here in Brussels we are trying to keep our brains melting in the heatwave.
Our @kajafarszky goes on maternity leave in September and we were discussing what will happen before then. So I figured it’s a good opportunity to share what is happening in case anyone wants to get involved. As always, you can dive in by leaving a comment below with ideas, letting us know if you want to be involved etc.
The events in POPREBEL: @Noemi and I discussed setting up the exchange program. We figured a good way to do this is to reach out to and partnering with coworking spaces to organise local events in the countries we have decided to focus on as a first step. The topics that were preferred by our community managers connect well with some of the topics touched on during the coworking event: Provision for childcare, family/work-life balance, coliving and coworking spaces adapting to local needs offering valuable services (for which we have follow up editorialised content from the documentation coming soon).
- work & employment + family/work-life-balance,
- reproductive rights (e.g. abortions, contraception, etc.)
- health and social care and
- the housing issues
- Serbia (t.b.c)
Activities in NGI: Here it makes sense to pick up on the solarpunk and role of tech for/within context of deep green transition topics, Open Source Software.
We also have the topics/discussions we have had that are relevant to an international audience, and for which it would be good to run follow up activities (perhaps also within the POPREBEL exchange program: food businesses, remote/new work post covid, coworking sector, digital services & infrastructure, the future of work and life in the context of the green transition.
New covid reality adaptation projects We are continuing/going further in our activities to engage people already in the community into meaningful covid community responses. We have several projects which realy could help people if we can channel enough energy/get them off the ground.
3.a Policymaking: Alternative Regional Development. We want to engage policymakers to engage with citizens in exploring alternative local economic development models to facilitate thriving communities/ enable the green transition. We are doing a series of events that we will now start heavily promoting. Upcoming:
- 8/9 - Webinar Relational goods, stocks over flows, systems over networks: a webinar on the strange economy of the Messina district
- 14/10 - Workshop during the European Week of Regions and Cities: https://edgeryders.eu/t/euregionsweek-workshop-8-october-final-steps/14103
3.b Project and Business development: OCI LAB Our P2P business incubation program lead by @zmorda has been running since the autumn and the first batch of graduates will be announced soon There are several overlaps in terms of thematics with the NGI topics and , but we need to think of different activities that are more focused on building/hacking/business development.
Outreach to our broader networks: We have our mailing list, but we also have our social media followers etc. And we now have both the forms technology and a regular newsletter. For people who don’t have accounts e.g facebook or Twitter followers, it is a nice and easy onboarding to account creation and posting. For people with accounts it allows them to just sign in and then post to a specific topic or category through the form. This means that we could invite people to e.g a survey that serves a double function of engaging them into some activity. Using Edgeryders Forms