unMonastery :: EdgeRyders

This is something I would like to experiment with doing here in the States. I have often thought that something based along the lines of a monastery, ashram, or sangha would do more good for locales than colleges or universities which in many ways serve the interest of their own internal markets before those of the communities that host them.

The unMonastery is a project born from from the Edgeryders network; EdgeRyders is a community that assembled itself as a “distributed think tank” of citizen experts to advise the Council of Europe on European youth policy. The Council of Europe conceived it and provided a platform for interaction (both online and physical) in late 2011 and 2012. By the end of the project, EdgeRyders had about 250 active contributors from over 30 countries and a staggering amount of high-quality content about how young Europeans transition to adult life in a time of crisis. This content was compiled in the EdgeRyders’ Guide to the Future and released as a Council of Europe publication.


By the end of the project, the EdgeRyders community had figured out that there was incredible value in working together. The shared experience meant that there was a common language and a fluidity in integrating each other’s workflow; the high average technological prowess meant that people could do pretty cool things with technology, at zero or near-zero cost; the truly global nature means that the community has participants from all over Europe; the radical openness means that anyone, of any age, from anywhere and any walk of life is welcome if he or she is up for helping fix the world. EdgeRyders now exists as an independent organisation from its Council of Europe cradle.

Learn more about this fascinating project via unMonastery :: EdgeRyders.



    1. I KNOW! This, in so many ways, is everything that I have been imagining. I am chagrined that I did not have more faith that people would band together and do such a thing. Of course, the European Council supported it there. Could such a thing be possible in the United States, let alone in Texas? I am not going to give up hope on it.

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