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EGYCOM

About Us

 

A. Our Objectives

  1. Empowerment of the members of the local communities and enhancement of their innovative and proactive spirit through scientific, technological and economic endeavors.
  2. Sustaining and nurturing of the social, cultural and environmental unique features of local communities through self-development models and practices.
  3. Opening of new potentials for productive labor fitting local residents within their specific socio-cultural contexts.
  4. Innovation of new consumptive patterns and appropriate styles of life harmonious with the main principles of sustainable development

B.Our Vision

We believe that Egypt deserves a more dignified and a better respectful status among other nations, compared with the one we are occupying at the moment. Our deteriorated status and degraded style of life have nothing to do with the shortage of natural and financial resources, nor with deficient human capabilities or lack of advanced technologies and modern equipment. Our real dilemma is a weakened “raison d’etre”, non-committment to our authentic cultural values and original moral choices, our unwillingness to explore and innovate, our humiliating acceptance to be followers to others, and our being resigned to negative reception of others’ values, concepts, styles of life as well as productive and consumptive patterns. And finally, our entrapment within the circle of blind imitation of the Western Model in every aspect of our life to the extent that ‘progress’ and ‘civility’ have been reduced to ‘purchasing’ and ‘wearing’ the external make up of the western style of life.

A new ‘daybreak’ has emerged in Tunisia and Egypt when the people of the two countries restored their robbed dignity and managed to loudly shout after years of silence: ‘The people want’. The Tunisian and Egyptian peoples recaptured their capacity to want, to dream, to initiate and to innovate. The people in the two countries revolted against despotism asking for bread, human dignity, social justice and political freedom. They wanted to restore their robbed humanity.

Even before the emergence of this “Arab Spring”, our institution went to the populace and raised with them the slogan of ‘Yes, you can’. We realize that every human being has very special potentials that we should help him activate and set free in order to initiate change within ourselves and around us. Our institution views the local community as the basic ‘living cell’ that builds up our National Society. We believe that our national revival starts from the endogenous development of all local communities through setting free their potential energies and empowering their inhabitants to reveal their suppressed identities and their alienated cultural values in order to achieve their sought after means of existence: bread, human dignity, social justice and political freedom.

The endogenous Development is initiated from the sympathy with the local people, trust in their natural capacities and local resources, dependence on the living socio-cultural fabric of the local community, recovering the original status of the local community as a living organism capable of self-development enjoying a unique identity and distinguished features that cannot be found in any other location. The endogenous development could start with an intervention from outside the local setting or it could be totally initiated from within the local setting. It is a bottom-up planning process that opens the way for blossoming out of the rich local setting, full of imagination, creative thinking, innovation, cooperation, and productive work. It ultimately sets the basis for a new modernization process based on local renaissance and self reliance. This process benefits from all available local resources: positive values supporting productive work, active social networks, local forms of self organization, indigenous knowledge on the ecosystem, local materials and technical heritage that have been developed across generations and long years of interaction between local communities’ members and the natural environment in the context of their daily struggle to meet their basic needs.

The Endogenous Development appreciates the diversity of environmental settings, social structures and historical heritage in order to discover the specific comparative advantages and competitive edges that each local community normally enjoys as a basis for a unique trajectory of economic development and cultural revival that contributes to the developmental assets at the national, regional and global levels. The Endogenous Development brings back to life authentic forms of housing, dressing, furniture, cuisine and handicrafts. It does not mean idolization or stagnation of archaic objects, norms and practices, but rather rediscovers the cultural code behind them and re-invent them at a higher level of collective consciousness through scientific methods and technological innovations supported and legitimized by people’s participation and involvement. In other words, it means restoring the right of ordinary people to make choices about their lives, about the meaning of progress and its content. It means empowerment of local people to become innovative, productive, self organized, scientifically and technologically up to date. It rejects ready made solutions, imported modernization forms, and lazy dependence on the innovation of others to the detriment of our endogenous innovative capacities.

 

C.  EGYCOM Activities

  1. Document and preserve the technical heritage of local communities (i.e. expertise, skills, traditional knowledge, local technologies ….etc).
  2. Rediscover, consolidate and develop appropriate technologies for the manufacture and utilization of local resources.
  3. Provide all kinds of scientific, technical and institutional support to local entrepreneurs within local communities.
  4. Promote a new culture in support of local resources and raw materials in order to mobilize our intellect and imagination towards rediscovering and innovating new ways for its utilization, and manufacturing innovative products out of these traditional materials
  5. Implement applied projects promoting environmental, traditional and small-scale industries in local communities throughout Egypt.
  6. Organize seminars, workshops and conferences in the area of Development & Appropriate Technologies for local communities.
  7. Build up partnerships with a diversified spectrum of civil society organizations in Egypt in order to disseminate concepts and innovative practices of endogenous development, and facilitate its transfer to all potential partners that are willing to adopt these concepts and practices in order to scale up its application from the local level to the national level, thus constituting a national movement for the endogenous development in Egypt.

D. EGYCOM’s Mission

EGYCOM and its members are ambassadors of God’s neglected creatures, we mean the local resources and raw materials, as well as all wasted human energies in our beloved country Egypt that are not well utilized and developed. We are ready to go everywhere to explore and rediscover new capacities, potentials and ways of utilization for these neglected local resources and raw materials in order to bring them back to national grace in modern Egypt. In doing that we honor God’s creatures (i.e., local resources and raw materials) and reveal God’s embedded powers within His creation and help our brothers and sisters in local communities throughout Egypt rediscover their latent capabilities in productive work, cultural revival and technological innovation. As such EGYCOM and its members are missionaries of people’s enlightenment and development everywhere. In order to achieve our mission that is focused on endogenous development, we have to go to people everywhere in Egypt with open hearts and minds and with a sensitive imagination trained to listen to the whispers of the poor and marginalized in order to read the depths of their souls and sympathize with the pulses of their innovation. Thus, we work out with them the future code of our new Egypt.

EGYCOM has chosen rural Egypt as its geographic focus as it is the place that has suffered long epochs of misery, injustice and marginalization. A place that was deserted by its educated elite, disregarded by the scientific institutions and technological centers in our country. A place that has suffered for years from poverty and unemployment. However, it is the same place that is richly embedded by historical wisdom, technical heritage renewable resources and authentic cultural values. We believe that through EGYCOM’s slogan ‘Rediscover our natural resources and raw materials’, we can ignite the new renaissance in our rural Egypt. We believe that through scientific experimentation and technological innovation we can build up new linkages between these local resources and our most up-to-date basic needs. This “interface of innovation” produces new methods and techniques of how to handle and manufacture these traditional materials into modern forms and images, well adjusted to meet the needs of our modern life (e.g. in housing, dressing, furniture, cuisine and handicrafts). EGYCOM is dedicated to use its slogan of ‘Rediscover our natural resources and raw materials’ as a leverage point to support a national developmental scheme that embraces the concepts and approaches of ‘poverty eradication’, ‘industrialization of rural Egypt’ and ‘promotion of small-scale industries in one coherent framework.

Last Updated: Thursday, 07 May 2015 20:35