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Meeting space and news section of Edgeryders’ webhome. Introduce yourself, read updates from the community, find most event announcements (or just subscribe to all events). Happy reading, sharing and connecting!

To get started:

  1. Create an Edgeryders account by signing up here!

  2. Click on the + New Topic button below to open a new rich text editor.

  3. Write your personal introduction and click on the + Create Topic button to submit it.

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If you are joining Edgeryders because you are interested in one of our projects (like Edgeryders Festival, OpenVillage, Research Network, Participio), you better post in a category of the project to introduce yourself (you can also find the links in the top navigation bar). But if you come in independent of a project, or are unsure where to post, this is your space :slight_smile: So:

  1. First, create a new topic here and let your fellow Edgeryders know a little about yourself. Tell us what you want us to know about you, and what will attract support from other changemakers here.

  2. Second, read what others have shared and leave a comment to offer some useful advice or help – or to just say hello. Just having somebody who listens and asks the right questions can unlock new, interesting thoughts that help us to move forward!


Wellbeing in Europe

We are on a journey to help one another to find the right ways to navigate the changes that are happening in Europe. How are we building good lives against a backdrop of massive social, economic, political challenges? How are we creating opportunities for ourselves and where can we support one another better? In work, health, family, community life.

Are you participating in the discussions? The team has designed a Social Contract to manage expectations and ensure that everyone can feel confident and safe in the platform space. Please read it carefully!


Internet of Humans

Welcome to the Internet of Humans conversations where we, as part of the NGI - Next Generation Internet - ask, and see if we can collectively answer, crucial questions. We want you to be part of it.

What should the Internet - and all it encompasses, which means pretty much everything - really do for humanity? How should it work? How should it be governed?

How we and everyone we know can participate:

  1. Sign up here to join our community.

  2. Tell us about you: What is a burning question that drives your work? How did you get started and what hurdles have you met along the way? Which doubts do you have about the work you are doing and the path forward? What kind of support would you like to offer others traveling a similar path?

We look forward to meeting you and talking to you!

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Practical advice

The comment threads in the topics are “nested,” which means you should choose to reply to a specific comment in most cases (the ‘reply’ at the bottom right of the comment), rather than reply to the whole topic (the blue ‘reply’ button at the bottom of the topic).

To start a new topic, select the subcategory that is most appropriate from the dropdown menu below where you enter a title. For example, if it is your own story, then Tell Us About You is the correct location. But don’t start a new topic when it is better to continue a current conversation. Topic clutter can become a problem…

About the project

This conversation is part of a Horizon 2020 funded Coordination Action under the official name NGI Forward. The project focuses on building a coherent vision for the Next Generation Internet. The community research is hosted on Edgeryders, an online community of 5000 people in more than 80 countries who share experiences. By sharing experiences with one another we turn our collective knowledge into useful advice to make better decisions for ourselves and our families in the near future. As a consequence of getting to know people from around the world, we connect one another to important information, new ideas and new opportunities.

The research analysis considers content collected through, subject to online ethnographic analysis and semantic social network analysis.

Beyond the research project, we are a community: We use the tools offered by this platform to help connect people with mutual interests, concerns and complimentary skills. The online conversation runs in parallel with events all over Europe to meet and share constructive approaches. Anyone is welcome to participate, either in English or in their native language.

The project is funded by the European Commission under grant agreement number 825652 from 2019-2021.

This conversation is hosted by Edgeryders OÜ, in partnership with: Aarhus University (Denmark), University of Warsaw (Poland), Resonance Design (Netherlands), Nesta (United Kingdom), Nesta Italia (Italy) and the City of Amsterdam (Netherlands).


NGI Forward is a part of the NGI Initiative


Culture Squad

Culture Squad is Edgeryders’ culture unit. We connect artists, producers, researchers who use culture as a tool for social change. We do community building, research, cultural interventions (urban games), participatory community events. This is a coordination space where anyone interested can participate or propose new projects, depending on their passion. Introduce yourself below!
We have a more general and easy to grasp website too!

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Our track record:


Research Network

The Research Network is a business unit in the Edgeryders company, organised as a network. After preliminary discussions with community members, we started its buildup in October 2017.



EarthOS is Edgeryders’ environment unit. Our goal is to create a community of innovators around ecological living, ecosystem restoration and esp. climate change amelioration and adaptation.

This category contains the unit’s projects, as well as other discussions related to the environment and climate.



A mutual support program for social entrepreneurs powered by the Edgeryders Community. We use our collective intelligence to help one another navigate the complexities of building self-sustaining solutions to social, economic and ecological challenges.


Documentation & Support

How to use our website, be part of our community and collaborate with our company.

Your question is not answered? Just ask in the documentation topic where it should be answered. We’ll then improve the documentation wiki for you.


Knowledge Collection

The collective memory of the Edgeryders Community – all the useful content from completed projects and events is here. (You can still comment, just not start new topics.)

When a project or event ends, we sort all still relevant topics into this category, or reuse it for current projects. Topics with organizational tasks and discussions go to the “Workspaces” category instead. (See all content of a project together under its project-{name} tag.)



Here we organize many of our activities: events, company projects, community initiatives and developing our software. Only for organizational content – all useful results are in other categories. (You can find all content of a project together under its project-{name} tag.)

Note: Some workspaces belong to finished projects, marked in gray. You can still comment there, but no longer create topics.



Now hidden category with the original BioFab Forum content before we moved it all to its own, federated Discourse site at

Please do not modify the content here, rather go to the new place to discuss biofabrication. That’s why the content is set to “protected” here – only accessible to admins and moderators. The content is here just as a backup until we verified that it was taken over properly, at which point we will delete it here.


Edgeryders "Summary" Websites

Background: For sales/revenue acquisition efforts to work we need information about Edgeryders as a company. In a way that makes visible examples of how we will serve a pressing need for the person who would be signing the proverbial check. And will inspire enough trust that they will come to us with a problem to solve.

This is tricky as our offerings span across a broad range from software etc. And we need to not give an impression that any of our software/tools are ready to plug and play.

Rather we are closer to a think tank that is differentiated by two things:

  1. People: unique breadth of in house expertise (people in the community who can be hired in as consultants and already have some kind of interoperability due to the platform).
  2. Scientifically sound methodology and bleeding edge Technologies: All work is backed by inhouse cutting edge science, technologies and tools that can be customised to meet a clients needs.

This means we can offer a one-stop shop: Advice as well as Deployment.

We have compiled a number of materials that give a comprehensive description of what edgeryders does and offers. This document is a structured overview of those materials.

About Edgeryders

We are a nonprofit company living in symbiosis with an online community of thousands of hackers, activists, radical thinkers and doers, and just normal people that want to make a difference. The company started in 2013 as a spin-off of a Council of Europe project. It both serves the community and uses its collective smarts to power its own activities.



Collective intelligence powered by social science, technology and community building

Thematic Clusters & Services

Edgeryders is a home to many “free radicals”. We are continuously doing experimental work in the form of projects and ventures imagined and deployed by different constellations of individuals and organisations. Many are ephemeral collaborations that dissolve once the goals are met. Over time relationships form between people and organisations who choose to continue working with one another towards a shared vision. They become clusters.

How is this different from a network? In a network, participants look for how to make the most of what others are doing. In a cluster, participants are willing to re-orient their work, so as to better work with the other participants. If you are a social cooperative, you must look away from providing standardized services to customizing what you do in order to better valorize the capabilities of the people they are assisting. And so on.

  • Environment and Climate : EarthOS is our cluster of innovators around ecological living, ecosystem restoration and esp. climate change amelioration and adaptation. It is a set of experimental projects assembling community and diverse institutional partners to apply solutions to climate change and sustainability challenges in today’s world as a house on fire. The findings from the projects serve as data points in developing new economic theory and models needed to enable transition to a sustainable future. (More)
  • Research & Development : This cluster designs and deploys R&D activities including joint development of new open source technologies and common infrastructure upon which members can build new products and services. Members build meaningful research partnerships and pursue funding together. (More)
  • Good Technology : This cluster experiments with what new technologies really should do for humanity and all it encompasses. Individuals and organisations in this cluster develop technologies guided by insights from open and inclusive dialogue on how technologies should work, be governed, financed and built. (More)
  • Culture for Transformation : This cluster connects and equips artists, producers, as well as researchers to experiment uses of culture as a tool for social change, and digital technology as a way to accelerate it.
  • Distributed Futures Lab : This cluster equips leaders and organisations to better navigate the new reality. Members build tools and frameworks for activities, ventures and programs that are ideated and deployed by large numbers of individuals working together over the internet. (More)
  • One Health & Resilience : This cluster takes a collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to make sense of how to respond to links, interdependencies and commonalities of human and ecosystem health. (More)
  • Good Work & Life: We build a meaningful, productive and enjoyable work-and-life environment. It combines business incubation, P2P learning, socialisation and communal spaces. (More)