Abdul and I started working together on Jamma in July 2019. By August Abdul had built a prototype which I took to Chechens and Somalis to get feedback. Little in that prototype survived the collision with reality, but the vision emerged remarkably intact. Communities are vital for immigrants: they’re a source of identity and belonging; they’re the first place you go to when you need help; they’re a way of staying connected to your roots and culture.
We needed to build a platform that unlocked the potential of community and made it easier for people to connect to it (check out Abdul's Twitter thread on this ).
That’s how we arrived at our initial idea of a Question and Answer network for diasporas. Today, we’re officially coming out of Beta with one important shift on that original idea...
As first generation immigrants, Abdul and I see our identity primarily in terms of the countries we were born in. Through conversations with lots of other immigrants however, we discovered that those identities are intersectional for many people. Especially when it comes to 2nd and 3rd generation children of immigrants, other identities such as being Muslim, Black or Asian are as important.
Our name for communities and identities that cross national boundaries are “Super-Communities” and today we’re finally introducing them on Jamma.
What this means for you today:
💡 Schemes and Grants
In the UK we’re lucky to have lots of diversity and access schemes that aim to give minorities a leg up with scholarships, grants and internships. The problem is that not many people know what’s on offer and often find out about crucial schemes when deadlines have already passed.
We’re changing that by creating a database that aggregates all BAME schemes and opportunities out there and makes it easy for people to find the ones suited to them, whether they’re looking for an access route into journalism or a grant for a PhD.
Right now our most requested feature is Events, so we’re also building a database that aggregates all the events happening across your communities (e.g. Somali and East African) and allows you to find the ones you want to go to.
To see what else is in the pipeline check out our Transparent Roadmap here. If you’ve got feedback on anything on there or just want to get in touch drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us (we read everything, really!)
Mags & Abdul
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