So far….

So far it seams like the site should be some sort of war memorial for the web, where we look at what the web can do for the memorial. We use the purposes fo the Polynational War Memorial (research, education, negotiations, reconciliation and contemplation and commemoration) and translate them to see how they could be fulfilled on the web. So far the site will contain 3 parts:

– A community: A place for grassroot perspective research, education, negotiations, reconciliation and contemplation and commemoration.

– A Main Memorial: A “wow”-experience designed part of the site. We still have to consider (1) what the wow experinence more precisely should be about, and (2) how to create wow-experiences on the web.

– The Polynational War Memorial Web Exhibition: Includes videos of the 3D-models, interviews, 2D and texts.

Translation of the purposes:

RESEARCH

In PNWM: JB (Jon Brunberg) plans to have a reseach archieve and a research institution in the university of the PNWM. What he wants to focus the research on seems to be conflict and peace research.

On the web: It could mean different kinds of surveys. The visitors tell stories and answers questions. A question can be something like “Why are Memorials needed?”. It should be like a research archieve that the visitors help build themselves. But it is important not to try to make it into some kind of wikipedia-wannabe, since wikipedia doesn’t work in it’s original sense anyway. For now we see it as a part of the community where we ourselves start new threads by asking the visitors questions. We still have to consider what the research should include. We want to make one part of the community to a space where visitors can create their own personal memorials for their deceased relatives or friends. There could be some research in the deceased’s destinies there (à la mydeathspace). A bigger subject to reseach would be conflict solving. We still don’t have ideas about how to achieve that though.

EDUCATION

In PNWM: Has its own university.

On the web: The visitor have a stonger influence on his or her own learning. You choose what to learn on the net freely. You search. The community could have a large database to search through. But we wan’t to try to go further. We want something more engaging, like an interactive class room or something. We have to figure out how to transform the database of information and the uploaded material into fascinating educational material. We have to figure out how to create the “wow”-experience in education.

NEGOTIATIONS

In PNWM: World leader will visit the Memorial regularly. The Memorial will be the centre of peace keeping in the world. Nations at war will come here to make paece with eachother.

On the web: The visitors will be able to take part of the negotiations that are going on the the world, through the community. In the community they will also be able to comment these negotiations and start discussions about them.

RECONCILIATION

In PNWM: Reconciliation is a fuzzier purpose in the way that you cannot know exactly when and how it is fulfilled. The Memorial will fulfill it through all its activities, we suppose.

On the web: There are two kinds of reconciliations playing a part here: the reconciliation between countries that have been at war, or between a country and its own dark history, and the reconciliation between two persons, the victioms and the perpetrators. We go the grassroot way here aswell. Maybe if you start with the grassroot perspective some discussions can grow and achieve bigger understanding. So we focus on the small stories, on the stories of individual reconciliations. We find one web advantage: you can talk to your enemy here without having to face him for real. But we still have to think about what it is people need to be able to reconciliate with their history. Comprehension, deeper understanding and forgiving are key words anyway.

CONTEMPLATION

In PNWM: The memorial gives room for individual contemplation as well as for public contemplation.

On the web: We regard contemplation as the act of talking your time to think anf feel through something thuroughly. The web has a fast precense cause we are used to scroll through things, to read just small bits of the texts on the pages, and to give a page not more than a glimps before moving on to the next one. So here is a problem. Contemplation is a process that needs time and full attention. How do we turn the web into a place for contemplation?

COMMEMORATION

In PNWM: Exept for giving ceremonies the PNWM has a huge statue planned in the centre of it, where all the names off all people killed in war since 1945 will have their names written. On it, there will be space left for the people who yet haven’t been lost to war.

On the web: We like the idea of making it possible for people to create personal memorials where they will feel comfortable enough to mourn, and to keep having conversations with the dead until they reach closure.

/S

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