Community Psychology Conversation

Creative conversation

We want to engage in creative conversation around projects and opportunities to increase our understanding of community psychology, learn what contributes to creating community and what militates against our ability to create community, and and in learning what contributes to improving our ability to create community that we can demonstrate in each of our projects.

We set Psychology as the category for all posts. That means that everyone who would like to be kept informed about the project can subscribe for all posts published in this category, or for one or more of the projects or other sub-categories.

Our interest is to ensure what we publish contributes to the interests of all of the audiences we serve, as well as each others interests and our common interests as a creative team. We each have the ability to create posts, edit posts, post comments, moderate comments, edit comments, and probably a few other things.

When we create a post, we are creating a conversation, and we are the moderator of the conversation. Contributions to the conversation are made in the comment boxes. The moderator publishes contributions and may edit them in the interests of the audience and the contributor. Contributors hold the moderator accountable. The moderator changes and republishes the post in the interests of the audience of subscribers and the larger community.

How we improve our ability to create conversation and develop our community of interest around this Community Psychology Project will take place here. The conversation on how we work with one another around the logistics of the project can take place in a sub-category called Getting Together. We could password protect our posts there.

We want to maximize our contribution to our current and future audiences as we learn and create. If a communication can be improved we can edit it directly. The moderator will determine when and what to finally publish. All post revisions are saved and accessible for review.

Roger Chilton

Conversation, March 8, 2010
Michelle Atkinson, Roger Chilton, Joshua Harskamp, Mariel Lopa,

Organic Community Story Project
A creative community enterprise curating the original and historical stories of the Downtown Eastside

1) Creating a space on the web and spaces in the community that allows people to share stories in a compact digestible format

2) Creating an easy sharing experience for all contributors

– allowing audio and text content to be shared

– collaborating with Writers in Residence to guide contributors through the “storying” process

– partnering with community spaces to create sharing kiosks

3) Sharing and celebrating the stories with special events – providing event information through creative commons website – eventually publishing cohesive collections based on “eras” or shared content of stories

4) Moderating and sorting stories to aid navigation and understanding for the reader

5) Using the stories to understand issues within the community. How do stories apply to women’s needs? What are storytellers saying about any given subject?

6) Organically changing peoples perspectives as the project develops

Creative Connections

Hope in Shadows

Our creative enterprise is designed to create a sense of community within Old Vancouver by providing community contributors, – individuals and community enterprises – with the opportunity to share their experiences, thoughts, and ideas with others in the community. People are able to contribute their personal stories and read the stories contributed by others.

The story project is rooted in these ideas –

  • Communities are filled with personal and shared stories.
  • A sense of community is created when people share their stories with the community.
  • Individuals share similar experiences, thoughts, and ideas about the community.
  • Contribution, involvement, and trust create community.
  • Every member’s contribution to the community is equally valued.

Community contributors will have the opportunity to share their experiences of Old Vancouver. On-site computers and recording equipment can be found throughout the community. People can write a story of up to 500 words or record a story of up to 5 minutes that contributes to the knowledge of the community. Aspiring writers within the community will aid story-tellers in editing their contributions. Stories from community contributors that showcase unique experiences will be moderated, organized, and published online.

Michelle Atkinson

The Storytelling Project started as a vision for creating communities around Old Vancouver by allowing people to communicate and share their ideas and stories. The project would set up kiosks in various “community centres” such as the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts and the Carnegie Centre to allow individuals in the community to record approximately 5 minute audio, audio-visual, or written stories.

These stories will be streamlined and curated so that each story contributes to the community. Beside each kiosk, an instruction poster will give guidelines on the kind of stories encouraged and perhaps starting point of what kind of stories to share. In conjunction with the Storytelling Project, the Writers in Residence program may also come into play where there is a possibility for writers to be around the kiosk areas for a certain period of time during the day to assist people in making their stories work for them and for the community.

The stories will then be organized on a website, giving others inside and outside the community online access to them. In the future, a book may be created with these stories to allow people without computers to access them.

By giving people the opportunity to contribute their thoughts, this creative enterprise aims to create connections and form networks, which will provide benefits such as additional opportunities, feelings of empowerment, and a sense of community to the individuals who contribute to it. The Storytelling Project will hopefully enlighten those outside the community as to what the community is about beyond its surface.

Mariel Lopa

I have been thinking about the idea of creating a virtual collage of autobiographical short stories from residents of the downtown east-side. Something that could be accessed by everyone in Vancouver that would give insight to what it means to live in that neighbourhood. I could see this project acting as a timeline of action in the downtown eastside.

1. Residents could be interviewed and recorded with their consent – edited transcriptions could be posted upon their approval.

2. Maybe develop a wiki-based site that could be edited as a organic story board, a narrative of the different periods of the east-side for example “tell me about the 60’s” ” tell me about Expo” “What were the early 90’s like?” Individual stories in written and in audio form could be uploaded onto the website.

3. The project could be released at different points in print, for example – “the organic story of Hastings in the 1970’s” – and presented to the public as a collection of snapshots from that era.

Joshua Harskamp

what we are doing

– compiling compact text and audio stories of people living in vancouver (5 mins or 500 words)
– emphasizing the project as an artistic endeavour meant to get all sorts of people involved (low thresh-hold)
– framing the project around stories and having it affiliated with the DTE centre for the arts, or a similar organization
– the stories will be uploaded onto a website, the website will be accessible via kiosks in areas where services are provided for marginalized people
– opportunities for writers to guide individuals at kiosks in the writing and storytelling process

To do –
– talk to the DTE centre for the arts – can we call this an initiative of the DTE centre for the arts?
– get ahold of writers in residence
– talk to web designer (done)

what we have
– the idea!
– contacts (?)

what we need
– relationships with people interested in the project
– equipment – mac computers, kiosks etc (preferably macs says web-design friend)
– space!
– a website / a domain / a formal name for the project
– a layout for the website (mind map)