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achrafiyeh syoufi

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"Yes, but this solution does not scale!" The venture capitalist is not happy with you. Neither is their best buddy, the senior government official. Not because you are not doing good work: you clearly are. You have impact: you are helping. You could name people whose life is demonstrably better because of you. And you do your work with uncanny efficiency and low overhead. But the VC and the bureaucrat have a point: you are only helping locally. Your work does not readily extend to cover everyone, everywhere, for all time.

Sounds familiar? It is. At Edgeryders, we keep meeting people like you. You are smart, dedicated and daring. You are the Helliniko Metropolitan Community Clinic, dispensing free health care to the many Greeks who, having lost their job, also lost their access to public health care. You are the Urban Shepherd of Stockholm, inducing your neighborhood to come together by re-introducing husbandry to urban environments. You are one of the unsung heroes running the Cytostatic Network to provide cancer patients with life-saving drugs unavailable in Romania. You are active in the NightScout project, contributing code or schematics to the open source, DIY insulin pump freeing up the lives of Type 1 diabetes patients. We have hundreds of these stories, and we are sure there are thousands more out there.

These initiatives are so effective because they cleverly deploy local resources: skills, mutual trust, capital, institutions, focusing on the here and now. This is the source of their edge, and they would be well advised not to lose it: they should attempt to scale as far as these resources extend, but not more.

We believe that one part of the solution is an integrated global network of local projects, equipped with open source knowledge and technology. Because we know that diversity is critical, we are exploring how we can build “smart swarms” - decentralised strategic collaborations between of hundreds of small communities and organisations across countries and sectors: and we invite you to join it.

The process is simple:

  • In August (3 hours, online) - We will hold virtual gatherings where people can present their projects, which will be posted on our platform for the community to discuss.

  • In September (the 23rd). We will meet in person to shape our project proposals, circulate them for feedback from the community and create a final version.

  • In October (3 weeks in Morocco) - we will go a beautiful and inspiring place to collaborate on developing one another’s ideas, prototype them and test their results as well as model them for future sustainability. .

  • In Novermber (30 minutes per day, online) - Participants will build teams around each selected project proposal through a series of online video meetings. We will travel and present the best projects and teams to potential clients, supporters and investors.

  • Early 2018 - (4 days) - The global community will come together at an international festival in a spectacularly beautiful location somewhere in the MENA region. Exact date and location to be confirmed

Travel support will be available for a limited number participants who participate in this workshop, contribute actively on the online community platform, and demonstrate an attitude of mutual support and collaboration to help one another’s projects to succeed. We also expect you to help get the word out through small and fun efforts on social media (max 5 minutes per day)

IMPORTANT DEADLINES FOR PARTICIPANTS!!

  • By September 1: Participate in one online video meeting. Pick your appointment here

  • By September 5: Create your account on the edgeryders.eu platform and introduce yourself to get your ticket to the workshop taking place in Beirut on the 23rd of September

  • By September 10: Send us your Visa application response and reciepts for travel tickets for participating in the 3-5 week Residency at The Reef in Morocco.

  • By October 25: Submit your prototype report and revised project implementation plan

  • By November 10: Complete your registration for the OpenVillage Camp at the Reef and submit your contribution to the event program.

Get Started Now!

  • Create an account on edgeryders.eu and tell us a little about yourself here.


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