The project envisages the creation of the site – a network resource “Lugansk urban legends”. It will be filled with stories, urban legends , myths and fairy tales about the city. We suggest to place texts , audio-video and photographs . We plan to collect materials by the project team and will offer to our consumers to place their interesting materials. Site will show the city in a casual way. We will be able to concentrate a maximum of interesting information about the city, to form Lugansk`s new image. Site will create a virtual face of the city and to support cultural initiatives community.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
This new site will be designed for such target groups
– Lugansk residents who are interested in the city's history
– Pupils and students
– NGO activists
– Town visitors who are interested in its features
– Cultural activists
Unfortunately, we say about low level of target groops Internet skills, so the project provides training sessions for activists.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
Project Manager – Chairman of “Lugansk archaeological Union” Oleksii Brytiuk http://h.ua/profile/89927/
Youth Manager “Stan” Yaroslav Minkin https://www.facebook.com/civilwar.jar?fref=ts
Site Editor “Obzor” and blog “Obzorro” about Lugansk Slava Bondarenko
Editor in chief of “A New Look” Yana Yaroshuk http://h.ua/profile/18365/
Blogger Svitlana Zhavoronkova http://orange-sky-bird.name/
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Lugansk is postindustrial city in the eastern part of Ukraine. Industry is practically not working. Today we need to configure its empty cultural space, especially for young people. Among carriers of history and culture, as the older generation and the youth formed a lot of stories of street legends, myths, fairy tales and stories. We plan to collect theese stories on a single resource. Users will be able to read texts, hear the audio recordings, video. Each participant could leave comments on their blogs or put their own stories. Today, this information is very popular hulk. Information is demanded, it exists, but it is fragmented and requires generalization in a single resource.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
“Lugansk archaeological Union” and Youth Organization “Stan” are the initiators of an informal coalition ” Cultural Map of Lugansk ” (2012-2014). The coalition includes 16 associations. We have published the book “Cultural Map of Luhansk”, book “Monuments of Lugansk” booklet “Historic Lugansk”. Project that we provide will be a continuation of the coalition activity.
As a result of using the platform Microgrant we want to expand the coalition, bring it to the public, not only the organization but also active citizens, the Youth Council at the Lugansk regional council, the state authorities.
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
The project team consist of 5 people. At least 20 people active in Lugansk take a direct part in the project.
We plan to hold training sessions for activists who are ready to write the history of the inhabitants of the city, city legends. Training for 20 participants. Teach people the basics of communication, record sound and video, follow rules of the site.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
We use text documents, pictures, audio podcasts, videos.
Purpose of the site – to simplify the distribution of the received information of an interested audience. We'll also assume Projects advertising in local libraries of Luhansk region.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
Seminar for 20 participants will take place online at Lugansk Internet club, street Oboronna. 25 computers, Internet connection speed ADSL
The site will be located on the platform Studio «Zina-Design», dedicated Internet line speeds of up to 2 GB/sec .
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
Our organization is engaged in seven years of history, regional studies, and promotion of cultural heritage in Lugansk region. We have published seven books, six booklets. The organization is a part of broad informal coalition of non-governmental organizations and brings together hundreds of concerned and interested activists. We are able to create a network share and update of its target audience.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
We think that the main difficulty is the passive attitude of the population to cultural issues.
To overcome it, we plan to use civil society activists to promote the idea of “Lugansk urban legends”. Advertising Site will mean advertising the city of Lugansk. We will appeal to the senses of people love for their city and country.
Also we will be helped by specialists from Studio «Zina-Design» in optimization and promotion of our texts on the Internet.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
Basic quantitative performance indicators of the project:
– The number of stories (text, audio, video), published on the website ;
– Statistics website visitors;
– Number of comments;
– The number of comments on the draft and repost other sources (Internet, newspapers, magazines);
– The intensity of the discussion of stories in blogs users.
We assume the project objectives achieved if the site will continue to exist, visitors actively put new stories and comment on existing and active attention to the site from media.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
June 1, 2014 – December 30, 2014
– June 2014 collection of primary information; result – collected information for the primary site content ;
– July 2014 Site construction; accommodation information collected on the site;
– August 2014 fixing the site; received as a result of working debugged resource;
– September 2014 conducting training for activists; activists as a result of acquired knowledge and skills to work with the tools of the site;
– September- December 2014 content and promotion of the site; The website is filled with text, video and sounds on behalf of users; we have active working instrument.
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
Website Creating $ 800
Support website 2 years x $ 80 = $ 160
Buying a computer for the operation of the site $ 450
Telecommunication services $ 25 x 7 months = $ 175
Project Coordinator Salaries $ 60 x 7 months = $ 420
Bank charges $ 8 x 7 months = $ 56
Stationery $ 10 X 7 months = $ 70
Club rental $ 80 / hour x 2 hours = $ 160
Coffee Break $ 2 x 20 people = $ 40
Handouts $ 2 x 20 people = $ 40
TOTAL: 2371 ( two thousand three hundred seventy-one ) Dollar
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
We look forward to working with similar cultural projects that are implemented Rising Voices in different countries, exchange of experience and knowledge. Also available technical expert advice on the use of the site.
NGO “Lugansk archaeologycal union”