non-fiction : tips from the trip

Queueing for culture @ Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum

Non-fiction is an Amsterdam based group of cultural innovators. We wanted to hear more about their work with heritage repurposing, crowdfunding and public media strategies. As folklorists, we are experts in stories, communication and locality. On this trip, we’ve been working on how to turn our passion and ideas into practise.

Meeting at non-fiction

Here are some tips from nf’s Juha on how to carry out your projects, when the future seems iffy.

-Values. Values are concepts. They give our idea a sense of worth. They’ll give you a sense of direction and show what is most important in your work.

-Meaning. Why am I doing this? Ask yourself :what problem will this solve and how?

-Don’t give up. Keep your goals clear and let them come from your heart. Passionate people find motivation and are not afraid of failing.

Bubbling under:

Personal contacs! Talk to people. Although, without a doubt connecting with people online is utterly important. Arranging dinners and chats over coffee can easily fill your day, but personal contacts are the thing. Make sure you have a network of people with you.

As an entrepeneur, keeping these four things mind will get you far !

Let’s get loud : our idea in short

A Cultural expertize cluster started in Helsinki in the spring of 2012 to discuss challenges in the field of current cultural recearch. Anthropologists, folklorists, ethnologist and other cultural experts peered in to talk and think these questions over. Not only in Finland the stature and visibility of this field of science has suffered from the financial cuts in education, recearch and funding of cultural institutions. People working with these issues have awaken to change this progress.

We (our team :Heli and me) want to find inspiration from Copenhagen&Amsterdam :

our aim is to turn turn these ideas into action!

1) No to hidden treasures

In order to gain better visibility and public access to cultural heritage, we should be able to use media, web based services, open data, social media and applied practices better in our work. Museums, archives and cultural institutions are in a key position to make this possible.

2) Students in action

Among students it will be crucial to renew the networks necessary to find jobs and bring out our own capabilities. We will have to develop better communication  outside the academic world, put more stress on problem focused recearch and bring it to the public.

3) Spinning the web

As a side project, we have been planning to launch a new web community and media discussing cultural recearch in Finland. At the moment, people interested in the on going conversation and cultural recearch don’t have a shared arena for these purposes.