Between Friday 27th and Monday 30th I got some news about the unMonastery final rush. Everything was, unfortunately, in oral form and in Italian. Posting it here in English for the purpose of keeping everyone in the loop.
- [antonioelettrico] and his fellow Mimers confirm renovation work is underway in the building, to get new plumbing and a renovated heating system. Bathtubs have been removed and replaced with showers. The plumbing is being put in place for kitchens on both floors. Mimers have promised to post weekly or more frequent updates on how it's all going. The precise form (posts or community calls) is to be agreed with [Ben].
- Rossella confirms Comitato Matera 2019 is happy transfering the entire unMonastery budget (save for the money already used up) to Edgeryders for the purpose of paying the unMonasterians' per diems, travel allowances and material allowances. The payment will likely be made in two tranches: one by January 31st, the other by March 31st. I am ok with this as long it is authorized by [AD_admin], who makes sure liability issues are out of the way and we don't get saddled with unduly administrative burden. Please [Ben] get in touch with him and agree on a way to do this. We might need some hack, like opening a separate bank account on which [Ben] is authorized to operate or something like that.
- This also means we have clearance to write a letter of commitment to be signed by unMonasterians as we see fit. Rossella only asks that mention of Matera 2019 is made in it. For example, it would make sense to ask unMonasterians to reach out to the city through the MT2019 online community – which makes sense anyway.
- There is a remaining issue that no one seems to be clear on: that is insurance. Maybe [Rita O] could investigate before we go live?
Don’t give up, we are almost there!