Following our final round of applications we are braced to announce the final list of successful applicants to the project in the next few days - stay tuned for updates.
Many of the projects are being discussed on EdgeRyders in the unMonastery section of the platform but at the moment we are primarily focused on pulling together all the logistical needs for launch next month, expect many more updates when we all arrive together for the first time in Matera at the beginnng of February.
unMonastery is like an artist residency, but for people who want to solve problems in a local community in collaboration with the local inhabitants. Residencies for the first unMonastery in Matera last 1-4 months during which time you work on a personal project, alone or with others. It can be a startup, a new civically mind tool, a robot, a game ...whatever. The only criteria is that it acts as a solution to one of the identified challenges and that people in the local community and other unMonasterians get excited about working on it together with you.
Selected applicants get accommodation and 400 Euros spending money per month. The first phase starts in Feburary, in Matera Italy.
As part of the collaborative building of the unMonastery, EdgeRyders are hosting Living on the Edge conference there in October. So if you want to check out the space, meet the community and start exploring collaborations? Come to #LOTE on October 29-November 30.
unMonastery embeds committed, skilled individuals within communities that could benefit from them, by opening a space within that locality as a base for those individuals - an unMonastery site. The intent is to reproduce the best of the social functions of the traditional monastery: giving its members a greater purpose, a chance to develop deep relationships with one another through living and working together, and a degree of freedom from the need to generate personal income in order to live for the duration of their stay. Most of all, it exists to serve the community, providing what would benefit it most.
Communities with a prospective site can contact the project, sharing the details of the physical location itself, the needs and assets of the community, and what support can be offered. The location must accommodate at least 10 individuals and be minimally liveable, electricity, shelter, water and internet; but may be in need of work to improve it. Potential members are then matched to that offer based on availability and fit to the conditions, and the site can begin to become a reality.
Members commit to up to 18 months of involvement at any one time, and each new unMonastery site begins by gaining an understanding of what the community needs. The running and conduct of internal and external activities is guided by best practice accrued by the unMonastery project network, but is ultimately autonomous, selected by the members in that location. Members can expect to work hard, experience long days and face many challenges in the course of their stay but not without meaning.
Activities are contingent on the location. They could include
At the end of each 18 month cycle of the unMonastery, the local community is consulted as to what should happen next. Perhaps the activities begun will be continued in the hands of the local people alone, or new ideas have begun to develop for a new wave of activities.
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