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Your entrepreneurial spirit is amazing, congratulations on the hard work! If a suggestion serves you, mapping the Stakeholders in the beginning was of great help to us, bringing clarity and priority to those we should contact first. You have a great task ahead, would love to further collaborate with all of you!
from Mine The Gap
Hi guys, it was such a good testing session and at the end such a good presentation in front of the experts. Your game is really representing the global sand issue, including perfectly the alternatives, the environmental consequences, the different actors, the different levels from local to international, the money flow, ect. I could not see how did you change the game after the testing and feedbacks: it is true that the lack of importance of the alternatives in the game was before quite harmful to the morality of your game, which is creating a paradigm shift if I understood right. The other important point was also for me the refugees "consequence", because during the testing you presented the refugees like a "disadvantage" as for the rest of the game, which was maybe not the best way of representing or formulating it. In my opinion, maybe it would be interesting to change this refugee thing because it could be a down for your amazing game: firstly because we're talking about internally displaced persons, and secondly because refugees=disadvantage is I'm sure not how you want to express it, where as juste housings distroyed and people having to move can be considered as a disadvantage. This is the only point that should maybe be revised for me in this amazing project of the Sand Merchant, because as I said before everything else is perfectly done: the negociations between the architects/private actors and municipalities being really representative of what we could understand of the reality when we did research for our own project in Switzerland. Really congratulations, even the graphics were perfect (just a little bit sad I didn't got my token or chip). Maybe an improvement for the future of the game could be to make it playable without a game master! You could had a little timer in it and make each team game masters for one round so it's equitable? Just because I would then definitely buy it ;) Anyway, congratulations to you and I really hope this project will keep going because it was a great - actually really beyong great - one! Alice
from The Sand Merchant
Hi Mine the Gap team! Really like your idea as it deals with the sand crisis on the level of communities. This is why I chose your project for my third review ;) I am really looking forward to looking to your final pitch! While reading your SDGinProgress Site I noticed that you focus a lot on alternatives to (sand) mining for communities. While I think that the people of communities working in sand extraction absolutely should have an alternatives to extraction it is often also a legal, respectable business as I am sure you have also discussed. I think it is important to emphasize this as well and really also focus on best practices - ways to extract sand sustainable and safely (health of workers, etc.). Good luck on Friday!
from Mine The Gap
I just wanted to start off with how much I loved this game and getting to participate! I think that these major feedback aspects will address the issues raised by participants quite thoroughly. I think that a debrief session about the underlying implications of your choices would be helpful. You clearly thought this game's message and its rules out very carefully and I think that there are clear metaphors behind them all. For example, alternatives were not useful in the game, but maybe this is because in real life there are barriers to using them. However, without this explanation it makes less sense. Good luck and keep up the great work ladies!
from The Sand Merchant
3D printers, laser cutting machines, every kind of tools (for cutting wood/metal/etc.) welding machine, etc. In fact, everything you could need to create a prototype (the goal here is to collect evrything you need to mount a makerspace)
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I really look forward to the final map! And as Rebecca said above, it would be nice to merge both maps too!
from Mine The Gap
Looking forward to exploring a partnership between Mine the Gap and SandX!
from Mine The Gap
I think you could really give a focus on the policy making audience! Through your platform, they could better understand the sand demand and extraction, and then all your work would really have a huge potential to help when developing new policies. I would try to really come up with a communication strategy focused on that audience.
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Who we are

This platform is for anyone who wants to document projects they are doing towards tackling the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or who wants to get inspired by other people’s projects, re-use them or re-purpose them.The platform is based on Build in Progress, which was developed for documenting maker projects by Tiffany Tseng of MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten, as part of her Ph.D. thesis. It has been re-purposed by Oday Darwich of University of Geneva’s Citizen Cyberlab, as part of the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative (GTI) for the Sustainable Development Goals.

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There are many ways to document projects: wikis, Github etc. The point of SDG in Progress is to build up an open repository of SDG projects, which may involve hardware and software development, or focus more on grassroots or policy initiatives.

Why us

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The point of SDG in Progress is to build up an open repository of SDG projects, which may involve hardware and software development, or focus more on grassroots or policy initiatives.
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The idea is to inspire creativity, while minimizing redundancy. Reinventing the wheel is not a problem, as long as you can improve it each time.
There are many ways to document projects: wikis, Github etc.