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What happens next?

We keep building together!

The Edgeryders mission is creating self-sustaining projects for people to contribute to the common good. A self-sustaining project stands on a fair social contract. It creates enough value, financial and non-financial, to compensate people contributing to it. We are careful to ensure that whenever we engage our global community into any activity, we have designed it to draw support for their work.

You can help ensure these efforts are successful by taking one hour a week to repeat the steps above.

  • Log into in to your edgeryders.eu account or create a new one.
  • Click on the links in the progress bar above and follow the instructions.

What did we submit to the MacArthur Foundation's 100andChange call?

 #NoSpectators:  Only participants who completed all the steps, from sharing their story online to sending in project activities and team members' contacts, to sharing #openandchange on social media were included in our joint application. 

Don't have a project? Join on the core team that will be is driving the intiative: Write to nadia@edgeryders.eu for more information.


The MacArthur Foundation has decided to deliver a mighty push to fixing the world’s most hairy, entangled, unfixable problems.The idea is to look hard for a promising organisation, one that has the tenacity and creativity to provide a real solution to a problem (almost any problem is eligible). They will provide the resources: a whopping 100 million dollars.

We have been thinking hard about the problem of providing high-quality, affordable health and social care to all. We think we have a candidate solution: provision of care services by communities equipped with open source knowledge and technology. From where we stand, these communities deliver services that are based on modern science (like those provided by the state and the private sector), yet they retain low overhead and human touch (like those provided by traditional communities).

This is more than just an idea. We have already connected with tens of initiatives out there, and we suspect there are hundreds, possibly thousands more. We are already seeing a lot of interaction and knowledge sharing happening: we think this could be the beginning of a cycle of prototyping-sharing results- improving-prototyping. With sustained support, this cycle could result in an ecosystem of care services building on a shared body of open knowledge and tech – and be ready to deploy at scale before our present care systems collapse.

We are applying have applied for the 100 million dollar grant with  a “decentralized application”, with hundreds of communities, and organizations large and small, a swarm of solution providers working on a cloud of problems related to the provision of health and social care. 

We think we will win are already winning. Why? Because decentralization is, simply, a superior approach. Consider:

  • We deploy much more brainpower than competitors. There are more people in the many communities around care than in any organisation: almost every human has been, at some point, both a care giver and a care receiver. We are all experts, we all have something to contribute.
  • We use more effectively the brainpower that we do have. Organisations are, by definition, hierarchies: funding one means empowering a small group at the top (senior management, possibly a research group here) to issue the orders for the rest of the organisation to execute. With us, almost everybody is at the top, almost everybody is thinking creatively around her particular corner of the care problem.
  • We are better at learning, because more of us are teachers. Centralised projects maintain coherence via concentration of power and hierarchy. But decentralised ones cannot do that, and they have to rely on knowledge sharing and documentation. With many units collaborating on sharing knowledge and competing (with the world outside, and sometimes with each other) on implementation of care services, you get a highly interconnected network of practitioners. And these networks learn fast: we now have evidence that sociality in access to knowledge and teaching produces better technology than individual smarts. In Edgeryders alone, we have 5,300 documented sharing knowledge relationships.
  • We are more diverse – and diversity trumps ability. Large, entangled problems tend to be badly defined, so that we are not even sure what kind of expertise will help solving them – it’s a bit like having a car that won’t start, and you don’t know whether the problem is mechanical, electric, electronic or the car is simply out of fuel. In this case, assembling a team of the best mechanics you can find is a risky strategy, because the problem might turn out to be electric after all, and no mechanic, no matter how good, has the right skills and tools to solve it. A large swarm of initiatives large and small will be vastly more diverse than any organisation (the Edgeryders community alone is present in over 30 countries).

Join us. You should be involved in applying for the 100 million dollars grant as part of #OPENandChange if you are involved in a grassroots initiative that is contributing towards improved health and well-being of people using/ interacting with it. You could be an activist or social entrepreneur who got the initiative started in the first place. You could also be a researcher, but you need to have full access to the people behind the initiative.You could also be someone who appreciates the initiative and wants to support it.

Our Commitment 

Edgeryders reviews reviewed all the material submitted by you and uses used it to produce a shared application. Getting it done at such a large scale, in such a short period of time, is was a significant challenge. It would not be possible without appropriate tools and dedicated manpower. Edgeryders can could do this because:

  1. We have built custom made software, OpenEthnographer, into the edgeryders.eu platform hosting OPENandChange.care conversation
  2. We have hired staff with the right skillset for this kind of work. This work is partly financed through OpenCare, an European Commission funded research project in which Edgeryders is participating. We can allocate these resources to support the OPENandChange.care conversation because it is contributing data to the OpenCare research project .

Edgeryders takes responsibility for finalising the application and submitting it on behalf of the participants. But our work does not stop there: we will continue to pursue and generate opportunities for participants personal and professional growth e.g. through our OP3N fellowship program and LOTE6, our big community event taking place in September 2017.

If at any point you have questions/ or need help write to community@edgeryders.eu or tweet us @edgeryders.  Our community managers Noemi and Natalia are on call to help!

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