If we are going to solve some of the most pressing challenges of our time, we need to learn how to
organise ourself and collaborate on a deeper level
We are one ecosystem, let's start working as one.
What is acter ?
ACTER is a collaboration platform, enabling both people and organisations, from various
sectors to organise, coordinate and collaborate to solve pressing environmental and
Why are we building acter?
The problem today is not that we are lacking ideas or solutions to solve global challenges, but that we are disconnected.Disconnected both at a collaborative level and knowledge level - an ironic fact, considering that most people today are connected more than ever through the internet.
The problem is simply that there is no structure and no clear overview, which has resulted in a fragmented ecosystem of people and organisations working in silos.
This is not news to anyone, however the question and ongoing challenge has been; how do we change this?
As of today, it is hard to know who the others are, where to engage as an individual, who to collaborate with as an organisation or how to coordinate and share knowledge across initiatives working on the same challenges.
With ACTER, we are changing this.
How is Acter working?
ACTER is so far the result of more than two years of research and testing, aimed at exploring the question: how can we accelerate action on pressing global challenges, including biodiversity loss, global warming, plastic pollution and inequality?
With Acter we dont believe that technology is the single solution. However, it holds a potential of uniting efforts and organising
ourselves in new and better ways.
It allow us to zoom out and provide a clear understanding on the part that we play in the ecosystem, enabling us to affect systems at a global scale by coordinating collective action.
As such, Acter is an attempt, supported by a growing community of people and organisations, to accelerate action through inclusion,
collaboration and mass participation.
Theory of change
Based on the direct feedback and input from our community members, we discovered three
main barriers that kept repeating themselves.
Not having the right knowledge or information.
Not knowing who the others in the ecosystem are, resulting in silo work.
Lack of holistic collaboration tools, resulting in information overflow,
miscommunication and minimal cross sectoral collaboration.
As such these over time evolved into our theory of change, believing that if we are able to provide these three things, we can enable anyone to take action and succeed in creating change
The right knowledge and information to understand the problem and potential solution.
Overview of the ecosystem
in order to organize and unite with others.
Succeed in creating change
Essential collaboration tools for successful implementation.
The acter taxonomy - a common language
The acter taxonomy, consisting of three categories, is one of the core functionalities, since its the one enabling people to find and engage in relevant collaborations.
As of now, the labels are added manually when a new action is created and shown in the ecosystem. However in the next version, the system will be able to identity what the action is about and automatically index it. Since all users are a part of developing the taxonomy, it will constantly evolve and improve over time.
Below you can see examples of labels under each category or view the full taxonomy by accessing the map here
These labels are indicating what global challenges you are working with.
These labels are indicating how you are working with them.
These labels are indicating specific topics, concepts, or contexts.
About who is behind
The team behind acter, consists of a diverse group of people including social entrepreneurs, activists, students and professionals, who all share the belief, that if we are to create radical change, we need to start collaborating on a deeper and more profound level, leveraging our individual power and capacity.
By working through an open-source structure, we are enabling people around the world to contribute with their skillsets and within their capacity.
Beneath you can see some of the people being a part of building acter.
If you want to join, do not hesitate to reach out.
Think global - act local
Not driven by profit
Data is owned by the user
Built for the community by the community
A holistic and systems approach