In a few days I will decamp to Tunisia for a relatively long period of time. This may be my last visit for a while, so I would like to make the most of it. My goal is to try to understand what we can learn from Ourghema in order to build a new Edgeryders "product" a model of community-based local development. This product is, to a first approximation, directed to the World Bank and our other clients in the development space.
@Yosser and her group were able to go from dream to actual space in a very short time. I have no idea how sustainable Ourghema is (and I want to know), but we, at Edgeryders, have been trying to find ways that we can support it. @hugi brought in the particip.io hackathon; @anique.yael and I are looking for opportunities to involve it in EU-funded research. What we, as a company, stand to gain from Ourghema's success is two things:
- We gain a tight relationship with a small, but concrete, achievement in improving a local context in a middle income country. This means we can try to replicate it, adapt it to different contexts, scale it etc. together with you.
- We gain a potential partner, that can help us bring other Edgeryders products in the region.
With this in mind, I would like to have time to sit down with both you, Yosser, and with @zmorda to discuss how, in practice, we could strengthen Ourghema and increase its local impact. Courses? Hackerspace? @Dorsaf's biohacking vision (by the way, I would love to sit down with Dorsaf too). Yosser, I would also welcome the opportunity to meet your father and see what he thinks. My French is good enough for this kind of conversation. Zmorda, are you planning to come to Medenine? If not, I can come see you in Tunis – my flight to Turkey is leaving from there anyway. I would also love to meet @Sohayeb.
Additionally, I would like to repeat to Yosser my offer to give a small public event: a lecture, a workshop (on Graphryder and SSNA), something. It would be a small personal contribution to Ourghema's events program. Ideally, we should plan all these meetings in the next couple of days, before I travel.