“When it comes to work it is increasingly difficult to reconcile making money with making sense. People do work to make a living. Others do work to make meaning. But the two works are not the same work.”

The unMonastery is an ambitious and radical response to the challenge of bridging this gap. It draws inspiration from the 10th century monastic life to encourage radical forms of social innovation and collaboration. A sort of lay, off-grid mendicant order striving for a society that can better withstand present and future systemic crises.

This place-based social innovation, is aimed at addressing the interlinked needs of empty space, unemployment and depleting social services by embedding committed, skilled individuals within communities that could benefit from their presence.

The unMonastery aims to develop a new kind of social space, akin to co-living and co-working spaces, drawing influence from both Monasteries and HackerSpaces, with a focus on the process of co-creation and co-learning between the community and unMonasterians.

At the core of the unMonastery concept is a desire to recreate the best social functions of the traditional monastery: by giving the participants a collective purpose, a chance to develop deep relationships with one another and a reduced need to generate personal income so time can be dedicated entirely to serving the local community and contributing to global efforts in creating new digital tools.

Click here for a list of current unMonastery projects. 

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About this year's theme | Why we care about failure

Nadia's picture

“Fail. Fail again. Fail better!” Samuel Beckett

Everyone loves success stories, but look around you: failure is everywhere. Projects fail to deliver, collaborations collapse, systems fail to improve, organisations screw up, people blunder, policies fall short.

How do you survive failures in your work?

Nadia's picture

“Fail. Fail again. Fail better!” Samuel Beckett

Everyone loves success stories, but look around you: failure is everywhere.

Projects fail to deliver, collaborations collapse, systems fail to improve, organisations screw up, people blunder, policies fall short.

Human-to-human interaction protocols: a submission to 32C3 for a 30 min session

Alberto's picture

I have submitted a proposal for a 30 minutes talk at 32C3 titled "Protocol 0.1: engineering human-to-human interaction rules for working together" and subtitled "From Saint Benedict’s Rule to modern-day Protocol: designing human relationships for the emergence of good things". It is based on some concepts recently summarised here.

Further Explanation of potential Gangi project

Hi Alberto, thanks for feedback, here's my post to answer your questions:

- Potentially a great initiative! Can you say more about yourself (your profile page is empty: no name of picture or anything) and the project?

I wish to not share more info about myself at this point (except questions below). This post was just the quickest way I found to share the opportunity with this community.

- Do you live in Gangi, yourself, and are you willing to lead the initiative?

Frames from the edge: do you have one story for me?

Alberto's picture

I am speaking at TEDxPompeii next week. We expect a larger international echo than most TEDx events, because, well, Pompeii. I am going to focus on the power of skilled communities, and on the fact that institutions need to give up control if they want to work with them.

In other words, I am going to be talking about you guys. The key part of that will be inspiring, edgy stories of communities self-organizing to achieve something for the public good: one story, one slide. 

Write blogpost about Mini Workshops at LOTE3 and create form.

The idea of Mini Workshops came up on an unMonastery community call – the concept being that everyone coming to LOTE has a 4-5 minute workshop they can share/teach with others. Whether this is a feature of the overall LOTE is up for debate. But this could serve 2 functions; 1) give everyone a role, 2) produce an amazing set of content that can be shared online. 

Plan Twitter Press Conference for #LOTE and unMonastery

Provisionally scheduled for the 16th of September. 

We need to establish a plan and approach. The core idea is to use Twitter as a platform for a press conference, centered around a single hashtag. In order to structure this there's a need to put together a timeline and make sure we've got enough heavy weight twitter users onboard. 

Write Press Release for unMonastery

It needs to convey what unMonastery is in short (there's a short hand on the front page of the website), it needs to announce LOTE as a major component in building the project, numbers are good to mention too '100 social innovators coming to Matera to build the unMonastery' is a good route to go in tying them both together. Lifting from the wired articles tone might be useful.

Human-to-human interaction protocols: a submission to 32C3 for a 30 min session

Alberto's picture

I have submitted a proposal for a 30 minutes talk at 32C3 titled "Protocol 0.1: engineering human-to-human interaction rules for working together" and subtitled "From Saint Benedict’s Rule to modern-day Protocol: designing human relationships for the emergence of good things". It is based on some concepts recently summarised here.

Further Explanation of potential Gangi project

Hi Alberto, thanks for feedback, here's my post to answer your questions:

- Potentially a great initiative! Can you say more about yourself (your profile page is empty: no name of picture or anything) and the project?

I wish to not share more info about myself at this point (except questions below). This post was just the quickest way I found to share the opportunity with this community.

- Do you live in Gangi, yourself, and are you willing to lead the initiative?

Frames from the edge: do you have one story for me?

Alberto's picture

I am speaking at TEDxPompeii next week. We expect a larger international echo than most TEDx events, because, well, Pompeii. I am going to focus on the power of skilled communities, and on the fact that institutions need to give up control if they want to work with them.

In other words, I am going to be talking about you guys. The key part of that will be inspiring, edgy stories of communities self-organizing to achieve something for the public good: one story, one slide. 

Refugee Children Living in Parks of Athens

After the overwhelming success of Senait's Kitchen, we were approached by several organisations in Athens that are looking for innovative ideas for a growing problem: unaccompanied minors landing in Athens and living in the public parks. They are mainly refugee children from Syria and Afghanistan.

About this year's theme | Why we care about failure

Nadia's picture

“Fail. Fail again. Fail better!” Samuel Beckett

Everyone loves success stories, but look around you: failure is everywhere. Projects fail to deliver, collaborations collapse, systems fail to improve, organisations screw up, people blunder, policies fall short.

How do you survive failures in your work?

Nadia's picture

“Fail. Fail again. Fail better!” Samuel Beckett

Everyone loves success stories, but look around you: failure is everywhere.

Projects fail to deliver, collaborations collapse, systems fail to improve, organisations screw up, people blunder, policies fall short.

Staying at unMonastery - House Habits

At unMonastery we are working together as a group to establish a new model for co-living and co-working, which borrows from the history of the monastery as an organisational form. The unMonastery is an experiment at the edges of dominant economic structures. We share our skills and ideas. You share what you have.

un·Mon·as·ter·y (un-mŏn′ə-stĕr′ē) n. pl. un·mon·as·ter·ies

unMon in-a-box / IT Infrastructure

Okay I'm posting this here as a stub, taken from a document that @Marc sent me yesterday. Made some decent headway conceptually for unMonastery in-a-box in the past week, when there's a moment I'll post up an overview and time/date for the first remote working group. Also would like to do a hackathon at the end of June to put this all together.  

unMonastery IT infrastructure

All unMonastery units

Equipment

• Remote server

• Host all unMonastery projects

Living and Working as an unMonk - Wiki

unMonastery Matera would like to find 2-3 creative, radical and ambitious people to live and work at unMonastery for June and July, 2014. We can offer a 400€/month stipend, with travel expenses.

Especially encouraged to apply: motivated and creative people from Basilicata and Italian speakers,

Scripting a presentations for the unMonastery at Next

We design together a TED-style presentation of the unMonastery to be televised (learn more). This is a wiki: don't be afraid to edit it. 

  • Duration: 12-15 minutes
  • Language: strictly Italian
  • Wide screen: yes.

The challenge is to imagine a format that can convey the unMonastery's magic and urgency. Representativeness is a low priority: no need to show everything, focus on the media-friendly, "pop" stuff. We would like:

Monastic Wisdom

Based on Cristiano's, Alberto's and Ben's respnses I will be sharing 2-3 times a week excerpts from the book "Essential Monastic Wisdom. Writings on the Contemplative Life", written by Hugh Feiss [Order of St. Benedict]. I will keep editing this wiki page and adding the new material at the bottom of the page.