The European Commission is out to promote a more sophisticated awareness of the interdependencies between the EU and the rest of the world. They call this “Development”. When the dance is done, they are worried about ethnic nationalists owning the so-called “migrants-refugees issue”:
Expected outcomes: […] Changing attitudes and improved public understanding of issues and difficulties facing developing countries and their peoples, in particular migration.
We are worried about that too. Plenty worried. The good news is that Edgeryders is quite credible for this work. We are nonprofit; we have global dev experience. So, I’ll tell you what I would like to see.
I would like to see Edgeryders grow a development unit. I would like this to be a hacker culture-permeated, radical thinking, ambitious agent of global prosperity – which does not necessarily mean economic development in the narrow sense. I would like it to embrace dependency reduction, knowledge sharing, peering and open source everything as its guiding principle. I would like to see people like @Natalia_Skoczylas, @Alex_Levene, @Christine_Pu, @Quinn_Conlon and @Yara_Al_Adib step up to the challenge. I would like @johncoate 's wisdom and hands-on experience of bottom-up, peer-to-peer development.
And I would like the Edgeryders board to get in there, knee-deep, and lead. I think @Matthias (a Nepal veteran!) and Nadia would be a natural match. I, of course, am willing to help.
Information are here.