Streettoolbox is a platform dedicated to a new form of activism. Our goal is to find new physical/digital ways of addressing the public audience, and to give alternative voices more visibility in the urban environment. By raising awareness about a multitude of fringe issues, we believe we can encourage more critical thinking in our society. We want to see more alternative messages discussed in the public space and less spoon fed consumerist slogans.
The first principle of streettoolbox is to provide new ideas of “tools” that can be used by activists to share their message. All these tools are provided with an opensource license and detailed instructions, with the belief that shared knowledge will help the community to achieve far better things than by keeping our experience to ourselves.
The second principle of streettoolbox is to provide a common way of assessing these tools to help everyone describe more precisely what his requirements are and what his tools can do.
The third principle of streettoolbox is to provide a space for sharing feedback about campaigns and help the community build on everyone’s experience in the field. It encourages the members to come back to the platform after their direct actions and give information about what went well and what went wrong. Ultimately, the digital nature of some of the tools could lead to centralizing the media generated during the action directly on the platform.
The fourth principle of streettoolbox is that anyone can use any of the informations on the platform as he wants. None of the contributors could be held responsible for the misuse of the tools they have described. This means some tools described on the platform could be used to support ideas against the ethics of their creators. We believe this is a risk to take to achieve self regulation and exhort everyone who visits the platform to respect other’s opinions.
The fifth principle of streettoolbox is to put in contact the activists in need of new tools with the streettoolbox creative minds in case they don’t want to replicate the tools themselves or want to develop some new tools specific to their needs. We believe this could create a sustainable business model to help the creatives support their expenses while working on projects they love. This obviously means the creatives can stay true to their values by accepting or refusing to work for certain groups who’s opinions they disagree with.