There are Plenty of Alternatives. TransforMap makes them visible.
TransforMap works towards an online platform to visualize the myriad of alternatives to the dominant economic thinking on a single mapping system. It will give everyone the opportunity to map the initiatives, communities, projects, worker-owned, self-managed, democratically organised companies and other institutions dedicated to meeting people's needs, serving the common good and/ or contributing to a sustainable way of life.
The Mother of Many Maps
Maps generated out of the TransforMap dataset include visualisations of needs-based initiatives, green projects, and more.
Who we are
Today there is no single resource to easily identify and directly benefit from transformative social innovations, either in your neighborhood or globally. While a new economy based on horizontal collaboration for the common good is emerging with the mushrooming of practices like sharing, repairing, bartering, co-producing, co-using, commoning, and Transition initiatives, it is extremely hard to get an overview of this global transformation.
TransforMap is a collaborative answer to this challenge and its complexities. It aims to co-develop with users - common citizens as well as representatives of the different movements - the necessary tools and standards for free and open crowd mapping and aggregating all such initiatives in one mapping tool that can be navigated by neophytes. TransforMap is being developed by, and offers the opportunity to display, all initiatives that belong to communities of practice approved by the wider TransforMap community.
A longer introduction to organization's history and collaboration can be read on the TransforMap Discourse forum.
Do you like the idea of TransforMap? And want to get involved? Here are a few ways you can choose to contribute:
You have a database of initiatives: open your data and get in touch. Let's discuss what kind of license will enable both maximum collaboration and the preservation of your interests.
You have programming skills or are an organization with such skills at hand: pool your technical resources with the TransforMap community. Visit our Trello board to know what needs to be done on the software side.
Support with any other means, including in-kind donation, and get in touch via our global mailing list email@example.com.
For more ways to get involved, check out the wiki on Discourse.
Call for community proposals to be funded
We have set 2000€ aside for the wider community to propose small activities to be funded. We are aiming at funding 4/5 buckets between 400-500€ each. Smaller or bigger proposals are also welcome. We are inviting anyone wishing to fund activities that will contribute to the Transformap vision to write start a thread on our forum... Read more
The global Map Jam goes on! With over 300 participants, the third Map Jam organized by Shareable was successful and will be reconducted in June and October. Check out the Map Jam mapping guide (which we helped shape). Another round is planned during #SharingWeek betwen 5-11 June... Read more
Community: Migrating our inventory of maps Since the beginning of our adventure we have inventoried existing maps of alternative economies as well as mapping resources (like atlases or tools). The wiki is now relocated at the following address: http://wiki.transformaps.net/. Read more
Let's increase the visibility of the maps atlas we have documented in Transformap's own atlas. This page will also serve to collect new entries for those who don't want/can't add it directly to the wiki. Here is a metamap to get the overview: https://metamaps.cc/maps/1979