Project number:363
Opened by:Ben
Opened on:2013-01-27 21:09 +00:00
Last modified:2014-03-21 20:19 +00:00
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“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.

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Separation of concerns

In computer science, separation of concerns (SoC) is a design principle for separating a computer program into distinct sections, such that each section addresses a separate concern. - Wikipedia

Mapping the Commons

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Mapping the Commons is a collaborative cultural innovation project which brings together some of the unMonastery projects - Object Research and Design with local artisans by Rita and Antonio, Walking Ethnographies by Lucia, Community Video by Maria, unGuide by Katalin, in collaboration with Open Tech School by Kei and possibly David’s project - with numerous existing initiatives and organisations in Matera (Casa Netural, OSM, Il Vagabondo, Agri-Neutral, the university of Basilicata, sociologist Emanuela Vita). Its first prototype focuses on the Piccianello neighborhood of Matera.

2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Application

Last Friday I rushed to write an application for 2014 Bucminster Fuller Challenge since it had deadline in the evening of that day. To my knowledge most unMonasterians in Matera stayed busy with tons of stuff including preparation for presenting at Next – La Repubblica delle idee

unMonastery Matera: Global Strategy Summit #2

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Today we had our second significant Global Strategy Summit at the unMonastery - in order to assess how the overall project is going, focus on what we need to pivot on and reenergise our approach.

Rethinking Employment Strategies at the unMonastery

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Okay firstly, I’d like to make this a post on EdgeRyders because I think it would be useful - for the benefit of those with an outside view, the issues I’m going to list are not endemic or a show stopper but more limiters of our own expectations.

Embedding EdgeRyders in the unMonastery Website

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Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Ben at 2014-03-02 17:59 +00:00
Status:Open (Website Issue: difficult (needs expert intervention) / Priority Normal)
Case ID:unMonastery: 363-2407
Last modified:2014-04-18 22:41 +00:00

Hi [Alberto] and [Matthias] - I wanted to start a task to discuss how EdgeRyders could be integrated with the unMonastery website. The way I see it at the moment is that individual projects have a landing page on the unMon website, which is linked to individuals and challenges. Each project has a short description a video and associated networks (i.e Twitter, Github, etc). 

CheFare: draft a business plan for the unMonastery

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Assigned to:Alberto
Created:Noemi at 2014-01-19 19:18 +00:00
Status:Open: In Progress (Design Task / Priority High)
Case ID:unMonastery: 363-2268
Last modified:2014-01-28 11:15 +00:00

The unMonastery Matera prototype has been submitted for the CheFare Italian competition, and last week it became one of the 40 projects shortlisted for the next phase of the competition!! More info about this phase here.

To increase our chances of winning, aside from collecting votes, we need to be able to show how the unMonastery can reach sustainability, and therefore outline a business plan which would answer key questions such as:

Icons for all 12 challenges

Assigned to:jonocosa
Created:elf Pavlik at 2013-12-31 13:38 +00:00
Status:Done (Design Task / Priority Normal)
Case ID:unMonastery: 363-2074
Last modified:2014-04-02 18:17 +00:00

I would find it very useful to create set of nice icons, one for each of challenges we will address in this pilot session. Especially in multilingual environment using icons can help us all with staying on the same page. Later we could also use them on printed cards we could put on offline task boards etc.

Translate Ben's unMonastery interview into different languages

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Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Noemi at 2013-11-21 8:49 +00:00
Status:Open: In Progress (General Task / Priority Normal)
Case ID:unMonastery: 363-1930
Last modified:2013-12-13 19:14 +00:00

The generous [LucasG] has added subtitles to the video made by Sam in Matera! Check this out:

http://www.amara.org/es/videos/55HxZUG6oGic/info/ben-vickers-the-story-of-unmonastery/

Calling for help to translate it in as many languages as possible!

How to do it?

Write 600 word article about unMonastery/ Edgeryders for the Guardian

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Assigned to:Alberto
Created:Nadia at 2013-09-23 12:57 +00:00
Status:Done (General Task / Priority High)
Case ID:Social Media Team: 1392-1614
Last modified:2013-10-19 14:00 +00:00

We have been asked to submit an article to the Guardian for their local gov sections (60,000 Unique visitors/month) by Friday morning. The instructions are as follows:

600 words

1. What you are going - details?

2. What you've found? Any success so far?

3. Why what you are doing - you can talk about your broader approach to employment as you mentioned over the phone.

4. Based on the above, what advice would you give to councils.

 

Don't worry if you run over I can always edit it down for you. Thanks

Sarah

Write blogpost about Mini Workshops at LOTE3 and create form.

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Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Ben at 2013-09-08 20:52 +00:00
Status:Open (General Task / Priority Normal)
Case ID:Making LOTE3 : 568-1544

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

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Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Ben at 2013-09-08 20:47 +00:00
Status:Open (General Task / Priority Normal)
Case ID:unMonastery: 363-1543
Last modified:2013-09-09 15:01 +00:00

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. 

Planning happening here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvBTERaT9bWOdFdReXdoREZONWw2YmlRTUZMMTdlT0E&usp=sharing

 

Write Press Release for unMonastery

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Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Ben at 2013-09-08 20:40 +00:00
Status:Open: In Progress (General Task / Priority High)
Case ID:unMonastery: 363-1542
Last modified:2013-09-09 12:22 +00:00

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.

Separation of concerns

In computer science, separation of concerns (SoC) is a design principle for separating a computer program into distinct sections, such that each section addresses a separate concern. - Wikipedia

Mapping the Commons

mariabyck's picture

Mapping the Commons is a collaborative cultural innovation project which brings together some of the unMonastery projects - Object Research and Design with local artisans by Rita and Antonio, Walking Ethnographies by Lucia, Community Video by Maria, unGuide by Katalin, in collaboration with Open Tech School by Kei and possibly David’s project - with numerous existing initiatives and organisations in Matera (Casa Netural, OSM, Il Vagabondo, Agri-Neutral, the university of Basilicata, sociologist Emanuela Vita). Its first prototype focuses on the Piccianello neighborhood of Matera.

2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Application

Last Friday I rushed to write an application for 2014 Bucminster Fuller Challenge since it had deadline in the evening of that day. To my knowledge most unMonasterians in Matera stayed busy with tons of stuff including preparation for presenting at Next – La Repubblica delle idee

unMonastery Matera: Global Strategy Summit #2

Ben's picture

Today we had our second significant Global Strategy Summit at the unMonastery - in order to assess how the overall project is going, focus on what we need to pivot on and reenergise our approach.

Rethinking Employment Strategies at the unMonastery

Ben's picture

Okay firstly, I’d like to make this a post on EdgeRyders because I think it would be useful - for the benefit of those with an outside view, the issues I’m going to list are not endemic or a show stopper but more limiters of our own expectations.

Prototype #1 Matera - Public Review #1

As in our tradition of prototyping we did it as kind of live rehearsal. With your feedback we can improve it every week little by little. We also plan to report to the local and glocal community in such way every week!

see them all on unMonastery:Matera - Public Reviews (weekly) channel on vimeo!

draft of review presentation guidelines also available as attachment in this trello card

Scripting a presentations for the unMonastery at Next

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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.

The unMonastery - press, blogposts, videos, photos...

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As we are approaching the launch of the unMonastery in Matera (yikes!) and we are gearing up for restyling the unMonastery website, I thought a wiki on the unMon's press material might be useful: videos, articles, blogposts, mentions, ecc. can be reported here, so that the websites editors can keep track of publiations. 

ARTICLES (national, international):

What is the unMonastery's Business Model? Exercising with CANVAS... and budget!

Ilaria's picture

Although many of us cannot hear the words "social innovation" and "business model canvas" no more, there are times in which we are nonetheless obliged to confront with such idioms: and this is one of them, so I need your help! 

What is, in your perspective, the Business Model Canvas of the unMonastery? I created this as a wiki, so we can all edit it. 

ITALIAN VERSION

Building the unMonastery FAQ

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During LOTE3 we put up a sheet in the space and piratepad to gather questions from everyone that we think need to be answered about the unMonastery project - we'd like to continue to gather questions through this wiki now but also begin to answer them so we can put them on our website for people that want to know more about the project! 

What are you seeking to achieve?

Collaboratively written article for the Guardian: What UK local government can learn from the unMonastery

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We have been asked to submit an article (600 words) about the unMonastery and what local government in the UK can learn from it to the Guardian for their local gov sections (approx 60,000 Unique visitors/month). Deadline is Friday September 27th by 11:55 GMT. Update: I (Alberto) am deleting the Guardian's questions and reference links. They can be found in the revision history.

Call for unMonastery residencies-as-thesis

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This text is for circulation in academic environments. The idea is to stimulate students or researchers working on issues correlated with Matera's challenges to do empirical work in Matera itself, using the unMonastery as a home base and interface with the city. 

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