PwG_1: Deliverables

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The first phase of the Looking Up! is the prototyping of the entire platform. Translated into more practical language, this means that we have to deliver specific elements, tangible and intangible, which are to work together as envisaged in the programme.

The purpose of the prototype is to give us a practical demonstration how the platform works, as well as to give us the experience necessary to get the ‘production’ version up and running.

A properly functioning prototype will also make it easier for us to raise funds for stage two – implementation.

Planned duration of work on the prototype: 6-8 months from the programme launch (1 February 2024)

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“Looking Up!” programme: goals

Steampuk-styled library with a computer in the middle, topped with tall holographic figure.

The primary task of the programme is to educate, inform and inspire individuals (and communities, collectives or institutions) dealing theoretically or practically with the subject of the unfolding collapse of industrial civilisation, and with grassroots, community-based forms of confronting it.

Our area of operation is Poland, but everything we do can be easily cloned in any location.

The tool for this is an online platform that allows us to collect, store and share information in various formats.

Within our declared boundaries, we strive to remain impartial, above all avoiding infights and proselytising. We face challenges that cannot be accurately predicted, so every rationally justified approach (and some irrational ones), carries the potential for success.

Our long-term goal is to make a contribution to preparing the next generation for the world we are leaving them to live in.

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions

on the “Looking Up!” programme.

Below we provide answers to questions asked through various channels. The list will grow longer and the answers will be updated as the programme progresses.

What exactly is the purpose of this platform?

The purpose of the “Looking Up!” platform is to educate, inform and inspire all those who are tackling civilisation collapse from the bottom up, in their communities.

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Looking Up! – online platform

The Looking Up! platform, understood as a package (stack) of cooperating applications, essentially has three main tasks:

  1. Storing information in the form of standard units, containing diverse content, linked among themselves by a network of logical relationships.
  2. Introducing new units, containing content delivered through established channels from selected sources. The introduction of content includes its classification, moderation and possible translation or transcription.
  3. Presentation (sharing) of information, using a variety of channels (interfaces), as illustrated in the platform map.

The above tasks will be the subject of prototyping in the first phase of the “Looking Up” programme. The following activities will be gradually introduced from the implementation phase on.

  • Animating and interacting with the media, the online user community and the “on the ground” communities, organizing hackathons, edutons and other inclusive and supportive events.
  • Ensuring accessibility (in the sense of WCAG) of software and information published on the platform.
  • Building a pattern language as a specialized taxonomy, focused on the semi-automatic generation of complex solutions (in the broad sense) of technology, based on information stored on the platform.
  • Experimental implementation of LLM (large-scale language model) as an assistant in search and selection of information for user needs.

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Looking Up

Summary

Looking Up” (PwG – from Polish “Patrzymy w Górę”) is an online platform designated to educate, inform and inspire individuals, collectives, and communities about the ongoing collapse of our ecosystem and industrial civilization. It provides easy access to solid scientific knowledge about the reasons for the current state of affairs, given in an accessible format; a constant stream of moderated current information from credible sources; inspiration for community-level action limiting the effects of the progressive dysfunction of technical, economic and social infrastructure.

The PwG programme launches from 1 February 2024, with a project to build a prototype of the platform and selected services to test the operation and provide a basis for the subsequent implementation of a ‘production’ installation. All work results will be made available to the public under an open licence. The work at this stage will be carried out on a volunteer basis and the necessary costs will be crowdfunded (crowdfunding, individual donations). The collective author and coordinator of the project is the community represented by the TePeWu Association.

In line with the dynamics of the TePeWu community, the program’s assumptions and progress will be audited periodically every three months.

We invite interested individuals and collectives to collaborate on the project.

Contact for the PwG programme:

  • email: pwg@tepewu.pl
  • matrix: :min.tepewu.pl

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