Plans &
Projects

Activities

Debates and workshops

The debate sessions and workshops include regular OSG public sessions and workshops hosted by OSG partners, as well as presentations and talks. Debate sessions and workshops are intended to first talk about different aspects of collective decision-making, and second, to actually make a collective decision within that community. This includes discussing the basic idea, its possibilities, ethical questions, and practical possibilities/obstacles. This is also where we try to collectively diagnose a problem for a small community, and attempt to solve it. During these sessions, we will use the Communal List and the Socratic Debate to reach a common question and a set of possible answers to that question. Then we will try to come to a collective decision, based on the given choices.

Decision-making workshops

Two examples would be the participation of the OSG in holding decision-making workshops at RASL Rotterdam, and another collective decision-making workshop for Willem de Kooning Academy. During this workshop, the group was introduced to collective decision-making methods, and together, they formed a collective question for their group to answer. Later, the class used this technique to curate, produce, and organize their own end of semester exhibition.

Our events, workshops and public sessions are announced on our social media, as well as on this site under events.

Urban interventions

With subjects arisen from our debates, we perform several urban intervention projects. The performance is done together with the participants from the public sessions/workshops. These projects could vary from interviews, campaigns, performances, installations, urban sculptures, designing places of gathering, graffiti, soapbox street speeches, etc.

Regarding the research process, these interventions are seen as experiments within the realm of urban space where the theory and the concept can be put into a practical examination. The results from the urban intervention projects are reliable as the reaction comes from a more direct and less staged setting compared to a talk or a seminar or an exhibition.

Rumor Camp

Rumour Camp: A project which will continue to live as part of the OSG is the Rumor Camp. This project was a rumor campaign in Groningen, as a social test in spreading the rumor that there will be a refugee camp built next to the city of Groningen. The aim was to collect the reactions by the people to measure the social tolerance from the residents of Groningen (known for their leftist views). This project will continue to live in the city of Rotterdam. The Groningen version was delivered under an invitation by Sign Groningen.

Projects

OSG publication

As a collaboration with Sarmad Magazine in Rotterdam, the project will release publications which will include the talks from the guests, and writers who interact with our sessions. The publication will also publish articles from related topics. Reports and results from the debates and our urban intervention projects will be visible in the publication as well as reports of the blueprint design’s development process. These publications will be released during publication launch events. The publications will also be available to download here on this platform

Mobile app

The app will link all activities together. The publication will be available on this app, as well as an encrypted software to create the possibility of communicating between peers in a community. After enough development of the blueprint, there will also be a voting/evaluation tool which will be used for our workshops and for the communities to use for their debates. After the second phase of the project (after 2022), the app will then later develop into a fully functional version which will be used for local collective decision-making reasons.

podcast

As a very important part of this project, OSG has initiated a podcast in order to keep the debate alive. In the podcast, the terms and notions of collective decision making will be introduced, public sessions will be available to listen to, and most importantly, specialists and guests will be invited to discuss several issues within the realms of different disciplines. The podcasts are available to listen to on several platforms, including this website.

podcast

Forum

Under our forum section, anyone can form topics, engage in conversations, and follow up on different issues. Our forum is also used as a form of communication among our workshop attendees to reach consensus over their issues.

forums