Hello to all, our project Spot the Future is in the phase where we actually get to put faces on names and initiatives we’ve seen online in each country! We are holding informal networks and spend time together with community members in Tbilisi, Yerevan (both over) and Cairo (upcoming this week), introducing Edgeryders global network and the mission we set out to achieve as #futurespotters: map and connect initiatives & help them to get more support. This means for a week now we’ve been learning about each other’s challenges, documenting what resources we each have and discussing future steps for collaboration. (see #Futurespotters social media selection)
With physical events like these, everyone in the room goes WOW about meeting each other and interacting in a way that makes it a learning experience for all. This is valuable in itself, but if we are not thorough in how we listen and react to what’s been said and in the way we package the results to make it possible for others to continue to stay involved, a lot of value that’s been created risks dissipating over the Internet…
CONNECTING THE DOTS
So: my suggestion for this week is that everyone in the team takes the time to look carefully into the outputs of the workshops and thinks about how to move forward and connect people and initiatives. If you missed it, here is where all the post workshop activity (summaries, video interviews, other media) is going: /t/futurespotters-workshops-the-aftermath/567
And here are the concrete steps we should each be taking:
- Go through the documentation and leave a constructive comment to the posts (add your personal reflection in a couple of paragraphs + add info & links that are missing + ping whoever isn’t pinged in the text etc). Let’s do it now!
- Extract creative call for help from sessions or interviews and put it in the Social media calendar in both Arabic/ Armenian /Georgian and English. Daily!
- Coordinate to spread the content! Check the social media calendar and spread the word on your personal channels. Daily! Also because Said and Dorotea, even Hazem are taking care of the Edgeryders channels and need to know what content to push out.
- Reach out to people who couldn’t / can’t make it to the workshops and let them know about the opportunities still available ahead of our final June conference. You can draw inspiration from this post Nadia wrote.
Can you think of something else that is useful to do? Can we each come up with a creative idea or lead before the Wednesday coordination call? What do you think? especially @Inge, @Vahagn since you know who’s who the best.
Looking forward to keep on future spotting, this is becoming a great ride and there are no words to describe how much generosity and potential is out there, especially potential to learn from one another. Big thanks to @Khatuna, Inge, Vahagn & @Lurglomond for going out of your ways to welcome Sam and me in Tbilisi and Yerevan, and make sure we don’t get lost - literally!
See you on Wednesday’s team call at 1pm cet!