Category: Automated

Fellowship Opportunity: The Shuttleworth Foundation is accepting applications. Deadline April 1.

Hi Everyone, I recently had a chat with a lovely person at the Shuttleworth Foundation during which they told me a bit about their program, how they work etc.


It seems like a great opportunity and if you are doing work that you think matches what they are looking for, I would recommend that you apply…especially women- past fellows are mostly male, let’s balance this out maybe?

More information and application form on their website.


What we learned about community engagement at Masters of Networks

“Human behavior being highly complex and unpredictable, we are still a long way from learning what is shaping any person’s ability to contribute in a community. What’s pretty clear to me, having worked closely with Edgeryders and confirmed more of own intuitions, is that online community management is crucial and pays off when working for social change”

The Masters of Networks (#MoN3) event some Edgeryders attended this week in Rome re-asserted how empowering it is to have full, collective access to the data we are producing. Read Noemi’s full report here.

Could bottom-up citizen science projects challenge authority of orthodox science through community-led investigations? 

“New approaches to research investigation are looking to go beyond blanket objectivity to include experiential knowledge and local contexts. Dan McQuillan looks at the counter-cultural roots of the citizen science movement where activists strove to put science at the service of the people. He argues the current field of citizen science could catalyse something equally new by explicitly questioning the hegemony of orthodox science.”

Read the full post and decide for yourself here.

Money, society and gaps – an introvert’s view

“There are a few other things that strike me about this situation of having to get together with people. One is rather tangential and follows a fascinating discussion I recently had with artist Giles Lane about a trip he made to Papua New Ginuea to work on story collection with locals there. He told me that the social interaction was so intense it took a long time to decompress afterwards, that it changed how he viewed our everyday activities back home because it showed the complexities of emotional and pragmatic interactions when all aspects your everyday life depends heavily on others with whom you have an unformalised, emotional relationship. For myself I found my understanding of our social interactions was most changed after a trip to Cuba – but for me I saw social interactions being used as a means to press for exchange of things of value.”

Read Kat’s reflections after LOTE4 here.

No pensions, no profits, no security. How do we hack our way through old age?

“But you are now 96 years old and your robotic care assistant accidentally sucked up your dentures into the #opensource vacuum cleaner because the IoT fridge and stove were chatting away and inadvertently knocked the robot offline.”

We’re still laughing (nervously) at this post laying out what we have to look forward to in our glorious old age. Unless we build viable alternatives, that is 🙂

How to build a revenue stream to support your activities – part 1

People like us need to be free, want to contribute to different projects, want to be able to influence and take ownership of processes, want to share… So how do you set up an environment that allows value creation and its distribution but feels like a network and is build on openness, transparency, decentralized processes?

I have been thinking about this topic for quite some time. In many senses Edgeryders, the community and social enterprise I co-founded is an experiment in open and decentralised organisation structures. Part of this work involves exploring how we can support one another in building revenue streams to finance meaningful and important work, even if it does not follow market logic. So I am running an experimental course on how networks can do this. You can read more about it and join here.

It is not at the centre where most exciting things happen.

We’re continually being bombarded with suggestions about what we might do (go jet skiing, study in Colorado, visit the Maldives or see the Pyramids). We’re always hearing of the amazing things friends have done or are going to do: ‘there was this great bar we all went to …’; ‘she’s getting married in a little country church, then we’re having a picnic…’; ‘the sun was glinting on Sydney Harbour…’ There are endless hints of the allure of life in other places: an article about family-friendly restaurants in Brooklyn, a crime novel set in Trieste, the departure board at the airport with its list of places only a plane trip away: Moscow, Bangkok, Addis Ababa… The modern world makes sure we know at all times just how much we’re missing. It is a culture in which intense and painful doses of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) are almost inevitable.

Read the full post here.

UnMonasterians at Transmediale: what happened?

The Summit was a trilogy: a gathering at an apartment complete with BioHack Lab, a public programme in the foyer of Transmediale and an offline network intended to connect both sites and disseminate the release of The unMonastery BIOS. In the nights leading up to Transmediale we hosted a series of Open Dinners at our apartment, tackling subjects from Precarious Labour, Universal Basic Income through to Open Funerals; a new format for laying dead projects to rest

Learn more about what happened when some unMonasterians set camp in Berlin for Transmediale as told by Ben, Kei and Katalin here.