Edgeryders is both a community that lives on and offline, as well as a social enterprise. The two entities are separate but intimately linked. To learn more about how community members can make use of the Edgeryders social enterprise click here.
The structure of Edgeryders is characterized by:
Multiplicity. We are a very diverse community. This is critical: almost anything we have achieved rests on that diversity, so the social contract needs to preserve and enhance it. We need to build different incentives to appeal to different people.
Openness. It is essential that we stay wide open to an influx of new people, with their insights and skills. This means building a deal that works for people that we have not yet met. It also means that Edgeryders can never be a membership-based organization. The minute you draw a line and say “Here, we are on this side, the outside world is on that side”, the community begins to asphyxiate and die.
Self-selection. Individuals should be able to choose their own role, as long as this does not limit the autonomy of others.
Mobility. People should be able to move as effortlessly as possible from one role to another.
No veto power. The focus of any deal should be to empower and encourage each one of us to do stuff. Should Edgeryders become something that can prevent you from doing stuff… I guess no one would be interested (certainly not I). Remember the mantra: who does the work calls the shots. No one gets to sit on the sidelines and tell people not to do stuff. If you want to make it better, get involved!
In order to keep the community healthy, happy and solidify foundation of trust we all have built together, we advise both new and older community members to read the social contracts proposed.
EdgeRyders is a network that formed to work on a 2011 Council of Europe report, “Handbook for Policymakers” and a set of practical policy recommendations. The goal was to have young (mostly under 25) Europeans take part in a collaborative policy process, acting as “citizen experts” and advisors to European policy makers. Edgeryders as a joint Council of Europe European Commission project has come to an end with the delivery of the Edgeryders Guide to the Future: A handbook for policy makers and managers of policy-oriented online communities (over 8800 reads so far!).
What came out of this exercise is perhaps surprising: a strong network spanning over 20 countries, which has persisted beyond the initial impetus from Council of Europe and taken on an identity and a life of its own. Edgeryders is becoming more action and collaboration focused by the day. Seven out of 604 entries to the European Social Innovation Competion 2013 were submitted by Edgeryders community members, and one of them became a winner.
It was clear that Edgeryders and the #LOTE events could potentially generate a lot more value for all of us if we continued to come together, inspire one another and help each other peer to peer. We cannot rely on external support for the network because it's value is not easily captured, nor should it be, by any one party. So after community discussions we decided to set up an Edgeryders social enterprise to support the community, on and offline. Five people, Nadia, Alberto, Matthias, Noemi, and Arthur are the founders and have committed to driving it. They are currently doing so on a voluntary basis and are going to need everyone's help to keep it going!