Living in a limbo between what life used to be, and the uncertainty of what may come next. To give some context to what follows, I spent 3 months in Berlin, trying to better understand a situation, that surely goes through many levels of adulteration, before it is finally delivered to us by the media. And I discovered stagnated lives, frustrated even, by the tragedy of finding themselves in a vastly different culture. But I also discovered a city that seems to be going out of its way to welcome, help and integrate the newcomers. In my time there, I initiated and implemented some ideas, with the purpose of contributing to these ‘refugee integration’ efforts.
‘Refugee Integration’ has become quite a buzzword, but everyone has a different understanding of it’s meaning. All of which hold true, more or less. For some, its about learning the language and constitution of the host nation. For others, its about education. Or work. Or social assimilation. Or something else. We could have an endless conversation about the most correct meaning of ‘integration’ but it doesn’t really matter. The real question is, what do these ‘refugee’ people want. Like you or me, they come from various different backgrounds, with varied tastes, interests and as a result, different aspirations with regards to starting new lives.
2 reasons. Berlin is buzzing with initiatives addressing the various different interpretations of integration, but somehow, this information doesn’t seem to reach the majority of the people in question. And secondly, the shear scale of the programs and events is leading to a kind of information pollution, making it hard for these people to pave a road that suits them best. And thats what re:boot aims to achieve.
Simply put, it is a personalized and easy-to-access information delivery system. The re:boot eco-system is largely driven by a workshop methodology, that helps participants articulate there interests & aspirations, which in turn, facilitates the dispensation of relevant, user specific information through a physical artefact and also a mobile platform.