After 4 years of studying the Commons and the mutualization of know-how, where are we?
After OpenChateau (x) 1 in 2014, then 2 in 2015, the ScaleCampers at # COP22 in Marrakech, here is the #ScaleSchool. The issues of mutualization, sharing and fluidization are eminently important to avoid reinventing the wheel but we realized that a fundamental link in the transmission was missing to optimize sharing: it is about mediation, which means the challenge of facilitating/promoting the documentation of a project and making this knowledge available to other people. Indeed, to capitalize is certainly necessary, but it is expensive in time, in human resources, and in the absence of methodology, it is often necessary to start from scratch.
To meet this need, we designed the Scale School, an accelerator whose purpose is to mediate the transfer of know-how between a successful social enterprise and an ecosystem of start-up entrepreneurs. Our role as mediators is to invest the human resources required to support the documentation and set up the training infrastructure required to allow the teaching of the tutor’s knowledge to an ecosystem of students. Here, we speak of manual teachings, which require putting hands in the ground. Practice. To do. And not just to inquire or theorize. Hence the critical issue of on-site support infrastructure.
The first Scale School is active in the field of agroecology and organic agriculture in Nepal. Social entrepreneur Sudarshan Chaudhary, who has switched his farm from conventional organic farming over the past 7 years, will teach 8 farmers his skills. Open Team accompanied Sudarshan to create a 4-month curriculum for 50% illiterate farmers. Farmers will, in turn, become trainers and disseminate knowledge under an approach framed by Scale School. The educational materials we have created have been designed to take into account the issue of replication by half-literate people.
For this, Open Team has mobilized a team of 5 people in Nepal and 5 people in support in France. Scale School is in line with the “Barefoot College”. But here, knowledge is also made available on a large scale via digital tools and in particular our collaborative platform. The curriculum already takes into account the know-how of other permaculture training centers in Nepal, and the courses will be enriched by the establishment of an online space for enrichment by “connected farmers To pollinate the alternative knowledge, as well as the variable climatic contexts. The notion of peer-to-peer know-how then becomes fundamental and the Open Team teaching team remains mobilized to support the iterative documentation effort.
The vocation is to train thousands of organic farmers in Nepal on a 3-year support program.
Today, the formations are about to start. The first 8 student farmers are about to be selected on the first screen of 25 preselected applications. To speed up the pace, and we need your support:
=> In the relay of communication and influence
=> For connections to family offices
In parallel, we are launching a crowdfunding campaign and you can find all the details here:
Moreover, we will organize several events in Paris to discuss these fascinating subjects and we would be delighted to see you there for a drink! 🙂