[Draft]: Campaign Rewards

“What we are trying to do is help change makers become more visible. We draw satisfaction from getting to know people and helping them to tell their stories and bring their knowledge together. The people who join us in doing this work will get the same satisfaction of getting to know projects better, getting overview of all of them and pulling it together in way that will reach much broader audience”

What We Need & What You Get

We need an attractive and sustainable mutual-support system for committed people tackling difficult social, environmental, economic and political problems in their communities. As a first step to build it, we want to provide creative problem-solvers an opportunity to discover and draw inspiration from what people in similar situations are doing in different parts of the world, and exchange methods. So are collaboratively producing 70 high quality case studies from innovative projects in Armenia, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Morocco, Nepal and Ukraine. 

We believe that networked collaboration could help us all achieve our objectives, and achieve impact at scale, by enabling us to make more efficient use of our limited 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? 

So come on. Help shine a light on a person or project that you feel is interesting and contributing towards improving something near you. And leave thoughtful comments with questions or suggestions on stories generously shared by others. Maybe even join one of the teams helping to make this a beautiful and rewarding experience for everyone.

Different contributions, different rewards

Pledge a status update a day and get an invitations to a fun and relaxed online hangout where you can meet and connect with new friends from over 7 countries to exchange experiences and ideas. //[add simple sign up to futuremakers count on me list and recieve status updates by sms, whatsapp, or email] 

Pledge a thoughtful comment and get connected with likeminded people running inspiring projects near you. We’ll organise an informal gathering in a nice cafe where you can meet other changemakers and

identify shareable resources for your projects. //[add simple sign up to futuremakers count on my comments list and receive status updates by sms, whatsapp, or email] 

Pledge a reflective online interview and get an opportunity to showcase your project, uncover points of pain and hack it with a global community of peers in this webinar// [add simple sign up to mailing list to receive email with questions and instructions for posting]

Pledge a reflective blogpost featuring your work and get included in a digital & print book. This book will also be promoted through an extensive online campaign, because we will make sure to get it into the hands of influential figures and passionate readers.// [add URL to guidelines and instructions for contributors]

Pledge an essay for the Future Makers handbook on networked collaboration at the Edge and get promoted as an emergent thought leader through the Edgeryders influencers platform [add simple sign up to futuremakers handbook co-authors mailing list to receive email with questions and instructions for submitting an essay or editing a chapter- we basically ask them to review interviews and case studies submitted by other participants and write an engaging, informative and actionable analysis of what can be learned from them.] 

...or you can also go all in and join the Future Makers Alliance :) 

Future Makers is powered by Edgeryders, a network consisting of individuals, informal groups and organisations in over 30 countries who coordinate online using the Edgeryders.eu platform to pool our resources in building the Future Makers campaign and project. The network is diverse, politically independent and committed to supporting creative problem solvers everywhere. Anyone is welcome to just go ahead and join the team.

It’s a lot of work. Lots of people and moving parts in over 30 countries = creative chaos. But when it all comes together, it’s pretty amazing what we can achieve.

It is also very rewarding in terms of building new relationships, opportunities and skills that you will find useful regardless of what you do now or in the future. Want to add yourself to this group? Join the next #futuremakers team call (every saturday at 10:00 CEST on skype - just add edgeryders to your list of skype contacts and we’ll call you in).



Case by case

The more I am involved with the projects the more I see we can reward them case by case depending on each country.

As I mentioned before, here in Egypt we’ve some lack in strategic planning in terms of marketing and operation so this would be good for Egyptian enterprises.

Also matching them with other people who can help and share their thoughts about each project is a good reward.


After conversation with Noemi today some ideas

  1. We run a number of local informal gatherings where we present findings from case studies so far and document the discussions in which participants validate findings, comparing with their own experiences and projects. Preparation: Skype call during which we craft summary in 6 bullet points, agreement with co-working/hacker space and flyer/FB event header with invitation. Tweets and FB updates in local language

  2. We co-host a writer’s workshop for crafting stories/case studies to post in which participants craft an engaging case study about their peers work and produce a short video interview. Preparations involved: Read how the #futuremakers Nepal team structured the Writer’s workshop and replicate it in your city in collaboration with local journalists/citizen journalism orgs: https://edgeryders.eu/en/future-makers-nepal/writers-workshop-narratives-of-the-quake. What comes out of it? A post and video like this one for each participant to be included in the book and disseminated widely through the twitterstorm (see below).

  3. We run a twitterstorm together with project protagonists, case study and analysis contributors who have participated in making the book. People who participate (contribute interviews, case studies, analysis and art work) are highlighted in the twitterstorm giving them exposure towards directly and indirectly interested parties in over 30 countries (last time we did this we reached over 120,000 people): https://edgeryders.eu/en/making-lote3/why-be-proud-of-the-twitterstorm-where-does-it-all-go. Preparations involved: https://edgeryders.eu/en/spot-the-future-team-coordination-space/task-3014

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what I was thinking is that perhaps in every country and for every contributor, there are other things that work.

In Georgia we already have the informal gatherings, so that wouldnt work as a reward necessarily? Or I am not understanding it correctly?

Also, is it a good idea to have rewards directly linked to contributions? I understand that for marketing issues (you can see what you get) it is smart, but what as contributor I would like a different reward (for example I contribute money, but I would in return like to have the reward that is now linked with contributing background research). Could we perhaps design it more flexible?

Mm yes, but keeping complexity to a minimum

I think (but could be wrong) that rewards should reflect level of effort for contributions. Am thinking about how to do this, allow for flexobility while still enabling some kind of coherence communication wise.

Do you know Enzo Mari’s Fable game?

How about the rewards being different animals, you can pick your different animals on customised boards and we combine them in different ways to tell different stories?

I’m thinking about basing these on @trythis’s analytical framework.



agree that that rewards should reflect level of effort for contributions.

Though, for one person the value of 1 item may be higher than the value of that item for another person, right?

So, that’s what I meant: how can we accommodate for that?

I didnt know the fable game, but thinking of it (google’d it), it seems like this could be a way we can circumvent the value problem?

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(and I totally want that game for my son when he’s a little older!)

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I can make you one :slight_smile:

Edgeryders style :slight_smile: Just remind me.

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Different rewards are associated with different animals

Each animal is associated with certain characteristics. And those people who identify with those characteristics join in the making of that contribution. One person’s contribution is another person’s reward. People make their contribution, and in doing so unlock access to reward for one of the  a different animal tribe than the one to which they belong. Could this work?

I like the graphic approach because we can do a lot of visually beautiful work with them ( I have all the design files so we could easily build new materials)



I really like the graphic visual approach as well, it makes it more clear and it is very appealing. What do you guys think, @Hegazy, @Iriedawta, @Driss, @nataliegryvnyak, @Mikhail_Volchak?

I also like it, but I guess we need to fit the graphics for the goals of groups)

A suggestion, what do you think?

[Icon Fox]: The resourceful networker. He or she knows someone that knows someone that has what you need.”I always find a way”. House of the fox> Network weaving and matchmaking team.

[Icon Swan]: The graceful negotiator, the face, the communicator.”I get people to listen”. House of the Swan>Strategic Partnership building team.

[Icon Dolphin]: The facilitator, the healer of souls, the team player that get the good vibes going. “I bring energy!”. House of the Dolphin> Community management and development team.

[Icon Shark]: The specialist, very good at something and highly focused.“I am good at what I do / In my field I have few rivals”. House of the Shark> Webinar and workshop production team.

[Icon Hippo]: The servant-leader and coordinator.“I bring people together”. House of the Hippo> Coordination and social media team.

[Icon Panther]: The pragmatist, the doer, the one that goes in the field and gets their hands dirty.“I get stuff done / Someone has got to do it”. House of the Panther>Data analysis and Research team.

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Amazing! I love this idea! Now I can’t decide which icon would fit me best angry

Back to your question about the informal gatherings

Reward for contributing story during informal event e.g. the ones you have been running in Georgia: Unlock access to webinar?


Thinking in networks: learn how to coordinate without coordinators. “Smart swarms” of citizens, loosely connected to each other with no command structure, are achieving incredible results around creating employment opportunities, social inclusion initiatives, and artefacts around raw data. In this workshop we learn how to think about these initiatives in terms of networks and connectivity.

Bring your own project: we will analyse it together. Is it driven by one or very few committed people? Is is widely participated by very many people? A little bit of both? Are participants structurally similar or are they very different socially and economically? All these different situation correspond to network configurations. We will try together to think about your project case as a network, and try to come up with ideas for how to move it forward.

Agenda for webinar 1/2

Networks: an introduction for the social innovator. With Alberto Cottica, Research Director at Edgeryders (30 mins)

Presenting Local initiatives as networks. With (Name of local engagement manager) [add proper names and titles]. (90 mins)

Agenda for webinar 2/2

Funding without money: bartering in networks to support each other and get things done. Fostering non-monetary collaboration is central to this workshop. We propose a barter campaign, where workshop participants conduct barter activities as a way of active and measurable collaboration. We try to document at least 10 barter instances within the community as a lightning post for the concept.

Slogan: Collaboration through Barter.  With @Matthias, founder at Makerfox ? (90 mins)


Maybe give me a part about networked collaboration in disasters

Sorry to say, but a Makerfox webinar that works to create actual barter deals is beyond my time capabilities to prepare at the moment. It’s a risky thing anyway, since this is still an experimental concept, so it would need quite some time to prepare it thoroughly.

But maybe you want to include me for a short (15 min) part in the network thinking webinar. We have gathered quite some stories and research insights about networked collaboration after disasters now, and best practices from that are probably useful anywhere else. Because, what works in disasters should also work in less demanding situations. The other problem however is that Internet connectivity is not a given here, it breaks down regularly 2-3 times a day. So it’s beyond my knowledge if I can make it at a certain time …

(P.S.: I edited my lastname out of your comment. Should not be available to search engines directly. Just a detail though.)


SCIM modifications

I recently sent @LucasG some comments with regard to this. Perhaps we could try to find a date to stir “the pots” a on this a little.

This is for the fall anyway Matthias

The webinar would take some time to prepare and rewards will be made available after the campaign is over anyway. My thinking is it makes sense to prepare something that would be useful above and beyond this campaign and I think the barter would be helpful as a framework for engaging more p2p hands on p2p collaboration on grassroots projects.

really like the webinars!

Those are some great rewards! I would def want to contribute something in exchange.

What I’ve noticed from the people I’ve interviewed so far is that several would really like accessto more knowledge. But not just a one-off thing, like an ongoing workshop.

And help with project proposal writing :)). Is this something we would be able to put up as rewards and if so, who and how would be able to help out with that? I am pretty sure it’s a skill more people would like to acquire (even though it is not the most exciting thing to do)


Totally backing up Inge on this. When I am talking to people about involvement on the platform, many are interested to develop their own project skills to be move resultful or developed in their own skills, or when a project is already having some ground, they are interested to share their expertise, learn from others and many go on a different level. Webinars can be of different level for different levels of development of the project.

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I was thinking in addition to semi-finished goods and possibly specific outreach/group services one could perhaps try to find something by doing an edgy version of Christie’s or Sotheby’s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christie’s#Notable_auctions . Things that an edgy person could put on his desk and spark a conversation to an network / edge look on life if a potential customer walks in. Something that is ideologically / conceptually loaded. You know, a bit like pieces of the Berlin Wall. Duds that were supposed to be fired in a recent civil war. A signature from some of the Euromaidan first aid people on something generally helpful - bandaids? Dug up mines or bomblets. Ashes of burnt books. The generator that ran the projector or AC during some peace talks. TimBL’s socks or shoes (left & right always together for neutrality). Rubble from Nepal - perhaps from buildings that were right on top of the fault lines, or in some other way auspicious? Leftovers from rescue (not relief) missions (with owners approval)? Some of the pictures made by the kids at bottle house in Kathmandu? Customs forms that had to be filled out for relief goods?

This may not be to everybody’s taste - and perhaps hard to source (and make sure the logistics will work), but perhaps it’ll get the idea across and make people come up with other unlikely but better proposals…

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