Throughout Europe we are seeing people with high level of qualifications unable to find work according to their expectations, and many have no choice but settle for temporary and underpaid contracts outside their domain of interest. Others are taking up internships, most often unpaid, in the hope that these will land them a paid job.

Over half of young Armenians (18-35) don’t have a job and two thirds of them have never had one. Poor working conditions and generalized mistrust create an even bigger gap since some people stop looking altogether. In Egypt, the wave of increasing violence that followed the 2011 Revolution caused tourism and foreign business activity to decline, with the general unemployment rate increasing from 8.9% (2010) to 13.4% (2013), and disproportionately affecting youth (more).

But are jobs really the way forward for all of us? Or the only way to lead meaningful and fulfilled adult lives?

Over time a kind of consensus has emerged amongst some Edgeryders community members that we need to look for other safety nets. That governments ceased being able to fullfill that promise a long time ago. Some even suggest that the idea of a job in itself is obsolete. Several of us have found paths that defy convention, here are some examples from the community:

  • The unMonastery is a subsidized hackers’ space where innovators from all over work with a local community to solve challenges on-site, in exchange for housing and meals assured. It happens now in Matera, South Italy!
  • Rhiannon got fed up with being part of the “generation without a future” and created a platform to support UK co-operatives set up by graduates who are navigating transition to work, all while de-constructing what “young and successful” means nowadays.

What about you? How are you making a living? We’re very interested to compare notes with peers in other parts of the world, young and not so young, especially in the following areas:

  1. Getting paid work: Where do you and your peers look for opportunities to work?  If you’re a young graduate, do the skills you learned in school help?
  2. Self-managed careers: How are you making room for yourself as an entrepreneur or trail blazer in a field? What supports your work or service?
  3. Poverty reduction: Do you know of an initiative that helps people living in poverty make it to the next day? What started it and how are people coping, physically and psychologically? Tell us about it.

To participate in this conversation simply create a post and tell us about your experience. If you´re not already signed in to the Edgeryders platform you can do it here.

Why join? You will be amazed to discover you’re not alone, and your peers across the world are facing similar challenges! By sharing your story you’re making a first step to connect with a community of support. We are seeing already how giving each other advice makes us stronger and much faster at fixing the Big problems our societies are faced with. If you don’t know where to start, simply read the posts below, they’re inspiring! Looking forward to read you.

*A small number of selected stories will be published and paid for.  

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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.

Futurespotters Video Interview: Boris Kiknadze from WeHelp in Tbilisi, Georgia

over the next few days I'll be uploading various interviews where I managed to pull participants aside from the workshops and ask them a few questions about their work. Some parts of these will later appear in a nicely edited wrap-up video, but here's the raw material.

Meet @Boris Kiknadze from WeHelp in Tbilisi, Georgia.

 

 

Freelancing enlivens and kills at the same time

I'm a freelance marketing specialist and currently doing social media marketing and lead generation for some start-ups based in Europe and US.

When I started to freelance, at first, it was fun, but then some negative sides became visible. No motivation, no prospectives, no inspiration for what you are doing. 

Translation of brief version of "Spot the Future: Making a Living" in Armenian: "Նախանշել Ապագան" մասի "Ինչպես Վաստակել" հոդվածի հակիրճ տարբերակի հայերեն թարգմանությունը

Մի նոր աշխարհ է ստեղծվում, հենց հիմա, այն մարդկանց ձեռքերով, ովքեր ապրում ու գործում են ընդունված հասարակական ինստիտուտներից ու կառուցվածքներից դուրս: "Նախանշենք Ապագան" (#Spot The Future) ծրագիրը կոչված է միավորելու հիմնական դերակատարներին, հաքերներին, սոցիալական նորարարներին և այլոց` իրենց հավասարակիցների հետ: Ակնհայտ է, որ թե աշխարհի հեռավոր կետերում գտնվող, թե մեր հարևանությամբ բնակվող մարդկանցից շատերը, ում գուցե հանդիպում ենք ամեն օր, բայց նորմալ չենք ճանաչում, շատ օժտված են ու ստեղծագործ: Ինչն է մեզ խանգարում միմյանցից հնարավորինս շատ բան սովորել ու միմյանց օգնել` ինչով կարող ենք?

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Futurespotters Video Interview: Boris Kiknadze from WeHelp in Tbilisi, Georgia

over the next few days I'll be uploading various interviews where I managed to pull participants aside from the workshops and ask them a few questions about their work. Some parts of these will later appear in a nicely edited wrap-up video, but here's the raw material.

Meet @Boris Kiknadze from WeHelp in Tbilisi, Georgia.

 

 

Freelancing enlivens and kills at the same time

I'm a freelance marketing specialist and currently doing social media marketing and lead generation for some start-ups based in Europe and US.

When I started to freelance, at first, it was fun, but then some negative sides became visible. No motivation, no prospectives, no inspiration for what you are doing. 

Translation of brief version of "Spot the Future: Making a Living" in Armenian: "Նախանշել Ապագան" մասի "Ինչպես Վաստակել" հոդվածի հակիրճ տարբերակի հայերեն թարգմանությունը

Մի նոր աշխարհ է ստեղծվում, հենց հիմա, այն մարդկանց ձեռքերով, ովքեր ապրում ու գործում են ընդունված հասարակական ինստիտուտներից ու կառուցվածքներից դուրս: "Նախանշենք Ապագան" (#Spot The Future) ծրագիրը կոչված է միավորելու հիմնական դերակատարներին, հաքերներին, սոցիալական նորարարներին և այլոց` իրենց հավասարակիցների հետ: Ակնհայտ է, որ թե աշխարհի հեռավոր կետերում գտնվող, թե մեր հարևանությամբ բնակվող մարդկանցից շատերը, ում գուցե հանդիպում ենք ամեն օր, բայց նորմալ չենք ճանաչում, շատ օժտված են ու ստեղծագործ: Ինչն է մեզ խանգարում միմյանցից հնարավորինս շատ բան սովորել ու միմյանց օգնել` ինչով կարող ենք?

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Jobs, or income and meaning? - Help us discover new ways of making a living in Armenia!

Youth statistics for Armenia paint a dire portrait of how the 18-35 years old are experiencing paid work .A staggering 52% don’t have a job and two thirds of them have never had a job. 35% youth are volunteering, the official numbers say…But are we seeing the whole picture?