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Future Jamboree – a conference on the development of cities

A (non-)conference of activists and urban innovators from all over the world. 90 leading urban activists, representing all continents will gather in Wrocław to share their knowledge and experiences regarding the development of the city, and to inspire each other during a meeting, spanning two days. This interaction will support their efforts in thinking up a better city – inclusive, fair and even more respectful towards the quality of life of its residents.

15-17 October 2016, Zajezdnia History Centre, Wrocław

The session will be conducted using the “Open Space” methodology, which means that the participants will start their work with a clean slate – we will not impose any issues to be discussed or solved, and the topics will be proposed by the participants themselves. The meeting of such a diverse group of the “designers of tomorrow”, representing diverse traditions and cultural circles, bringing their own experiences to the discussion is an event unique in the world.

“Jambo!” means “Hi!” in Swahili. “Jambo” is a sign of being open and ready for meeting other people. Thus, “Jamboree” can be understood as far more than just a meeting. It is an exchange of thoughts based on spontaneity, energy, improvisation and the joy of solving problems posed by the world. And it is exactly the way we envisioned our... not a meeting, not an assembly, not a convention, but “jamboree”. People from all over the world, full of positive energy and equipped with tools enabling them to answer the needs of the inhabitants of the increasingly urbanised world will come to Wrocław to the Jamboree, which is aimed at inspiring the boundless and creative flow of ideas and good practices.

FUTURE JAMBOREE IS A NON-CONFERENCE A conference, expert panel or a seminar – such event formulas would not be able to carry out the idea of “jambo”. An exchange of ideas and good practices needs to take place in atmosphere as open as it is possible. This is why we decided to put the concept of Open Space conference at the centre of the Future Jamboree. The methodology is used for organising independent and grassroots meetings from 5 to over 2000 participants, Open Space meetings have no predetermined agenda, and the topics for discussion are proposed by the participants during the first 90 minutes of the non-conference. Every activist will have an opportunity to present an important problem and to discuss it in groups. As part of the Future Jamboree, almost a hundred change leaders from all over the world will conduct discussions about current issues connected with building a better future of the cities.

1. …conducive to social justice and inclusion.
Many of the so-called “Western growth models” promoted increasing economic wealth. However, the very same models also brought about social inequalities, injustice, popular frustration and crises. We want to engage in discussions regarding alternative development models, tools and strategies, which are not only permanent, but also inclusive. We want to discuss models which exceed economic growth and encompass the needs of all residents, regardless of their socio-economic status, gender, race, ethnic origin, disability or other grounds for discrimination. People around the world are working on modifications or alternatives for the dominating economic system, they are proposing urban strategies, taking urban development into consideration as a whole, or focusing on specific areas, such as residential construction, public transportation, environmental protection, energy production or clean air. It is time to learn something from them. New trends, such as the sharing economy, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, participatory redistribution are important; however, they are just the beginning of the search.

2. …of education for everyone.
Education is always at the centre of all debates on development. Making knowledge available allows people to be the subject, not the object of the processes taking place around them. However, in order for the education to be successful, it needs to be accessible and adapted to the challenges posed by modern times. We have to notice and understand the diverse education models, responding to socio-economic needs of various communities – those existing today and those, which will appear in the future.

3. innovation.
Technological innovation is not a value in itself. If we want it to promote a just and inclusive development, it has to focus on real needs and potential, both individual and social. Innovations should serve social development, and not be a goal in itself, pursued at all costs.

4. ...“human technology”.
Technological advances are omnipresent, and developments in the field of IT enabled us to reach further, do it faster and on an unprecedented scale. Technology can be our greatest ally, but just like innovations, it has to be more social and more human. It does not have anything to do with “technology with human face” – it is all about technology, which serves humanity.

5. ...culture.
Culture is a foundation. Any serious discussion about development is impossible without also discussing culture and identity. Development strategies need to be rooted in our identity as a community. There is no single solution, which would fit all problems. Culture is a key to unlocking developmental potential of entire societies.



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