We Edgeryders are forever involved in tons of projects. Creative ideas an ingenuity don’t seem to be the scarce resource in our lives: what’s missing is the ability of turning those projects into viable sources of revenue. As a result, we are torn between doing irrelevant stuff for money and doing fun, important stuff that does not pay the bills. Not cool.
So, why is it so difficult to get paid for meaningful stuff? Sometimes, to be sure, it is our own fault: unfocused or unrealistic ideas, or sound ideas that we, alone, lack the capacity to deliver. But we conjecture that another reason might be the lack of a good interface with large organizations, both in the private and in the public sector. This conjecture is based on the observation of the interaction between the community and the Council of Europe during the first Edgeryders iteration in 2012. Being innovative requires creativity, radicality and out-of-the-box thinking, but that’s scary and strange to large orgs. Getting, say, Elf Pavlik to interact with the Council of Europe required considerable diplomatic skills – starting right at the door, where building security were freaked out that he refuses to use state-issued ID.
We created an Edgeryders company as a corporate shell for our projects to be embedded in a structure that large organizations find easier to understand. The core idea is simple: if you think it is an advantage for you to wear a corporate hat when trying to sell or fund your project, you can wear the Edgeryders one. You will not be telling a lie: if you get the client, we’ll hire you as project manager of your own project: in a very real way, you’ll be hiring yourself into the company. We’ll also do our best to help to put together a team with the capacity to cover the whole terrain, from delivery to administration and reporting. This is what happened with the unMonastery, that has no corporate entity of its own and is hooked to the Matera “client” through Edgeryders.
Come to this session to meet the people in the Edgeryders company, and find out how you can use it to do good work, while doing well for yourself.