Creative Dundee

Ampersand+


A peer-to-peer support project for sharing your knowledge, experience, insights, skills and ideas, through time-based exchanges.

Illustration by @selfportraitinblue

“People – passionate, committed and ambitious – are our city’s most valuable assets.” 

Extract from Dundee’s Creative Industries Strategy 2017 – 2021

There is an existing ecosystem of mutual support within Dundee’s active community, which relies on kindness, trust and interpersonal relationships. People are generous with their time and keen to support each other through sharing local knowledge, professional insights and access to resources, opportunities and people.

By running this peer-to-peer support project, we want to make this informal sharing ecology more visible, open and fair, and support our Amps Community to learn from each other and collectively generate ideas for a better, more inclusive and sustainable future!

By becoming an Amps supporter and taking part in this creative sharing project, you will be able to swap small favours and arrange informal conversations with each other to share your experienced-based knowledge and skills, benefit from constructive feedback on specific projects, discuss a topic that matters to you, or simply connect with someone new.

Using the timebanking model, in which time is the currency and everyone’s time, knowledge and ideas are valued equally – we believe that exchanging time and information will create value in our place. In this sharing economy model (as opposed to volunteering), the time that you are not using for yourselves can be donated to others.

What is Ampersand+ for?

Ampersand+ is a peer-to-peer support project that enables Amps to share their knowledge, experience, insights, skills and ideas, through time-based exchanges.

As a fellow Amps, you can arrange informal conversations with other Amps to:

– share your local knowledge, project-based or lived experience;

– talk your idea/project through and get feedback from peers;

– discuss ideas and topics that matters to you and our community;

– get to know someone new (we will match you with someone relevant to your interest or work, or we will randomly pair people up – you decide!);

– or simply chat about ‘anything but work’.

These informal chats can be one-to-one or in small groups – see section below for more details about practical steps and how we can support you.

Happy sharing!

How does it work?

1. Once you have joined the Amps Community, simply let us know – by completing this short form – if you want to offer your help with a specific knowledge, expertise or experience, if you want to request some help with a specific project or idea, if you are looking for people to discuss a topic that matters to you and our place, if you wish to meet someone new in the Amps Community, and/or just have a random chat.

2. We’ll do our best to pair you up with an Amps whom you can share with. You’ll then arrange the details of the exchange with each other – you might already know who you’d like to share with, in this case, feel free to get in touch with them directly or we can introduce you to each other.

3. Once the exchange has taken place, let us know about it – we are making a record of all sharings, time exchanged and topics discussed. No exchange is too small, they will all count to tell our story and show the size and impacts of our local sharing ecology.

Who is it for?

Anyone can become an Amps supporter and take part in Ampersand+, whether you are:

– an independent creative practitioner;

– an employee of a creative/cultural organisation or charity/social enterprise; 

– a resident who is actively interested in the direction of Dundee’s creative/cultural scene; 

– or simply interested in working within the Creative Industries.

Who’s taking part?

Connect with other Amps at our weekly Amps Breakfasts, each Tuesday from 9am – 10am on Zoom. We can also join us on our Amps Network Slack and see who’s taking part in Ampersand+ on this page.

What is timebanking?

Timebanking is an exchange model in which time is the currency. If you spend one hour of time helping someone else – for example, giving constructive feedback on an idea/project – you then earn one time credit in return. You can then spend your time credit on receiving an hour of someone else’s time – for example, learning a new skill, or asking questions to someone with a specific lived-experience.

Timebanking is not the same as volunteering. It is less formal – you are able to give and receive time doing things you enjoy, when you want to. It is a 2-way process of giving time and receiving time.

Everyone’s time is valued equally – one hour of sharing skills or helping others is recognised by giving that person one hour as a time credit, like a community loyalty point.

This sharing economy model is creating value that can be shared with others – if you wish, you can donate your time credit to others!

I can’t afford becoming an Amps supporter, can you help?

We acknowledge that the cost could be a barrier to joining the Amps Community, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us as we might be able to support your subscription, thanks to people choosing to pay it forward.

Illustration by @selfportraitinblue

“Sharing means creating the conditions to understand others, it is not a one-way street, it isn’t just giving something from my surplus to someone else, it is a relationship where somebody provides me with the opportunity to share with them.

Sharing is a condition under which we can demonstrate a fundamental aspect of being human. You can discover what you have in common and where there are differences, through sharing, you can get to a point that you wouldn’t without it.

You cannot live without sharing.”

Alexandro Pagidas, sharer, philosopher, founder of Patreaon. Generation Share.

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Original Feature
November 24, 2020

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In this blog, James Morwood talks about a recent opportunity – through our new peer-to-peer support project, Ampersand+ – to hear from other Amps on how to make online creative workshops more engaging.

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Join us on Thu 3 Dec (7pm – 8.30pm) to mark the end of 2020 and choose which Amps collaboration will get this year’s Community Idea Fund!

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Illustrators and designers, Laura Darling, Louise Kirby, Pamela Scott and Suzanne Scott, pitched for the 2019’s Community Ideas Fund with the idea of Put Your Stamp on Dundee and were selected by the Amps Community to make it happen. In this blog they describe the process of developing their collaboration!

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