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Games for Our Common Future

A Game Jam for Young Namibians

We are going to support the slowly emerging spirit of active participation and responsibility in Namibia for topics such as climate change, sustainability, global interdependencies and equality, amongst others, by organizing a Game Jam Event.

We are keen to make a contribution by actively supporting serious concerns of the younger generation in terms of methodical research and the development of meaningful game ideas.

The project is a cooperation between urban dialogues, the Goethe-Institut Namibia and the Wolwedans Foundation.

Who can apply?

Teams consisting of 4-6 members. Young Namibians aged 16-27, such as High School learners, University students or members of Civil Society Organizations  interested in design-thinking processes that want to take the world upside down for the sake of our common future.

What does it cost?

Transport, boarding and lodging are fully covered – No additional financial contribution required but participating is not costless. Each team pays back with its full commitment to the Game Jam.

How to apply?

Send us an email to gamejamnamibia@urbandialogues.de 
Tell us about your team and why you are interested in participating in the Game Jam. We will get back to you!

The Game Jam Event will take place 8-11 October 2020 at Wolwedans, an outstanding site in the south of Namibia.
It will be the initial step of a new established innovation and inspiration lab right in the heart of the Namib desert.

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Promotion Video for
Communication Consultancy

This video has been released on African Day, 25 May 2020.
It is reflecting the efficiency of the current struggle regarding Covid-19 in Namibia.

It is based on the combination of graphic facilitation by Namibian artist Hage Mukwendje and storytelling by urban dialogues’ artistic director Stefan Horn. 

It also serves a promotion video for the recently established communication & consultancy agency holistic-cc, based in Windhoek, Namibia.

Game Jam in Berlin
as part of
'Schools of Tomorrow'

Schools of Tomorrow

is a project initiated and co-ordinated by the House of World Cultures Berlin  in order to artistically research the future of schools.

Due to the current situation the envisaged Game Jam preparations in cooperation with House of World Cultures  Berlin and the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum have been postponed and are going to happen later this year or in 2021.

As part of the already planned project, the school partner ESBZ would like to transform the entire school structure into a playground around the topic of participation.

Under the guidance of urban dialogues, students will develop the underlying game concept, which will then be further developed as part of a 24-hour game jam.

Game jams are intensive learning and research arrangements and allow individual, emotional as well as cognitive and experience-based learning. They impart pioneering skills such as teamwork, fault tolerance and user orientation.

Debate on
Public Space
and Public Art

A playful debate
moderated by Stefan Horn (urban dialogues)
11 February 2020 at Namibian Art Association

Ndapewa Fenny Nakanyete, Ellison Tjirera
and Natache Sylvia Iilonga

During our debate we discussed the meaning(s) of public space and shares ideas on how public art projects can contribute to the public sphere, with a particular focus on the city of Windhoek.

Graphic recordings by Hage Mukwendje

The public space is a place that is generally open and accessible to everybody and doesn’t belong to an individual person or a private company. This includes roads and pavements, parks and squares in our cities. To a certain extent, also public libraries, stadiums, public swimming pools, government buildings or even shopping malls can be considered as semi-public spaces with limited accessibility as they are restricted to opening hours or privately owned and managed.

The »public sphere«, a term originally coined by prestigious German philosopher Jürgen Habermas, is an area of social life where members of society participate in a discussion that influences political action. In the public sphere, it is not the social status of the participants that matters, but the quality of their arguments. Hence, everyone is entitled to participate in the public sphere and then influence the direction of current political and social affairs.

In this sense, cultural and artistic practices may be considered as attempts to examine the notion of the ‘public’ and create an ‘ideal’ public sphere.