“Making Cities Together” in Cape Town
Open Design Afrika (ODA) is very proud to launch the first Wetopia Academy in October 2019 where a diverse pool of city makers and change makers will unite to collectively build new, inclusive and more prosperous ecosystems that can benefit the greater good of our people.
Lack of empathy and an authentic connection and understanding of other cultures and people hinders collaboration, progress and impact that’s needed to stimulate systemic change and social cohesion so that people can unite to build more resilient and thriving communities and cities.
Wetopia demonstrates, investigates and develops exciting experiences that stimulates different collaborations between policy makers (politicians, civil servants, community leaders, entrepreneurs, institutions…) and civil society (citizens, communities, artists, city makers,..).It’s about exploring, learning, understanding and designing new ways to create democracy through collaboration and co-creation.
Conceptualised and curated by Joke Quintens and Suné Stassen from Open Design Afrika, the ODA Wetopia Academy is a learning programme for active citizens, change-makers and policymakers who are serious about creating real change. Aligned with the longstanding ‘citizens education platform’ of Open Design Afrika Festival and in collaboration with a number of local and international field experts, city-makers and change-makers, we are excited to take things to another level.