I’ve gone and done it again. I’ve given myself work and lots of things to do without anyone telling me to :)) I have this new project I want to get off the ground but before that comes solidifying the idea.
To start from the beginning, this all began on social media. Monica Manuel of ramblingsaboutanything followed my blog and after reading somewhere that a good way to get more traffic on your blog is by visiting others, I went ahead and looked at her site. There, I found this:
It was the actualization of something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time – a documentation of IP tribes around the Philippines and “break down barriers.” The whole time I had the idea of doing this thing, I’ve been daunted by it. It seemed like a mammoth task, I didn’t know where to begin, and I was alone. Now I wasn’t anymore!
We met up and it really was like I was talking to myself, but with much more life experience :) We both wanted to make a website that would be an information source on the country’s ethnolinguistic groups, for shared reasons too. Information keeps the culture alive, banishes stereotypes, celebrates heritage and, indigenous people are just that interesting.
Another by chance meeting with JC Soriano of Magis Solutions and we had ourselves web developers and designers! (Told you I’ve been lucky lately.)
Last week though, we met up and some critical questions came up. How do we get people to even go on the site? How do we get critical mass? How do we ever raise funds and time for the research needed? My answers showed how being at Rappler has affected my way of thinking, and it’s what I really wanted to talk about in this entry :)
IDEA 1: CROWDSOURCE THE CONTENT. Get people who’ve gone and visited indigenous people or lived with indigenous people and get them to write. This a) makes generating content faster, b) makes the content more personal and possibly more interesting for readers, c) makes it easier to sell online.
IDEA 2: AN ARTIST’S IMMERSION. We partner with a travel group like Kultura Kamp, Route +63, Trail Adventours or any company that has close ties with an IP community and we bring 5 artists to join the immersion. After, the artists can produce something that says what the experience was like for them and what they’ve learned – drawings, music, photographs, videos, multimedia. It’s an experiment in a way, and also another fast way to get content and attract people. It’s possible also that the artists can hold workshops with the people there, OR EVEN the other way around!
I have a few misgivings with these ideas, misgivings I’m trying to put in focus because on the other side of the coin, I AM SO EXCITED :D
One misgiving I guess is, these can/will become more about the people than the communities. Connected to that, I don’t know exactly how something like this can benefit indigenous people. When I think of the immersion idea, it’s a little like art for art’s sake – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
More importantly, is this the best way to cover indigenous people?
What do you think? Would you be willing to contribute or join an immersion?
I’d love to hear ideas :)