2020 Setting up Dreams platform + process
At the kick off meeting we did some group work on how to improve the Dreamer process compared to the experience from last year. This thread is just to share the protocoll from this process to the future Art grant organisers. :) Feel free to change everything in this thread, while we move forward in organising :*
NEWS: First Dream Guiding Meeting 11.02.20
The first Dream Guide Meeting will be held 11.02.20 at Burner Embassy
Meeting link: https://talk.kiezburn.org/d/wF8Ufxc7/-meeting-dreamguiding-kiez-burn-kickoff-meeting-
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/186370885800817/
Meeting minutes: TBP
old dreams: dreams.2019.kiezburn.org
clean dreams platform: dreams.kiezburn.org
Why Dreams platform
It did away with an art grant committee, which had these issues:
it was a secret decision that people felt disconnected from (lack of transparency)
There was a lot of burden on the central organization to facilitate these discussions, which were often contentious (who gets to be on that team?) and caused friction within the community
participation & community: people engaged more with art & budget discussions (62% participation rate in voting!)
inclusion: there were more projects and a lot of smaller workshops that happened
co-operation: there was more collaboration between camps & art + it also made the whole Kiez Burn backend go much smoother in collaborating with power, placement, finance,...
Why it matters
The Dream process lead(s) will in large part decide the color of the event. How do you design the rules so that a nice balance between art installations/big art/camps/sound/experiences/workshops/... is achieved, is something that gets baked into the Dreams process.
For example, last year's Dreams process had the following implications:
we did not see a lot of big art funded due to the inherent structure of Dreams (a 10€ dream gets the same visibility as a 600€ dream)
camps get a lot of advantages, particularly big sound camps
Infrastructure projects: people did not realize these projects already got minimum funding
Energy-draining discussions on token redistribution
Dream budgets were separate instead of on the platform (people had to provide a spreadsheet, that was impractical, would be better to have that budget on Dreams, so participants can also check out what it is being spent on)
A future lead of the Dreams process, could make some serious changes to address some of the concerns, or choose to leave it as is... :)
How we did it last year
we organized a Design-thinking day, here is the documentation
we had Dream leads that evolved from that process
much more happened, the event, then refunds and stuff
public Dreams group: https://talk.kiezburn.org/g/SAqXnukc/2019-archive-2019-dreams-includes-art-grants-
A private group for Dream Guides to discuss dreams approval process: https://talk.kiezburn.org/g/8hxEYbTu/2019-archive-2019-dream-whispers-dream-guide-collaboration-thread
How could the Dreams platform facilitate all of the above, while favoring more art? (e.g. separate tokens for the categories, different sorting on the platform, providing ticket holders more transparency on what is Kiez, what is art, what is infrastructure,...)
How could we have a (parallel) process of allocating more funding towards big art in a transparent and inclusive process? This could take the form of:
an "art" general assembly with online access where everyone can vote to allocate a certain amount of €€ to certain projects
Allowing art to be be uploaded to the Dreams platform now and allowing everyone to vote for art (e.g. everyone who had a ticket in 2019, everyone who registers somewhere, people who buy a 2020 ticket through a ticket sale that happens in February,...)
Divide Dreams into categories, like Art, Structures, Camps,..
Divide the tokens into these categories, so everyone gets some tokens just for structures/art/etc. The point being no one needs to decide between having nice toilets or amazing art.
Having strict deadlines, including a period to submit the dreams with the intention of having all the dreams online at the same time.