Future Makers is a collaboratively produced book of case studies with analysis and graphics. The book will provide activists and social innovators an opportunity to discover and draw inspiration from what people in similar situations are doing in different parts of the world, and exchange methods. In the book we collaboratively produce 70 case studies from Armenia, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Morocco, Nepal and the Ukraine. 

Our hypothesis is that networked collaboration could help us all achieve our objectives, and achieve impact at scale, by enabling us to make better use of our limited time and small resources. But collaboration is costly- it requires time and effort. So in this book we aim to answer the question When and how is there actually a direct benefit to collaboration for people who are already very busy driving their own projects? 

Based on first-hand experiences of people driving inspiring projects outside the mainstream in seven countries, this book will present the blueprint for what an attractive and sustainable mutual-support program for activists and social innovators could look like in practice, locally and transnationally.

What's in it for contributors? 

Good for you: Exposure (being featured in the book), discovering what other having access to global community of people with different skills and resources who can help you take your work to the next level. 

Good for everyone: a) Discovering what interesting projects and people are near you, how they/we are working. b) Identifying concrete ways how we can get mutual benefit from one another. c) Whatever you come up with :)

How to get involved?

1. Shine a light on a Future Maker: Contact someone running an interesting project and interview them

2. Help develop posted stories into high quality case studies: Read the interviews posted below and leave comments with thoughtful questions and suggestions, links to relevant projects or resources.

3. Join one of the weekly community calls: They take place every Saturday at 10:00 CEST on Skype. Just add edgeryders to your list of skype contacts and we will add you to the group conversation 5 minutes before the call starts.

 

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Product Camp Yerevan

During @Alberto's stay in Yerevan we had the chance to visit Tumo Center and met the people behind this wonderful initiative - MarieLou and Pegor Papazians, who recommended us to meet Amoor David Avakian and I finally managed to contact him. He turned out to be a very bright person who loves Armenia and its people and is involved in several initiatives that might be interesting for our community.  Below is the short summary of the conversation we had this summer afternoon in a cafe in downtown Yerevan.

CospoT | To cut across networks that you have acquired by co-working

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Co-spot is an initiative meant to test the concept of co-working in Georgia. @remi observed about a year ago that there was not such a thing over here. The idea was to create a co-working space on a small scale to test the public, the audience, the traction of such a project. Co-working was one of the bricks that was needed for a previous project.

Institute for Contemporary Art Yerevan

Structured as an open cross-functional network of people and ideas/concepts, the Education, Project and Theory Labs of the Institute for Contemporary Art  provide a comprehensive set of resources, facilities and tools for understanding and operating in the contemporary art scene in Armenia and the wider global art contexts.

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One week to finish the case studies!

Dear engagement managers, it's now or never. We will start writing the final deliverable of this project on Monday 3rd August; this means you need to finish your case studies by Sunday 2nd.

Please refer to @Noemi if you have any questions. I will be on the road, first with Natalya and then with Mikhail.

Future Makers case studies and the book

So, during yesterday's community call  it was clear that we haven't yet agreed on a principle by which we would choose the case studies to be included in the book. During @Alberto's visit to Armenia we have met some projects which work mostly with grants or have large sponsors(Tumo center for one) and still they were considered as interesting case studies. 

Mariam & Detu | Creating a different future, using disappearing knowledge, invisible people, forgotten places, ignored spaces.

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George and I just moved to the outskirts of Tbilisi. We decided to take the dogs out for a hike in the hills behind our new apartment. It was a very windy, cold day. But the environment was amazing: long stretches of yellow fields, small bushes, some cows wandering around here and there, and mostly nothingness. The bliss of silence and emptiness. Away from urban structures.

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Smart Solar Panels

Company Description:  We are a collaborative company which is regarded as a startup for a team of undergraduates at Zewail City University of science and technology. Our company aims to solve the problem of energy in Egypt through innovative solutions. Marketing has already started at the moment we have entered the competition and we are continuing our work to make the best startup in Egypt and lead the renaissance in the field of energy.

[Draft] Nafham: Peer-to-Peer online education in Egypt

The Edgeryders Team visit to Cairo revealed a strong belief in entrepreneurship as a cure-all for the countries ills. Within the context of a bloated and horribly under-delivering public sector, a private sector unable to absorb the continuous influx of Egypt’s youth bulge into the labor market entrepreneurship is seen as the concept most likely to generate job opportunities and achieve sustainable development on social and economic fronts. Many of our interview partners mentioned the Greek Campus in downtown Cairo as the epicentre of this budding scene. 

Edgeryders from Belarus: Yauheni Klishevich - Talaka

It is great to see how many young people in Belarus encounter a problem and actively try to offer solutions for it. A problem Yauheni tries to battle is the limitations that social projects encounter that stops them from growing. He believes that by working together many social problems can be tackled. That is why Yauheni founded 1,5 years ago an organization called ‘Talaka.by platform’ that has now over 3000 people connected to it.

Product Camp Yerevan

During @Alberto's stay in Yerevan we had the chance to visit Tumo Center and met the people behind this wonderful initiative - MarieLou and Pegor Papazians, who recommended us to meet Amoor David Avakian and I finally managed to contact him. He turned out to be a very bright person who loves Armenia and its people and is involved in several initiatives that might be interesting for our community.  Below is the short summary of the conversation we had this summer afternoon in a cafe in downtown Yerevan.

CospoT | To cut across networks that you have acquired by co-working

Inge's picture

Co-spot is an initiative meant to test the concept of co-working in Georgia. @remi observed about a year ago that there was not such a thing over here. The idea was to create a co-working space on a small scale to test the public, the audience, the traction of such a project. Co-working was one of the bricks that was needed for a previous project.

Institute for Contemporary Art Yerevan

Structured as an open cross-functional network of people and ideas/concepts, the Education, Project and Theory Labs of the Institute for Contemporary Art  provide a comprehensive set of resources, facilities and tools for understanding and operating in the contemporary art scene in Armenia and the wider global art contexts.

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