Why do we get involved in community events? We are a values based organisation and one of our values is “believe in being actively and positively engaged in our community” because intense optimistic engagement with the world makes us feel alive, full of potential and purpose. While that makes us feel warm and fuzzy there is a broader reason for community engagement that applies to our entire industry and the ecosystem it exists in. We are knowledge workers, we literally make a living from wielding our knowledge in the correct manner, so it may then seem natural to guard our knowledge as though it were a finite resource. But the easiest way to increase knowledge is to add more knowledge, the result almost always being greater than the sum of the input, growing together is faster than growing alone. So we put ourselves and our knowledge out there because feeding knowledge into the ecosystem benefits the entire ecosystem not only the recipients.
We like to think of it as pushing the boundaries of thought through sharing and collaboration.
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Code Bridge Durban Lab
Nov 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Codebridge Lab allows civic-minded folks to come together and ‘hack’ some really cool projects. These projects could be anything from a website that has a live visualisation of the city budget, to a public transport app for Durban, to a news article on housing shortages. We nurture data-driven storytelling, where data scientists can team up with journalists to explore and expand stories together.
These evenings are a little different to our usual meetups, in that this is about actually getting our hands dirty with open data and civic technology and hacking, writing, visualising, developing, and creating on the night. Before each meeting, you will be asked to specify which project you will be hacking and naturally everyone will bring laptops and whatever other tools are needed for their projects. People of all backgrounds/skill levels are welcome!