OPENcare Pop-up Village - call for a host city

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In 2017, we are seeking a host city to help us host and build the next Living On The Edge. LOTE is an international UnConference organised by community members from Edgeryders. It is a meeting of people from around the world who are exploring the leading edge of science, social policy, and modern living. So far, LOTE events have been organized in Italy, France, and Belgium; each bringing together over 60 activists, hackers, thinkers, artists, and makers from all around the globe. We have succeeded in creating a unique platform for online and offline meetings between stakeholders from the government, the successful start-up community, and the Edgeryders network. LOTE events are uniquely crafted to create synergies between hosting communities and a broad network of changemakers, both through offline meetings and through access to the vast database of knowledge that the initiatives gathered on the Edgeryders website provide.

LOTE6: The Edge of Care will be the culmination of an 18-month international project called OpenCare. Through OpenCare we have discovered hundreds of projects changing the landscape of caregiving in their communities. We have been studying innovative aspects of care from around the world and want to come together to discuss, learn and investigate our findings. Most importantly we want to do it in your city.

To serve the needs of all our participants and be consistent with our core theme- Care, LOTE6 will involve several separate but mutually cohesive tracks of enquiry: physical (body exercising, manual work, therapy etc.), personal (development and growth), and professional/intellectual enquiry. The details of these tracks will be developed and honed over the year by Edgeryders event management team in collaboration with our partners and you, our gracious hosts.

What makes LOTE6 special and why do we need your support?

For 2017 LOTE6 is taking a hands-on approach. Inspired by the Pop-up Care Village event carried out in San Francisco, (http://tinyurl.com/z6ast93, http://tinyurl.com/hjwfby8 ) we are looking to create an event that combines the Edgeryders’ online community resources and knowledge with local on-the-ground initiatives: The OpenCare PopUp village.

The OpenCare PopUp village involves reaching out to local initiatives in your city and providing them with a chance to showcase their work in action as part of the big event. We want to find projects that approach social, personal, and physical care in new, exciting, and unconventional ways. We are looking to invite projects that tackle access to care; projects that bridge the housing gap, or are investigating the creation of sustainable communities; projects finding innovative ways to access affordable healthcare; and projects that are working on solutions to address the needs of the elderly, migrants, and/or those people in society current underserved or overlooked by the authorities. We believe that all our care needs must be re-addressed to keep pace with the rapidly changing social, economic, political, and cultural landscape of a 21st Century globe.

We propose to invite those who are already pioneering work in these areas; improving the lives of people in the host city, in the wider country, as well as their peers from all over Europe and the rest of the world. They will come together as partners and co-creators of LOTE6 presenting the fruits of their effort and demonstrating the ability of civil society, social entrepreneurship, and open source innovations to accelerate the solving of complex issues.

We have experience of connecting to these types of initiative through our work on the Open&Change project. We brought together groups of initiatives in Brussels, New York, Thessaloniki, and Berlin, now we are looking to extend our network into your city; helping you to raise international awareness of the great work that your citizens and organisations are undertaking in your city. Edgeryders event coordinators have skills at finding and reaching out to organisations and initiatives that operate on the fringes as well as in the mainstream. The OpenCare PopUp village will seek to engage public institutions and local businesses in a dialogue about how to provide the best method of access to these products, services, and spaces to disenfranchised members of their communities. As always, Edgeryders will be working on sustainable, long lasting ideas that can support these synergies after the main events end.

Why are we reaching out to new places?

Edgeryders care as much about physical spaces as we do about our online community platform. We have had great success working with cities around Europe on their European Capital of Culture bids; we ran the first prototype of the unMonastery project: rethinking and reimagining the stewardship of community assets for a digital age; and we have partnered with UNDP, UNESCO and the European Commission to run projects focussed on finding digital and social innovators and entrepreneurs in diverse countries such as Nepal, Georgia and Romania.

Using Coral Reefs as our model, Edgeryders proposes a new kind of connective layer as an enabler of social and political renewal. One that is distributed, hyper-local and transnational at the same time. We are building a network of appropriate physical infrastructure in different locations, embedded in an online conversation and equipped with collective tools that help us make sense of our interactions. You can read more about our plans here: http://tinyurl.com/zc8egnc

Our first Reef prototype is focused on supporting people and initiatives contributing towards making health- and social care accessible for all, open source, privacy-friendly and participatory. We want your city to be a part of our Reef.

The aim of the Edgeryders Reef is to set up in an international space where people can live a good life on little money. A space for up to 20 people, where community members would live and work. Some people will be based permanently, others will be doing temporary residencies to work on projects. The focus is on experience-based learning and key tracks will evolve through an ongoing relationship with, and contribution to the local community.

 

 

What benefits are there for the host city?

  1. Co-organization of a unique showcase of global innovations in the broad area of care, with documentation and ideas on how to implement some of these solutions on the ground. So far this kind of event has not been organised in Europe.
  2. Possibility to shape areas of the event program and highlight the most cutting-edge, relevant, important projects that exist in your city/area
  3. A space to prototype and test alternative funding opportunities to support care related initiatives in the city and beyond.

What are we looking for?

  • One point person from the hosting institution or community to participate in the preparation and delivery of LOTE6 and The OpenCare PopUp village
  • Help with financial support towards the conference. This may include: event sponsorship by one or more of the host institutions/organizations (either directly or by enlisting local sponsors), grants or donations from local businesses or in-kind donations of needed supplies, food, equipment, grants for travels.
  • Access to a venue in which meetings and workshops could be conducted, as well as an area in the city where the village could be "installed" for the duration of the event
  • Two or more local coordinators to help ER design and deliver the event
  • Assistance with the local outreach and registration to the event

What can you expect between now and LOTE6?

  • An initial planning session: a meeting between your contact people and members of the Edgeryders community who will be leading the delivery of LOTE. The meeting will also serve as the first local scouting and outreach mission, where we will use our methodology to find suitable initiatives in the area and invite them to the process of preparing and building The OpenCare PopUp village and LOTE6.
  • Parallel to that Edgeryders will start a selection of initiatives from all over the world to join us for LOTE6. We will also start finalizing the list of speakers who will take part in the unConference, gathering innovators and changemakers from all domains of care.
  • Finalized these processes by the end of February we will begin applications for financial support, event sponsors and travel and attendance bursaries.
  • February to September will be dedicated to fundraising, building the program for the conference, reaching out in the social media and media to potential participants, presenters, and attendees; and finalising the finishing touches to this three-day-long marathon event.

How to apply?

 

Send an email expressing your intention to host the event to Natalia: natalia@edgeryders.eu, please include any information on how you can provide the necessary support and infrastructure for the event.

We are looking forward to hearing from you - the deadline for expressions of interest is 30th January 2017.

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Perhaps Lille

Nadia's picture

Just did a presentation of what we want to do over the next period at Adaweek. It was well recieved. and someone proposed that we do it in her hometown, lille. And wants to get involved. Let's see :)

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I really like this analogy of

Alex Levene's picture

I really like this analogy of the reef. It's smart and it makes sense.

When i'm back in the UK i'm going to talk to the local mayor and see if there is a potential space in my home town.

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Thanks!

Nadia's picture

The images used need a lot more work, they're mostly placeholders.

Also I think we could do with an animation of what we want to build based on coral reef similar in style to the fabulous ones @SamMuirhead made. 

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How about...

Noemi's picture

@Aravella Salonikidou for the city of Thessaloniki? Do you think there would be interest for such an event - a pop-up village, like a demo of OpenCare initiatives for which Edgeryders would join efforts in fundraising?

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Good Idea!

Aravella Salonikidou's picture

I think Thessaloniki is a good idea. I'll ask the mayor :)  asap! Maybe, I'll need more details.

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Open call => win

Alberto's picture

I really like the idea. We can give LOTE6 to the community to place it where it is most wanted, and find new allies and friends in the city in the process. Well played, @Natalia Skoczylas and all.

If I can make a small suggestion, I would transform the "two local volunteers" into co-protagonists of the proposal. In other terms, the proposal would be made jointly by a city and two community members. What do you think? 

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Nice idea.

Alex Levene's picture

Nice idea.

Shares the load amongst protagonists in the city and provides ER with more support and possibilities.

I've made a quick edit to suggest this.

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Good evening everyone, sorry

Natalia Skoczylas's picture

Good evening everyone, sorry for the radio silence, but the forum just finished and i try to catch up with tasks.

I was drafting a bit of questions and ideas on how to proceed, as I will be now preparing the tour (and hopefully parachuting again somewhere to put together the village). Sorry for mistakes, I use a tablet, not comfy.

Noemi has already mentioned two routes for the tour, one around Spain and Portugal to Morrocco, and one from Romania to Greece (we could add Bulgaria here, we lack Bulgarians ;)). Considering the weather, I would go for the first tour in February, and second April. We would need a least two months before heading off to establish links and plan ahead.

How long can the tours be? How many people do we intend to bring with us in the circus? Destinations are cheap, that helps. 

I would already shape each of these tours as a small community capacity showcase, bringing along one or two members who participated in the open and change and could best illustrate what care is about, but also add a tangible component to the tour. 

We need to think how, besides bringing stories and enriching the research, can we use this experience in building the reef.

We can already experiment with some of the ideas that pop up village has been testing, such as pop up shop where consumers buy things for others (medicine for the sick, socks for the homeless), barbers for the sexual minorities, mobile showers and so on. 

I will be outting together a list of cities and partners, but also ideas for activities - any information that could help here, contacts, tips, great actions that we could use are more than welcome.

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The tours can happen at the same time.

Noemi's picture

I think February is great..!

I propose we have a skype call ahead mid December in order to pull together all the potential sites for February (as you said, we need to plan 2 months in advance) and groups around them in a dataset similar to the Case Study Adventure in 2014. Some of us have places we think are potentially interesting.

Also, we have overlapping travel stuff already between those who have so far manifested interest to join the scouting: to give you an idea, in Jan/ February with Alex Levene we want to go to Thessaloniki, then to the Vault Fest London event + I might do a Georgia/ Armenia short tour on a difft account. An ER members shared calendar would come in handy.

Do you know someone in Bulgaria Natalia?

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Also heads up

Alex Levene's picture

I'm going to Thessaloniki mid January. Vault festial events are in early February.

In May i'm going to Armenia for the month to spend time at Yerevan ICA with @Iriedawta and her team (and do some arts work)

In June i go to Finland for the whole month for a Back to Basics arts residency (so will be out of contact for the whole month)

I'm also looking at a possible trip to Abkhazia for March/April time, depending on other things in my diary.

I'd love to join the scouting party, but February is the worst time for me. I'll be working in London for the festival. Don't let my absence changing the planning though.

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Got it!

Noemi's picture

We'll see, many things are just now being planned. Maybe we can accommodate your (i must say) pretty awesome schedule Alex! <3

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I do now :))

Nadia's picture

Someone working on Alt33c3 is from and based on Sofia. Tell me what you need.

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@Aravella Salonikidou , let

Natalia Skoczylas's picture

@Aravella Salonikidou , let me know if you need a presentation or a document to show to the city 

@Nadia, is there anything we could do with lille? Or we juts have to wait now;)

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Got in touch with Ayate who is from Lille about the visit

Nadia's picture

just sent her a message asking if it's ok I connect you two to discuss. From Brussels lille is a short trainride away, so I could do it.... Also, Ronan'll probably want to be onboard also. Will ask him to create account so he can get in this conversation, planning etc.

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Ok connected you with Ayate

Nadia's picture
Check inboxes in mail and Fb
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Yes, please! :)

Aravella Salonikidou's picture

Yes, please! :)

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What tours?

Iriedawta's picture

Sorry guys, I'm just trying to catch up. 

@Noemi when are you coming to Armenia? Looking forward to catch up! Have a place to stay? xx

If you want to consider ICA's space in Yerevan, count us in as a potential space for LOTE6.

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Thanks dear!

Noemi's picture

I don't know exactly, sometime February-March, UNDP stuff more than OpenCare as we are planning a follow up to Future Makers, and so the community dimension is there anyway.. so I thought it might be worth doing something on the side. Will email you the details in case we don't get to blog about this soon.

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Shared calendar => win

Alberto's picture

Maybe make it open, so that people can add themselves to it?

BUT: please, do not just go out and make something. I think this needs to be "done right", like @Matthias likes to say. Among other things, this means taking into account what people are already using as calendar apps, to save them (er, us) the hassle of having to manage TWO calendars (one for yourself, one for the shared part). 

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A shared google calendar

Noemi's picture

Natalia and Alex both confirmed g calendars OK.

I have set one up, see here. The problem with public calendars is that while they are visible, not anyone can automatically add to them. So I am adding people manually upon request. Then syncing should not be a problem - but you do need to edit your own calendar events and assign them to the OpenCare PopUp Village Calendar.

Guys, most of you are added already.

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Embed on a collaboration page (openandchange)

Nadia's picture

that makes it visible and if we have some comment field below people can interact around it...No?

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Redraft

Alex Levene's picture

I spent today writing a brand new draft of the call out document.

It combines the info written by @Natalia Skoczylas in this Wiki, @Nadia in the 'Brainstorming LOTE6' wiki and my suggested structure in the comment here:

I would welcome any suggestions, or comments. As you can see it's quite long, but it is in depth about the what, the why and the how. I feel it is quite comprehensive. I've also split the structure so that the first pages deal with the 'story' of what we want to do and the last pages deal with the details.

I've made the link open but comment only for now. If anyone wants edit rights just email me and request them:

Ping: @Alberto, @Noemi, @johncoate @Patrick_Andrews

http://tinyurl.com/j4ecy6f

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Perhaps Birmingham?

Alex Levene's picture

I read this article that someone wrote about my University city:

https://provocations.darkmatterlabs.org/make-space-for-the-real-birmingham-36fdcb583d5e#.rlk1qd5ob

I definitely think they are looking at ideas that fit with ER values. Perhaps we could reach out to them. Birmingham is a really interesting, exciting and cosmopolitan young city. I had a great 4 years living there and still go back to visit it regularly.

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I have been there  and i

Natalia Skoczylas's picture

I have been there  and i really liked it;) do you have contacts there? i will try the same with my university city  and some of the 'rebel cities' whose politicians i have met at euroalter campus. 

I have already written back to Lille but no response. @Aravella Salonikidou is the call detailed enough for you to try? 

This way we have talks going on with Gallway  Lille thessaloniki and we start pitching in Uk and Poland. something will surely work out. 

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I have a few contacts

Alex Levene's picture

I could try reaching out them.

@Natalia Skoczylas did you see the redraft that i posted above?

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Yes,it is not that different

Natalia Skoczylas's picture

Yes,it is not that different - i think we are pretty much happy with the shape of it at the moment? @Noemi, @Nadia @Alberto,  please give it one last look and let us know if there is something missing. maybe the benefits for the city could be longer, but can't think of more at the moment. 

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Shall i move it to the wiki

Alex Levene's picture

Shall i move it to the wiki above so it is easy to see the contents?

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Managed to update and keep the formatting

Alex Levene's picture

Updated version is now available above

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The special status of Milan

Alberto's picture

At last week's consortium meeting in Milan I informed the consortium of what we are doing here. 

They strongly support the idea that LOTE6 should take place in Milan. They also appreciate that an open call is a good way to do engagement.

Just let's keep @Rossana Torri and @Luciascopelliti in the loop. Hopefully the result of this will be that Milan will make us a great offer. Certainly it is a fairly unique city for progressiveness of policies, especially around public spaces, and robustness of the charitable sector (several wealthy foundations focused on the city). 

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Sow the seed

Alex Levene's picture

If Milan are keen to be our host for LOTE6 then i would welcome that. There is certainly some sense to that partnership as Edgeryders have already invested time and work in the city, and some of the work of highlighting initiatives will be done. As the city is heavily invested in the OpenCare program, but didn't run a workshop during Open&Change there is some sense in it being a strong candidate.

As you say @Alberto we wait to hear what the offer is.

In the short term i agree that this is a good way of undertaking outreach to other cities. My gut feeling is that we could find LOTE 7/8/9 through committing now. It feels like the OpenCare project and what we have learnt from it will stay with us for a few years, so if we prototype the OpenCare PopUp village this year it may be a theme we return to for the next few years. 

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A proposal for the pop up village

Nadia's picture

While in Galway this weekend (writup coming soon), I met Pat (carpenter and permaculture/organic agriculture specialist) and we hatched an idea which I think is both fun, easier to finance and shortens the distance for us to go from pop-up into leaving behind useful infrastrucutre/ permanent structures. 

Tiny houses.

Tiny house #1

 

If we were to set up tiny houses and dedicate each one to a specific topic/ kind of solution/or challenge... then it's probably going to be a lot easier to fundraise too :) 

If we stretch the time of the event to a three week festival with following phases:

  • Week 1: People build tiny houses on an empty stretch of land. Some are for sleeping, some are for housing the "exhibits/showcases" of opencare projects
  • Week 2 &3 : People work to build the "exhibits/showcases" inside the tiny houses alllocated to them, do the whole co-living and hanging out this, plus more structured activities (e.g. lightening talks and discussions, etc)  in the evenings.
  • Week 4: Public facing part of the event opens to the general public. Lots of celebrations and planning next steps.

Pat is up for guiding the work of preparing for and building the tiny houses. I think the tour could be about finding appropriate slots of land/locations and local partners....

What do you say?

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Some important details!

Francesco Maria ZAVA's picture

Guys, do not forget the heart of the initiative is the "Take Care"!

As regards the choice of where to hold this event, alongside the necessary evaluation, may I suggest a connection with reality is active both locally and internationally. I thought about it the network “Impact Hub” which, for its planning and operational dynamics purposes, could be an interesting collaboration.

Relatively logistical and organizational aspects, suggest a greater focus on the physical and sensory accessibility of sites and content that, if neglected, could constitute an unacceptable discriminatory for Edgeryders "disabled" eager to concretize their participation in the event. It seems appropriate, therefore, to devote a minimum percentage of the project energy to the search for adequate space and for the realization of support activities to those who attend the event and only in need of some extra attention.

If you were to opt for Milan, these are some tips to help the hospitality, operations and mobility:

To close, in addition, it would be a major step in the implementation of care by making “alternative versions” of pre | during | post documentation and “material” event.

Thank You

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Clarification

Alex Levene's picture

Hi Francesco,

I understand and fully agree with your second point (ensuring access to the LOTE site to encourage participation by people with various access requirements)

The documentation you have provided is very useful, thank you. @Nadia, @Natalia Skoczylas, I think we need to look at this as a specific area of focus. The OpenCare project is likely to attract participants with diverse access needs in greater numbers than previous events. Do we need one person to focus solely on ensuring a quality experience for these participants? If so is there an obvious candidate? My personal experience is that events that really focus on providing support for mixed ability groups create really high quality events because they've 'sweated the details' in every area.

With regards your first point about 'Impact Hub' i didn't understand what you are suggesting. Could you rephrase it?

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Why Not?

Francesco Maria ZAVA's picture

Sure Allex

"Impact Hub" is an international network focused on joint planning and acellerating of sustainable self-employment and social innovation projects. U can make contact through the web address http://www.impacthub.net/ or http://milan.impacthub.net/ (in Italian).
My suggestion would consist both in the realization of effective collaboration for the operation of LOTE6, having such organization spaces and an important visibility in Milan, both in the contamination as regards the approaches and good design practices for the realization of local initiatives, which in essence is the Edgeryders focus.

With regard to Your question on the candidacy "expert" in accessibility and fruition issues "4all" during LOTE6, I believe that the writer can contribute. :-)

Thank You

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