If you look carefully, you'll see the slogan for Transeuropa Caravans is to connect local alternative voices.
We're doing that through capturing through film the "moments that matter" in the conversations we're having with the civic initiatives we're meeting. Check out our website to get a flavour of those conversations.
We also want to connect the alternatives in more physical and visceral ways. That's why we're asking people to write messages they'd like to share with the next communities we visit...like a message in a bottle.
In the spirit of discovering the unseen, we don't want to tell people about who we're meeting next, because it's not just about the individual initiatives or issues. It's about the threads of conversation we can weave between them.
Because like when you're blindfolded, your other senses are activated. When you're at a party, you don't have the social profile of everyone there that you can use to choose who would be your "best match". As much as self-help books like to convince us, we're not instinctively guided by self interest - we're not all "homo economicus". Deep down, we're all social animals.
So like the children we met at @bikenorthbrum, we ditch our "social stabilisers" at parties and discover the other people around us. Not by talking about ourselves, but by testing hooks that create conversation.
That's what our "Message in a Bottle" activity is all about. It's creating just enough context to awaken people's curiosity, but not too much that people don't feel the need to find out any more.
Can we read somewhere what the messages in the bottles have been?