One of the the touchpoints of IZI is mixing the comfortable with the uncomfortable. We use food and fun activities to help people become comfortable in a social spaces and connect with people across differences. IZI disengages our natural flight or fight response to new people, cultures, ideas, and enhances our ability to connect with those people across difference.
Thank you so much for your comment Claire. We've found that effective grassroots action and movements require a strategy in place to acknowledge and address historical and primary trauma that exists in our communities. It's something that takes time, but when done right has transformational effects on whole communities.
I'm sorry for taking this long to get back to you. We really appreciate your comments and interest in IZI. We certainly have big ambitions for spreading the model of IZI, but at this point, an expansion internationally is not yet in the cards.
The cost of an IZI varies depending on the scope, location, food and beverage, the number of people and the specific project goals. I don't think I could at the moment give you an accurate estimate for what it might cost in Nairobi. In addition to the costs of the event itself, much of the current costs involve the time and hours spent on researching the community, our extensive outreach (door-to-door, local media, etc.) and engagement pre-event, as well as measuring outcomes after the event and developing recommendations for next steps.
We are in the process of developing curriculum for an online platform for training individuals in IZI, and we don't yet have a comprehensive video of what IZI involves. If you have interest in learning more, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you reach out to me, I would be happy to pass your email along to our Training Manager.
Thank you so much I hope you have a lovely day, Lars