Mare Nostrum 2.0
A Clearinghouse for Collaborative Solutions to the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean & Europe


Nearly 600,000 refugees will cross the Mediterranean to reach the European Union in 2015, twice as many as last year. Faced with the challenge, governments and citizens react in various and uncoordinated ways. Mare Nostrum 2.0 will mobilize collaborative and innovative tools across the globe, to generate jobs, facilitate integration and build resilience in recipient communities. To do so, a clearinghouse for high-impact micro or large scale initiatives will be created.

In summary, what is your “Made on Coboat” project idea (max. 3 sentences)?

Coboat can bring to the helm both digital nomads and designers needed to think through the clearinghouse, while entrepreneurs and freelancers can propose and scrutinize potential projects. To succeed, Mare Nostrum 2.0 requires creative action so Coboat nomads have a clear mission to accomplish before coming home.

How much of your project can you realistically achieve in 100 days if you will get the chance to stay on the Coboat?

We can reach up to three milestones:

#1 (Immediate goal) Finalize the model & value proposition ;

#2 (Key goal) Identify, reach out to, convince like-minded contributors around the world including from migrant communities, communicating through online clearinghouse;

#3 (Best case scenario) Find / design / select and even kick-start pilot projects with implementation support;

Prior to setting sail, Jovoto could be used to crowstorm the basic design of the clearinghouse.

Will you complete this project on your own, or will you be working with a together with a team?

We will work with experts in project finance/ partnerships /procurement to design large-scale infrastructure projects that create jobs and support new migratory trends. We will work with communities and migrant groups as well as university networks - several Syrian, Yemeni and European students are ready to roll! Socially responsible corporations can help. We will also need experts in SME / venture capital. A list of earlybirds is already available : we need more brains!

Why should your project be chosen?

Let’s go beyond words and act as a global connected community: migration flows need to be addressed urgently, in a spirit of solidarity and effectiveness. Mare Nostrum 2.0's clearinghouse will target ideas that generate jobs, integration and resilience. Do we want to make an impact by joining forces? Can Nomads have a positive social benefit? Can we do better than governments and international organizations? By choosing this project we might get the answer we are all hoping for.

What does this project mean to you?

“Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you– or unmaking you.” wrote Nicolas Bouvier in the wonderful 'Way of the World' ... this is what drives me. Mare Nostrum 2.0 is embedded into the innovation of Coboat, which makes the project unique. Our answers will be different if we reach a new way of seeing things. While I cannot say if we will ultimately succeed, I know we'll have the best start possible.

Why do you want to do this project?

This is an opportunity to create synergies between skillsets and social needs, between a sense of urgency and the fun of setting sail. The project won't solve the whole problem for sure, but it can surely be part of the solution.

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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your professional background. How do you fit into a team? What have you done before within the field of your idea?

I work in large international organizations and teach at university, looking at social and private initiatives. I have seen many project proposals in the area of infrastructure and job creation. I work on the nexus of finance / development, security / poverty-alleviation, job creation infrastructure in fragile states and believe in collaborative work. Take risks, reach out, be confronted to new ideas, this is what it's all about!