About

Until August 31, 2017, this platform is hosted by the independent culture centre Not Quite in Fengersfors, Sweden, on a grant from the European Union. From September onwards it is governed by “Global Grand Central non-profit” a Sweden registered international association.

Objectives of Global Grand Central non-profit:
In full respect of cultural rights,* and in order to reinforce a vibrant civil society, it is our objective to provide an open platform and living archives for learning and exchange amongst artistic, social and cultural activists worldwide.

*Convention 2005 UNESCO, Articles 1 and 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

Interview with chair of the board Ferdinand Richard here
Statutes here
Contacts here

 

On this page:

BACKGROUNDCONCEPTSFUNCTIONSCONTACTS & PARTNERS

BACKGROUND

Workshop by Lebanese puppeteer Dina Kobrosly in Lublin, Poland, 2016

Global Grand Central is developed as the result of “Europe Grand Central” – an EU co-funded collaboration project combining more than 35 inclusive Activities by seven independent culture actors across eleven countries during 2015-2017. Concepts and functions have been iterated to enable learning between very diverse experiences.

  • Read more about the project and Activities on the Europe Grand Central Hubs page

 


CONCEPTS

Openness and co-creation

Global Grand Central is an alive platform and a constant work in progress. It is built and co-designed by its users as an open and inclusive space for learning, sharing and connecting.

  • Please use the red feedback button (on the right side of your screen) to ask questions, report issues, and make suggestions for the page
  • All our code is Open Source available through GitHub, the setup of our forms here.  You are welcome to contribute!
  • All our content, texts and images, are freely available to reuse as long as you state the origin, and also make them freely available. Technically this is a “Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 license”. You can find our reasoning, and how this relates to Copyrights, in the Content part of our Terms of Service

 

The Bordr idea

The tagline of Global Grand Central Because all people cross borders is based on a definition of borders as the area in-between two entities of space, mind, or time. Defined like this, all people cross borders as all human experiences happen in-between something and something else. We call this idea Bordr, it is an important basis for the construction of this platform.

 


FUNCTIONS

The Activities reporting tool

The problem we seek to solve:
A common notion is that “it is important, fun and inspiring to do stuff, but boring to report it”. This notion is a problem because it prevents lessons from being learned and exchanged  – right at the moment when enough has been learnt to share with others.

Our solution:
We attempt to make reporting fun, constructive, inspiring, long-term, connected, and social by asking relevant questions that are co-designed by our users, and invite comments and sharing of methods, lessons, and inspirations.

 

The Hubs profiles and portfolio pages

The problem we seek to solve:
When reporting projects, reports tend to end up in binders in basements or on websites that separates creators, contexts, and funders. This is a problem because it makes project managers having to complete several reports, often for the same project, without coordination – and separately build their portfolios.

Our solution:
When reporting Activities on Global Grand Central they become important parts of your Hub profile and portfolio. Your Activities portfolio becomes a comprehensive promotion venue for your collected work.

 

The Bordr-story tool

The problem we address:
The algorithms of social media fills our feeds with content and stories similar to what we have already “liked” or befriended. One theory has it that we get stuck in our own “filter bubbles“, and we may end up thinking that our world view, or our particular concern, has the whole world spinning around it. Instead of being curious of “others” we risk becoming suspicious and fearful.

Our solution:
With our Bordr-story tool we test a simple algorithm trying to break “filter bubbles”. We ask users to share their stories in a “here to there” format through text and images, and also grade how important, positive and visible they find the experience. Similar answers build short feeds that connect vastly different stories from varied contexts.

 


CONTACTS & PARTNERS

Contact persons “Europe Grand Central”

Marcus Haraldsson
Project Leader
marcus@bordr.orgHubs page
Personal website
Christo de Klerk
Lead Developer
christo@bordr.orgHubs page
Personal Website
Malin Palm
Financial Officer
palm@notquite.se
José Rodríguez
Communication Manager
jose@teh.net

 

“Europe Grand Central” resources and partners


Europe Grand Central
(the origin of Global Grand Central)
Hubs page

Not Quite
Fengersfors, Sweden
(project owner, local projects & residencies)
Hubs page
Website

Trans Europe Halles
Network of cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists
(communication and legacy partner)
Hubs page
Website

Roberto Cimetta Fund, Paris, France
(residency call to MENA-region)
Hubs page
Website

Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Bremen, Germany
(local project)
Hubs page
Website
Vyrsodepseio / ODC Ensemble, Athens, Greece
(local projects & residencies)
Hubs page
Website

Laminarie / DOM La Cupola del Pilastro, Bologna, Italy
(local projects & residency)
Hubs page
Website

European Foundation for Urban Culture, Lublin, Poland
(local projects & residencies)
Hubs page
Website

 

Co-creators

Bordr
(Bordr-story development)
Hubs page
Website

Workshops of Culture, Lublin, Poland
(residencies)
Hubs page
Website

Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018, Malta
(residencies)
Hubs page
Website