Local Adoption Pilot Database
Samara has started collecting data to organise the formation and cross-pollination of learning between:
- Local adoption pilots we seek to understand and support
- Ambassador support pods (3-4 people) who meet to share experiences and explore best practices
We have started to turn this initial data into a working database, which will act like a networking hub. To begin, the idea is to connect and help Ambassadors co-support and co-create with an explicit focus on local adoption pilots.
Initially, we have transferred the data to an Airtable in order to have the flexibility to play with the structure and allow the users to drive and co-create development. This is a strategic choice before investing in a particular technology pathway.
We envision a period of collection and ongoing adjustments before designing a more in-depth user experience and choosing a longer term or more sophisticated software solution.
- Currently any aspiring or graduated SEEDS Ambassadors can:
Samara has started supporting Ambassadors and established starter pods and pilot support using the following tables (sets of data):
The sections below display each of these starter tables and the partially converted data.
Pilot People Directory:
The primary purpose of the database is to connect people and facilitate the regenerative processes of mutual support and learning. One of the sets of information is a people directory. This was created to allow ambassadors and those interested in joining pods or pilots to freely contact each other and look for areas of synergy or similar interests in relation to pilots. Initially much of the data is free input. This is so Samara and ambassadors can see what kind of interests and information appear. As the data grows we envision consulting ambassadors to create a more contained set of categories which are relevant to pilot needs.
Current Pilot data, organised by Type and Phase:
Ambassador 'Pilot Pods':
Originally we started using the bioregions from the One Earth website, but then discovered there were no exact defined borders. This meant no effective way for ambassadors to clearly identify the relevant location and regions to add their information with.
We then discovered the below interactive Google Earth map which overlays the ecoregions, biome and bio-geo-realms. We have used this interlinked data to allow any city or town to be added to the database referencing the correct attached location data. This creates a user friendly experience that still encourages location in a much more relevant way to the regenerative work we are doing. Having to go into the map and find one's location is also a useful educational experience for many and naturally encourages discussions around these ecological factors entering into the pilot and pod activities.
Click the image below to visit the interactive map and find your location!!
*Unfortunately there is not yet a search function in this map, but we are working on our own version which allows this. If you live in a small village or town, search it on another map and note the nearest large town to make it easy to locate in this map for now.
(Social) System Mapping for Data Visualization
Samara is adapting this data with social system mapping in mind. At the moment there is not enough data or links to make a social map reveal very much.
People in Samara and People involved in Local Adoption Pilots are consciously structuring the taxonomies, data sets and use cases to highlight and encourage social connections with a view to future mapping. This will help us to work with emergent patterns as much as possible as opposed to imposing perceived patterns or partial summaries. See some example maps below which show the kind of visuals we plan to produce over time:
Are you a SEEDS Ambassador or Citizen and interested in Pilot Projects? Have deep knowledge about local adoption and regional marketplaces? Add yourself above and get in touch!