unMonastery Athens Projects
A pop-up kitchen cooperative of cooks mostly but not exclusively from Africa, cooking delicious food in various places in Athens and elsewhere.
We’re working with existing initiatives to develop news ways to track and reduce the use of natural resources consumed by the unMonastery. As part of the prototyping process of the unMonastery we focused on tracking and quantifying various resource flows through the project.
We are working with NetHood and various other organisations to help creating DIY offline network technology that supports face-to-face encounters and local communities.
CoderDojo is global network of free computer programming clubs for young people. We are working together with the Kalamata and Matera chapter to bring CoderDojo to success in Athens.
A (global) network of people that un-defines the concept of the repressive SWAT teams (livingry Vs weaponry as Bucky Fuller would put it). This network’s focus is building OSAT(Open Source Appropriate Technology) infrastructure that meets universal human needs at a local level. Regional teams are focused on areas of proximity but without this restricting moving to other areas (due to technical expertise needed). Knowledge is extracted from the global commons, adjusted to local conditions.
A toolkit for starting new unMonasteries and evaluating projects throughout their development, designed on the principle that all knowledge generated by the unMonastery should always open to all, easily accessible and applicable to other initiatives. The BIOS Alpha version was released at transmediale 2015 CAPTURE ALL on an offline network. The Beta version is forthcoming, due for release in mid-2015.
What do we mean when we talk about an Open Source Circular Economy? We share the vision of a circular economy. An idea for a truly sustainable future that works without waste, in symbiosis with our environment and resources. A future where every product is designed for multiple cycles of use, and different material or manufacturing cycles are carefully aligned, so that the output of one process always feeds the input of another. Rather than seeing emissions, manufacturing byproducts, or damaged and unwanted goods as ‘waste’, in the circular economy they become raw material, nutrients for a new production cycle.
XYZ is a format for a cooperative research lab imprinted on new technologies and self-production. The suggested topics are: \”new publishing”, \”videomhacking\” and “social innovation”. The labs will co-exist in the same space for the duration of two weeks, they have no tuition fees and application can be sent through an online form. We chose these themes because we want to analyze the meaning of “publishing”, “telling a story” through the video nowadays and the meaning of “social innovation” for smart communities.
A meeting place for the suspicious
It is a place-based social innovation 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.
A highly diverse network of social innovators, hackers, software developers, artists, engineers, writers, farmers, designers, architects, gamers and activists working together with their local equivalent to develop practical, tangible projects strategically designed to feed both their local and global communities.
unMonasterians aspire to be useful in local context. It is a place for co-living and co-working, for cultivating unMonastery traditions and grow new ones. Physical container of the ‘we’. Place of unMonasterian learning. An open space for people from host community, visitors, and friends to come to work, hang out, learn, teach and eat with us. The building and its physical state is one of the key placeholder for trust between unMonastery and the local community. It is of the utmost importance to take care of it, improve its state if possible, make it welcoming and comfortable for residents and visitors. The perception of unMonasterians in the city will be greatly influenced by the state of their home in most places. There are clearly stated times when the building, its community spaces, are open, and when it is closed, to make sure resident unMonasterians can rest and work in private.
A clinic for social cohesion
The unMonastery is an infrastructure space which allows people and groups on the fringes of society, who normally have no common interface (citizens of small towns on the periphery of Europe; nomadic web developers), to interact and work together to address concerns both on the local and global scale. Combining existing resources (unused buildings; idealistic, highly educated, skilled people who are reluctant or unable to join the job market; open source culture; design patterns for sustainable living) the unMonastery addresses diverse contemporary issues such as depletion of skilled workforce in remote areas, youth unemployment, social cohesion, the attrition caused by automation, and sustainable development .
A refuge of well-being
The unMonastery is a technologically savvy community that seeks to emulate certain aspects of medieval monasticism. Excluding prescriptive religion, hierarchy and gender separation, unMonasterians aim to combine commitment to working on both local and global (or universal) issues. They live a more rounded and healthier life than the urban existence they leave behind; they respect each other, the place, the people, cultural and personal difference; they share their skills and learn new ones. We remain deeply curious as to how this loving, generous, and conscious society can evolve and still avoid the traps of becoming a cult.