This Backcasting article came out of a conversation below between @monarezk @matrikation @ericzoetmulder @Abdo @amiridina [am I missing someone? Please add names here] about the things we don’t like in our culture and would like to change as part of Spot The Future.
The behavior they want to change is individualism, the belief that the outcomes on your own life are dependent on your behavior as an individual and not on collective behaviors. As well as ignoring the consequences of one’s behavior on others.
Some in the group suggest the root cause is a lack of collective national pride in order for people to start working together.
@ericzoetmulder, a foreigner, said they doesn’t see symbols of national Egyptian pride, do people buy tickets to go see the national football team play outside the country? On the contrary said @amiridina and others - the sense of national pride is there, the root of the issue is a sense that the country “does not belong to us”. Another issue is that Egyptians don’t invest their money in the country. But Dina pointed out again how it was tied not even to stability but to this sense of ownership…she mentioned how when the revolution was kicking off her friends who were living abroad would call and discuss how they could invest in Egypt.
There was a discussion around the need for a big unifying national project:
@matrikation mentioned that when Egypt was building the high dam everyone was proud to work on this project, (not everyone agrees the high dam is a good exampl or that people were really united). But someone in the group pointed out that large projects are hard and slow to get off the ground and have a high risk of failure- It is better to start with something small that can be done without having to interact slow, big machinery. Well maybe something more like the Kibbutzes? We have so much unused resources @matrikation pointed out.
The suggested approach towards affecting change is:
1. Get the ball rolling on some kind of action that people can build collectively, bottom up.
2. Achievement lis followed by celebrations that tells people who are important and maybe undervalued, like farmers or teachers, that their work is important to the nation.
3. Getting Egyptians to invest in Egypt.
Do you know anyone who has any experience of Fifa coins having tried to do any of this in Egypt? Know of any people or projects in Egypt that should be included in this discussion?
Tell us and help your peers learn from your experiences and vice versa!