participatory video is not to create documentaries.
In order for a participatory video to be made, a mediation process with the communities is essential. To this end, a working group will be identified in which an empathy-building process will be carried out; followed by familiarisation with the equipment, such as cameras, microphones and cell phones; then, recognition of the members’ needs, problems, potential and story-building based on their contexts, and finally the audiovisual production.One of the strengths of a participatory video is that, through this methodology, people assume roles within their community, enabling the formation of leaders who may become pillars in transforming their context.
The communities control the entire content production process and dissemination carried out through this tool. Dissemination will take place using the technological kit created and the production would be aired on open analogue television and through widely-used virtual platforms, such as YouTube or Vimeo.
Collaborators profile 1 technology maker2 telecommunications engineers

1 programmer
1 communication and video production expert
1 systems engineer
1 graphic designer
1 industrial designer
1 social worker or sociologist

 

Registration is free of charge and will be open until 19 November 2017.

Ninety-nine collaborator places will be allocated, of which 1/3 will be set aside for residents in Pasto, 1/3 for residents in Colombia, and 1/3 for international participants.

With respect to the selection of participants, the organisation will assess the candidate’s profile, their experience, availability and reasons for taking part in the laboratory. In addition, in each group, there will be a collaborator who will mainly take charge of documenting the processes and work dynamics and their results and of communicating them externally via a digital platform, social networks, etc.

Key dates are as follows:

Call for collaborators: 20 October to 19 November 2017
Publication of selected collaborators: 28 November 2017
Arrival of collaborators in Pasto, Nariño: 13 February
Ibero-American Civic Innovation Laboratory in Nariño: 13 to 25 February 2018

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Requirements for call for collaborators

Purpose of the call for collaborators

The purpose of this call is to select a maximum of 99 collaborators to develop, in cooperation with each other, civic innovation projects relating to alternative local development, human rights and coexistence and peace culture and reconciliation. All of the projects submitted must generate proposals on these subject matters and must be applicable to rural and urban environments in Colombian territory. Special attention will be paid to projects that propose working with victims of the armed conflict, such as women and young people at risk of vulnerability, and the children of demobilised men and women, as well as with transition zones.[1]

We believe that Civic Innovation means any process that settles social problems using groundbreaking technologies (digital, social, ancestral) and methodologies via the involvement of the affected community itself. This definition means that citizens cease to be the passive recipients of institutional actions to become the protagonists and drivers of their own alternatives through an empowerment process that is much more democratic (bottom-up solutions), much more resilient, owing to the effect of learning by doing and trial and error, and, above all, much more dynamic and efficient because it has the knowledge of the communities themselves.

Civic innovation laboratories (LABIC) are spaces designed to ensure that this can happen; to systematize and fast-track these spontaneous, citizen-driven innovations in communities, in neighborhoods, which transform local realities and have the potential to be copied in other cities. Spaces that can be used simultaneously for experimentation, learning and prototyping of groundbreaking proposals. The LABICs are inspired by Medialab-Prado’s production workshop structure, which has been adapted and new developments added. For at least 10 days, they are the assembly point for a variety of projects that are developed collaboratively by multidisciplinary teams of citizens of different origins, making the laboratory a space for the delivery of specific proposals by citizens for citizens, as well as a space for intercultural interaction.

#LABICxlaPAZ will be the fourth edition of a LABIC; the first was held in 2014 in Veracruz, Mexico (#LABICMX), the second in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2015 (#LABiCBR) and the third in Cartagena, Colombia in 2016 (#LABICCO). Each edition of the LABIC is updated in keeping with the best proposals by the participants themselves and the lessons learnt by the organisers.

[1] Temporary Normalisation Transition Zones: Settlements FARC-EP units have temporarily moved to in order to begin the reinsertion process of their members into political, social and economic life, as well as to guarantee their final disarmament.

 

The role of the collaborators

The role of the collaborator in the laboratory development process is essential. The collaborators will have the chance to join the project teams that will develop the selected proposals and work in an environment where a horizontal relationship is in place between mentors, promoters, collaborators and mediators. This represents an opportunity for the interchange of reflexive knowledge and theoretical and practical learning, as well as the chance to collaborate in a multicultural team with people from Colombia, other countries and in conjunction with local communities.

Upon termination of the projects, the names of the collaborators will be listed in the acknowledgements in the same way as the name of the project promoter. The Ibero-American General Secretariat will also issue a document certifying participation in the laboratory for all participants who so request.

Methodology

Civic Innovation laboratories are spaces for experimentation, which are open, collaborative and non-competitive. They are unique spaces where citizens work directly on designing and developing projects that address the specific challenges of their own communities.

Proposals will be developed in multidisciplinary working groups formed of the promoter(s) and the interested collaborators, with the conceptual and technical guidance of mentors, mediators and technical specialists. Project development will also be coupled with work in conjunction with local communities.

The organisation will provide, as far as possible, the necessary resources for carrying out and documenting the selected projects. Throughout the laboratory, different activities will be scheduled, such as talks, presentations, seminars and specific workshops.

Working days will be adapted to the projects’ specific requirements, in accordance with the activities and timetables of the facility where the laboratory will be staged (morning and afternoon). It is usual for teams to work a full schedule every day (except the free day).

Participants will be urged to prepare adequate documentation on the projects developed, both during the course of the laboratory as well as following its conclusion. The use of free software and hardware tools will also be encouraged. Results publication shall be under free licences and in open repositories that allow access to and dissemination of the knowledge produced during the laboratory.

Before the laboratory begins, the organisation will get in touch with all the members of every group so that they can plan any preliminary work that needs doing for the project in preparation for the laboratory.

Working language

The laboratory will take place in Spanish, with no translation.

Accommodation, travel and meals

From 13 to 25 February inclusive, the organisation will cover, for non-Pasto residents, the stay (shared rooms) with breakfast, lunch and dinner. For Pasto residents, it will cover lunch on the same days.

As for travel expenses (trip to Pasto and return to the country / city of origin), they will not be covered by the organisation. The round trip shall be financed by the collaborators themselves or by any public or private entity that agrees to finance their travel (in this case, the institutions involved in the organisation can provide the collaborator with a letter certifying their participation in the #LABICxlaPaz and supporting their request for funding for the fare). Should an institution agree to pay for a collaborator’s travel, the organisation will allow the logo of such entity, as a collaborator, to be included on documents (materials and audiovisuals), as well as in the event’s graphic elements (banners, roll-up, etc.)

Where necessary, collective daily transportation from the hotel to the laboratory venue, and vice-versa, as well as transfers to local communities taking part in the development of the project will be paid for and arranged by the event organisers.

Collaborators residing outside Colombia must take out health insurance on their own account. They should also find out the requirements for obtaining a visa for Colombia if necessary for their nationality (view here).

Please remember that yellow fever vaccination is obligatory for citizens from Brazil.

Registration and results

Anyone interested in taking part in the laboratory must fill out and send the form below.

Submission deadline: November 19

Results publication: November 28 on the Civic Innovation website as well as by direct correspondence, via email, with selected collaborators.

Collaborator selection criteria

In selecting collaborators, the committee will take into consideration:

– Their profile match with profiles required for projects;
– Motivation level;
– Openness to collaboration;
– Availability;
– Diversity in origins and gender balance will be taken into account.

Project dissemination and continuity

Authors and collaborators will present the works developed publicly on the final day of the laboratory, at an open event.

Furthermore, participants authorise projects and/or their documentation to be published on the organisers’ webpages, as well as audiovisual and printed documents. During the course of the laboratory, the organisation will provide website hosting for projects that require this service, as well as the necessary tools and platforms for participants to manage documentation properly, both relating to the process and to the results.

At a later date, the High Council for Post-Conflict will conduct a study on the future viability of the projects for execution purposes.

Limitation of Liability

The organisers are not liable for any data or contents that participants may use. Neither is it liable for any royalties or rights applicable to third parties pursuant to respective laws. The #LABICxlaPaz is an event lasting several days; hence, we trust in the responsibility of each participant over this period. The organisation shall not be held liable for any theft or loss of personal belongings or for physical injury to persons.

Obligations of selected persons

Selected persons undertake to attend the laboratory from 13 to 25 February, adhering to the work schedules agreed by the team. They also undertake to complete and document the proposed projects, as well as to abide by the code of ethics and coexistence of the #LABICxlaPaz.

LABIC code of ethics and coexistence

  1. We focus on collaboration and not on competition.
  2. Ideas have value in themselves and not because of the person proposing them. We drive the common good, not gurus.
  3. We defend the right to information, knowledge and participation. Dialogue and free interchange guide our activities.
  4. At the LABIC, we encourage free licenses and open repositories as a way of ensuring transparent knowledge and its dissemination.
  5. Expressions of hate or intolerance in matters of gender, race, ethnic group, social position, sexual or religious orientation or origin are unacceptable.

Interpretation and amendment of the terms of this call for collaborators

The organisation may make any clarifications, amendments or interpretations that it deems fit. Any circumstances not foreseen in this call for collaborators will be solved by the organisers.

Decisions, grading and results shall be final.

Participation in this call for collaborators means acceptance of all of its requirements and of the general terms and conditions for participation in the Ibero-American Civic Innovation Laboratory.

FAQs

Who can take part in the laboratory as collaborators?

Anyone over the age of 18, who wishes to work in a group contributing their knowledge and ideas in the development of one of the selected proposals in tandem with learning from the rest of the group and from the laboratory mentors.

What does this laboratory offer to people taking part as collaborators?

 An exceptional multicultural environment for collaborative learning, where citizens have a space for contributing to the building of long-lasting peace and reconciliation in Colombia. Collaborators’ names will be included in the acknowledgements of the developed project. Likewise, the SEGIB Civic Innovation project will provide a document certifying participation in the laboratory for any requesting collaborators. The team will also have the chance to make a public presentation of the work during the laboratory and the collaborators will have new personal and professional relations networks available to them.

What am I committing myself to if I register as a collaborator?

 Selected collaborators undertake to develop agreed parts of the project and which relate to their profile and interests. Collaborators will also be committed to attending the laboratory every day.

Where can I find information on the projects open to collaborators?

 In the selected projects summary.

How and when are the work groups formed?

 The work groups will be formed at the end of the registration period taking into account, firstly, the project preference of the registered person and, secondly, the relevance of their profile to the chosen project.

What is the laboratory schedule?

 It is a production-intensive laboratory and does not have a set programme (except for some specific activities). The groups will agree on their schedules according to their needs and availability. Nevertheless, the work is intense and is usually done over an entire day. Programmed and improvised activities, such as presentations, mini-workshops, debates, performances and parties, will also be held.

Can I choose which project I want to collaborate on?

 Yes, it is the collaborators who decide which development group they want to join.

Can I collaborate on several projects at the same time?

 Yes, your available time and the different project requirements allowing. Even so, we recommend that you concentrate on a single project. Two weeks fly by!

Can I take part if I am not available to attend the laboratory for two weeks?

 Yes, provided that you come to an agreement with the group. Even so, we recommend as much dedication as possible during the two weeks as it is an intensive laboratory. Please remember that availability is one of the criteria for participant selection.

If you have any queries, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions section or write to us at labicpasto@innovacionciudadana.org.

Participation in this call for collaborators means acceptance of all of its requirements and contents

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