We design together a TED-style presentation of the unMonastery to be televised (learn more). This is a wiki: don’t be afraid to edit it.
- Duration: 12-15 minutes
- Language: strictly Italian
- Wide screen: yes.
The challenge is to imagine a format that can convey the unMonastery’s magic and urgency. Representativeness is a low priority: no need to show everything, focus on the media-friendly, “pop” stuff. We would like:
- to show people, the unMonastery in all its glorious diversity
- to show action: artefacts and interaction
- to show Matera and its beauty, an important part of unMonastery Matera's visual identity.
- to latch onto the Edgeryders narrative – 10 people in Matera, 2000 more all over the Internets
- to make use of Nico's spectacular footage
- to tell a tightly woven story that makes sense to someone who has never heard of the unMonastery, nor of Edgeryders.
Suggested by Riccardo: @Alberto as narrator-MC sewing together the different pieces.
Fallback position: a presentation by Alberto with slides.
Start from this post. The narrative is: we borrow and redeploy key ideas from monasticism towards social innovation, societal resilience, individual freedom and equality. We illustrate the concept (which has shown to have some traction) and move on to show it in vivo as embodied in unMonastery Matera. End with another saint, Augustine (sermon 80):
Mala tempora, laboriosa tempora, hoc dicunt homines. Bene uiuamus, et bona sunt tempora. Nos sumus tempora: quales sumus, talia sunt tempora.
The times are bad, the times are troubled, this men say. Let us live well, and times will be good. We are the times: the way we are is the way the times turn out.
I (Alberto) propose the format of a collective presentation, as suggested by Riccardo. This requires the physical presence of about 4 unMonasterians on stage, + Alberto. The format is lively, but very difficult as there needs to be tight adherence to a script. Italian language also a difficulty, though short sentences can be memorized phonetically.
Update: Alberto’s slides are now done, the text is written and timed. They are shared in the unMonastery => Communication shared Google Drive.
- Alberto: 7 minutes (11 slides) scripted presentation with slides about the concept
- one minute video by @NicoBis (see in the comments below). unMonasterians use the last 10 seconds of the video to come on stage.
- 5 unMonasterians: about 1 minute each, with little stories, projects, artifacts. Example:
- "I am @La_Gaia, and I come from London. I have been involved in the development of unMonastery since its conception at the Living on the Edge conference in 2012, fundamentally I am responsible for shaping the measurements and evaluation of the project. I bring my experience of network analysis, ensuring that we don’t measure out what matters, unlike the empty numbers most projects gauge their success upon. This approach to evaluation is focused on enhancing the embedded and emergent process the unMonastery is focused on catalysing in Matera - using as a key marker the relationships that grow from the social impact of the model. My role extends to advising the ongoing development, ensuring meaningful conflict resolution and contributing new recipes to the evolving cookbook of the unMonastery."
- "I am @Marc, and I come from Burgundy in France. Together with schools in Matera, we are building a prototype for a totally open source solar tracker in both its software and hardware – a device that allows solar panels to follow the course of the sun, like a sunflower, increasing their output by 40%. The cost of energy consumption for an average family is € 1,150 a year, this device aims to remove that cost completely over a 6 year at most period. Solar trackers already exist, but they are closed, proprietary and quite expensive. We wish to build one that anyone can make or improve with an Arduino board, scavenged electric motors and cheap sensors, for a tenth of its current price. The project aims to be a first step towards towards real sustainable energy consumption."
- "I am @Bembo Davies, and I come from Norway. I am the keeper of the Book of Errors. unMonasterians inherit from hacker culture a great attention for documentation; we wish to document our mistakes, of which we make many, so that our brethren unMonasterians in the next 200 years can better avoid them, and troubleshoot them when they can't be avoided."
- “I am @RitaO, I come from Matera, I’m the interface with the local community and I am an unMonasterian too. I got involved into unMonastery one year ago, when there was the first open meeting here to introduce the main frame of the project and start a cooperation process with citizens about their vision of the town. I work on facilitating relationships with people and associations from Matera in order to develop the projects of the unMonasterians: on the other side, I would like to create a stable hub at unMonastery’s place with the main goal to create a local network of active groups embedded into a huge European network of creatives and innovators. As an unMonasterian, I’ve got a project based on designing goods for the unMon Community through a participatory process which aims to put together unMonasterians and local artisans, in order to create a stronger visual identity for the unMonastery itself, based on its own clear philosophy, and enable objects to speak for it”.
- "I am @Kei Kreutler, and I come from New York. At unMonastery, I've established a node of Open Tech School in collaboration with Materani. The School currently holds free workshops on coding, physical computing, interactive games, web and mobile app design, and video production, with workshops evolving according to participants' interests. While offering a wide variety of skills, the project aims to teach individuals how to teach others - working toward the School's longevity beyond the unMonastery residency period. Open Tech School Matera leverages a global network within a local community - connecting to an initiative to make learning technical skills easy, fun and inherently social."
- Alberto: 40 concluding seconds of inspiration (1 slide)
- we exit, if possible, by stepping symbolically down into the audience.
What to mention?
All unMonastery projects are super-interesting. I think people would especially appreciate:
- the Book of Errors
- the Open Source Solar tracker
- the open data program, with the Open Energy Monitor in particular
- the mesh network
- Open Tech School
- the short food distribution chain project
- the interface with the local community
Please put a list of unMonasterians willing and able to do this here: