The effectiveness on how to approach negative environmental and social impacts that we are currently experiencing on our planet and its communities, human and non-human alike (and in fact interconnected), may rely on where the ideas of change come from, how they are communicated, and what is the follow up process after the message has been delivered. “WE ARE ONE” focuses on communities that have been directly affected by complex violence dynamics and that are also seriously exposed to environmental and economical challenges (which unfortunately often come all together), giving them the opportunity to share their stories and send their messages in more effective ways through the use of arts and technology.
The potential for raising awareness and triggering transformation also relies on how messages reach the most people. In many occasions, communities create artistic pieces that carry within them a strong and valuable message, but disseminating those pieces around usually implies high costs or sometimes it is simply impossible to transport or spread them somehow. Through the use of 3D audio, also known as binaural audio, we are co-creating together with specific communities digital music-theatre shows that can be delivered to literally everyone around the world at very low or even no cost.
Different communities around Colombia that have specific conflict solving needs, environmental and economical challenges, will be selected and invited to participate in order to co-create with them 3D audio theatrical pieces. These pieces will be nourished with the traditional music and idiosyncrasy of each specific community, and their topics will deal with previously identified socio-environmental and economical needs in each community. Apart from creating strong bonds between the members of each community (people that in many cases have different interests in spite they share a territory and usually a common history), these pieces aim to create awareness, both within each community and in other contexts (E.g. in urban areas of Colombia and in an international audience), regarding the issues addressed by each piece in inspirational, mobilising, and empowering ways.
The product will be delivered both physically and digitally to other areas of the country (and hopefully also to others places in the world) through different channels such as newspapers, online media, various digital platforms, etc. The audience will have the chance to connect directly, via a custom-designed interactive online platform, with the communities that co-created each 3D audio piece. Through the online platform, each community will be able to communicate and constantly upgrade their particular needs, and people who feel like supporting them will be informed of the best ways to do it according to each particular case (E.g. visiting them and volunteering in a specific area, getting to know their story better and sharing it with national/international related organisations that may help, donating funds for specific needs, etc.). The 3D audio pieces and the online platform as a whole, will generate a sustainable touristic interest that will financially support the communities allowing them to build a tangible sense of prosperity and creating the conditions for follow up processes.
Testing the idea:
In order to test the initiative, we have found a simple but effective way of recording a 3D audio piece. We divide the testing process into different phases:
- Phase 1: Finding/inviting a small community with a specific conflict solving need that requires the awareness of a wider community (E.g. People and women against domestic violence)
- Phase 2: Having a test workshop where the people from this community are invited to find possible solutions to their conflict and to translate them into an artistic 3D audio music-theatre play with out technical and artistic facilitation.
- Phase 3: Recording the play in our low cost tools, so that we can have an approach to what it should sound like with higher cost / higher quality equipment.
- Phase 4: Finding a different community who is willing to listen to the final product + having a follow up on how it affected them and what are their opinions on it.
Ideal help for our idea:
We require different kinds of help! Although we have been slowly gathering a strong interdisciplinary team, we would definitely appreciate information or experts support on alternative educational tools, conflict solving, pedagogical-artistic expression, the use of theatre in conflict solving, and 3D audio/binaural audio experts that can be involved in the recording processes, amongst others. If you know about communities with burning conflict solving needs merged with environmental/economical challenges, it would be great to get to know them. We have already identified several of them but we are sure there are many more. If you know any distribution channels that may be helpful and may reach a great amount of people, this would also be really appreciated.
It is time to make a change in a peaceful, creative, and effective way. Please be part of the co-creation of this kind of changes!