When commons are endangered is when we realize their value. With natural resources growing scarce and the remaining ones growing expensive, we are living on our own skin the effects of poor management of both commons and our private goods; so new approaches are needed, not just to protect the social-ecological ecosystem, but to make our lives and our communities’ easier. In this group we exchange notes on how we are organising to protect and re-create commons, and be efficient in collectively using them.

Let's help one another to discover promising initiatives, and learn from them. Maybe even support them if we can.

We see many grassroots initiatives in Armenia, Egypt and Georgia organizing on Facebook groups, under indicative names such as: "We are the owners of this city. How did these initiatives get started? What has been the best way to mobilize action around the initiatives so far? Which channels have been most successful? What other initiatives should we learn about and maybe collaborate with?

How you can participate:

Identify an initiative to build a commons in your city and tell us about it. Is there collaboration involved? What value does it bring to the community? How is it sustainable? If you don't know of any, ask your friends or social media contacts. 

Create a post below telling us what you have found. When you're done, use #futurespotters to share it on social accounts.

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STF Ethnography: focus group discussion @Final Conference

Tue, 2014-06-24 to Fri, 2014-06-27, (All day) - (All day) +04:00 (Asia/Tbilisi)

Spot the Future project has a research component to it: an in-depth analysis of who the community members are, what brings them together, what are their hopes for the future. As Futurespotters from Armenia, Egypt, Georgia meet, talk, interact, collaborate and communicate with each other offline as well as online, I am organizing an off-line focus group discussion where we can discuss and refine preliminary research findings.

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Futurespotters Video Interview: Elene Margvelashvili from Iare Pekhit in Tbilisi, Georgia

Although we had heard mention of Elene's pedestrian rights group, we were disappointed not to be able to connect for the workshop in Tbilisi.
But we happened upon her in a local bar and convinced her to tell us her story anyway. It was very loud and dark inside, so we shot outside (which was also loud and dark, but less so, for most of the interview anyway). Apologies for the noise and murky footage, but the clarity of her ideas should make up for it!

labanita speaking

hello, this is Uli, in Cairo since 1998, born in Germany. I strongly believe in building capacity, helping and also 'pushing' people to do what they believe is needed to be done :) But pushing in a gentle way, helping to birth the energy needed to keep on thinking positively and acting accordingly.

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Upcoming events for this project

Sat, 2014-08-23 to Sat, 2014-08-30, (All day) - (All day) +02:00 (Europe/Ljubljana)
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