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Wetopia Global Inspiration

At Global Inspiration Day of the Virtual Festival “Rise Afrika Rise” Open design Afrika 2020, we presented a Wetopia session!

In WETOPIA we all acknowledge that we can only make a city together. In Wetopia we actively stimulate more cooperation and develop, research and demonstrate new alliances between citizens, politicians, civil servants, city makers, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, scientists etc. Because all change makers are policy makers.

WETOPIA, Making Cities Together is a global living lab of communities of practice in which we work locally in the field to connect people and projects, to explore more holistic solutions and possibilities, to learn, to understand, to work on new forms of democracy by co-creating and working together and doing so, expanding the Wetopia way of working globally.

In this session, the driving force of WETOPIA, Joke Quintens will introduce the Wetopia work and invites Wetopians Siyasamkela Kilani and Ellen Fischat to share their take-aways from the local Wetopia Learning Program for Policy Makers in Cape Town.

Then she will invite two great change making Wetopia examples to the session, who are working with the most deprived communities in Brazil and in Kenya: Pimp my Carroça and Cataki in Sao Paulo, Brasil by Mundano, an activist and artist and Living Lab Nairobi in Nairobi, Kenya by Dr Amollo Ambole, a scientist. Kevin Kimwelle, Wetopia partner and community architect based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa will make the closing remarks.

Watch it here (from min 11)!

See also the great video from Mundano about their approach to realize a minimum income for the waste pickers during the pandemic.

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Wetopia interventions aim to create " us " between people who do not always know each other but share the same place or neighbourhood. Starting from the love for and thus the potential of that place, we work together on social challenges and challenging questions. 

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