Using the boats available to us and our collaborators we created a vision, and an invitation to join us. The first promotion received 36 applicants during a 3 week period. Whilst these numbers are small, the contacts were keen and socially motivated.
Young social entrepreneurs are prepared to pay for the opportunity.
Our first 4 participants moved to Aswan for a month and paid to live in our prototype space for a month at very short notice – interestingly we discovered short notice is actually the best time frame for the kind of people who will take such risks as spontaneous opportunities arise quickly, we will need to repeat the exercise as our interested members for April now find themselves elsewhere.
On the flip side new arrivals on the festival last days are still living in the space and may stay longer.
The space itself is able to expand and contract according to need, as each of the motorboats can function as a motor boat when no guests are present. This ensures that valuable resources can be applied in different ways to generate income streams for our collaborators.
The residents interact with the locals, creating an exchange of knowledge and opportunities for each to learn more of each others culture.
We leave the island with a functioning business and it’s first customers/residents/collaborators in place.
For the outputs below I will try to be brief as I hope each of the participants will also add their own reflections on their experiences.
Activities are continuing, the first of which is a project to build a Geodome.
This activity was a part of Felucca Festival 2: A Marriage of Makers