Spes Bona – Good Hope

It’s that time a year again.

The time where 48 Kaospilot students pack their bags, say goodbye to loved ones and prepare to journey to the promising land, the mother city, tavern of the seas… Cape Town.

A special time in a life of a Kaospilot – for many reasons.

Time to work with amazing projects, to deep dive into one’s own learning, to get to know one’s team on a new level… all of this being placed in a new context – one with a rich history, beautiful surroundings and interesting people.

This year marks the third Kaospilot visit to South Africa for the Outpost semester – but the first for the team in question, or rather two: Team 20 (Aarhus, Denmark) and Team 2 (Bern, Switzerland).

These teams will meet for the first time in sunny Cape Town, but we’re already now laying a good foundation for our future collaboration as a strong organisation – having awkward Skype sessions, sharing moments of laughter and working together on preparations.

This blog is one of them – here we will share our journey, learnings and thoughts throughout our stay, February 17 – June 8 in 2015.

The energy level is high, and so is the excitement!

Cape Town, we can’t wait to see you, taste you, smell you, feel you – fall in love with you.

And we hope you are ready for us.

See you soon,

Team 20 + Team 2

City of Colours

The Danish flag consists of two colours – red and white. Mix red with white and you get very close to the skin colour of the danish people when summer starts.

If you combine the colours of the South African flag, you are able to create all the colours and nuances the human being is capable of naming. Cape Town truly is a diverse and coloured city – but also a city of contradictions.

It is a city hosting the third biggest bike event in the world while on a daily basis only having one bike lane. 
The first capetonian I had a conversation with, told me that it is hard to make friends in Cape Town. The day after, this same capetonian asked me to join on a market trip.

Cape Town colours your mind in a way I have not experienced before. On a weekend stroll around with two friends, we once again noticed the tall walls and the fierce barbed wire, and we talked about why we thought the capetonians seemed so afraid. While walking and talking we passed the third unlocked bike, which really made us wonder. How come there is a need for electric fence and three locks to your front door is necessary, when a simple lock on your bike isn’t?

We looked at each other, and decided to figure out by simulating stealing the bike. It took a few seconds before a panicking guy jumped towards us to rescue his transportation, and then we asked him. He answered ”… well, no one steals bikes…”

We tried to puzzle together the fragments we had collected through our short time in Cape Town. Biking culture is a fairly new thing to south africans, – that must mean that it would melt together with the present culture, while locking up your doors was something we thought had roots to apartheid, and was still present due to old culture. So once again we found this beautiful city peculiar, but once again we turned out to be wrong.

No one steals bikes, because no one rides them, which means if you steal it, the person you possibly could sell it to, is likely to be the person you stole it from….

Locking up your doors and being afraid did not exist during apartheid. People became afraid, when they became free.

Dear Cape Town, dear South Africa – every day we realize how big a puzzle you are, and every day we realize, that all the impressions we get of you, is only a glimpse of your many colours.

The most memorable stranger of the day

Hope is a part of life. When we share our hope with others, we are sharing our personal perspective towards life and the world as we see it. The conversation about hope creates emotional connection between people and encourages them to reflect and see the future from different angles.

“Table of hope” is one of our theme projects that all the Kaospilot students in Cape Town are involved in. It is a project to create a Town Table, which serves as a monument of the collective dreams, and it becomes a physical meeting point for the community to talk, and share.

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Kaospilot Party #1 2014

On Friday evening we hosted our first party here in Cape Town. Where we come from, the Kaospilot parties are well known. We’re close to being a trademark for epic nights, you could say.

Friday night wasn’t a magical night because of us though. The two dancefloors at Woodstock Exchange were buzzing with laughter and dancemoves from all around the world. That night the crowd proudly took over the Superette and the beautiful outdoor area and made it their own. Many people told us, that they had never been at a party in this city, that was as mixed.

We want to say: Thank you Cape Town, for showing us your most beautiful side by coming together in celebration and end of with a quote from one of the bouncers:

‘This is the best function I have worked at the Woodstock Exchange. I wish people would continue the party until monday morning.’

  • Norman the Doorman

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WE CANT WAIT TO PARTY WITH YOU AGAIN; SOON!

A small step forward is a huge step

When Rashida Jardien entered the classroom of Lourier Primary School, something in the room changed. She brought a bright, encouraging, and warm energy into the room. She immediately found us, 4 Kaospilot students, in the room. We were visiting the primary school in Retreat, a township in Cape Town, for a day. She looked straight into my eyes and said “Hi”.

Wondering who she is, I smiled and said “Hi”, while we were shaking hands. “I am the principal of this school”, she said. “No wonder”, I thought. She was the kind of person who left a strong impression in a second, which you often see in authentic leaders.

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Projects 2014

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Hubspace Khayelitsha

Hubspace Khayelitsha is a shared office space for young entrepreneurs from Khayelitsha. It has now existed for 10 months and the Kaospilot students are assessing how well things are going in the hubspace from a business, project and process perspective, and then they will develop the space from these perspectives.

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Shift

Shift is an organization that uses design as a means of solving problems in the world. The Kaospilot students will help shift with creating a launch-event for the Sustainability Caravan project that Shift is doing as a part of Cape Town Design Capital 2014. Furthermore, Shift and the Kaospilots will collaborate on branding and marketing the project.

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Youth Solutions Africa

YSA is an organization that works with people in and from the streets of Cape Town. The organization has acquired a new space in Salt River and the Kaospilot students are going to support them in involving a group of their participants in the creation of a new day center that meets the needs of the local community.

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Bodhi Khayabodi-khaya

Bodi Khaya is a retreat in Gansbaai. The students are doing vision and strategy work for and with the retreat. The Kaospilot students will co-create an idea catalogue that will hold suggestions for development of the space. The design question is: How can a compassionate business be sustainable without subsidizing or funding?

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SeedSeed

Seed is, amongst many things, a gardening project in a school. The project offers the possibility for students to learn about the environment through growing and nurturing plants.

The Kaospilot students are looking into the business plan of Seed and will after the an assessment phase lead processes to further develop their business model.

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‘Help, I am Free’ helps newly released prisoners reintegrating into society through theater play. The Kaospilot students are helping the organization with developing a business project plan and a marketing strategy.

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colour-ikamvaColour Ikamva

Colour Ikamva is an organization that not only changes the physical environment of a school, but also the mindset of the students, using creativity.  Together with the Kaospilot students they will develop their workshops further, and explore creative and streetwise ways of fundraising.

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Designing_SouthAfrica & Twenty Fifty

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Design South Africa will publish a guide of Cape Town in August 2014.

The Kaospilot students will in collaboration with external contributors, help Design South Africa with maximizing the impact of the tour guide.

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Ubuntu Academy & Save the Black Pussy

save-the-black-pussyUbuntu is an education in arts leadership and entrepreneurship for young people who want to make a difference in their own life and the lives of others. The Kaospilot students are doing a process in organizational development focused on clarifying roles and responsibilities. Furthermore the group is developing the business model of the school – focusing on creating a sustainable business for Ubuntu Academy.

Save the Black Pussy is a young campaign focused on raising awareness of recovery rapes of black lesbian women in South Africa. After a successful exhibition called ‘3600 in a Day’ at Infecting the City, a Capetonian art festival, the Kaospilot students will support the founder Asanda Kaka in developing a new intervention that is actively involving other South African artists.

A shift in Delft

The people, who are in this room now, are not the ones who entered’,Janine said, as we started debriefing.

The people Janine was referring to is the group of Kaospilot students that are working with Janines project. The project is called SHIFT and it is a project that empowers youth and rural communities through transferring practical skills for social, environmental and economic wellbeing.

We set out to visit the project at the Masibambisane School in Delft – both to introduce ourselves to the kids, but also to get further insights in the project and the reality that these children and youths are living in.

When we got to Delft one of the first questions Janine asked us was: Are you ok?

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