Morel Fourman and his organization Gaiasoft have been working with cities and nations, for over a decade, particularly in Africa designing and implementing an electronic platform that enables strategic positioning for organizations within cities and across cities in the same country or continent.
Morel’s work has provided systematic foundation building to strengthen city systems and infrastructure. He designs performance management systems that enable capacity building in the city’s four voices, particularly with governments, business and citizen engagement.
Morel has been realising a national meshwork of cities in Kenya, keeping at it for years slowly and gradually building CAPI (coalescing authority, power and influence). He has now attracted Worldbank to support meshworking throughout a number of African countries, taking them forward into Future Cities Africa.
Through Gaiasoft, Morel and his team start working to restore and/or introduce healthy capacities for management, order and good government. Gaiasoft encourages governments to listen to women’s groups and youth. Morel supports them to have an organized voice, by offering simple tools, always training local young people to deliver from the start. This impact has now spread to the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, Algeria and other countries.
Morel and Gaiasoft involve students through AISEC (the world’s largest youth-led network creating positive impact through personal development and
shared global experiences) supporting them to get their act together and be taken seriously. This in turn, really strengthens the voice of civil society to be an influence in communities and cities.
For Morel’s and Gaiasoft’s outstanding progress, persistence and achievements in trans-city meshworking, Integral City presents Gaiasoft the award of Meshworkers of the Year 2016.
For more on Gaiasoft and Morel’s work watch two YouTube messages of Morel’s work with Future Cities Africa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA0a25GIQjE – learning together and identifying the positive deviants
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-iD0yTm95U – every country implementing its goals linked to the whole.
Definition of Meshworker
A Meshworker of the Year demonstrates the meshworking intelligence as defined on the website . Meshworking intelligence creates a “meshwork” by weaving together the best of two operating systems — one that self-organizes, and one that replicates hierarchical structures. The resulting meshwork creates and aligns complex responsive structures and systems that flex and flow.
Candidates for the Meshworkers of the Year Award invest dollars, time, effort and expertise at a level of complexity that serves a whole city or cities. Here are our previous winners: