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Concept Note

Why Whynabta Nabtaexists exists--our ourmission mission We are a


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We aim to organize gatherings where people meet, debate and take action. Only through motivated, inspired people collaborating to share, explore & experiment can we realize new approaches. 2

Whatisiscivil civilsociety? society?Just JustNGOs? NGOs? What Civil society is a public space between the state, the market and the ordinary household, in which people can debate and take action. So civil society is us. It is not disconnected from society. And it is not exclusive. We all should contribute with our thoughts, money and our efforts. It is a space, and this is what Nabta wants to create - a space for debate and action.


The current situation is that unfortunately civil society - the very platform that that allows us to respond to our challenges ourselves - has numerous problems and malfunctions. Disconnection of civil society with society & new culture of volunteering Somehow civil society has became separated from society. People see civil society as a side product of society not an integral part of it. Volunteering is perceived as an activity done when there is the time, not a role that we all should undertake as citizens.

Lack of connectivity between civil society NGOs complain about not being able to find suitable volunteers and funding. Volunteers complain that they cannot find suitable volunteer opportunities. Donors complain about not finding suitable NGOs. They all exist, but they are not connected.

Lack of civil partnerships & connecting the networks Civil society entities work in separate islands, where we rarely see effective projects, campaigns or events made in cooperation between different entities. Also naturally many networks of active citizens have formed naturally, but these networks are not well interconnected.

For now lets explore what some of these problems are... 4

... that Nabta aims to tackle. Inefficient methodologies We have been spending a lot of money and much more effort in developing our country, but somehow the output is not equivalent to the input. Something is not working. Either with how NGOs are present in communities, or the role of donors, or the framework within which civil society works.

Lack of access to information Anyone trying to do something positive lacks access to information and tools that enable them to implement more effective and sustainable development initiatives. Only mainstream tools are accessible.

Development in closed rooms Even on a grass root level, many NGOs ‘develop’ inside a room: a training room, a meeting room, a conference room. Its more exclusive, its more formal, its not normal. We need to normalize development on our streets and public spaces.


Our Ourprinciples principles

Develop a self-organizing, bottom-up system that uses existing resources material, energy, informational and social - in optimal ways.

Evolve through evaluation and feedback loop mechanisms and information reshuffling.

We are inspired by nature. The principles that Nabta would operate in would strive to be similar to the principles that made our world survive 3.8 billion years of evolution.

Ensure longevity through the incorporation of diversity and variation, the use of multi-functional design and decentralization.

Produce simple and replicable models for action using a network of cooperative relationships that is locally attuned and responsive.


How we operate How we operate

We are not an institution, we are not an organization, we are a community. Think of a flock of birds or a school of fish as a management system. Have you ever wondered who is leading who? How they take decisions? They move as a group, no hierarchy, no queen bird.


First, we organize offline and/or online around an idea, a question, or a project. We then disperse when our work is done—or when we want to move on to something else—in groups or as individuals. It is a dynamic process, it happens organically, and all it needs to happen is an environment, guiding principles and willing people.


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Ouractivities activities Our Nabta does not have a specific developmental field. We create spaces for people to connect, share, explore and experiment for them to collectively contribute to the social good. Nabta organizes gatherings around specific issues to explore solutions. Suggested solutions will documented and shared, while some solutions would be experimented through Nabta.


Questions Nabta organizes gatherings around questions that arises in the development world that requires our collective intelligence in order to explore the answers. Summery and conclusions would be documented and shared.

Nabta organizes gatherings in public places to connect people living around an area. Creating an environment that engages children adults with artistic and educational activities, and being a space for dialogue and creating local solutions.


Virtual The website, which is under construction, will serve as a platform for people involved in civil society to connect, share resources and have access to the collective information and opportunities (research, educational, funding... etc)


Some Some final final thoughts thoughts We believe an engaged society is possible. The gap between society and civil society can get smaller when valuable information is made freely available, when good ideas travel fast. When the Egyptian street and public spaces are vibrant with initiatives and most importantly that we collaborate rather than compete.

We do not claim to have the answers to all our problems, but we believe that the answers are out there and we need to create the space for it to emerge. Through our different eco-systems we aim to capture these collective intelligence and efforts, where both the online and offline platforms feed into one another. And where the inspirations, information and skills developed within the eco-systems provide the tools and the knowledge that contributes to the development process. Nabta and many emerging initiatives will create a healthy eco-system for civil society and highlight the diversity of it and help it harmonize to be more effective. 12

How How to to get get involved involved • Join one of our gatherings • Contribute to the coming projects • Replicate one of our gatherings • Spread the word about nabta • Do something nice to someone you don’t know. We are currently building our online platform. For now you could find more information in our website join our facebook page, follow our tweets or email us 13

Nabta Concept Note