“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).