The future of urban living is green. Looking for skilled partnership builder for The Reef in Brussels

Belgium hit record high temperatures of 40 Celsius degrees this summer. And it’s this summer that EdgeRyders commits to new work on sustainability and developing community solutions to slow down the earth’s (and humanity’s!) deterioration. We are starting the EarthOS new team and looking ahead at a busy year ahead.

This is an open call for to join our team as lead partnership builder for a community space in Brussels. The ultimate goal is to work collectively to make this building carbon negative.***

About The Reef

More than two years ago, a few of us decided to rent a house and an office space together, to share our working and personal lives, and improve our lifestyles. After running this as a prototype with 4-6 people, we want to impact urban living more, in Europe and beyond. We are now building the next iteration and searching for a bigger space to move into.

The Reef is a community, and so is the building hosting it. It is a home, a workplace, a model. But it is also the seed for a new market of social, deep-green living. As a bold demonstrator, The Reef
makes such a lifestyle both realistic (for the people that live it) and aspirational (for many who do not – yet).

The Reef is infrastructure for a lifestyle adapted to the 21st century. A lifestyle that is:

  • Independent: combining privacy and sociability.
  • Healthy: built-in nudges towards healthy eating, exercising, burnout prevention.
  • Deep green: negative emissions living.
  • Affordable: an ecosystem of physical persons and small businesses increasing efficiency and helping contain the cost of living in buzzing cities.
  • Social and happy: several households living together under the same roof (up to 20 people). The first people to move into The Reef are going to be the colonizing species of the ecosystem. The Brussels space will function as a bioreactor. It co-designs new solutions, tries them out, improves upon them, consolidates successes.

The full story as told in the last couple of years:

The Reef is an open-ended, community built project. In 2019 we wish to build a critical mass of supporters and partners around it: people who want to invest in their future, organisations who want to use space in it, public and private actors to champion a new kind of climate friendly urban space.

We start with Brussels. Join our team! What we need help with

A. Partnership Building

  • identify 2-3 candidate spaces. This includes producing a map of unused buildings in Brussels. A point-of-interest map of ≥100 unused buildings in Brussels that are of interest for The Reef, followed by detailed profiles of the best matching 2-3 buildings. Delivered as a collaborative, open map using uMap or similar.
  • secure 3-5 high quality partnerships. A high quality partner is a partner who holds resources and competences that are key for a successful Reef deployment. These include political and institutional legitimacy (public authorities), building expertise (real estate developers), a portfolio of real estate assets (public authorities/real estate developers/philanthropists), finance (banks or other financial institutions), green technologies (universities and private firms).
  • create effective strategic communication about the initiative based on the local, social, political context in Brussels

B. Community Outreach Support

  • helps mobilize potential and future community members in an exercise of co-design for the 2-3 candidate spaces; workshops will be hosted in Brussels and engage a minimum 50 active contributors to The Reef design; The outputs are expected to be requirements for social and green transformation with the community at the centre.

Timeline: The work is due from August/September 2019 to January/February 2019 (circa 6 months); the contract is renewable pending on future plans and resources.

Remuneration: The salary covers part time work (up to 3 days a week) and is negotiated based on mutually agreed deliverables.

Conditions: Be based in Brussels and have a diverse network here. Work from The Reef or from home office; team coordination using and other internal channels.

Interested? Here’s how to apply

If you think you’re a good fit for at least some of these activities, please reply below with a comment expressing your interest, skills, passions, and any links which could be useful as references to previous work.

If you like the project or wish to be involved in other activities coming up, we’d love to get to know you! And please share this with anyone who could be enjoying this kind of work.

Once we find the right person we will announce it below and close the call.

Looking forward to meet you <3

*** Disclaimers: We have been advertising this opportunity through several other channels and we reserve the right to decide according to all incoming manifestations of interest.
NB: While The Reef proposal has been accepted by our partners at Climate KIC, we are still pending a signature from the funding body. This job offer is conditional upon this final signature. Thank you for your understanding.

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cool project. i want to help this to happen. feel free to get in touch to see how we can co-lab :grinning:

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yaaay,Great news :slight_smile:
I participated in Openvillage - MENA REEF House It was one of the best experiences I had in my life and I am curious to see how the atmosphere at this house which is located in the city will be. Our house was located in a kind of remote area, we had only each other to connect :smiley: and the surviving activities were so interesting like cycling to get drinking water and travel to get grocery.
I can see myself in the community outreach support however I would like to know more about it to be sure…
What I know is that I love getting to know people, listen to their thoughts and document that…besides my admiration to ask them questions to get a wider view of all the sides of the stroy.

Until I get more information about this post,I would express my interest in helping at any means to get this real on the “earth” and help others get introduced to this way of living that I am sure will impact their lives as it impacted mine.

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Thanks for all your support along the way, Manuel. Will keep you posted about the workshops, I would definitely see you there as a co-designer!!

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@HadeerGhareeb, it warms me to know that a temporary space like the one in Morocco had an impact in your life. You were a star before, and your project about upcycling trash into toys is the one I remember the most. so no wonder you went on to do great things. I follow you and your adventures on facebook with much pleasure, and it seems you’re becoming an influencer :stuck_out_tongue:

The Reef’s vision is clearly one for the entire world, and outreach across the networks will be key to find people who can contribute and set up their own Reefs. For this phase of the project though, we will focus more on Brussels to establish a solid model as a departing point, taking all the lessons learned from Morocco, unMonastery in Italy, and our current space here. It is a bit more complicated than the house you were in, because it should be a permanent space, not a temporary one.

So the positions advertised this year are for Brussels based people.
We start here, and depending on how it goes we will go bigger… makes sense?

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Hello Noemi,
I am interested in this assignment. I live in Brussels since 9 years and I know the city really well (I am an urban hiker), so this puts me in a good position for scouting locations.
I am deeply interested in societal issues, emancipatory movements and alternative solutions to living, with a passion for urban life. Since three years I have been actively participating in various communities in Brussels, and although there is still a lot to discover, I already have a good knowledge of different actors in this city that would come useful for building partnerships.
I would love to find out more about the project and if my profile could interest you - perhaps an informal coffee would be a good idea, Noemi?
I am looking forward to hearing from you, Paulina

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Hi Paulina, thanks for reaching out, how did you learn about Edgeryders and this project?
What is your profession? Anything you can share about your current/past work and projects will come in handy and make it easier to connect you with other community members and people from our broader network, and opportunities in general, beyond the purpose of this call,

Happy to meet, I will message you in private to arrange a chat!

Hi Noemi, I have seen your post about this project in the Facebook group Urbanistas Brussels.
Regarding my profession, I wear many hats… I am a project manager, a social and serial entrepreneur, an author of stories for children… I also have experience in social work and 7 years in EU policy.

Looking forward to your message to meet for a chat!

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