Social Innovators humanizing the world
Place-based social innovation combining monastic traditions + hackerspace ethos. Collaborating with neighborhoods to solve common and complex challenges. Social innovators from all over the world, living together in the service of a local community. They collaborate with towns to solve local challenges. The unMonastery is a social clinic for the future. It is a 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.
It is a non-profit project that aims to challenge existing dependency chains and economic fictions, developed in collaboration with EdgeRyders LBG over the course of 18 months. Edgeryders started out as a project by the Council of Europe and the European Commission, which after termination developed into an international, community-run social enterprise.
The first unMonastery opened its doors February 2014 in Matera, Italy. Working with Matera2019, the prototype hosted projects including CoderDojo Matera, a branch of the international initiative to teach coding, Mapping the Commons, a methodology placing the city's cultural assets on OpenStreetMap, and unTransit, an app to follow the city's transport system in real-time. For greater details on projects, people, and the community involved in the prototype visit the unMonastery Matera website.