Apply to Join a Five-Country Project Developing Design for Radical Inclusion

 

Open Minds is a European-funded Erasmus+ education programme. It focuses on Design for Radical Inclusion and uses an innovative card game for collaborative brainstorming, as well as a specially-designed physical computing toolkit for prototyping solutions.

The project involves partners from five countries: MTF Labs from Sweden, FabLab from Croatia, Polis University from Albania, INESCTEC from Portugal and ACCAC Finland from Finland.

Open Minds introduces an approach we call Radical Inclusion, which goes beyond mere accessibility compliance. By involving a broad diversity of people and experiences in the earliest design phase, Radical Inclusion cultivates a front-of-mind approach across all levels of society so that accessibility and inclusion become an integral part of all design projects.

This course aims to introduce the concept of Radical Inclusion in the design process. The main aim of the course is to provide young people with an understanding and awareness of radical inclusion (limitations, existing solutions, standards, etc.) and to develop skills in co-design methodologies to facilitate radical inclusion through design, prototyping, cross-domain innovation and collaboration. Students will design practical projects that address issues of accessibility and inclusion as well as address UN Societal Development Goals.

Open Minds is a European-funded Erasmus+ education programme. It focuses on Design for Radical Inclusion and uses an innovative card game for collaborative brainstorming, as well as a specially-designed physical computing toolkit for prototyping solutions.

The project involves partners from five countries: MTF Labs from Sweden, FabLab from Croatia, Polis University from Albania, INESCTEC from Portugal and ACCAC Finland from Finland.

Open Minds introduces an approach we call Radical Inclusion, which goes beyond mere accessibility compliance. By involving a broad diversity of people and experiences in the earliest design phase, Radical Inclusion cultivates a front-of-mind approach across all levels of society so that accessibility and inclusion become an integral part of all design projects.

This course aims to introduce the concept of Radical Inclusion in the design process. The main aim of the course is to provide young people with an understanding and awareness of radical inclusion (limitations, existing solutions, standards, etc.) and to develop skills in co-design methodologies to facilitate radical inclusion through design, prototyping, cross-domain innovation and collaboration. Students will design practical projects that address issues of accessibility and inclusion as well as address UN Societal Development Goals.

The course is run in cooperation with the Accessibility Unit of the University of Tampere. We are looking for fifty 18-30-year-olds from Finland to join the project. Six participants will have the opportunity to join Creative Innovation Lab Week in Sweden in October.

 

Schedule

First meeting: 15.8. at 13.00-16.00

Second meeting: 12.9. at 13.00-16.00

Creative Innovation Lab: 9.-14.10.2023

The programme involves TWO introductory 3-hour sessions.
Those introductory sessions will be followed by a week-long Creative Innovation Lab that takes place simultaneously in all five participating countries from 9-14 October 2023. The Labs will be connected via videoconference so that you can collaborate with others from different parts of the world.

During the Creative Innovation Lab, six lucky participants will get the opportunity to travel to Umeå, Sweden and participate in person in an immersive week design lab funded by the project!

What will you learn?

Participants will develop inclusive skills in design principles, coding, making with electronics, physical computing, and accessible design. By working with people from various backgrounds, you’ll also expand your cultural horizons and create lasting connections.

Who will you meet?

You’ll collaborate with participants from Finland, Croatia, Portugal, Sweden, and Albania to create innovative solutions for a more inclusive society. The programme is designed to be a lot of fun with additional out-of-hours activities and meals with visiting participants.

Here is where you can register to participate in Open Minds. Participation is absolutely free, and you will receive European certification of your attendance and the skills you develop.

REGISTER

 

 Link to the Open Minds Website for more information

 

ACCAC is looking for partners to create an open Toolkit for Inclusive Digital Design. We want to initiate a collective of creatives, innovators, users, professionals and regulators. This collective will rethink the digital experience through pilot projects with bold organisations ready to re-create their websites and services, or parts of them.

Accessible Arts and Culture will lead this project in 4 phases:

  1. Call for Interest to find partners and raise interest towards the project
  2. Create a steering group, raise funding and find pilot projects
  3. Execution of pilot projects and documenting the process
  4. Open a toolkit of innovative methods for everyone to use and raise awareness

What are we looking for?

  • Designers
  • Coders
  • Innovators
  • Disability organisations
  • Regulators
  • Organising partners
  • Interested individuals

If you are interested in joining us, please fill in the form below by 30 September 2021.

https://forms.gle/WL8SuNLCiEpfy6XZ7

For more information, contact:

Sasu Paakkunainen
Co-Founder of ACCAC Global
Board Member at ACCAC Finland
sasu@accac.global

ACCAC will present a virtual art exhibition as part of the ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival’s programme. The exhibition features various international artists and has no entry fe.

The gallery can be found here, together with the artists’ descriptions.

By clicking the tree short lines on the top right corner of the exhibition screen you can view a list of the artwork in the exhibition, move to see them closely and open the exhibition in full screen mode. You can move around the gallery also by your mouse or by clicking the arrows on the screen.

A video of the gallery:

ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival in August brings together interesting performers and speakers from all over the world

ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival takes place from 25th to 29th of August 2021 in Tampere, Finland. The organizer ACCAC Finland is creating an accessible event for everyone. The programme includes music and dance performances, movies, culture market, art exhibition, special eSports world championship tournament and various professional seminars.  

The main stage for the event is in Pakkahuone, Tampere, with different virtual elements. Parts of the programme will also be streamed out for the international audience. Making the event hybrid allows the event’s programme to stay versatile and bring people together, regardless of possible travel restrictions. 

ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival promotes diversity and equality. “Every single visitor and performer should feel welcome, just as they are”, emphasizes Kirsi Mustalahti, the founder of ACCAC network. 

Tampere-based ACCAC Finland also celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year. Acknowledging that many services in the field of culture, art and events are not equal to all is what drives the association forward. Ignorance often creates situations that strengthen inequality and discrimination. The mission of the association is a world possible for everyone, and this is also the core value of ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival. 

In 10 years the Accessible Arts and Culture network (ACCAC) has grown to run in over 12 countries around the world, and the network keeps on growing. Various restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the value of equality and accessibility even more. 

Tampere, the capital of equality

Tampere, the birth city of the ACCAC network, invests in systematic work towards equality and equality is also the leading theme in Tampere and Pirkanmaa region’s application for the European Capital of Culture 2026. The project promotes wellbeing, quality of life and equality through culture. The ACCAC network proudly supports Tampere region with its pursuit towards equality!

Information
ACCAC.fi
ACCAC Facebook

ACCAC Finland and our main partner (the City of Tampere) have made the responsible decision to postpone the ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival scheduled for this autumn by one year.

The Festival will take place in Tampere, Finland between 25-28 August 2021.

The reason for this decision is the COVID-19 virus and resulting uncertainty about the near future and how our global community will manage the situation. At a time when people’s movements are being restricted for health reasons, we cannot prepare to welcome participants from more than 20 countries and every continent. The health and safety of people is our most important value.

Now our focus is to ensure that ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival’s amazing programme takes place one year later – after the world has recovered from this crisis and the coronavirus is under control.

Here at the ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival we’re going to focus on making every participant and performer feel welcome just the way they are. Customer service that is diverse and respects everyone is important to us. We will also ensure that all of our event staff and volunteers are trained, aware of our values, and committed to implementing them with a friendly and open attitude. We are certain that every participant will feel safe at the discrimination-free ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival.

We’re building an environment in which the diverse colours of cultures can shine bright, good experiences can build new bridges to the future, and art and culture can improve the global atmosphere.

Hope to see you in Tampere, in August 2021!

We wish you the best of health!

The ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival will be postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

ACCAC Finland and its main partner (the City of Tampere) have made a responsible decision to postpone the ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival scheduled for this autumn by one year. The exact dates of the 2021 event will be announced as soon as possible, after new facility reservations have been made and other groundwork has been completed.

The reason for this decision is the COVID-19 virus and resulting uncertainty about the near future and how our global community will manage the situation. At a time when people’s movements are being restricted for health reasons, we cannot prepare to welcome participants from more than 20 countries and every continent. The health and safety of people is our most important value.

Preparations for the event were already well under way, and we have been ready to publish the festival programme since March. Now our focus is to ensure that this amazing programme takes place one year later – after the world has recovered from this crisis and coronavirus is under control.

We would like to thank you all for understanding, and we wish you the best of health!

ACCAC Finland would like to welcome its international network, amazing performers and interesting speakers from more than 20 countries to Tampere. We want to create an event that is suitable for everyone, including a touching programme, energetic concerts and new openings in the fields of accessible technology and innovations.

Each and every one of us is part of our culture. Culture belongs to everyone who makes and experiences it. Art has value itself, but it also plays a major role in promoting the well-being of people. Art and culture help us to better understand each other and they provide a natural way to share communication and emotions. Positive experiences are like endorphins for our brains, and common experiences build a sense of community, diversity and participation for all.

The world is changing very quickly, and our global community is facing new challenges. Rather than letting things like climate change, increased terrorism, and new health threats such as the coronavirus make our world more selfish and self-centred, I hope our global community will embrace the change. 

We need a shared mission that has nothing to do with politics or religion. Diversity touches every one of us and all parts of our community. We can use it to change the world and our point of view. We need to understand that everything in the world that happens to one of us affects all of us. Equality can also help us learn to respect cultures and different ways of operating.

Here at the ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival, we’re going to focus on making every participant and performer feel welcome just the way they are. Customer service that is diverse and respects everyone is important to us. We will also ensure that all of our event staff and volunteers are trained, aware of our values, and committed to implementing them with a friendly and open attitude. I’m certain that every participant will feel safe at the discrimination-free ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival.

We‘re building an environment in which the diverse colours of cultures can shine bright, good experiences can build new bridges to the future, and art and culture can improve the global atmosphere.

Welcome to Tampere!

Kirsi Mustalahti
Founder of ACCAC