2nd July 2011
The second Flash Hub is taking place in Cairo. The idea is simple, fantastic, in fact revolutionary. But what is a Flash Hub? Ahmed Nazmi, one of the initiators, says on socialearth “The Flash hub is a fusion of two concepts: A Flash Mob, & a Hub. A Flash Mob is this: http://mashable.com/2010/06/20/flash-mob-videos/#VQ3d3KigPQM. A Hub, like a bee hive, is a place of convergence converging ideas, efforts, innovation, collaboration, etc.. In the context of Social Enterprise, it is where social entrepreneurs and the people working to make the world a better place sustainably individually or collectively call home (for their work). *The Flash Hub is proudly a 100% Egyptian, Post-Revolution innovation.* Its format and concept are shared here out of a firm sense of unity with the world’s peoples & a belief that it can help bring those working towards acquiring a space to host & support social innovators a step closer to drawing support from their local community & achieving their dream.”
Read his whole statement on socialearth.
Everybody is welcome. The rules are easy. Everybody gets a big white piece of paper and pencils and colours of all sorts. Now people have approximately 40min to bring their ideas, visions, dreams and plans onto paper. People can do this on their own or in groups. There are no restrictions whatsoever. Someone might have a concrete idea or even a plan already in action, while another dares to dream the most unconventional dream. When the time of writing, drawing and creating is over everybody gets 4 minutes to present her/his idea to the others. Then it’s time for discussions, collaboration, networking, simply engaging with each other and each other’s ideas.
While in former Mubarak run Egypt people were constantly observed, intimidated and controlled by State Security, a Flash Hub is trying to offer a space of freedom where people of all sorts can freely, without fear exchange ideas and work towards a better society, environment, planet…you name it. The tricky thing now is to find enough spaces, not only in Cairo, but all over Egypt, to host Flash Hubs. Rooms, spaces that are not affiliated with any institution that has its own agenda. The clue, the momentum, the essence is to have UTMOST FREEDOM to think, create, present, dream, plan and engage with others.
I hope very much that the idea can spread and grow because this is definitely something Egypt needs and that individuals and society can benefit from. Even if not every idea, dream or vision can be turned into action, it is already a great improvement to be able to dream freely and share these dreams with others without fear to be taken in for interrogation.
I enjoyed that evening very much. Watching people being so enthusiastically engaged, listening to their ideas, that varied from art to education to environment……. I felt like a teenager again who wants to improve the world, who still has the unbowed hope that all his visions can come true if he just involves himself with all his heart and soul. And I believe that this might be even possible in Egypt if enough people join powers. I was almost envious that Egyptians have this fantastic chance of shaping their country and their society newly. I wish this would be possible in other countries or maybe even globally. As I believe that globalisation with all its economical forced agreements did great harm to the world and its people and environment. We all need a new world order that is more social and less harmful to nature. Anyways, this blog is not the place for it. To come back to my original topic, I hope Egyptians manage to use their chance to create a better Egypt. Yalla, Flash Hubs for everybody!!!!
Open Space is another platform in Egypt for the community to get in contact and exchange ideas. Please check out the website to get to know the concept and find out when and where the next Open Space events will take place. www.openspaceegypt.com