Me We World | Programs

Inspire people to imagine and explore new existential concepts.

 

This page gives an overview of all the pilots and the online/ offline training program currently available

Me-We Program | for whom?

Community builders

People who are policymakers and want to build new communities or redefine their existing one

Entrepreneurs

People who want to create a social and sustainable business considering different perspectives while evaluating human conditions

Educators

People who want to learn about innovation practices through Design Thinking

Civilization Design pilots & training

How we work

At the Me-We World, we work in an explorative way, which means that we also apply the design thinking methods that we use within our programs to ourselves! As Me-We we stand for: “Learning through experience” which means that we always keep developing. Each program starts with a pilot and is later elaborated in a fixed format. At the moment the Human-centred Design training is our regular training and there are 5 pilots. View the program descriptions for this. Despite our fixed program descriptions, each program at Me-We is tailor-made and tailored to the preferences of the customer. We can offer programs in the form of an orientation workshop or multi-day training, which can also be translated into a 5-day Design Sprint. All our services are currently available online but can also be offered on location within the Netherlands. For specific questions and wishes, please contact us.

Simone Kwakye de Wijn

Simone Kwakye de Wijn

Me-We Founder Communication & networking

For requests for workshops, training & pilots and communication about current projects or an exploratory meeting about the Me-We project, please contact her.

Lawrence Kwakye

Lawrence Kwakye

Me-We Founder Designer of Me-We project & gamification

For an exploratory meeting about general information of design processes that have been applied at the Me-We project, game & gamification/ civilization design and the vision/philosophy behind Me-We, please contact him.

Me-We Program

Civilization Design through gamification

Gamification and serious gaming use game principles in a non-game context. Complex problems and challenges in daily life can be made transparent in this way because people can simulate situations from daily life. Gamification has been shown to increase people’s engagement because people are intrinsically motivated. A safe game setting in which mistakes have no consequences for real-life makes people less restrained and allows people to experiment with different mindsets and strategies. The latter was the main reason for the Me-We team to develop the board game the Me-We game in 2017. Here they experimented with building a community and their own values ​​model in combination with the principles of basic income.

The insights that emerged from this game have been incorporated into the current Me-We framework and are combined with Design Thinking principles.

The combination of the Me-We game vision of life and Design Thinking is a powerful way to provide insight into complex problems and come up with innovative strategies. The Me-We program is unique and distinctive. We offer all programs in real life (offline) and online on customized MIRO whiteboards.

Me-We game Paris at Ouisharefest 2017

Me-We Program | training overview

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Me-We Human Centred Design training with non-human awareness | Technology & Balance | Innovation

The question here is how we will regain our place within our ecological system so that we can live in balance within our nature.

As humans, we are more capable than other species on earth to pass on our knowledge and technology to the next generation. In this way, we have ensured our survival for 300,000 years. Yet our position on Earth is no longer self-evident.

The German philosopher Martin Heidegger gives his views on technology in his books Die Frage nach der Technik (1954), and Die Technik und die Kehre (1962). Modern technology, According to Heidegger our technology allows us to isolate nature and treat it as a “permanent reserve”, that is, a resource to be stored for later use. As an example, he gives the hydroelectric power station, which insulates a river and transforms it into an energy source.

What Heidegger also teaches us in later writings is that technology has begun to seriously affect our perception of reality, so that if we are not careful, we will see it as the only reality. Within this (limited) perception of reality, people themselves may be also considered purely from the point of view of effectiveness, just like a “permanent reserve”

The efficiency associated with operating a permanent reserve requires maximum yield at minimum cost. And yes, here we have the profit maximization!

Within this line of thought, people can also easily be replaced by robots, for example. After all, they are more cost-effective because they can produce more. An empathetic approach to humans is hidden from view.

As humanity, we face a choice but also a challenge to accept ourselves with our (earthly) limitations as long as we want to continue to live on the earth. When technology is supportive and therefore not a substitute, it can increase our quality of life on earth, but the rules of our ecological system do apply because people are not the only earthlings.

Focus:

Innovation

21st-century skill:

Technology / Media literacy

Challenge:

How do we relate to technology and our future? The role technology plays in our lives depends on the value we attach to human life. How can our knowledge and technology support our ecological system?   

Topics:

• human existence

• perception is not reality!

• limitations & choice

• media literacy

Tools:

Me-We Design thinking Human conditions/ empathy mapping/

Roleplay & scenario cards

Me-We Program | overview of our pilot-workshops

Civilization Design through gamification

At the Me-We World, we work in an explorative way, which means that we also apply the design thinking methods that we use within our programs to ourselves! As Me-We we stand for: “Learning through experience” which means that we always keep developing. Each program starts with a pilot and is later elaborated in a fixed format. If you are interested in attending one of our pilots as an organisation just contact us. We work with small groups of min 6 to max 24 attendants. The pilots are free of charge except for the costs of day passes for the use of the interactive customised MIRO whiteboard.  Check our Pilots below.

 

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Pilot 1: Me-We Engagement workshop | Conditions & Environment | Critical thinking | Engagement

Is it desirable that the value of a dead tree is worth more than a living tree?

We live in an information age where news facts follow each other in rapid succession. In this constant stream of information, how do we filter what is relevant to our daily life and our future? The perspective from which we view things colours our perception. It is therefore important that we are aware of which context we view something. One may wonder to what extent contextual thinking is still present in our current society. It sometimes seems as if we only base our perception on fragments of reality. (this vision is further substantiated in domain 5 Technology & Balance)

History teaches us that fragmentary thinking started 150 years ago long before digitization, namely with industrialization. In the factories, activities, tasks and responsibilities were split up, so that people started to think in terms of sub-tasks and sub-responsibilities.

Our current society consists of industrialization and digitization where effectiveness and yield are paramount. From a human perspective, this society feels very technical and therefore inhumane. Everything is functional and must be predictable as much as possible so that the effectiveness can be measured and confirmed. The capitalist model fits in well with this and is the preferred economic model in large parts of the world, but have we not gone a bit into our capitalist value model? Is it desirable that the value of a dead tree is worth more than a living tree?

Will we soon be able to perceive our living environment only functionally and technically as an exploitation area in which the tree is no longer seen as a tree but as a potential cupboard with a potential yield and humans not as humans but as employees with potential yields? What does this way of perceiving mean for the self-esteem of people and how does this translate into an economic model and what kind of policy is the basis for it?

Focus:

Engagement

Challenge:

How can we remain critical? Staying authentic in a world that is largely automated where we are less challenged to think for ourselves

21st-century skill:

Critical thinking

Topics:

• making connections and overseeing consequences

• perception is not reality!

• non-fragmentary thinking

Tools:

Empathy Mapping & Me-We Design thinking

Pilot 2: Me-We Leadership workshop | Knowledge & responsibility | Leadership | Governance

Decentralization requires more individual effort, in particular a sense of responsibility for the earth that we must all share.

In a complex system, there is always a relationship between citizens, the economy and policymaking. The world we live in today is so comprehensive and changeable that it is no longer possible to oversee everything that happens in the world, let alone coordinate it from 1 organization! Soon, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency technology will automate and decentralize our agreements.

What does this mean for our governance approach now that the top-down structure seems to be replaced by a decentralized structure? When we focus on the future, we see a further increase in the scale of our living environment. What effect will increasing globalization and consumerism have on our footprint if we need even more energy with even more people? In 1968 Garrett Hardin writes his well-known article Tragedy of the Commons, describing a situation in which people choose self-interest over a common interest, which eventually depletes resources. Elinor Ostrom’s book Governing the Commons, on the other hand, contains examples where communities are indeed able to prevent resources from not being fully exploited. What is clear in any case is that a holistic approach to governance can help us to provide insight into our shared responsibility. Time will tell whether decentralized systems such as Blockchain and Holochain can be used in the right way to create a society that allows us to act within our ecological frameworks. Decentralization requires more individual effort, in particular a sense of responsibility for the earth that we must all share. How can personal leadership coexist with administrative leadership in a contemporary complex context of different cultures and new economic models that promote sustainability? Can we learn to navigate holistically, supporting our wellbeing within our ecological frameworks?

Focus:

Governance

21 st century skill:

Leadership

Challenge:

When knowledge is power then knowledge is also responsibility! How do we deal with this responsibility and trans late it into a governance model that motivates, inspires and makes our existence more sustainable?

Topics:

• conscious decisions

• self-awareness & footprint

• personal leadership

• governance

Tools:

Me-We community hero diagram & community template & me-we game, Me-We google forms

 

Pilot 3: Me-We Human Conditions workshop | Culture & Values | Communication | Empathy

You only achieve realistic goals together when everyone feels heard and seen.

A growing world population means that there are more stakeholders worldwide with different backgrounds and cultures.

As a result, more people have to work together, sharing raw materials, knowledge and technology. Soon wicked problems and the necessary dilemmas come into play. After all, there are different (cultural) perspectives from which one must arrive at shared values. It requires meaningful relationships to arrive at sustainable and solid solutions. You only achieve realistic goals together when everyone feels heard and seen. One would say the more people are involved, the more different perspectives can be taken into account, leading to a more realistic solution to a problem. But is this the case? Concessions are inevitable. Doesn’t a solution with all kinds of compromises become meaningless?

When people want to develop an idea in a project, everyone must take responsibility in following up on the action points! Ideally, we also want these responsibilities to be fulfilled intrinsically. In the end, we want people to be intrinsically motivated.

A meaningful relationship is a relationship in which the coherence and context in which people operate are clear. Community-owned cryptocurrencies could support such processes.

Focus:

Empathy

Challenge:

How do we develop empathy towards each other and how do we think inclusive?

21st-century skill:

Collaboration

Topics:

• divergent interests

• collaborate

• agreements

• networking

Tools:

Me-We Human conditions/ empathy mapping/ Roleplay & scenario cards

Pilot 4: Me-We Community workshop | People & Scarcity | Collaboration | Inclusion

Within a group there must be mutual trust between the individuals and people must feel safe, understood, aware and relaxed to have an unconditional relationship with each other.

Joint awareness and individual awareness is a key factor here. A team, a family or a community is made up of different individuals. These individuals can bring their group to the fore or make the group vulnerable because they do not appear coherently as a unit. Within a group, there must be mutual trust between the individuals and people must feel safe, understood, aware and relaxed to have an unconditional relationship with each other. Group dynamics are inevitable because people simply influence each other. Within a group, there is always someone who takes the lead, after which people follow. Group behaviour is commonplace and typically human, but this does not mean that you cannot be an individual within the group. You enrich the group through your personality. What is important here is that you trust the group and experience that you are part of a larger whole. If not, then there is no group. This is reflected in the concept “The tragedy of the Commons”, which shows that people are naturally inclined to act in self-interest and thereby ignore the option of collectively collecting, moving or acting.

Focus:

Inclusion

Challenge:

How can we collaborate & co-create?

How do we deal with our different interests and socio-cultural backgrounds? 

How do we move from dissensus to consensus?

21st-century skill:

Collaboration

Topics:

• individualism

• “Me” vs “We”

• shared freedom

• group dynamics

• The tragedy of the commons

Tools:

Me-We community template & me-we game

Pilot 5: Me-We Future Literacy workshop | Zeitgeist & Anticipation | Creativity | Anticipation

Imagination is letting go of predictability!

Being an entrepreneur in our current society is not easy. Entrepreneurship is anticipating changing circumstances and at the same time securing your position in the market, which is not easy with the current fierce competition and the speed of all developments. How do you maintain your authenticity and not just follow the next trend without ignoring what is happening in your environment? How do you develop a long-term vision that is still flexible enough to respond to changes in the short term if necessary? Can you effectively gain insight into what is going on in society with an open innovative mindset? Imagination is letting go of predictability! In short, creativity is a must in the twenty-first century.

Focus:

Anticipation

Challenge:

A condition of creativity and imagination is freedom or independent and judgment-free thinking! You can only feel free when you are aware of what is hindering you or by whom you are hindered.

21st-century skill:

Creativity

Topics:

• anticipation

• entrepreneur

• changing circumstances

• authenticity

Tools:

Me-We scenario game & Me-We Design thinking

example of our Customised MIRO online whiteboard Pilot Digital Pakistan 2021