Thank you so much for a beautiful Lote. We finally managed to find the time to really meet one another and have an open conversation(s) about many questions and issues. Including where we want to take things looking forward together.
To honor the care and attention that went into our coming together, we thought it might be a good idea to put together a simple overview to remind us all of what was agreed (before we forget :)) and make it easy for others to contribute towards the shared goals/initiatives. The ethos is if you are interested in something, want to see something improved, or feel something is missing… get involved. In Edgeryders nothing happens till you say “I would like to do x”
The big picture: What we agreed on
1. A key aim of Edgeryders is to facilitate and encourage mutual support between community members and collaboration on projects.
So over the next year we are going to focus energy on
A. Harmonious Hackathons: making them happen on a regular basis (several times a year) and making them an economically sustainable line of activity (ensure people organising them are paid). We would do a number of themes one of which could be #HackCare continuing on foundation set at lote4 by @Rémy, @Ben and everyone who participated. Interested?
B. Building an Edgeryders home base. We also agreed that we need “our own” space to run events regularly, as hackathons need weeks rather than days to “complete” work. This will make it easier to keep money and time costs at an acceptable level.
C. Edgeryders.eu/ Makerfox integration: the experiment with using barter to build #lote4 using makerfox produced promising results. In order for us to use it for more activities the integration with Edgeryders needs to be smoother, so we need to specify what needs to be done and find resources to cover the cost of the work. Ping @Matthias in the Makerfox project if you want to help…
D. Building stronger community ties: We aim to grow the number, thickness and quality of Edgeryders community members social ties with each other, members of other communities and networks and with members of organisations with resources and need for their skills/projects.
We will do this online with regularly updated content like Get Back in the Box! and the Making Space series curated by @Bezdomny. If you enjoy writing and editing for the web, please do step forward- we’re trying to build editorial team to create something interesting and economically sustainable together.
When I organise/ participate in physical meetings, I commit to ensure they are properly documented here on the platform so as not to fragment the community or exclude others from the conversations. If you can do the same it would be much appreciated.
2. The unMonastery prototype was successful and we want to continue developing the existing site and set up new ones.
The unMonastery was again a highlight of Lote4, with a lot of reflections. It was agreed that the time is not mature for setting up a separate unMonastery organisation and that Edgeryders LBG should continue to be the “home organisation” for the unMonastery project.
A. Continued presence in the Palazzo Casale complex: We agreed that the next step would be to produce a credible plan for running the space including revenue streams/fundraising activities in order to present to the Committato Matera2019 before they are dissolved (i.e. before end of the working year). For those interested, @mariabyck, @katalin, @NicoBis and @RitaO are exploring this.
B. New possible unMonastery sites: Edgeryders LBG has been approached by with two requests for new development projects which could involve setting up new unMonastery sites. After discussing the matter with community members in the room one proposal was sent off to Fabrizio Barca.
3. We would like to experiment with different formats for community events
Lote4 was generative at many levels (documentation is available), yet it is an annual sprint of 3 months with over 50 community members collaborating on it and there’s some risk of burnout in the core team. The question is can we look for lighter event formats and teams to drive them?
Proposals ranged from piggybacking existing events and making ourselves visible as “Edgeryders”; to making them more harmonious hackathon focused; to doing a walking format (a long trek and people host conversations while walking or during breaks). The key thing being that whatever the format it has to not exclude people with disabilities if they want to join, and honour the commitment to great documentation.
We have started participating in events where we can support others, and draw support for community members work. Next up: #31c3 in December (@danohu, @msanti, @Dorotea,@cjd , @igel are coordinating here ) and Transmediale in January ( @Kei, @Lauren, @katalin, @elf_Pavlik, @Ben, @James, @Bembo_Davies are driving this). Any other suggestions? Please let other community members know in comments below so everyone can self organise around shared interests.
We’re probably missing a lot of important things, there is a lot going on… After our conversations we realized there is a huge information asymmetry between those of us who have been involved in Edgeryders for the longest and more recent arrivals. Step one to honoring our pledge to bridge that divide so we have more of a level playing field is now online, and you are most welcome to join the conversation.
Where to begin?
Think about how you can align your own interests and work with any of the above.
Leave a comment below and let’s see what we can do together.