Rather to my surprise, I’ve been invited to join the operational board of directors of Edgeryders (the limited company) alongside Alberto, Noemi, Nadia and Matthias. Equally to my surprise, I’ve accepted.
Up to now, my engagement with Edgeryders has been through attending LOTE 1 in Strasbourg and LOTE 4 in Matera. I really enjoyed the events and was very impressed by the diversity, talent, creativity and passion of the people who showed up to each event, and by the diversity of projects that seem to be going on in and around the community. I don’t spend a lot of time using social media and am fairly average with technology and I haven’t particularly engaged with the community in between those events. I’m now looking forward to learning more about Edgeryders and the extraordinary community.
A brief introduction to me. I followed a fairly traditional career path, spending over 10 years working as a lawyer for large companies in the UK, France, Canada and Russia. I left that world in 2002, after I had a wake-up call. I was reminded that I had a deep love for the life in all its various forms and particularly things that are wild like oceans, forests and human creativity. Yet the one I was working in didn’t seem to value these things. at the same time, I liked in respect of the people I work with. So I set off to see if there was a better system somewhere. Since then I have worked with cooperatives, fair trade companies, social enterprises and others looking for better ways of organising the bring out the best in people and serve all.
One thing I am working on at the moment it is a “festival of human organising” in London in spring 2016. I’m hoping to catalyse a celebration of lots of different ways that people are found to live and work together in ways that don’t require top-down control. I feel this fits well within the range of projects that edgeryders gets involved with.
Being on the Board of Directors of edgeryders brings a particular challenge. It is the most formal part of the community, the part that anyone who wants to formally engage with the community will expect to work with. Thus we form a bridge between more traditional institutions and the more unconventional, wilder edgeryders community. Inevitably, in this role, at times we will appear remote and conventional (hence the image I attached to this post). I hope that we can also be truthful, inclusive and act in a spirit of service to all.
I look forward to engaging with more of you on this great journey.