DRAFT / EdgeRyders hiring a local connector: mobilize your community and host a participatory event about citizen wellbeing in Europe


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Europe is not well. Nowadays as many as 2 out of 5 young people are unemployed in some countries. Despite global development of the standards of living, poverty is still a reality for many around us - the young, the elderly, the urban and the rural populations.

We struggle with access to good, affordable care. We can’t afford a comfortable house, or to start a family.

As the economic and political landscape of previous generations changes, we notice the feeling of instability and anxiety experienced by many, and rise of alternative spiritual movements to help people cope.

We need to talk about it.

Wellbeing in Europe is a community effort where people from different countries meet and share ways to being well in this life.

Help us to build a network of active contributors who share their experiences on our online platform! We are looking for a local connector to set up a community event in November 2019.

It is part of a series of events in Poland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Germany, happening at the same time.

Your main goal is to organize and drive participation in an event during which participants from different socio-economic groups, educational levels, professions, ages, geographic locations will discuss matters important to their wellbeing and the state of their city, country, neighborhood, family.

In order to be successful, the event uses a methodology for online/ offline community building developed by Edgeryders: in short, connectors need to ensure that all the participants will have to share stories on the project community forum and interact with each other through the comments before and after the event. This allows us to ensure that contributions are authentic, produce a community research analysis, and eventually build a long standing network across different European countries.

Your tasks will be:


  • You will engage 50 people from different backgrounds in your village, town, city, country to join weekly community calls (Virtual Cafes), to share their stories and help them to post them on the online community forum. The key topics for stories are: Healthcare and Social care services, Work and Prosperity, Spirituality and Morality.
  • Together with the people who you have brought into the online community and Virtual Cafes, produce the program for the local event.


  • Ensure that the event is documented in writing and with video following the method and format you will learn by working with our international team.
  • Make sure you collect all the documentation material in one place and structure it well so that it is easy for those who could not come in person still can participate in the discussion.


  • Engage the participants to share their experiences of the event on the online platform
  • Write one article to summarise what happened, what was learned and your own thoughts on the next steps based on your experience.

How to apply

  1. Create an account on edgeryders.eu
  2. Introduce yourself to the community by sharing a personal experience: Add a New Topic here.
  3. Leave a comment to 3 community stories with your own thoughts on the conversation you had so that we know you were the one who brought in the new person.
  4. Join our summer tour to discover new community members and local partners: July 15th in Brno; July 17th in Prague /ADD FACEBOOK EVENT LINKS /

Estimated work time and remuneration


Who are we?

Edgeryders is a non-profit organisation living in symbiosis with an online community of thousands of activists, researchers, innovators, radical thinkers and doers, and just normal people that want to make a difference. We believe that a smart community outperforms any of its members; this is the result of people working together, improving on each other’s work.

Wellbeing in Europe is part of a Horizon 2020 funded Research and Innovation Action under the official name POPREBEL. The project focuses on explaining and contextualising the recent rise of populism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The research considers content collected through http://edgeryders.eu, subject to online ethnographic analysis and semantic social network analysis.

The project is funded by the European Commission under grant agreement number 822682 from 2019-2021. Other partners are University College London (UK), University Karlova, University Jagiellonski (Poland), University of Belgrade (Serbia).

How we will select connectors

We are looking for someone who speaks both Czech and basic English.

We will consider individuals who demonstrate an interest in Wellbeing in Europe; who are empathetic, curious and able to engage people from different walks of life in an authentic, constructive and respectful discussion about important topics.

Most important, the connector is willing to collaborate with others and use online tools such as video chats for communication, engagement, documentation of work.

What happens if I am selected?

You will be working closely with the Edgeryders team to build the Wellbeing in Europe community conversation and the event series in your country.

What happens if I am not selected?

You could get a 200 Eur reward for the article that you have contributed as part of the application process. More information about this here: http://bit.ly/2LbQvyD 6

For more information

Come to an Online Gathering in Czech language.


The call is subject to modifications.

Next steps (before June 15th)

  • Translare it into Czech and publish it in the Czech forum
  • Share it with people and organisations mapped here