Futuremakers in Rustavi: day 2 of our visit

Available in: :gb: English / :ka: Georgian

:gb: English version

Anne looks around with excitement. The 20 something from Rustavi has a lot to share and is happy to be in a room with a diverse group of people from her hometown Rustavi, an industrial city in Georgia, merely 20 minutes driving south of the capital Tbilisi.

Photos: Daro Sulakauri/UNDP

The city, wide avenues and grey, tall, Soviet building blocks, was founded and flourished during Soviet times. Now, Anneโ€™s hometown is struggling with a mostly commuting population, and disappearing cohesive communities.

But that didnโ€™t stop Anne to push for improvements in the past few years. The petite lady - with her raven black hair, false eyelashes to accentuate her big eyes, and heels higher than I can ever imagine walking on - does not look like your typical activist, but already initiated several different projects to improve her city.

โ€œI want to show the people in my city new things,โ€ Anne says proudly, explaining that her and her friend collected books from people in her city and the region around it, to donate them to the cityโ€™s prison. โ€œOne guy even gave his whole library!โ€ she says with her eyes lighting up when talking about the experience.

Photos: Daro Sulakauri/UNDP

Volunteering is not a usual practise in Georgia, with most people volunteering only at the countryโ€™s largest religious institution, the Georgian orthodox church. According to the 2015 Caucasus Barometer, an annual cross country survey in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, only 21% of Georgiaโ€™s population volunteered without compensation (http://caucasusbarometer.org/en/cb2015ge/ACTVLNT/). Although in 2013 this was only 14%, the number is still quite low.

However, Rustavi seems to be an exception. After having worked and lived in and out of Tbilisi for the past 10 years, I am happily surprised to encounter various different people in Rustavi working to make their city a better place without receiving any kind of compensation for it.

But as a result, we realize during our 2 day visit to this interesting city, most of the people who work on projects, are mostly worried they can not secure financing to actually implement their projects. Or they are asked by several large NGOs and donor organizations, to work for free on a daily basis.

โ€œI am already to busy with my own projects,โ€ one student at Rustaviโ€™s Rvali University tells us annoyed, not realizing that we are here to find out what it is they are working on, instead of asking them to work for free for our own projects.

But when we dig a little bit deeper, not only during our visit, but also through online outreach, we find that many of them are either working on an improved urban landscape, or have many ideas on how to make Rustavi a liveable, cohesive city. From creating bicycle lanes, to making the city more colorful, to book sharing in the park, to reviving the cityโ€™s soccer fan club.

โ€œI believe that it will deepen the solidarity and social consciousness,โ€ Ninca, who became a member of the fan club a few years ago, writes on our newly founded facebook group Futuremakers Rustavi. โ€œ[It] will give us an amazing opportunity to create one organized and mobilized community,โ€ Ninca writes.

Photos: Daro Sulakauri/UNDP

And during our workshop on the second day of our visit, where we meet among others the young Anne, it is inspiring to see the ideas the group - ranging from Rotary members, to scouts, to a representative of the taxi driversโ€™ union, to political science students, to ordinary citizens - come up with to revive the cityโ€™s centrally located and old park. And most can be done with little resources.

โ€œTheir is no safe crossing to the park, not even a Zebra,โ€ a girl active with the scouting group says, adding that the road, on which cars often speed, could perhaps get obstacles to discourage speeding.

Other ideas voiced during our workshop are to make the park more colorful, to add hammocks, to create a reading and book-sharing space (in an old train compartment or bus), to add removable chairs and tables to a patio on the lake, to create an outdoor game area, and to utilize the large lake by introducing boats.

Photos: Daro Sulakauri/UNDP

And brainstorming about these ideas did not only result in interesting possible future changes to the city, but it also was a great experience for people who not know each other, to understand their city and community is more lively and exciting than they thought it was.

Photos: Daro Sulakauri/UNDP

โ€œI am meeting so many inspiring people here today,โ€ a taxi driver and human rights activist tells us, โ€œwith these kind of people we can really make a change.โ€

##:ka: Georgian version

แƒแƒœแƒ แƒ’แƒแƒ แƒจแƒ”แƒ›แƒ แƒ˜แƒœแƒขแƒ”แƒ แƒ”แƒกแƒ˜แƒ— แƒ˜แƒงแƒฃแƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ, แƒ›แƒแƒก แƒ‘แƒ”แƒ•แƒ แƒ˜ แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ” แƒแƒฅแƒ•แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒกแƒแƒ–แƒ˜แƒแƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒ‘แƒ”แƒ“แƒœแƒ˜แƒ”แƒ แƒ˜แƒ, แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒแƒ—แƒแƒฎแƒจแƒ˜แƒ แƒ›แƒ แƒแƒ•แƒแƒšแƒคแƒ”แƒ แƒแƒ•แƒแƒœ แƒฏแƒ’แƒฃแƒคแƒ—แƒแƒœ แƒ”แƒ แƒ—แƒแƒ“, แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜แƒช แƒจแƒ”แƒ“แƒ’แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒ›แƒ˜แƒกแƒ˜ แƒ›แƒจแƒแƒ‘แƒšแƒ˜แƒฃแƒ แƒ˜ แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ˜แƒก, แƒ แƒฃแƒกแƒ—แƒแƒ•แƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒแƒชแƒฎแƒแƒ•แƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒกแƒ’แƒแƒœ. แƒ แƒฃแƒกแƒ—แƒแƒ•แƒ˜ แƒ˜แƒœแƒ“แƒฃแƒกแƒขแƒ แƒ˜แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ˜แƒ แƒกแƒแƒฅแƒแƒ แƒ—แƒ•แƒ”แƒšแƒแƒจแƒ˜, แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜แƒช แƒ“แƒแƒแƒฎแƒšแƒแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ— 20 แƒฌแƒฃแƒ—แƒ˜แƒ— แƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒ“แƒแƒจแƒแƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ”แƒ“แƒแƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒก, แƒ—แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒšแƒ˜แƒกแƒก. แƒ แƒฃแƒกแƒ—แƒแƒ•แƒ˜ แƒกแƒแƒ‘แƒญแƒแƒ—แƒ แƒ™แƒแƒ•แƒจแƒ˜แƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒ“แƒ แƒแƒก แƒ“แƒแƒแƒ แƒกแƒ“แƒ, แƒคแƒแƒ แƒ—แƒ แƒ’แƒแƒ›แƒ–แƒ˜แƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜, แƒ›แƒแƒฆแƒแƒšแƒ˜, แƒกแƒ”แƒ แƒ˜, แƒกแƒแƒ‘แƒญแƒแƒ—แƒ แƒ™แƒแƒ•แƒจแƒ˜แƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒ“แƒ แƒแƒ˜แƒœแƒ“แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜ แƒœแƒแƒ’แƒ”แƒ‘แƒแƒ‘แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒคแƒแƒ แƒ—แƒ แƒ’แƒแƒ›แƒ–แƒ˜แƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒแƒฅแƒ•แƒก. แƒแƒฎแƒšแƒ แƒแƒœแƒแƒก แƒ›แƒจแƒแƒ‘แƒšแƒ˜แƒฃแƒ แƒ˜ แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ˜ แƒชแƒ“แƒ˜แƒšแƒแƒ‘แƒก แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒซแƒแƒšแƒแƒก แƒ›แƒแƒกแƒแƒฎแƒšแƒ”แƒแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒ“แƒ˜แƒœแƒ”แƒ‘แƒแƒก แƒ“แƒ แƒจแƒ”แƒ™แƒแƒ•แƒจแƒ˜แƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ—แƒ”แƒ›แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒฅแƒ แƒแƒ‘แƒแƒก. แƒ—แƒฃแƒ›แƒชแƒ แƒแƒœแƒ แƒแƒ  แƒจแƒ”แƒฃแƒฉแƒ”แƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ’แƒแƒ›แƒแƒฌแƒ•แƒ”แƒ•แƒ”แƒ‘แƒก แƒ“แƒ แƒ‘แƒแƒšแƒ แƒฌแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒแƒœแƒซแƒ˜แƒšแƒ–แƒ” แƒชแƒ“แƒ˜แƒšแƒแƒ‘แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒ›แƒแƒแƒกแƒฌแƒแƒ แƒแƒก แƒ›แƒ“แƒ’แƒแƒ›แƒแƒ แƒ”แƒแƒ‘แƒ. แƒžแƒ”แƒขแƒ˜แƒขแƒ˜ แƒ’แƒแƒ’แƒแƒœแƒ, แƒจแƒแƒ•แƒ˜ แƒ—แƒ›แƒ˜แƒ—, แƒ˜แƒ›แƒแƒ–แƒ” แƒ›แƒแƒฆแƒแƒšแƒ˜ แƒฅแƒฃแƒกแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ— แƒ•แƒ˜แƒ“แƒ แƒ” แƒ›แƒ” แƒแƒ“แƒ”แƒกแƒ›แƒ” แƒจแƒ”แƒ•แƒซแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ“แƒ˜ แƒกแƒ˜แƒแƒ แƒฃแƒšแƒก, แƒแƒ  แƒฐแƒ’แƒแƒ•แƒก แƒขแƒ˜แƒžแƒ˜แƒฃแƒ  แƒแƒฅแƒขแƒ˜แƒ•แƒ˜แƒกแƒขแƒก, แƒ›แƒแƒ’แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ›แƒแƒœ แƒฃแƒ™แƒ•แƒ” แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ“แƒ”แƒœแƒ˜แƒ›แƒ” แƒกแƒฎแƒ•แƒแƒ“แƒแƒกแƒฎแƒ•แƒ แƒžแƒ แƒแƒ”แƒฅแƒขแƒ˜แƒก แƒ˜แƒœแƒ˜แƒชแƒ˜แƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒ›แƒแƒแƒฎแƒ“แƒ˜แƒœแƒ แƒ˜แƒ›แƒ˜แƒกแƒ—แƒ•แƒ˜แƒก, แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ›แƒ˜แƒกแƒ˜ แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ˜ แƒ’แƒแƒแƒฃแƒ›แƒฏแƒแƒ‘แƒ”แƒกแƒแƒก.

โ€œแƒ›แƒ” แƒ›แƒ˜แƒœแƒ“แƒ แƒฎแƒแƒšแƒฎแƒก แƒแƒฎแƒแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ แƒแƒฆแƒแƒชแƒ”แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒ•แƒแƒœแƒแƒฎแƒ แƒฉแƒ”แƒ›แƒก แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒจแƒ˜โ€œ, แƒแƒ›แƒ‘แƒแƒ‘แƒก แƒแƒœแƒ แƒแƒ›แƒแƒงแƒแƒ“ แƒ“แƒ แƒฐแƒงแƒ•แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ˜แƒก แƒ“แƒ แƒ›แƒ˜แƒกแƒ˜ แƒ›แƒ”แƒ’แƒแƒ‘แƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒแƒ’แƒ แƒแƒ•แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ“แƒœแƒ”แƒœ แƒฌแƒ˜แƒ’แƒœแƒ”แƒ‘แƒก แƒ แƒฃแƒกแƒ—แƒแƒ•แƒจแƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒ›แƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒ˜แƒ›แƒ“แƒ”แƒ‘แƒแƒ แƒ” แƒ แƒ”แƒ’แƒ˜แƒแƒœแƒจแƒ˜, แƒ แƒแƒ—แƒ แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ˜แƒก แƒชแƒ˜แƒฎแƒ˜แƒกแƒ—แƒ•แƒ˜แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒ“แƒแƒ”แƒชแƒแƒ— แƒกแƒแƒฉแƒฃแƒฅแƒ แƒแƒ“, แƒฃแƒกแƒแƒกแƒงแƒ˜แƒ“แƒšแƒแƒ“. โ€žแƒ”แƒ แƒ—แƒ›แƒ แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒญแƒ›แƒ แƒ›แƒ˜แƒกแƒ˜ แƒ›แƒ—แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜ แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ‘แƒšแƒ˜แƒแƒ—แƒ”แƒ™แƒ แƒ’แƒแƒ“แƒ›แƒแƒ’แƒ•แƒชแƒโ€œ, แƒ—แƒฅแƒ•แƒ แƒ›แƒแƒœ แƒแƒœแƒ—แƒ”แƒ‘แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ—แƒ•แƒแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ— แƒ แƒแƒชแƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ˜แƒกแƒขแƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒแƒก แƒ˜แƒฎแƒกแƒ”แƒœแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ“แƒ.

แƒ›แƒแƒฎแƒแƒšแƒ˜แƒกแƒ”แƒแƒ‘แƒ แƒแƒ  แƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒฃแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒ˜แƒ•แƒ˜ แƒžแƒ แƒแƒฅแƒขแƒ˜แƒ™แƒ แƒกแƒแƒฅแƒแƒ แƒ—แƒ•แƒ”แƒšแƒแƒจแƒ˜, แƒฎแƒแƒšแƒฎแƒ˜แƒก แƒฃแƒ›แƒ”แƒขแƒ”แƒกแƒแƒ‘แƒ แƒ›แƒแƒฎแƒแƒšแƒ˜แƒกแƒ”แƒแƒ‘แƒ แƒ˜แƒ•แƒแƒ“ แƒฃแƒ›แƒ”แƒขแƒ”แƒกแƒแƒ“ แƒฅแƒ•แƒ”แƒงแƒœแƒ˜แƒก แƒฃแƒ“แƒ˜แƒ“แƒ”แƒก แƒ แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜แƒ’แƒ˜แƒฃแƒ  แƒ˜แƒœแƒกแƒขแƒ˜แƒขแƒฃแƒขแƒจแƒ˜, แƒกแƒแƒฅแƒแƒ แƒ—แƒ•แƒ”แƒšแƒแƒก แƒ›แƒแƒ แƒ—แƒšแƒ›แƒแƒ“แƒ˜แƒ“แƒ”แƒ‘แƒšแƒฃแƒ แƒ˜ แƒ”แƒ™แƒšแƒ”แƒกแƒ˜แƒ˜แƒก แƒแƒฅแƒขแƒ˜แƒ•แƒแƒ‘แƒ”แƒ‘แƒจแƒ˜ แƒ›แƒแƒœแƒแƒฌแƒ˜แƒšแƒ”แƒแƒ‘แƒก. แƒ™แƒแƒ•แƒ™แƒแƒกแƒ˜แƒ˜แƒก แƒ‘แƒแƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒขแƒ แƒ˜แƒก 2015 แƒฌแƒšแƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒแƒœแƒแƒชแƒ”แƒ›แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ—, แƒงแƒแƒ•แƒ”แƒšแƒฌแƒšแƒ˜แƒฃแƒ แƒ›แƒ แƒ’แƒแƒ›แƒแƒ™แƒ˜แƒ—แƒฎแƒ•แƒแƒ› แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜แƒช แƒฉแƒแƒขแƒแƒ แƒ“แƒ แƒกแƒแƒ›แƒฎแƒ”แƒ—แƒจแƒ˜, แƒแƒ–แƒ”แƒ แƒ‘แƒแƒ˜แƒฏแƒแƒœแƒกแƒ แƒ“แƒ แƒกแƒแƒฅแƒแƒ แƒ—แƒ•แƒ”แƒšแƒแƒจแƒ˜, แƒแƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒœแƒ แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒกแƒแƒฅแƒแƒ แƒ—แƒ•แƒ”แƒšแƒแƒก แƒ›แƒแƒกแƒแƒฎแƒšแƒ”แƒแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก 21% แƒ˜แƒงแƒ แƒฉแƒแƒ แƒ—แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ›แƒแƒฎแƒแƒšแƒ˜แƒกแƒ”แƒแƒ‘แƒ แƒ˜แƒ•, แƒแƒ แƒ-แƒแƒœแƒแƒ–แƒฆแƒแƒฃแƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒแƒ“ แƒกแƒแƒฅแƒ›แƒ˜แƒแƒœแƒแƒ‘แƒแƒจแƒ˜ (แƒ“แƒ”แƒขแƒแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒ’แƒ—แƒฎแƒแƒ•แƒ— แƒ˜แƒฎแƒ˜แƒšแƒแƒ—: (http://caucasusbarometer.org/en/cb2015ge/ACTVLNT/ ). แƒแƒฆแƒกแƒแƒœแƒ˜แƒจแƒœแƒแƒ•แƒ˜แƒ แƒ แƒแƒ›, 2013 แƒฌแƒ”แƒšแƒก แƒ”แƒก แƒ›แƒแƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒœแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜ แƒ›แƒฎแƒแƒšแƒแƒ“ 14%-แƒก แƒจแƒ”แƒแƒ“แƒ’แƒ”แƒœแƒ“แƒ, แƒ—แƒฃแƒ›แƒชแƒ แƒแƒฎแƒšแƒแƒœแƒ“แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜ แƒ›แƒแƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒœแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜แƒช แƒกแƒแƒ™แƒ›แƒแƒแƒ“ แƒ“แƒแƒ‘แƒแƒšแƒ˜แƒ.

แƒ แƒฃแƒกแƒ—แƒแƒ•แƒ˜ แƒ’แƒแƒ›แƒแƒœแƒแƒ™แƒšแƒ˜แƒกแƒ˜แƒ! แƒ›แƒแƒก แƒ›แƒ”แƒ แƒ” แƒ แƒแƒช แƒ—แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒšแƒ˜แƒกแƒจแƒ˜ แƒ•แƒ˜แƒชแƒฎแƒแƒ•แƒ แƒ” แƒ“แƒ แƒ•แƒ˜แƒ›แƒฃแƒจแƒแƒ•แƒ” แƒ‘แƒแƒšแƒ 10 แƒฌแƒšแƒ˜แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒœแƒ›แƒแƒ•แƒšแƒแƒ‘แƒแƒจแƒ˜, แƒ›แƒ” แƒกแƒแƒกแƒ˜แƒแƒ›แƒแƒ•แƒœแƒแƒ“ แƒ’แƒแƒแƒชแƒ”แƒ‘แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ•แƒแƒ  แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ แƒฃแƒกแƒ—แƒแƒ•แƒจแƒ˜ แƒ”แƒ แƒ—แƒ›แƒแƒœแƒ”แƒ—แƒ˜แƒกแƒ’แƒแƒœ แƒ’แƒแƒœแƒกแƒฎแƒ•แƒแƒ•แƒ”แƒ‘แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜, แƒกแƒฎแƒ•แƒแƒ“แƒแƒกแƒฎแƒ•แƒ แƒฎแƒแƒšแƒฎแƒ˜ แƒ›แƒฃแƒจแƒแƒแƒ‘แƒก แƒ˜แƒ›แƒ˜แƒกแƒ—แƒ•แƒ˜แƒก, แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ›แƒแƒ—แƒ˜ แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ˜ แƒ’แƒแƒฎแƒ“แƒ”แƒก แƒฃแƒ™แƒ”แƒ—แƒ”แƒกแƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒ˜แƒกแƒ” แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒแƒ›แƒ˜แƒกแƒ—แƒ•แƒ˜แƒก แƒแƒ แƒแƒœแƒแƒ˜แƒ  แƒ™แƒแƒ›แƒžแƒ”แƒœแƒกแƒแƒชแƒ˜แƒแƒก แƒแƒ  แƒ˜แƒฆแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ”แƒœ.

แƒ›แƒ˜แƒก แƒจแƒ”แƒ“แƒ”แƒ’แƒแƒ“, แƒแƒ› แƒกแƒแƒ˜แƒœแƒขแƒ”แƒ แƒ”แƒกแƒ แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒจแƒ˜ 2 แƒ“แƒฆแƒ˜แƒแƒœแƒ˜ แƒ•แƒ˜แƒ–แƒ˜แƒขแƒ˜แƒก แƒจแƒ”แƒ“แƒ”แƒ’แƒแƒ“ แƒ›แƒ˜แƒ•แƒฎแƒ•แƒ“แƒ˜แƒ— แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒฎแƒแƒšแƒฎแƒ˜แƒก แƒฃแƒ›แƒ”แƒขแƒ”แƒกแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ, แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜แƒช แƒžแƒ แƒแƒ”แƒฅแƒขแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ–แƒ” แƒ›แƒฃแƒจแƒแƒแƒ‘แƒ”แƒœ, แƒฆแƒ”แƒšแƒแƒ•แƒ”แƒœ แƒ˜แƒ›แƒแƒ–แƒ” แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒแƒ  แƒแƒฅแƒ•แƒ— แƒจแƒ”แƒกแƒแƒ‘แƒแƒ›แƒ˜แƒกแƒ˜ แƒคแƒ˜แƒœแƒแƒœแƒกแƒฃแƒ แƒ˜ แƒ แƒ”แƒกแƒฃแƒ แƒกแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜, แƒ˜แƒ›แƒ˜แƒกแƒ—แƒ•แƒ˜แƒก แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ’แƒแƒœแƒแƒฎแƒแƒ แƒชแƒ˜แƒ”แƒšแƒแƒœ แƒ›แƒแƒ—แƒ˜ แƒžแƒ แƒแƒ”แƒฅแƒขแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜, แƒแƒœ แƒ“แƒแƒœแƒแƒ แƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒแƒ แƒ-แƒกแƒแƒ›แƒ—แƒแƒ•แƒ แƒแƒ‘แƒ แƒแƒ แƒ’แƒแƒœแƒ˜แƒ–แƒแƒชแƒ˜แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒ—แƒฎแƒแƒ•แƒ”แƒœ แƒ˜แƒ›แƒฃแƒจแƒแƒแƒœ แƒ›แƒแƒฎแƒแƒšแƒ˜แƒกแƒ”แƒ“.

โ€žแƒ›แƒ” แƒฃแƒ™แƒ•แƒ” แƒ˜แƒกแƒ”แƒ“แƒแƒช แƒซแƒแƒšแƒ˜แƒแƒœ แƒ“แƒแƒ™แƒแƒ•แƒ”แƒ‘แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ•แƒแƒ  แƒฉแƒ”แƒ›แƒ˜ แƒกแƒแƒ™แƒฃแƒ—แƒแƒ แƒ˜ แƒžแƒ แƒแƒ”แƒฅแƒขแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ—โ€œ - แƒแƒ›แƒ‘แƒแƒ‘แƒก แƒ”แƒ แƒ—แƒ˜ แƒกแƒขแƒฃแƒ“แƒ”แƒœแƒขแƒ˜ แƒฃแƒœแƒ˜แƒ•แƒ”แƒ แƒกแƒ˜แƒขแƒ”แƒข แƒ แƒ•แƒแƒšแƒ˜แƒ“แƒแƒœ, แƒ แƒแƒ“แƒ’แƒแƒœ แƒ•แƒ”แƒ  แƒฎแƒ•แƒ“แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒœ แƒแƒฅ แƒ˜แƒ›แƒ˜แƒกแƒ—แƒ•แƒ˜แƒก แƒ•แƒแƒ แƒ— แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ’แƒแƒ•แƒ˜แƒ’แƒแƒ— แƒ แƒแƒ–แƒ” แƒ›แƒฃแƒจแƒแƒแƒ‘แƒ”แƒœ แƒ˜แƒกแƒ˜แƒœแƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒแƒ แƒ แƒ˜แƒ›แƒ˜แƒขแƒแƒ› แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ›แƒแƒ— แƒ›แƒแƒฎแƒแƒšแƒ˜แƒกแƒ”แƒ“ แƒ›แƒฃแƒจแƒแƒแƒ‘แƒ แƒ•แƒ—แƒฎแƒแƒ•แƒแƒ— แƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒœ แƒกแƒแƒ™แƒฃแƒ—แƒแƒ  แƒžแƒ แƒแƒ”แƒฅแƒขแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ–แƒ”.

แƒ›แƒแƒ’แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ›แƒแƒก แƒจแƒ”แƒ›แƒ“แƒ”แƒ’ แƒ แƒแƒช แƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒœ แƒฃแƒคแƒ แƒ แƒฆแƒ แƒ›แƒแƒ“ แƒ’แƒแƒ•แƒ”แƒ แƒ™แƒ•แƒ˜แƒ”แƒ— แƒ“แƒ แƒ’แƒแƒ•แƒ˜แƒชแƒแƒœแƒ˜แƒ— แƒกแƒแƒ–แƒแƒ’แƒแƒ“แƒแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒฌแƒแƒ แƒ›แƒแƒ›แƒแƒ“แƒ’แƒ”แƒœแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒ แƒแƒ’แƒแƒ แƒช แƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒœแƒ˜ แƒ•แƒ˜แƒ–แƒ˜แƒขแƒ˜แƒก แƒ“แƒ แƒแƒก, แƒ˜แƒกแƒ” แƒแƒœแƒšแƒแƒ˜แƒœ แƒฉแƒแƒ แƒ—แƒฃแƒšแƒแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒ”แƒจแƒ•แƒ”แƒแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ—, แƒแƒฆแƒ›แƒแƒ•แƒแƒฉแƒ˜แƒœแƒ”แƒ— แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ›แƒแƒ—แƒ˜ แƒฃแƒ›แƒ”แƒขแƒ”แƒกแƒแƒ‘แƒ แƒแƒœ แƒฃแƒ™แƒ•แƒ” แƒ›แƒฃแƒจแƒแƒแƒ‘แƒก แƒฃแƒ แƒ‘แƒแƒœแƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒกแƒ˜แƒ•แƒ แƒชแƒ˜แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒกแƒแƒฃแƒ›แƒฏแƒแƒ‘แƒ”แƒกแƒ”แƒ‘แƒšแƒแƒ“ แƒแƒœ แƒแƒฅแƒ•แƒ— แƒ˜แƒ“แƒ”แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜, แƒ—แƒฃ แƒ แƒแƒ’แƒแƒ  แƒ’แƒแƒฎแƒแƒ“แƒแƒœ แƒ แƒฃแƒกแƒ—แƒแƒ•แƒ˜ แƒฃแƒคแƒ แƒ แƒชแƒแƒชแƒฎแƒแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒ”แƒ แƒ—แƒ˜แƒแƒœแƒ˜ แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ˜: แƒ•แƒ”แƒšแƒแƒกแƒ˜แƒžแƒ”แƒ“แƒ˜แƒก แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒšแƒ˜แƒ™แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ“แƒแƒœ แƒ“แƒแƒฌแƒงแƒ”แƒ‘แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜, แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ˜แƒก แƒฃแƒคแƒ แƒ แƒ’แƒแƒคแƒ”แƒ แƒแƒ“แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ—, แƒžแƒแƒ แƒ™แƒจแƒ˜ แƒฌแƒ˜แƒ’แƒœแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒ–แƒ˜แƒแƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ— แƒ—แƒฃ แƒคแƒ”แƒฎแƒ‘แƒฃแƒ แƒ—แƒ˜แƒก แƒคแƒแƒœ แƒ™แƒšแƒฃแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒแƒฅแƒขแƒ˜แƒฃแƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ—!

โ€žแƒ›แƒ” แƒ›แƒฏแƒ”แƒ แƒ แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ”แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒแƒฆแƒ แƒ›แƒแƒ•แƒ”แƒ‘แƒก แƒกแƒแƒšแƒ˜แƒ“แƒแƒ แƒแƒ‘แƒแƒก แƒ“แƒ แƒกแƒแƒ–แƒแƒ’แƒแƒ“แƒแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒ˜แƒ• แƒชแƒœแƒแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ”แƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒแƒกโ€œ- แƒฌแƒ”แƒ แƒก แƒœแƒ˜แƒœแƒชแƒ, แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜แƒช แƒคแƒแƒœ แƒ™แƒšแƒฃแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒฌแƒ”แƒ•แƒ แƒ˜ แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ“แƒ”แƒœแƒ˜แƒ›แƒ” แƒฌแƒšแƒ˜แƒก แƒฌแƒ˜แƒœ แƒ’แƒแƒฎแƒ“แƒ, FutureMakersโ€™ แƒ แƒฃแƒกแƒ—แƒแƒ•แƒ˜แƒก แƒแƒฎแƒšแƒแƒ“ แƒจแƒ”แƒฅแƒ›แƒœแƒ˜แƒš แƒฏแƒ’แƒฃแƒคแƒจแƒ˜. โ€ž แƒ”แƒก แƒ›แƒแƒ’แƒ•แƒชแƒ”แƒ›แƒก แƒแƒ แƒแƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒฃแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒ˜แƒ• แƒจแƒ”แƒกแƒแƒซแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒšแƒแƒ‘แƒแƒก แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒจแƒ”แƒ•แƒฅแƒ›แƒœแƒแƒ— แƒแƒ แƒ’แƒแƒœแƒ˜แƒ–แƒ”แƒ‘แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒ›แƒแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒšแƒ˜แƒ–แƒ”แƒ‘แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ—แƒ”แƒ›แƒ˜โ€œ, แƒฌแƒ”แƒ แƒก แƒœแƒ˜แƒชแƒ.

แƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒœแƒ˜ แƒกแƒแƒ›แƒฃแƒจแƒแƒ แƒกแƒ”แƒกแƒ˜แƒ˜แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒœแƒ›แƒแƒ•แƒšแƒแƒ‘แƒแƒจแƒ˜, แƒ•แƒ˜แƒ–แƒ˜แƒขแƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒ”แƒแƒ แƒ” แƒ“แƒฆแƒ”แƒก, แƒกแƒแƒ“แƒแƒช แƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒœ แƒจแƒ”แƒ•แƒฎแƒ•แƒ“แƒ˜แƒ— แƒแƒฎแƒแƒšแƒ’แƒแƒ–แƒ แƒ“แƒ แƒแƒœแƒแƒก แƒกแƒฎแƒ•แƒ แƒ›แƒแƒœแƒแƒฌแƒ˜แƒšแƒ”แƒ”แƒ‘แƒก แƒจแƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒก, แƒซแƒแƒšแƒ˜แƒแƒœ แƒจแƒ—แƒแƒ›แƒแƒ’แƒแƒœแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜ แƒ˜แƒงแƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒ˜แƒ“แƒ”แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒ แƒแƒช แƒ›แƒแƒœแƒแƒฌแƒ˜แƒšแƒ”แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒกแƒ’แƒแƒœ แƒ›แƒแƒ“แƒ˜แƒแƒ“แƒ, แƒ›แƒแƒ— แƒจแƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒ˜แƒงแƒ•แƒœแƒ”แƒœ, แƒ แƒแƒขแƒแƒ แƒ˜ แƒ™แƒšแƒฃแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒฌแƒ”แƒ•แƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜, แƒขแƒแƒฅแƒกแƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒซแƒฆแƒแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ™แƒแƒ•แƒจแƒ˜แƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒฌแƒแƒ แƒ›แƒแƒ›แƒแƒ“แƒ’แƒ”แƒœแƒ”แƒšแƒ˜, แƒžแƒแƒšแƒ˜แƒขแƒ˜แƒ™แƒฃแƒ แƒ˜ แƒ›แƒ”แƒชแƒœแƒ˜แƒ”แƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒกแƒขแƒฃแƒ“แƒ”แƒœแƒขแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒฃแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒ˜แƒ•แƒ˜ แƒ›แƒแƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ”แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜, แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒช แƒ’แƒ•แƒ˜แƒ–แƒ˜แƒแƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ“แƒœแƒ”แƒœ แƒ˜แƒ“แƒ”แƒ”แƒ‘แƒก แƒ—แƒฃ แƒ แƒแƒ’แƒแƒ  แƒจแƒ”แƒ˜แƒซแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ˜แƒก แƒชแƒ”แƒœแƒขแƒ แƒแƒšแƒฃแƒ แƒ˜ แƒžแƒแƒ แƒ™แƒ˜แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒ›แƒแƒชแƒแƒชแƒฎแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒ“แƒ แƒ แƒแƒช แƒ›แƒ—แƒแƒ•แƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒ แƒ”แƒก แƒจแƒ”แƒกแƒแƒซแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜แƒ แƒ’แƒแƒ™แƒ”แƒ—แƒ“แƒ”แƒก แƒ›แƒชแƒ˜แƒ แƒ” แƒ แƒ”แƒกแƒฃแƒ แƒกแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ—!

โ€žแƒแƒ  แƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒฃแƒกแƒแƒคแƒ แƒ—แƒฎแƒ แƒ’แƒแƒ“แƒแƒกแƒแƒกแƒ•แƒšแƒ”แƒšแƒ˜ แƒžแƒแƒ แƒ™แƒ—แƒแƒœ, แƒ–แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒแƒช แƒ™แƒ˜ แƒแƒ  แƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒกโ€œ- แƒแƒ›แƒ‘แƒแƒ‘แƒก แƒแƒฅแƒขแƒ˜แƒฃแƒ แƒ˜ แƒ’แƒแƒ’แƒแƒœแƒ, แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜แƒช แƒกแƒ™แƒแƒฃแƒขแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒฏแƒ’แƒฃแƒคแƒ˜แƒก แƒฌแƒ”แƒ•แƒ แƒ˜แƒ แƒ“แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒแƒขแƒ”แƒ‘แƒก แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒแƒกแƒ”แƒ•แƒ” แƒ™แƒแƒ แƒ’แƒ˜ แƒ˜แƒฅแƒœแƒ”แƒ‘แƒแƒ“แƒ แƒ˜แƒ› แƒ’แƒ–แƒแƒ–แƒ”, แƒกแƒแƒ“แƒแƒช แƒ›แƒแƒœแƒฅแƒแƒœแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒ’แƒแƒ“แƒแƒญแƒแƒ แƒ‘แƒ”แƒ‘แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒกแƒ˜แƒฉแƒฅแƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒ— แƒ›แƒแƒซแƒ แƒแƒแƒ‘แƒ”แƒœ แƒ“แƒแƒ›แƒแƒขแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ—แƒ˜ แƒฃแƒกแƒแƒคแƒ แƒ—แƒฎแƒแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ–แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒ˜แƒฆแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ, แƒ แƒแƒ—แƒ แƒแƒ  แƒ›แƒแƒฎแƒ“แƒ”แƒก แƒกแƒ˜แƒฉแƒฅแƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒ“แƒแƒญแƒแƒ แƒ‘แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ.

แƒกแƒฎแƒ•แƒ แƒ˜แƒ“แƒ”แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒšแƒ˜แƒช แƒกแƒแƒ›แƒฃแƒจแƒแƒ แƒจแƒ”แƒฎแƒ•แƒ”แƒ“แƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒแƒœแƒซแƒ˜แƒšแƒ–แƒ” แƒ’แƒแƒ›แƒแƒ˜แƒ—แƒฅแƒ•แƒ, แƒ›แƒ˜แƒ›แƒแƒ แƒ—แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜แƒ แƒžแƒแƒ แƒ™แƒ˜แƒก แƒฃแƒคแƒ แƒ แƒคแƒ”แƒ แƒแƒ“แƒแƒ“ แƒ’แƒแƒ“แƒแƒฅแƒชแƒ”แƒ•แƒ˜แƒกแƒ—แƒ•แƒ˜แƒก, แƒฐแƒแƒ›แƒแƒ™แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ“แƒแƒ›แƒแƒขแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ, แƒฌแƒ˜แƒ’แƒœแƒ˜แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒ–แƒ˜แƒแƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก/ แƒกแƒแƒ™แƒ˜แƒ—แƒฎแƒแƒ•แƒ˜ แƒกแƒ˜แƒ•แƒ แƒชแƒ˜แƒก แƒจแƒ”แƒฅแƒ›แƒœแƒ (แƒซแƒ•แƒ”แƒš แƒ›แƒแƒขแƒแƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒšแƒ˜แƒก แƒ•แƒแƒ’แƒแƒœแƒจแƒ˜ แƒแƒœ แƒแƒ•แƒขแƒแƒ‘แƒฃแƒกแƒจแƒ˜); แƒ›แƒแƒซแƒ แƒแƒ•แƒ˜ แƒ›แƒแƒ’แƒ˜แƒ“แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ“แƒ แƒกแƒ™แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ“แƒแƒ›แƒแƒขแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒขแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒ˜แƒ›แƒ“แƒ”แƒ‘แƒแƒ แƒ” แƒขแƒ”แƒ แƒ˜แƒขแƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒแƒ–แƒ”, แƒ’แƒแƒ แƒ”แƒ— แƒกแƒแƒ—แƒแƒ›แƒแƒจแƒ แƒแƒ“แƒ’แƒ˜แƒšแƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒแƒฌแƒงแƒแƒ‘แƒ แƒ“แƒ แƒขแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒฃแƒ™แƒ”แƒ—แƒ”แƒกแƒแƒ“ แƒ’แƒแƒ›แƒแƒงแƒ”แƒœแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒœแƒแƒ•แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒ”แƒจแƒ•แƒ”แƒแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ—.

แƒ˜แƒ“แƒ”แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒจแƒขแƒแƒ แƒ›แƒ˜ แƒ“แƒแƒกแƒ แƒฃแƒšแƒ“แƒ แƒแƒ แƒ แƒ›แƒแƒ แƒขแƒ แƒกแƒแƒ˜แƒœแƒขแƒ”แƒ แƒ”แƒกแƒ แƒจแƒ”แƒกแƒแƒซแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒšแƒแƒ‘แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ—, แƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒšแƒ—แƒแƒช แƒ›แƒแƒ›แƒแƒ•แƒแƒšแƒจแƒ˜ แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ˜แƒก แƒฃแƒ™แƒ”แƒ—แƒ”แƒกแƒแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒกแƒ™แƒ”แƒœ แƒจแƒ”แƒชแƒ•แƒšแƒ แƒจแƒ”แƒฃแƒซแƒšแƒ˜แƒแƒ—, แƒแƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ”แƒ“ แƒจแƒ”แƒกแƒแƒœแƒ˜แƒจแƒœแƒแƒ•แƒ˜ แƒ’แƒแƒ›แƒแƒชแƒ“แƒ˜แƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ— แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒแƒ“แƒแƒ›แƒ˜แƒแƒœแƒ”แƒ‘แƒก แƒ’แƒแƒ”แƒชแƒœแƒแƒ— แƒ”แƒ แƒ—แƒ›แƒแƒœแƒ”แƒ—แƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒ’แƒแƒ”แƒ’แƒแƒ— แƒ แƒแƒ› แƒ›แƒแƒ—แƒ˜ แƒฅแƒแƒšแƒแƒฅแƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒกแƒแƒ–แƒแƒ’แƒแƒ“แƒแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ แƒฃแƒคแƒ แƒ แƒชแƒแƒชแƒฎแƒแƒšแƒ˜, แƒกแƒแƒ˜แƒœแƒขแƒ”แƒ แƒ”แƒกแƒ แƒ“แƒ แƒ›แƒ แƒแƒ•แƒแƒšแƒคแƒ”แƒ แƒแƒ•แƒแƒœแƒ˜แƒ แƒ•แƒ˜แƒ“แƒ แƒ” แƒ˜แƒกแƒ˜แƒœแƒ˜ แƒคแƒ˜แƒฅแƒ แƒแƒ‘แƒ“แƒœแƒ”แƒœ!

โ€žแƒ›แƒ” แƒ˜แƒ›แƒ“แƒ”แƒœ แƒ˜แƒœแƒกแƒžแƒ˜แƒ แƒ˜แƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒฃแƒš แƒแƒ“แƒแƒ›แƒ˜แƒแƒœแƒก แƒจแƒ”แƒ•แƒฎแƒ•แƒ“แƒ˜ แƒ“แƒฆแƒ”แƒก,โ€œ แƒแƒ›แƒ‘แƒแƒ‘แƒก แƒขแƒแƒฅแƒกแƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒซแƒฆแƒแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ“แƒ แƒแƒ“แƒแƒ›แƒ˜แƒแƒœแƒ˜แƒก แƒฃแƒคแƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒแƒฅแƒขแƒ˜แƒ•แƒ˜แƒกแƒขแƒ˜, โ€ž แƒ”แƒกแƒ”แƒ—แƒ˜ แƒฎแƒแƒšแƒฎแƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒ”แƒจแƒ•แƒ”แƒแƒ‘แƒ˜แƒ— แƒฉแƒ•แƒ”แƒœ แƒœแƒแƒ›แƒ“แƒ•แƒ˜แƒšแƒแƒ“ แƒจแƒ”แƒ’แƒ•แƒ˜แƒซแƒšแƒ˜แƒ แƒชแƒ•แƒšแƒ˜แƒšแƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜แƒก แƒ›แƒแƒฎแƒ“แƒ”แƒœแƒโ€œ!

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On glorified volunteering

Thanks for reporting @Inge!

While in Rustavi, I attended the meetings and workshop last week and was not surprised at all that some of the young people who show up have tried their hand at more than one civic volunteerism activity - it seems volunteering in its classic use of the term is often institutionalised. That can be great for socializing people into social good, causes to fight for and others, but it is not so great providing longer term outlooks in terms of opportunity building for yourselfโ€ฆ

Over the past years working in the region Iโ€™ve seen many young people are donating their time to activities we would normally not think of as volunteering: social startups, social enterprises, digital campaigns, market activism. Edgeryders past research also made it clear that:

โ€œIt is evident that there is considerable disparity between how value is perceived within the current norms of the labour market, formal education, and local or regional government, and in the ways in which [young people] want to contribute - and are contributing - to society. [They] are, instead, creating and working within their own regimes of value - whether that is innovating new ways of learning or meeting their material needs through barter. (The Edgeryders guide to the future)

I think the value which Future Makers aims to build falls within this ambition of creating new livelihoods, figure out how youth can make a contribution that has returns for society and for their own personal future (!) and not volunteering for a project.

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