Are you our next Community Fellow? (call closed)


Meet people who are doing it. Learn how to do it. Build it together.

19-20-21 OCTOBER


The #OpenVillage Festival is dedicated to dedicated to bringing together existing projects into a demo of a new health and social care system powered by open source, community driven solutions (" opencare "). We are interested what participants already are doing in different parts of the world, and what we can do together.

Are you our next community fellow? Tell us what you would you like to build, explore or learn about DIY welfare when systems fail!

# OpenVillage is a no-spectators event: All content is contributed by participants. The program is curated around a number of themes, each approaching from a different angle the question of how we take care of one another as old welfare models and systems fail.

Our Community Fellowship Program awards bursaries of up to 15000€ to 2 individuals who help us to shape a thoughtful program to draw meaningful and diverse participation at the #OpenVillage Festival (19-21 Oct).

As a Community Fellow, you commit to do three things:

Read what other participants are working on and share your own experiences/work.

Articulate a burning question to move everyone’s work forward, and turn it into a proposal for a festival theme.

Reach out to people from whom you wish to learn or collaborate, and invite them to join us at the #openvillage festival.

We now invite you to submit your proposals for co-curation, engagement and communication for the #OpenVillage Festival.

Deadline for applications: May 31, May 5 2017

How to Apply:

  1. Connect with other participants by reading their stories at the bottom of this page, and offering ideas or advice in the form of thoughtful comments.
  2. Think about a theme, session or exhibit on community care, that you would like to curate for the OpenVillage (see the first proposal here).
  3. Write a post containing your proposal in our shared workspace.

About the program, process and selection criteria

We believe that the future of health and social care is community-based and participatory. We are committed to the idea that care should not necessarily be handed down from institutions to the people but can emerge organically from the people according to their needs.

The OpenVillage Festival is a highly participatory festival showcasing working solutions and demos produced by community members, as well as pathways for working together towards their sustainability. It will take place on October 19-21, 2017 in Brussels and represents the culmination of the OpenCare 18 month research that involves hundreds of original initiatives.

Aiming to deepen community collaboration, during April - May 2017, the SCImPULSE Foundation will appoint 3 “students” to support communication and engagement for the OpenVillage. We use “students” in the Latin sense, of people that will apply themselves to the subject, as fellows of SCImPULSE Foundation, and not in any sense as an indication of career status.

What you will get if selected:

  • A bursary appointment: Up to 15000 Euro to reimburse your working time, distributed on the basis of winners’ financial needs
  • A travel budget: Up to 5000 Euro, to be authorized in advance by due justification.

Process and timeline:

  • Mar 15 Mar - May 31. We Collect submissions in the form of comments, published stories and proposals for OpenVillage Festival Program.
    • Review of submissions
    • Announcement of winners
  • June 15. First draft of project/exhibits descriptions submitted by Fellows.
  • July 15. Final session and project descriptions submitted by Fellows
  • October 19-21. OpenVillage Festival!
  • October 26. Final Report detailing the value chain of the project/s the appointee worked with, and documenting the “recipe” to reproduce it (resources, community engagement mechanisms, pitfalls to avoid)

Who can participate?

Anyone with a story of an open and participatory project of health/social care, who is interested in online and offline collaboration for social good.

Selection Criteria

We will consider individuals who have demonstrated an interest in and alignment with Diy Welfare (referred to as “opencare”) in the following ways (each item will receive a score from 0 the minimum, to 5 the maximum, which will be summed to define the final score used to choose the winners):

  • are registered on and have contributed a story on the OpenCare community page. NB: All the stories already submitted in 2016 and 2017 are being considered.
  • are operating at the grassroots level or are heavily interacting with such groups
  • Are open in their work, use of methodology, technology, results (public and transparent communication, open processes for participation, commons licensing, open source code etc.)
  • their contribution is validated in positive responses by their peers in the opencare community (as seen from the Comments section)
  • have storytelling and content production skills for presenting the opencare initiatives to various community groups and audiences
  • demonstrate willingness to collaborate with others and use online environments for communication, engagement, documentation of work and social media

What happens if I am selected?

You will be working closely with the Edgeryders team to build the OpenVillage. Allocate a minimum of 3 days per week to fulfill your commitment and make sure you are available to attend the event in October 2017.

How to get started? Join the process of building the OpenVillage!

  1. Demonstrate your interest in the work of opencare and other DIY Welfare practitioners. Read three stories about OpenCare initiatives and leave thoughtful comments here (you'll need to scroll down).
  2. Share your experience from care-related initiatives in your community, with reflections around how they relate to the topics and themes of opencare. Post your story here.
  3. Demonstrate your general knowledge about the field. Propose a theme, session or exhibit that you would like to see happen as part of the OpenVillage and name a number of projects or people whom you would like to see involved. Create a post in the OpenVillage coordination group.

Once you are done use #opencare and #scimpulse to draw our attention to your comments, story and proposal for the program. This will encourage others to get in touch and build support for your work!

The deadline for applications is May 5th 2017, but the sooner you start and complete your application, the higher your chances!

For more information come to our weekly online community gatherings on Wednesdays at 18:00 CET here or contact

Partner organisations

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688670