OpenVillage

What is it

On October 19-21, 2017, Edgeryders will open the doors to the OpenCare Village (OpenVillage) - A participant-built festival dedicated to bringing together existing projects into a demo of a new health and social care system powered by open source, community driven solutions.  This gathering offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants to meet, learn and shape the future with peers doing inspiring work around the globe:

  • Participate in community care-related talks, debates, workshops & business development
  • Explore new technologies, methodologies & collaboration opportunities in community care
  • Join a new opportunity to purchase community property for affordable living & working
  • Discover innovative new products and services in the exhibition.

Who is it for? OpenCare project protagonists, Caregivers & recipients, researchers, local entrepreneurs, administrations, funders & ethical investors

How to get a ticket: Tickets are available to people who contribute to making the festival a high quality, generative and rewarding experience.

Program: The OpenCare Village will be a showcase of inspiring initiatives and strive to draw support around them. We will deploy community support to barnraise around them before, during and after the event. 

Program

Similar to previous community events we're organising the conference around tracks which represent different perspectives and angles by which to understand and build upon the overall concept of OpenCare. To understand why we care about open care, read here.

We will have three tracks: This year we've invited a number of experts to help with curating the tracks

  • Track 1: MEET THE OPENCARERS. Learning from the protagonists and projects in the existing opencare ecosystem. Presenting findings from the opencare massive two year research project. Curated by 
  • Track 2: COMMUNITY PROPERTY. How do we acquire and manage collective property for permanent affordable living and working? Exploring existing financial, legal and governance models/ cases. Curated by   
  • *** THE FUTURE OF CARE: AN INVESTMENT AND POLICY LAB. How do we make it attractive to finance community ecosystems and what enabling infrastructures already exist that we can learn from? Implications for participants, investors and policy makers.
     Curated by  

Which track is for you?: It might be obvious, or you might be unsure, don't let this hold you back - if you have a session you want to bring to the event go ahead and share it following the steps below. Don't worry about the format, we're flexible: it can be a demo, a talk, a workshop, a tour etc. Just ping @Noemi or @Nadia anywhere on this platform and we'll give our input! 

If you are thinking of ways to transform all this knowledge into action points and concrete steps forward for you and the community, don't hesitate: upload your own reflections in the coordination group. Let's keep working!

Session Description and documentation  Led by
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Workshops
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Exhibition: Project demonstrations, lightning talks and p2p coaching
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How to register a session

Registering a session starts with posting online reflections about your work and where you see the role of communities in advancing it. Here is a brief you are required to answer. Confirmation about your session at the event and a proposal for allocated time will be forthcoming within two weeks from the time of posting.

Tickets

How to register as a participant

OpenVillage Festival follows a #nospectator philosophy.  Over the years Edgeryders has learned to build events as engines for building collective knowledge, exciting collaborations and new business opportunities. In exchange, participants and partner organisations are expected to contribute towards covering the costs (url to budget document):

  • Venue & equipment rental
  • Third party services (audiovisuals, tech assistance)
  • Production costs (staff time, materials for exhibition)

TO GET YOUR TICKET:

  1. Create an account and login to edgeryders.eu
  2. Purchase your membership card [ here]
  3. Activate your member card and join the adventure!

We also have a limited number of community fellowships for participants who make significant contributions towards building the OpenVillage.

 


How to Register as an Exhibitor 

To register as an exhibitor please fill in and send this form to [email address for exhibition coordinator]. Once we have recieved you submission, you will be contacted by the exhibition coordinator to finalise the details

Exhibitors are charged 250 Euros  to cover the cost of the official exhibition stands. The basic exhibitor package includes 2 meters squared of exhibition space, a wifi connection and electricity. If exhibitors wish for more space then the fee per additional meters squared is 200 Euros/ meter squared.

How to become a featured speaker 

To submit a proposal for the OpenCare Festival program we ask you to reflect on this brief and then fill in this form [add url here]]

The contents will be posted on our community workspace for building the event program. We do this in order for participants with complimentary interests to connect with one another before the event. As well as to help one other develop relevant, high-quality talks, workshops or exhibits.

Once we feel that the session is sufficiently developed, the Event Program Team will allocate a slot for it in the official festival program. If there are more session or exhibit proposals than there are slots, we will make the final selection based on the level of engagement each proposal generated in the workspace (e.g. number and quality of comments).

Confirmation about your session/exhibit at the event and proposal for allocated time, will be forthcoming within three weeks from the time of posting. 

Memberships

This is a work in progress.

Edgeryders OpenVillage is a tolerant, safe space to nurture p2p collaboration and trade across cultural, geographic and disciplinary borders:

  • Online platform and tools
  • Co-housing & co-working space
  • Community building & management
  • Personal and Professional development
  • Administrative, Financial and legal services
  • Business, project development and sales support 

Membership fees are used to acquire and maintain the resources provided to participants.  A good membership model ensures that we are economically sustainable. It supports diversity and experimentation. It allows for a mix of different kinds of participation, commitment and investment.

  • Core Membership: Generates baseline revenue without depending on square meters . Number of available memberships is unlimited. Required membership contribution depends on costs of organising events and community management.
  • Subscriber-Investor Membership: Generates capital in exchange for co-ownership. Number of available memberships is limited. Required membership contribution depends on cost of acquisition and renovation of real estate, size/number of rooms and number of days per year.
  • Resident Membership: Generates rent for running costs. Number of memberships are highly limited. Required membership contribution depends on number of square meters per person, number of beds and duration of stay.

Rather than wait till everything is perfect we are launching a basic membership scheme in April 2017. This will give everyone who is interested in exploring creative new ways of living and working in the future a low-risk opportunity to do so. While learning and having fun with inspiring people from around the globe :)

Membership category Annual gathering Coaching & Mentoring Master classes Coworking & event space Guest Room Co-living Space
Core x x 0 0 0
Workspace x x x 0 0
Resident x x 0 x x
Subscriber-investor x x x x x

+ Eur/month for additional access to activities, resources and perks. 

Core Membership Package: Personal and professional development

  • Sales and PR support
  • Use of coworking spaces
  • Invitation to all social events 
  • Invitation to annual members' retreat
  • Peer coaching & mentorship sessions
  • Community dinners, parties, courses and adventures
  • Project-development and partnership-building support
  • Invitation to participate in Skill Development Masterclasses 

Workplace Membership Package: Space to work and business development

  • PR, Sales & Lobbying support
  • Unlimited use of coworking space 
  • Invitation to annual members' retreat 
  • Peer coaching & mentorship sessions
  • Use of meeting rooms and workshop spaces
  • Project development & partnership-building support
  • Invitation to participate in  Skill Development Masterclasses
Coworking Space Office Meeting Room Event Space
5 sqm/person 15 sqm 30 sqm 100 sqm
A days/month B days/month C hours/ month D days/year

+ x Eur/month for an extra person , + y Eur/month for business services

Residency Membership Package: Affordable housing in beautiful and respectful community

  • Bed(room) + amenities
  • Comfortable, clean and calm
  • High quality, healthy meals daily
  • Mix of spaces for sociality & solitude
  • Access to our co-working and event spaces
  • Community dinners, parties, courses and adventures
  • Use of the  guest rooms for hosting visiting friends/family
Bed in Bunk Room Single Room Double Room Residence
10 sqm/person 20 sqm/person 30 sqm/person 40 sqm/person
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+ x Eur/month for an extra person, or couple.

 

Subscriber-Investor Membership Package: 

  • Invitation to participate in 1x Masterclass 
  • Access to the Edgeryders co-working & event spaces
  • Use of the Edgeryders guest rooms for short term visitors
  • Invitation to Edgeryders events for deep learning and business networking
  • First refusal on new business ventures & early-stage investment opportunities

Financing and Pricing model

A complete breakdown of costs and budget logic is available here: [ Add Url to wiki here].

  • Basic running costs for providing location-independent services to community members are covered by money coming in from x% of Core Membership fees.
  • Running costs for providing location dependent services to community members are covered by money coming in from y% of Workplace Membership fees
  • Acquisition costs for securing permanently affordable space for housing and working are covered by money coming in from z% of subscriber-investor Membership fees.
  1. We make an interactive spreadsheet/chart for figuring out it would cost if acquire the space with bank loans: We aggregate a list of prices, interest rates for bank loans, commission to the real estate agent, legal fees and other third party services as well as cost of renovations within a specific timeframe for paying everything off. Say 5 years and 10 years. We then estimate the predicted value of the building in same amount of time as would be bank loan. This divided by the meter square is the "commercial" cost of investment into the building for an individual or organisation and can be split into monthly installments that then come the subscriber-investor membership pricing.
  2. We then do the same for figuring out the same as #1 if we acquire the space without bank loans. Finally we compare with the costs of renting different spaces
  3.  We then do the same for figuring out the same as #1 if we acquire the space without bank loans.
  4. Finally we compare with the costs of renting different spaces
  5. We make an interactive spreadsheet/chart for figuring out it would cost if acquire the space with bank loans: We aggregate a list of prices, interest rates for bank loans, commission to the real estate agent, legal fees and other third party services as well as cost of renovations within a specific timeframe for paying everything off. Say 5 years and 10 years.
  6. Weestimate the predicted value of the building in same amount of time as would be bank loan. This divided by the meter square is the "commercial" cost of investment into the building for an individual or organisation and can be split into monthly installments that then come the subscriber-investor membership pricing. 2.
  7. We then do the same for figuring out the same as #1 if we acquire the space without bank loans. 3. Finally we compare with the costs of renting different spaces
  8. Economic viability with built-in mechanisms for safeguarding financial investment   
  9. Mechanisms for building and managing diverse participation ( e.g robust processes for community care and conflict resolution)
  10. Low governance overhead and a fair, non-exploitative social contract with contributors

 

Why we do this

How we work and how we live are intimately tied. The Edgeryders intention has always been to reinvent work making it more communal, more productive and less alienating. Through trial and error in our own personal and professional lives, we have figured out how to do it in practice. Our next step is to secure permanently affordable spaces to support these new forms of communal living and working. We are building a model to collectively purchase real estate without going through the banks. OpenVillage is how we use our collective intelligence to get a fast, cheap, prototype off the ground.

On October date 2017, Edgeryders will open the doors of our first OpenVillage in Brussels. This gathering offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants to meet, learn and shape the future with peers doing inspiring work around the globe. The number of participants is limited to 70 founding members, the format curated to encourage discovery and deep conversation in an inspiring environment.

How to support/partner with the initiative: We have a quick informal chat to find a match between your interests and what is needed. If you wish to make a financial contribution, you can do so on our crowdfunding page [add URL]

For more information: Come to our weekly online community gatherings on Wednesdays at 18:00 CET here or contact community@edgeryders.eu

Coordinate and discuss with others

Our OpenVillage conversation group here on Edgeryders.eu is where we work out loud, post tasks that can be taken up by participants, or add updates. Feel free to use it to co-work, ask questions, or simply get up to speed.

FAQs

Is OpenVillage Festival happening in an actual village? No. It happens in the city and we call it like this because of many reasons: because in today's world we seem to be living in a global village; because the Internet is a village; because someday we might buy a village.. :-)

Who is it for? Project protagonists, caregivers & recipients, entrepreneurs, public administrations, funders & investors. Anyone interested in matters of health, social care, resilient communities, global networks doing things together, people from the Internet and from any corner of the world. Go figure.

What is the connection between Edgeryders, OpenCare and OpenVillage? Edgeryders is a global community running for 6 years. OpenCare is our flagship research project in 2016-2017 where we summoned people (old and new members) to discuss collaborative and open models of health and social care. We want to turn the insights and knowledge into a practical spin-off: OpenVillage. It starts with the festival this October!

Seriously now, what should I expect to find there? Oh, where do we start? Expect to learn new things beyond buzzy words, mainly from more real conversations and less conference networking. Expect to meet interesting people whom otherwise you would not meet. At least not in the same space.

Still in doubt? Contribute a question or answer to this list by adding it in this wiki.

Get in touch

Jump on board of the weekly community calls, every Wednesday at 18:00 CET here.

For partnerships and other opportunities, write to @Nadia . For community related matters, write to @Noemi .