“When it comes to work it is increasingly difficult to reconcile making money with making sense. People do work to make a living. Others do work to make meaning. But the two works are not the same work.”

The unMonastery is an ambitious and radical response to the challenge of bridging this gap. It draws inspiration from the 10th century monastic life to encourage radical forms of social innovation and collaboration. A sort of lay, off-grid mendicant order striving for a society that can better withstand present and future systemic crises.

This place-based social innovation, is aimed at addressing the interlinked needs of empty space, unemployment and depleting social services by embedding committed, skilled individuals within communities that could benefit from their presence.

The unMonastery aims to develop a new kind of social space, akin to co-living and co-working spaces, drawing influence from both Monasteries and HackerSpaces, with a focus on the process of co-creation and co-learning between the community and unMonasterians.

At the core of the unMonastery concept is a desire to recreate the best social functions of the traditional monastery: by giving the participants a collective purpose, a chance to develop deep relationships with one another and a reduced need to generate personal income so time can be dedicated entirely to serving the local community and contributing to global efforts in creating new digital tools.

Click here for a list of current unMonastery projects.

The Policy Hero Challenge
OpenTechSchool Matera
Join the unPilgrims: skilling up to better help each other
Life and death at the UnMonastery
About The Culture Squad
Edgeryders: thoughts on possible business models
Bring on the resilience crowd!
Two scholarships for #LOTE3 available for Dutch residents!
Matera makes the shortlist for European City of Culture 2019
The unMonastery admits the first unMonasterians – and is accepting new ones!
The European City of Culture 2019 panel highlights the role of Edgeryders in its motivations for shortlisting Matera
Here's to new beginnings
unMonastery sessions: help!
Inspiration: Calafou, a postcapitalist eco-industrial colony
Weekly Community Call, 11:00 CEST on google hangout
Hi, nice to meet you
About LOTE4
Edgeryders LBG: one year checkpoint
Co-living as a system attractor
Edgeryders partners up with Comitato Matera 2019 to create a Civic Innovation Network – and offers support to participate in conferences
Wiki: Setting up the Edgeryders Assembly at #31c3
The Stewardship: what have we learned about engaging the networks?
Proposed text for launch of Reef track
Spawning The Reef Brussels: Re-inventing communal working and living (again)
Creating work in rural areas
Writer type, Prague
Waste management at Cairo University!
Thoughts for the future from Noat Nour
On being a self-entrepreneur
The last ten years of my life in ideas
Write email blast announcing Lote
The Basic Plan
Waste management at Cairo University
Edgeryders friends: local – global – local
Many things happening on this web site
Thoughts for the future from Noat Nour
Edgeryders website overhaul!
Let's collect a list of events where we can learn, present what we are doing and invite people to join the Stewardship conversation?
About the Culture Squad category
About the Political Innovation category
Food Supply Unchained
LOTE3 is happening at unMonastery Matera. Save the date!
How to develop a local barter community?