I read Ilaria’s post today about matchmaking and mapping skills in Matera with needs for Lote and I agree that we need to find a space to mobilize logistic resources, and more if possible. Before that I suggest an open invitation on behalf of ER to be translated in Italian and set the tone of the engagement between the two communities, kind of like a preambul. I wouldn’t wait until we have all the information about the event agenda and what we need for x many people. What do you think, too early? i’ve drafted something but mostly to see if I, myself,understand the angle, communication wise. It has an implication also for our shared understanding of Edgeryders and Lote at unMonastery -its “flagship project” (Bembo) - in general.
For Edgeryders everywhere, Matera is a European Capital.
- an invitation to Live On The Edge -
Edgeryders is a consolidated network of hundreds of change makers from Europe and the globe. It is a community and not-for-profit organisation working to support creative and innovative individuals who often find themselves at odds with current socio-economic problems or abusive political establishments. Most community members are not wealthy, or live precariously, but have a record of running projects that make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of communities in all corners of Europe.
During October 29 - November 3 the network convenes for its third offline event - Living On The Edge (LOTE), and chose the city of Matera as location. Why? Because Matera is becoming a warm home to the world’s first unMonastery. If you know about this project being prototyped, you probably also know that Edgeryders is where it was born and got its first acclaims.
For those of us willing to take risks to try out innovative solutions, they cost a lot in personal commitment and security. So having been given a context in Matera where we can do a service to the community with passion, and have our meals covered makes us immensely grateful. Aside from taking pride in it, Edgeryders believe in and want to learn how to create other unMonasteries in Europe. A good relationship has been built with the municipality and local social innovators; we would like to cultivate it and benefit from the expertise of the people in Matera. We also want to introduce ourselves to Materans properly and in full capacity, at Lote.
If you are up for building a long standing relationship with people at the Edge, come to Lote! It’s a five day event built entirely by the community as we write this. It costs you nothing, but there are plenty of ways you can get the most out of meeting Edgeryders:
- Register for the event. We’re expecting around 150 people, and Materans in particular.
- Take an Edgeryder home: if you live in Matera and have a free room or bed, you could be matched with someone coming from Europe to Matera for the event. You get to learn or practise your English and make a new friend.
- Help with logistics and work with the lovely Elf Pavlik who already offered to help participants secure cheap transportation methods, like ridesharing.
- Be part of the welcoming team: we will hook you up with Andrea from Casa Netural, or unMonasterian Bembo who has already offered to do that.
- Are you a teacher? a worker? a tour guide? Anything you can offer, we are glad to take your word for it.
Feel free to write us at [edgeryders email] / [Italian edgeryder willing to take charge?]. Come join us, meet new people and be part of putting Matera at the heart of Europe, as we think it deserves to be.