If you chanced across this post independent of it’s parent post, it may be useful to read for context where this approach emerged from here: Timing is everything – a summary of open sourcing Matera
The core requirements of the call are outlined in this document, I am currently tasked with filling in the blanks in collaboration with Rossella from MT2019, many of the questions asked in the call will be lifted and editted from the initial EdgeRyders call. If you think we’ve missed a key question, have entirely different set of questions that you believe should be asked, please speak now.
The next area that we covered in the co-writing session was the process for shortlisting and selecting pledges/applications to unMonastery. The current approach looks like this (but lets be clear, this is open to debate):
- The International Call goes online in the next two weeks.
- Applications are submitted between now and the end of the year.
- All applications are reviewed by a panel on a rolling 2 month basis.
- The panel is made up of MT2019 comittee, Alberto, myself and a nominated individual from Matera
- Each application is evaluated based on a criteria of meeting the key challenges and skills needed (this criteria will be outlined clearly alongside the international call)
- Those that meet the criteria are shortlisted and asked to create a post (in what ever form) online outlining their project, this can then be discussed and peer reviewed.
- Based on this process and ensuing discussion the panel will then make a final decision.
There are a couple of reasons for taking this approach, firstly it’s important to highlight that although individuals are not paid for participating in the unMonastery project directly, they do receive space, resources and a monthly allowance for their project – this money is coming from public funds and thus there is a need to be made accountable for how this is spent.
The second reason is internal resources on the part of unMonastery, we actually don’t know how many applications to expect but unMonastery is increasingly recieving more and more press despite having yet to actively court it. unMonastery has already appeared on Shareable, the Huffington Post, is set to be featured in the Italian issue of Wired and has appeared on numerous others sites – so this may mean that application numbers are very high. Which creates a problem, unMonastery in this moment is almost entirely run on volunteered time, meaning dealing with a high in take requires a workable approach based on time and resources available.
Regardless of what has been stated so far it’s important that the process stay open for debate and we’d like to be 100% transparent in establishing this process. It can at this point take an entirely different form, however we need to decide soon, really soon – so all suggestions and discussion is welcomed.
Another point to consider is that we have already put out a call to the EdgeRyders network, for which we’ve recieved a number of strong applications, aside from a few email updates we’ve dithered slightly on accepting anyone whilst we got this process in place – this to me though feels slightly unfair – and I apologise you haven’t been kept more up-to-date. It’s my feeling that right now 1 or 2 of those applications should be accepted and the others are given the option to respond or rewrite their application according to the challenges laid out.
I’d like to also float at this point another possibility, we are limited to a maximum of 10 unMonasterians at any one time primarily because of budgetery constraints - I though think it could create an interesting shift if individuals were to attain funding for projects and bring them into unMonastery in this way. Myself, Anthony and Gaia are currently in the midst of an application to the Nominet Trust to build a specific set of tools that will enivitably fund additional people coming to stay at unMonastery and we’ve factored these costs into the bid.