The project focusses on mostly non-capital cities across Europe (including outside of the EU) that are often left out of European media's discourse and representation: Tbilisi, Porto, Vilnius, Lyon, Gothenburg, Naples, Cluj, and Mostar.
Design Sprints are high-pressure workshops aimed at developing a creative idea from scratch in a short period of time. They include mapping, sketching, deciding and prototyping phases. In the case of The Circle, the two-week sprints will be less focussed on production or design, but more on scoping out the local media landscape and then building a business case for a hub that can address a gap in it.
During Week 1, participants map the local media ecosystem through brainstorming and co-creation sessions as well as presentations from local partners. By the end of the week, a solution to the challenges identified in the local ecosystem will start taking shape in the form of a media hub idea.
During Week 2, teams run through a business case design sprint to set up and test their idea for a hub tailored to specific media production needs. At the end of the two weeks, the hub structure and working team will be sketched out and the terms of administration and allocation of the kickstart grant will be agreed upon.
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