Peer-To-Peer Companionship

An exchange chain for people in different countries, based on their work, interest, and abilities

Peer-To-Peer Companionship

« Thanks to U+’s P2P Companionship program, Tamanda, a pillar of Lilongwe (Malawi)’s Story Club, is invited for a month in Singapore’s ArtScience Museum. Working with local artists and makers on the “Singapore 2219” event, she will leverage Woelab’s urban experience to offer visions of post-climate change resilience.

After returning to Lomé, Alice will write her personal takeaways about the Singapore event and urban futures, while the Museum will publish a portrait of Alice and what she brought to its event. In return for inviting Alice, CMU’s Imaginaries Lab will now invite a Singaporean artist-activist for a full term of work with its researchers and students. And the chain grows… »

What?

This project is an exchange program between institutions and people within the U+ network. A connecting and dating system lets U+ members express needs for cooperation, skills or inputs related to imaginaries and futures issues. . Individuals are invited to work for some time in a remote institution, ideally on a project and within a group: This is not an artist’s residence, but a way to generate interactions, mutual knowledge and ongoing collaborations. At the end of the residences, both the traveler and the receiving institution are required to produce or share publicly available material useful to all.

The program is based on a “transitive companionship” principle: those who invite a person can then more easily suggest a person to be invited somewhere else in the network.

Who?

Anyone is eligible; however, the project should give priority to individuals who do not normally get to travel extensively, or at all. All receiving organizations are eligible, provided they can offer lodging and a work environment.

Why?

This project is a way to strengthen the network, provide new opportunities to those of its members who are currently least able to travel, generate new inspirations for everyone as well as lasting relationships. Furthermore, by its collective production, it will give visibility to U+ as well as its members.

How?

Initially, this would work as a manual brokerage system, with no specific funding. After an initial experimentation, a platform would be built to collect offers and demands, and maybe attributes priority points to those who have hosted someone. U+ could manage the platform, provides administrative help and contribute to some travelers’ expenses if needed.