Call for participation: #Futurespotters Bucharest Int’l Workshop, 9-10 July

UPDATE: The two-day agenda is published here!

An opportunity to showcase your project, uncover points of pain and hack* it with a global community of peers..

*hacks = quick experiments, creative solutions, constrained resources

Are you

  • a lone-wolf citizen innovator pushing through to make the city better?
  • looking to invest in people working on amazing initiatives?
  • tired of running alone?

Want to

  • meet other changemakers in your own town?
  • identify shareable resources for your project?
  • get some fuel from young people in Europe who have figured some stuff out?

Come find your pack!

It’s Open

Anyone can participate, the event is free of charge, but we have a limited number of places, so get involved early.

It’s Collaborative

Collaboration takes more than two workshop days to build. So we are exercising it as we make the workshop together. It would be great to organise side events - invite us to your project premises, maybe? Parties and pop-up dinners? If you want to host one, get in touch below! 

Location: Hanul Gabroveni, Sala Studio.

It’s powered by a global community of 2500+ peers!

We have tested this workshop format in several countries before: in Georgia, Armenia, Egypt, and Morroco or Ukraine to come. It works because it is designed with participants shared interests at heart. We surface common ideas in the runup to the event and make everyone a protagonist. By the time we meet in a room, we will have met each other online and will be ready to get down to concrete How-Tos.

EdgeRyders from all over are invited! So far, coming for the first time in Romania are:

Nadia EL-Imam (@Nadia, Brussels or elsewhere): One of the founders and creative brains behind EdgeRyders. A go to person to talk about networked collaboration and how to get things done with limited resources. For a big dose of inspiration, do read Nadia’s story here. Jeff Andreoni (aka @Bezdomny, Athens or elsewhere): A true doer, part of the unMonastery crew and lately organising shared dinners for immigrants in Athens. He thinks we should all get back in the box, do yourself a favor and read why.

A #nospectators event. How can you register? Pick one or more of the following:

  1. Press Attend and leave a comment below (you need to be registered) letting us know what you can help with: hosting a session, facilitation, graphic design, writing about it on other platforms, social media sharing, onsite documentation, photography, you name it!

  2. Browse the current stories and leave a thoughtful comment on one of them. Iarina's story, Alexandru'sCrina's or Cosmin's are just a few inspiring projects..

  3. Spread the word! Share the video and this post to let your friends and networks know about what we’ll be doing together. Along with openness, diversity is our best bet.

    The deadline for registering to the workshop is July 6th!
    For the bigger picture, here's how #Futurespotters started.
     

Thu, 2015-07-09 to Fri, 2015-07-10, (All day) - (All day) +03:00 (Europe/Bucharest)
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Excited to explore Bucharest's deeper layers

Bezdomny's picture

I'm looking forward to seeing what's happening in Bucharest when I come in July. I want to share the experiences I've had organising projects in Athens and see what people are doing in Romania because I have heard a lot.

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Finally Bucharest

Nadia's picture

Very much looking forward to learning with and from you guys.

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Yeah it will be great if I

Ahmed Rashed's picture

Yeah it will be great if I participate

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nice to meet you virtually for now!

Noemi's picture

Hi @Ahmed Rashed, welcome to Edgeryders! Tell us more.. what interests you about Bucharest and the project we're doing here? Are you around or know someone or a project here that you are working on?

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Lovely! Will spread the word

Iriedawta's picture

Lovely! Will spread the word and try to attend!

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I will certainly participate

MANU BABELE's picture

I will certainly participate to Futurespotters Bucharest!
I would be interested in leading a session on participatory and open democracy.

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Noted!

Noemi's picture

Thanks @MANU BABELE! I've added the session in our collaborative wiki where we gather the info and responses we've had so far - also from personal communications outside the platform.. there's a lot of interest, but busier folks will need to bring themselves here and write about their sessions. Until then, we're curating this a bit like making a puzzle. Would you be OK with a lightning talk - 5-10 mins? We'll agree on the exact day and hours after we have the higher level program set.

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I would like to participate and present a project

Raluca Iacob Pop's picture

Hi everyone,

I am coordinating a project called Support culture in education, we aim to bring together cultural people and educators (teachers from primary to highschool) to discuss and colaborate in order to bring arts in schools. We were inspired by the Cultural Rucksack in Norway, we started testing the idea in Romania in 2013, organised aprox 10 meetings so far, wrote a project, got a grant and now are in the middle of the implementation of the project. Already had 4 trainings for teachers (80 people) and 4 meetings and plan to do 6 more trainings in the autumn, this time for artists and cultural professionals.

It would be great if we had the chance to present our project as part of this event :)

More info about it, here: www.culturaineducatie.ro.

Raluca

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Noted, with thanks!

Noemi's picture

Hi @Raluca Iacob Pop, it was great meeting you in person last night, I see you already found your way here on the platform. As for the program, @Alex Stef and I are collecting all proposals this week and will make up a draft agenda as soon as possible to share here so we can adjust it collectively. 

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Ethical ways free culture artists can support their work

TCT's picture

"Free" doesn't mean gratis, it means having freedom and "open" is not enough. In this talk I will explain what free culture really means and I will give examples of how particular artists earn money for their works while not imposing restrictions on their public, and culture itself. Join Ceata for the advancement of the Romanian free culture movement.

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Will be there

Predoiu Alexandru's picture

Hi there,

As I have already said, it would be great to meet all of you at the workshop and I'm also looking forward to exchanging ideas and knowledge with you guys.

Alex

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I'll be there

George Bunghetu's picture

I heard about this at a Global Shapers event and really got my attention. I know how hard is to organise a project with limited or no resources, so I'm looking forward to learning new things. In future I can find some locations for trainings, and I'm also gonna recommend my friends and I'm gonna share on facebook. The project that I mentioned: https://www.facebook.com/expressideas.ro?fref=ts , basically it was a sort of TEDx.

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I'm in

Ioana's picture

Hello guys ^_^ Do you happen to need a photographer? I'd like to participate and this is sort of my only marketable skill :P

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Yes!

Alex Stef's picture

Welcome onboard, Ioana! We have a volunteer photographer but another lens is very welcome, indeed, thank you for being up for it! 

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Yes, I'm coming!

Ana Ungurianu's picture

Hello,

As I discovered, the workshop will give me the opportunity to meet persons who want to make the city more friendly for the people, so I'm looking forward to be there.

See you soon!

Ana

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Im into this! :D

Elena Oglinda's picture

Hello,

First of all, I want to thank you, @Noemi, for the welcome message. I am really glad I came across this platform because it is really nice to see so many active and creative people in just one place.

At this get-together, I am looking forward to meeting you all, to know more about your projects and activities, to exchange knowledge and ideas, and also to see how can we join forces to make things happen.

See you soon! :)

 

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My pleasure

Noemi's picture

We do hope to learn more about you until next week, Elena. I would be curious to know how you landed here and what is your take on collaboration. Manu, for example, makes an interesting point about Bucharest being hip and progressive but collaborative movements needing more of an entrepreneurial mindset.

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I know Edgeryders from Babele/NOD

Elena Oglinda's picture

I really do agree with Manu, and that is one of the main reason for attending this event. We need to join our forces and have more visible actions in order to attract the attention of local communities and also for mobilizing others, and for that to happen we must show them we are able to make a change regardless of what material resources we have, but only by working together, sharing knowledge and resources, and also having a entrepreneurial approach for monetizing the ideas.

A few words on what I do: In the day, I am a Marketing Manager at a software company, and at night, I am working at starting an NGO to support electronic/alternative music industry in Romania, and also I am trying to build a co-working space for the music community in Bucharest. That's how I discovered that we have a pretty small community and that others only see their own interest...

On how can I help at this workshop, I can make a video montage with all the videos we will have after the workshop. I was also thinking at video streaming the workshop, but here we will need a good internet connection and also some help, because I'm not really sure how to do this. In general, I can help with not very complex graphic design and Wordpress websites, audio-video editing, helping in organizing and promoting events. I will also start promoting this workshop how much I can :)

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NGO to support music community sounds great!

Alex Stef's picture

What would be your needs at this point? We're trying to get a sense of both needs and skills of the people/projects in the community, to understand the potential for collaboration.

Your video montage and audio-editing skills sound awesome, since we were just thinking about how to make the most out of what @Gabi Copoeru will document on video at the workshop. We were thinking of a short teaser to post immediately after the workshop + a 4 min video on what went on at the workshop and where we're heading with the Edgeryders community in Bucharest. Any thoughts are very welcome, especially on the graphic design side. 

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Needs...

Elena Oglinda's picture

In the beginning I will need a lot of advices on managing an NGO, and also maybe someone can help me with a censor and an accountant . Would be perfect if they can collaborate pro bono...

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That's the spirit!

Alberto's picture

"We must show them we are able to make a change regardless of what material resources we have, but only by working together, sharing knowledge and resources, and also having a entrepreneurial approach for monetizing the ideas."

What is there left to add? Well said, @Elena Oglinda!

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Getting engaged with like-minded people

Valentina's picture

I am hoping to meet like minded, action oriented people to join forces for promoting an open and free Internet. I am actively involved with ApTI (the Association for Technology and Internet) in the areas of digital rights (especially privacy and freedom of speech), creative commons, open data and Internet Governance doing advocacy and public policy work as well as educational and awareness projects. I would love to get engaged with people interested in digital issues and see how we can develop together more tools for social change.

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Yay!

trythis's picture

...and welcome aboard I suppose. :)
If you ever need some heads to bounce ideas off, I will gladly provide. I have a couple of open questions with regard to privacy and collaboration. Nothing urgent - but is shows my position/where I'm stuck a little.
 

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I'll be there! How can I help?

Lucian's picture

Hey, edgers!

Found about #Futurespotters from Noemi. She talked about Edgeryders at a public meeting at The Sponge. I'm attending this workshop and I can help with live social media sharing and photography (I hope my phone will do the job, in case I won't find a better camera for this event). 

Seen you soon. Can't wait to meet you guys!  

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Heya

Noemi's picture

Lucian, didn't get to speak too much in person but I'm very glad you're on board! Which media tools you use?
So far we have been using the hashtag #fututurespotters on twitter and on facebook, and now we want to build a facebook event page, as some folks here said it would be more useful to invite others via facebook. If you can help with that too it would be great.. 

Also, we have been using Storify to collect and select most interesting stuff in the live feed of an event - see example here. Any other tools that you use or would suggest we use, collectively? Let's coordinate? Thanks @Lucian!

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FB event, online tools and stuff

Lucian's picture

Yeah, we will have time next week to talk. Everyone at The Sponge was impressed with EdgeRyders and your presentation yesterday and they kept you busy after it. :) I'm really glad I attended that meeting!

I can make a Facebook event for this, it's no problem. I noticed you don't have a Facebook page for EdgeRyders. The only problem with this is that it will say event created by Lucian Rotaru. For credibility it is best that a page is behind your event. I can make it on The Sponge Facebook page if it's ok for you. Also, I will need some details: do you want it to be in english (name, description) or in romanian?

I know about your hashtag and I'm already using it on FB and Twitter, but I don't see anything on Instagram. It's a really cool social media app and it's very popular in Bucharest. For example, #EnjoyBucharest is a hashtag for a campaign from this year. It has more that 5000 pictures. Ok, they had a lot of local bloggers behind that one, but I don't think that is hard to do with such an inspiring event like #futurespotters.

A very usefull tool for Twitter that I use is Tweetdeck.twitter.com. You can add a bunch of accounts, schedule tweets, re-tweet on all of your accounts with 2 clicks and more.  They also have a team option but I don't use that one yet. 
 

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Fb event

Noemi's picture

Actually, ER has a facebook page, but we're only using it to get people in, as opposed to moving the conversation and data on commercial services.

I think it would be more collaborative to make it under Sponge or even your own name, and add us as hosts: me, Alex Stef, or EdgeRyders, or whoever wants to be added. I don't care about brands much :-) If you get it started, we'll follow. Most important instruction in the event description is for new people who will register in the upcoming days to read some of the stories in this group and leave a comment on them (see point 2. above in the event description). That will matter especially if we need to close registration and confirm limited no. of attendants. Room holds over 30, but chairs and food won't.

Instagram? Well, to build up a campaign around a hashtag would take time, but if there are enthusiasts here why not? Go for it. Tweetdeck I use too, and will hand over accounts to people who want in on the social media thing, to not overburden you. 

PS Interesting for you to say that the Sponge crowd was impressed, I thought it was one of the toughest crowds I met in Bucharest (in terms of critical thinking and being results oriented). You made my day :-) 

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We have a Facebook event!

Lucian's picture

You can find the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1641000472781898.

Please join, share or invite friends!

We can just start posting on Instagram with #futurespotters first and then see if we have time and people for a full on campaign. I still need to find out more about Future Spotters and then we'll see what can we do. See you next week!

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Real-Time Engagement Solution

Lucian's picture

Btw, we used this tool for GPeC Summit in May: http://www.coveritlive.com. You can check it out here

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Noemi can we print some stuff or is it too late?

Nadia's picture

1. The talk to me bubble (I think you already have the files, @Noemi, no?)

Also, inspired by Cosmin's interest in fundraising ideas, I would love to take the opportunity of us being together to make a few beautiful items that can be produced and sold by community members to support future work. Ideally the items would embody/embed and facilitate the kinds of behaviours we wish to see ourselves and others engage in.

I'm currently working on something in the context of a different project we are running in seven countires, FutureMakers, a follow up to FutureSpotters and realised that maybe I ought to bring it into the workshop and we could build this together? 

The concept is based on Enzo Mari's fable game, a story construction set comprised of six cards, covered with Mari's depictions of all the classic elements of fairy tales and fables: animals, umbrellas, mountains, moons, etc. The slotted card design allows children to make up their own stories that they can tell them to adults or to other children. 

Very simply and generalising a lot: Narrative is an important part of what enables us to navigate uncertainty. If we think of ourselves as actors in the theatre of life, we manage to navigate the complexity basically by choosing the character closest to ourselves and then playing out the script. So if we want to see ourselves and others engage in different behaviors we need to create new characters based on who we want to be (a realistic and pragmatic idea of who our better selves can be) and new stories between them that we can then really enact. 

What do you guys think? 

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Ok

Noemi's picture

So other than the Talk to me about.. bubbles what should we print?

The totems above on a carton? How many and at what dimensions?

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No need to print anything other than the talk to me bubbles

Nadia's picture
The rest we make together during workshop anyway :)
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     It seems like a great

Ana Ungurianu's picture

     It seems like a great game Nadia,  I'll be glad to build it together. Also, I collaborate with a Montessori Kindergarten so I will ask the educators there if they are interested to acquire the game.  See you soon!

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Great, let's set up a skype call to start developing it?

Nadia's picture

Was so.much.fun. Would love to develop this with you. As you may know Jeff and I have changed plans and are hitchiking to Belgrade to check out more spaces and projects relevant to what we all discussed this weekend. So I will be offline most of tomorrow. But after then I can definitely make it in the coming days? Pick a day and time?

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I'm in as well! What can I do?

Atzu's picture
Hello everyone, I've been offline for a while, but happy to see how many amazing people are already on board for this project - really cool! I am now in Bucharest as well, would love to participate and get to know you all in case registration is still open. I can also do some social media live share during the event, but let me know what else I can do - if you need any sort of help now or on the site? Thanks and really hoping to meet you all!
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Glad you're joining!

Alex Stef's picture

Hi @Atzu and welcome back in town! Social media live share sounds great, @Lucian has suggested several channels and tools for engagement - maybe you two can coordinate on the spot? We're giving shout-outs for help via the tasks, which are quickly being taken care of cuz you're a great crowd. At this point, sharing the call for the workshop is what's still active (few spots left, but maybe you know of specific people who should join). 

Also, if you have questions or suggestions that you'd like to see addressed at any of the working sessions, leave them in a comment on the agenda wiki. 

Can't wait to meet live!

 

 

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coming from Brasov for this (Laborazon Maker Space)

floroister's picture

Hi,

I'm very excited to attend the event. I already know some of the people attending and can't wait to meet the rest of you.

I represent Laborazon Maker Space from Brasov, a place for experimentation and community, for makers and hackers alike.

Cheers!

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Whoa

Noemi's picture

So happy to meet you "virtually" @floroister! I tried to get on board the Bucharest crowd participating in your Open Culture festival when I first got in the city, but no signs.. how did you learn about this? Looking forward to talk!

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heya

floroister's picture

Hi, @Noemi! Good to meet you too!

I learnt about the event due to @elena-oglinda who invited me via the Facebook event.

I didn't quite understand what was the issue with the BVCC - the open culture festival. I'm sure we'll clear everything out when meeting face to face.

 

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Ok, so I should probably introduce myself

Lucian's picture

Hi,

I just saw this message on the Facebook event page and I thought I should say something about me, as I am new here. My full time job is PR and social media at TRUSTED.ro, a Romanian trust mark for e-commerce businesses. I also work project based for GPeC (Gala Premiilor eCommerce) and IasiFun (an event website from Iasi) and I volunteer for The Sponge - Media Innovation Lab; actually, I found about EdgeRyders.eu in last week's meeting.

I'm interested in finding inspiring stories and meeting interesting people. I also have an idea on how we can help little companies from Romania sell online in our country or in EU, but I have no resources to start it and no staff that I can work with on this. 

See you guys soon! 
Lucian

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About myself

Noemi's picture

Following @Lucian who's leading by example, I come from Cluj and now based in Bucharest as I was waiting for some time to work with EdgeRyders in Romania (!) I'm a  graduate in social science research who during university was doing all sorts of extra-curricular projects in the non-profit sector and traveling for Erasmus, summer schools and unpaid traineeships.. I documented my very typical story of a graduate with what seemed to be no future here. I was lucky enough to meet @Nadia & @Alberto while we were starting the EdgeRyders project (originally funded by the European Commission and Council of Europe) and then spinning it off into a social enterprise, which is the umbrella under which we're working today in various parts of the world and trying to get more people into meaningful work. Young people need to invent this work because it's hardly available, which is what I did and suddenly grew on me - found natural abilities for community management and going farther than that, I'm now passionate about designing social architectures that most of the time enable rather than offer solution x. It's too hard for any one of us to come up with fix-all solutions to problems in our local communities, so what we do as community builders is creating the space for those solutions to emerge out of citizens diversity, passion and willingness to get things done without asking for permission. Hopefully the workshop will get us all on the same page. If only we can achieve that after 2 months since we started, I think we can call it a win for the time being. And after that, designing the next phase.. :D

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See you soon ;)

Iuliana Dumitru's picture

Hey guys,

happy to be part of this. 

See you soon :)

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Share a bit about yourself?

Alex Stef's picture

Hi @Iuliana Dumitru, good to meet you virtually, for now, and live in less than two days! I'd love to know a bit about yourself and what drew you to the community. If you could briefly mention what you're working on, what needs your project has and what you'd like to share with the community, I'd be quite helpful in preparation for the workshop.

See you soon!

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Hey

Iuliana Dumitru's picture

Born and raised in 2 Mai, a small village on the Black Sea coast, I'm a PhD Student at CESI (Centre of Excellence in Image Studies) within the University of Bucharest, where I write about the image and the imaginary of the villages of 2 Mai and Vama Veche. 

Now working for a project that is very dear to me: Dincolo de Fatade https://www.facebook.com/dincolodefatade?fref=ts. We try to make an exhibition and some other activities in a old house. 

I'm involved in more but until the fall, when I'll give birth to a little baby girl, this is the main project that i'm involved in. 

More about me, live :) 

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Dincolo de Fatade is beautiful!

Alex Stef's picture

And CESI I recently visited on their open doors days, was considering applying to one of the Masters programme. Your PhD project about the villages of 2 Mai and Vama Veche sounds really interesting, can't wait to find more about it live. Congrats on your soon to be little baby girl, greatest project of them all ;) Thanks for sharing, Iuliana, happy to be meeting you soon! 

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See you on Thursday !

RazvanZamfira's picture

Looking forward to meet all of you guys and get to talk about each others passions and ideas. Mine concern public participation in city planning and open data.

See you soon!

 

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Joining in the presentation round

Alex Stef's picture

Great to get to know about you, guys!

As for myself: local Spot The Future connector interested in online and offline community building, since local communities (rather than higher-level politics and policies) is where I see authentic, sustainable change come from. Currently focused on spotting budding citizen initiatives in Bucharest and putting them on the map of Bucuresti2021, the city’s bid to ECOC. Founding editor of heyMarie.ro (online mag for young adults trying to figure out their own way in life), contributor to initiatives of place-making and local network building, volunteer in neighbourhood community organising initiatives, feminist. I’d instantly say yes to anything documenting the struggles and explorations of young adults around the globe, but especially in Romania. If there’s one thing I could pass on to someone, that one thing would be to be unapologetically bold. And kind (cherry on top).

More about how I joined the Edgeryders community and where Spot The Future might be heading (spoiler: it's where us here are taking it, starting with #Futurespotters). 

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Pictures from the first day

Lucian's picture

Hi!

I had a really awesome day yesterday at this workshop. Unfortunately I will miss the second day. So have fun and good luck with your projects!

Also, you can download the pictures from yesterday here (the link will be disabled in 20-25 days). Some of them are on The Sponge Facebook page too. Feel free to tag yourself, share or whatever. :)

Keep in touch! 

Lucian 

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Good move

trythis's picture

You took a lot of pictures of the "talk to me about" signs. I think this is a very good move. If some "handle" would also be on the picture it would be possible to latch on to the right people on the conference - also through the net. Also, I would encourage people to write down the specialty they are interested in (maybe a little smaller). Sometimes images also work instead of text - get creative. Lastly in bottom-up organization in Europe languages are often an issue. If you can somehow partner languages (understanding/speaking/writing) and interests it also prepares fertile ground for future collaboration. This is not sooo important in regional meetings - but even then it can sometimes be really useful.
If you had picture of interests + handles online quickly (or before the meeting) it would also allow contacts you know and trust to interact with other people on the meeting through you as an interface. Or 2 discuss something on skype and 3-4 listen relatively quiet (which is pretty often the case anyway). E.g. can you ask X question Y with focus on Z (because you already know background info on the issue). If it works it could be worth investing a little money in some hardware to support this better.

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Videos coming up

Noemi's picture

We recorded ourselves each in a 30 sec video reading what was written in the Talk to me.. bubble. Coming up in the next few days.

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