As we are entering times of resilience and mitigation, we witness a growing need for sharing educational resources for sustainable socio-ecological, interdependent and mutually empowered communities. The partnering organisations join forces for an online platform that connects international researchers, artists, trainers and facilitators. Each of them has previously been working on the autonomy of cultural infrastructures, restorative practices, community building, sustainable socio-ecologies and do-it-together pedagogies for over ten years, providing a rich professional interdisciplinary approach to the cultural reality of 21st century.
This website is a draft, a first common place for a network of networks, as we are waiting for the creation of a larger collaborative platform.
The goal of this future project will be to create a modular platform of skills (digital and physical) that supports resilience and restoration in European communities, collectives and families. The platform ‘Restorative Infrastructures’ will have its modular online and offline version that collaboratively develops a set of digital tools, workshop concepts and research resources.
The project partners are transdiciplinary makers and hackers, coming from European minorised cultures (women*, LGBTQI, South, Eastern Europe). They form a network of experts, researchers and practicioners using Open Source and Citizen Science from a Feminist and Ecolological perspective grounded in horizontal collaboration.
The platform ‘Restorative Infrastructures’ will gather and documentthis existing knowledge and practice, foster workshops and highlight best practice examples in four mains areas:
- solidarity communication technologies (collaborative open source design, secure hosting,open hardware strategies, 3D print models)
- Restorative and caring practices (self and collective care, mutual help psychologies, conflict resolution, restorative circles)
- urban and rural sustainable ecologies (eco design, seeds exchanges, gardening, water testing and restoration)
- Feminist do-it-together pedagogies (intersectional non-hierarchical learning,online/onsite facilitation, inclusive methodologies).
Restoration is not only about resilience, it is rooted in long-lasting practices, such as abilities to repair, restore, renew, and sustain. Restoration is a paradigm. Therefore the intention of this platform is to create accessible learning formats, that on the one hand spark younger generations’ fascination on the other hand encourage fruitful encounter among experienced users to collectively establish empowering pedagogies (e.g. feminist).This first phase of funding enables to establish the Sustainable Infradisciplinary Research and Practice Network. Solid collaborations are key to knowledge transfer on restorative practices, so next the project will focus on an intense exchange on gained experiences and insights with bottom-up communities and distributed projects.