Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Journalism is in crisis and needs a new model. Not only that, people are not responding to each other and communicating, only when they hear what they like. Serious debate about our problems are hard to come by. Communities are not as cohesive and sometimes forget the problems they have in common. Therefore, communities need a space where they can debate, share, collaborate and create, while being able to eventually be trained by the amount of positive participation they partake in. Those who participate in a way that creates content that has a positive contribution (decided by other members) will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of how media works, as other members who are participating guide them through the process, and thus, fill a niche of information in a community where there was virtually no journalism of any kind at all. Community members can become journalists in Costa Rica, as they interact with the process in Amauta, and that is the need our community would address at the moment: that of disbanding the monopoly of information. For now, we are trying to interact with a small community of information activists, and experiment together in this process.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
People, anyone, can contribute content freely in Amauta. However, freedom comes with consequences, and depending on your actions, you will receive feedback from other members of the community. Depending on how that level of positive participation is determined by the community through reviews and votes, members will be able to get more responsibilities and tasks to participate in the next level. However, when other members facilitate others' participation, that is also considered positive, and so, would hopefully, bring about incentives for people not to be left out of the process. As members progress in level (and find other people from outside to get included), they will get trained in the aspects of content creation, and also, in bringing communication to their community. We are, in this way, engaging in providing a platform where anyone can collaborate in, but also, in a system where someone can learn their way into the possibility of becoming more than just a mere consumer of news, but a true actor of information. While members progress in their levels, and have more to learn, they will become empowered and at some point, be able to create their own independent media. Also, the content created is measured in similar terms, where people vote through certain criteria to determine what should be highlighted at a particular moment, but always in a way, that this important information comes from different sources so there is a variety of voices. Since users decide how information is allocated as important, creative and such, they would be the beneficiaries of it.