In the past few weeks two interesting proposals for LOTE5 have come up:
- Athens, proposed by @katalin and centered on Social Cohesion - Survival Strategies (read the post).
- Brussels, proposed by @ireinga and centered on failure (they prefer to call it "Fuckup", actually – read the post)
These are both interesting because both build on the strength of an existing community within the broader Edgeryders space. The Athens proposal is driven by a group of veterans of unMonastery Matera; the Brussels one by the Antiheroes movement. Both groups can count on a proven ability to deliver, (wo)manpower, presence on the ground and even some access to local partners and possibly sponsors. Finally, they are both definitely “on the edge”.
They also have differences. Locations are very different; Athens is cheaper to stay in, Brussels cheaper and easier to get to, for most of us. Athens is definitely more “at the edge of Europe”, while Brussels can offer more opportunities to partner up with local businesses and to build bridges to institutions. An Athens solution might appeal more to the hardcore Edgeryders community; a Brussels solution might attract more of the people who have been watching us with interest and are considering dipping a foot in the water. The mood also seems to be different; darker, more urgent for the unMonastery crowd, more fearless in a light-hearted kind of way for the AntiHeroes ladies (though this is just a personal impression). Finally, the Athens proposal has the advantage to be more in line with LOTE3 and LOTE4, which were both invested in the unMonastery as a flagship project; the Brussels proposal has the advantage of investing in a new initiative, that has been developing separately so far but could now seek closer ties with Edgeryders.
Additionally, we have a problem that concerns both proposals. Edgeryders LBG is, as always, committed to supporting LOTE events, but we are struggling with a lenghty handover of financial and legal records from Arthur (following his resignation as director in mid-April) to those of us who remain on the board. We had been meaning to have this conversation in February, and hire a conference coordinator right away, but we have been prevented to do so: it sounds and is really stupid, but we don’t have control of our bank account. We are not even sure how much money is there. This is being solved, but it may take several weeks before we can make an informed decision as to investing in LOTE5. We may even have to reschedule, from the traditional fall to early 2016.
Given all that, how should we (where “we” means “the Edgeryders community”) move forward? Attempt to reconcile the two proposals? Make a choice among them? Skip a year? Do something else entirely?