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About Edgeryders events

A 2hr process of online activities that accelerates offline activities.

Discussion

The EdgeRyders events process begins when an idea or solution is posted on the platform, sparking discussion among community members. Some join in, actively listening, asking questions or giving thoughtful responses. (This is a safe place and not for debating opinions or speaking for others.)

The discussion begins with first hand accounts of attempts taken to solve societal issues and moves to navigating the personal challenges experienced by members. Nuances and the various different contexts surrounding these challenges begins to show.

Information analysis

Next open source technology is used to make connections between topics being discussed, the people discussing them, places, projects, solutions and struggles. When we put this together, patterns start to emerge that help join these ideas and people to each other and to other information, skill and resources.

By the end of the process, our community members have gained a richer knowledge and understanding of the issue they wish to tackle and have a blueprint to put their idea into action.

What comes out of it


Inputs Platform Outputs Outcome
Good People Conversation Articles Clusters of local actors that together try out new ideas to secure resilient livelihoods for their communities and themselves. Each cluster is composed of individuals, groups and organisations with deep ties to a place.
Interesting stories Sensemaking New Projects **How is a cluster 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.
Experience-based knowledge New perspectives & ideas Unlikely Alliances If you are a construction company, you must not be lazy, and be open to using new technologies. 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.

What participants do: 2hrs

The process with require 2 hrs of your time in total , spread out over a 3 week period:

  • Fill in registration form ( 5 mins)
  • Participate in the video chat ( 1.10 hr)
  • Leave comments on the forum sharing your thoughts ( 35 min)

Optional (+ 1. 5 hr): If you want to be involved in new opportunities for working and fundraising together with others - you can come to the follow up call to explore ideas for collaboration born out of the process + do some follow up work

How to participate


ADD REGISTRATION FORM HERE



Enquiries: company@edgeryders.eu


FAQs

1. How can I prepare to draw the maximum benefits of the event?

2. What happens after the event?

  • Follow up discussions ( ER team publishes documentation + listening session participants leave comments)
  • Analyse of conversations ( ER team use open source technology to produce visualisations)
  • Produce of articles containing summary of insights from conversations ( ER team produces draft for participants to comment/edit before publishing)
  • We Prepare & share First Draft of Concept Notes for possible joint initiatives wih participants in workspace accessible only to participants who participated in previous steps to ensure alignment)
  • Our Fundraiser identifies possible sources of financing
  • We Coordinate follow up sessions to develop ideas for new joint projects + fundraising campaigns


2. Do you use special tools to organise Edgeryders events?

Yes we do.
We could not find what we needed, so we had to build our own technology. Other organisations now use them to run productive and enjoyable online events that yield high return on the investment of time and resources of everyone involved.

A toolkit to transform events into collective intelligence engines

  • Online platform
  • Custom modules for rapid website generation
  • Custom modules for registration forms
  • Custom Modules for data analysis
  • Custom Modules for visualisation
  • Custom software for coordination
  • Custom software for coordination

3. Can you tell us more about the technical details of Edgeryders tools and methods for events?

A toolkit to transform events into collective intelligence engines

  • Online platform
  • Custom modules for rapid website generation
  • Custom modules for registration forms
  • Custom Modules for data analysis
  • Custom Modules for visualisation
  • Custom software for coordination
  • Custom software for coordination

Our toolkit is a stack of technologies that enable you to:

  • Produce dynamically updated minisites around topics on the fly:
    1. The minisite content (but not the structure) must be editable from inside Discourse or both content and structure must be editable an deployable from the webkit GUI, using a Discourse account. The second option would however mean that a full markdown editor with live preview etc. would have to be added to the webkit, which is why I am rather against that. Let’s keep it simple, and close to Discourse, so that it can be published as a “site builder for Discourse” eventually.
    2. There should be a few modules that take in YAML content (as a link to a Discourse post that contains a YAML code section) and display it in a visually enhanced way. This is needed to publish sections of the minisite in a way beyond what Markdown inside a Discourse editor is capable of. An example for that technique is here.
  • Improve success of onboarding people towards the edgeryders site
  • Standardise our distributed event production methodology
  • Build an effective alternative to social media communication campaigns for outreach efforts
  • Decentralise key community onboarding and activation tasks away from community managers to volunteers (welcome committee).
    Improve visibility and communication of research findings

Online Platform

A dynamic online space for learning, networking, coordination and business development

Some of our clients and parts prefer to nest their online collaboration spaces within the platforms maintained by the Edgeryders organisation. Either because they don’t have in house tech support, or because they want to draw the benefits of being plugged into our friendly and supportive global community. We don’t charge anything for this, but do require everyone to agree to basic rules of conduct and respect the social contract which keeps our space healthy and generative for everyone concerned.
Features of our online collaboration platform solution:

  • Email slayer: Used correctly this platform will kill need for email based communication. Edgeryders is an email-free organisation thanks to this technology and easy to follow protocols for using it.

  • No more document version headaches: Any static document can be transformed into a dynamic, collaboratively editable one.

  • HR can use this to lower cost and time spent on recruiting and training new members.

  • Project teams can quickly generate interactive reports with links to key documents on the fly

  • Project teams or event organisers can generate interactive and dynamic websites for the events where curated content from conversations before and after are displayed.

  • For Communication campaigns, it becomes a way to crowd-source reporting and outreach efforts among its members.

  • Open Ethnographer add-on: Allows you to annotate content on your platform and create ethnographies of your conversation. Good for: low cost high quality and always up to date knowledgement management.

  • Graphryder add-on: Allows you to see SSN graphs of your conversation and an ethnography of your distributed business cluster. Good for: Finding the right people for any given challenge or task.

  • Training add-on: We offer community management training, as well as training for management of the forum and best practices to help them be successful.

  • Consulting add-on: We can take on community management, content curation, event coordination and even co-apply with our clients for research projects, grants or open calls.

  1. Show examples of what comes out of it: OpenCare - A better kind of contact tracing, collective autonomy Report, Digital Futures report, Stewardship Report,
  2. Add-on features from: https://www.discourse.org/features
  3. Add-on features for Graphryder & SenseStack

Registration forms that smoothly convert your audience into active contributors of high quality content

We want to make it easy for people to connect and start the conversations before, and after the event. So that your events generate consistently generate high roi for participants and for your organisation.

  1. Example: AI & Justice Summit - Booklet
  2. Demo: Invitation - Registration - articles on platform - summary post & discussion - booklet.

Always-on video chat webinar and break out meeting rooms

These are intended for things like running online events where you need breakout rooms, running team meetings or setting up a digital watercooler spaces for spontaneous chats. They are only available to people with user accounts on your online platform.

  1. Features: We need to ask Maria and Owen about this!
  2. Demo: create an edgeryders account (fill in registration form) then click here.

Add-on layers for Communication & Marketing

A message app-based alternative to the email newsletter

we have a chatbot on telegram and on whatsapp to which people send messages in response to a call for input on social media. That chatbot relays and aggregates the contents onto a platform where an editor can then put together a summary of what has been said and send it back to the people who participated. Use case is that frontline medical workers and activists are largely sharing information and coordinating via messaging apps . The problem with this is that: 1) it is not clear that the information shared is accurate 2) people are just overwhelmed with the sheer volume of info 3) there is no documentation of what has been exchanged — so no way of passing on learning in case of a new crisis 4) you do not keep track of who has contributed what - which means that you do not know who the real experts are that you could then turn to in the future for help. We have already developed some of the code to enable this: Now we need a rough sketch of a nice, simple user experience and interface/information architecture that works for people who are really short on time and super stressed. Can you give us 30 minutes of your time today? We are working here: #t_edgeryders_an1s2t4bxd

Campaign builder

We have developed a stack of modules that enable you to quickly set up a single purpose minisite and it with relevant content .This makes it easy and inexpensive to so things like set up a website around a specific activity such as conference or crowdfunding campaign. As well as present content picked from the online forum that enables your to feature discussion threads or high quality posts with little additional work. Everything is easily updated through the platform. Examples include: http://er-campaigns.surge.sh, work.edgeryders.eu, https://youthful-brown-c96bcf.netlify.com/ and crowdfund.edgeryders.eu

Rapid Landing Page generator

We have developed a stack of modules that enable you to quickly set up a single purpose with relevant content .This makes it easy and inexpensive to so things like set up a website around a specific activity such as conference or crowdfunding campaign. As well as present content picked from the online forum that enables your to feature discussion threads or high quality posts with little additional work. Everything is easily updated through the platform. Examples include: http://er-campaigns.surge.sh, work.edgeryders.eu, https://youthful-brown-c96bcf.netlify.com/ and crowdfund.edgeryders.eu

Tiered access landing pages

Example use case: Webinars or Screen videos with password-protected livechat. This is very useful for when you want to have different levels of access. For example you may want to limit access to people who participated in the preparatory conversations or participated in a previous activity. It is also useful if you want to do crowdfunding campaigns where one of the perks is to have one’s questions featured during the webinar. Example here: https://live.edgeryders.eu/


4. We have an event we want to organise - Can you help us?

Yes. You can hire us to organise events for you, coach your staff on the methodology and set up the tools for you.


5. Do your have examples of previous events I can look at?

This is the largest type of the Edgeryders events. Basically all of the LOTE conferences that we held over the years are of that format; we called them (un-)conference initially and since LOTE6, the “Open Village Festival” we call them festivals.