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Collaborative Pollination

When imagination meets faith...anything is possible. "A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." Albert Einstein

Urban Prototyping (UP) is a movement where people from public, private and people sectors come together to tackle socio-economic and environmental challenges facing our cities. Hackathons are about programmers and data scientists coming together to improves people's lives in different ways. Resilient by Design is yet another movement geared to creating days and weekends wherein people come together to focus on building up environmental management solutions that make our relationship with nature more tenable and solid.

All of these approaches are indeed inspired and for the public good. They are also about collaboration and honing skills and community. They are not about financial reward generally. They are kind of like Wikipedia - people participate for the value of the challenges and for the sense that they are adding value to the world and its inhabitants. Sometimes just contributing is its own reward. That is a currency and an inspired one.

Many of these collaborative events are born of Meetup groups and some of them spread like wildfire around the world. It is one of the phenomena that the internet has brought us and it is deeply inspired and positive. Such movements can, in their own way, have a bigger impact than large monied non-profits or even big heavily funded government agencies. The reason for this is simple....Goodness is virtuous and his its own movement and economy which is bigger than vested interests and aligned with the collective heart of mankind.

sutranovum's Collaborative pollination model is aligned with such vision. We don't limit ourselves to cities, the environment nor data science - we look at systems as a whole and start from the end and work back. We look at things from the vantage point of holism.

Collaborative Pollination events are intended and designed to be constructive and fun events that harness and focus our innate ingenuity and collaborative spirit on positive focused goals that are supportive of meaning and some span a weekend, others are a few hours on Saturday.

We operate on Meetup - and if you would like to set up a Meetup group in your city we wholeheartedly encourage it. We have spec letters to send to local halls and shared offices. This side of our business does not seek any financial return. All we do is aim to cover our costs. To donate please go here.

You get a chance to pitch your idea and form your team, and then work on your prototypes with your over the course of the pollination session. You can come as a group of friends on a team or we can help you join a team at kick-off. We welcome people with different backgrounds and skills, so you don’t necessarily need to have coding skills – and we encourage and expect everyone to contribute to their respective teams. Many participants are first-timers, whether they are seasoned professionals or students.

We aim to create a friendly and supportive environment for all. Please see the sutranovum code of conduct.

Getting started

Each Collaborative Pollination Event is focused on a theme. We curate specific challenges that you can tackle. Feel free to submit ideas for themes which you are passionate about. The common theme must be our humanity and our goal to live in a way that embraces the best in us. And our emotional connection. It may be related to the environment or to improving mentoring programs for the homeless...whatever it is it should be focused on seeing in a brighter story of the world we inhabit.

"different space inside, different world outside."

Email us at at if you would like to support our community - either in San Francisco or wider afield. Meetup is our main forum for this part of our work.

Come to a workshop to learn more about data, opportunities, technology and to help build community.

Hopefully, that answers most of your questions.

Join our mailing list to be informed of forthcoming Collaborative Pollinations events. We envision these starting small and growing based on voluntary and shared interests. Not vested interest. We are grateful to lend our name to such endeavors. But this isn't about us. It's about the human spirit. It's about you.