“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 Story of unMonastery

unMonastery, 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.

unMonastery 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 node of the international initiative to teach children coding, Mapping the Commons, placing the city's cultural assets on OpenStreetMap, unTransit, an app to follow the city's transport system in real-time, and more. For an overview of projects, people, and the community involved in the prototype visit the website below.


In progress

unMon in-a-Box

Tools developed in collaboration with MethodKit for starting new unMonasteries and evaluating projects throughout their development.

Follow the beginning and ongoing development of unMonastery on the EdgeRyders platform, a distributed think-tank of citizen experts.

Cards designed with MethodKit to help unMonasterians work together, nurture ideas, and get an overview of common questions.

Our wiki, also known as The Book of Mistakes, serves as a narrative pattern language for challenges and daily rituals. Pages correspond to titles from the card deck.


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