Edgeryders is both a community that lives on and offline, as well as a not-for-profit social enterprise. The two entities are separate but intimately linked.
The network originally formed to work on a 2011 Council of Europe report, “Handbook for Policymakers” and a set of practical policy recommendations. The goal was to have young (mostly under 25) Europeans take part in a collaborative policy process, acting as “citizen experts” and advisors to European policy makers. Edgeryders as a joint Council of Europe European Commission project has come to an end with the delivery of the Edgeryders Guide to the Future: A handbook for policy makers and managers of policy-oriented online communities (over 10000 reads so far!).
What came out of this exercise is perhaps surprising: a strong network spanning over 20 countries, which has persisted beyond the initial impetus from Council of Europe and taken on an identity and a life of its own. Edgeryders is becoming more action and collaboration focused by the day. Seven out of 604 entries to the European Social Innovation Competion 2013 were submitted by Edgeryders community members, and one of them became a winner.
Learn more about how you can get involved in the third edition of our annual event at the world's first unMonastery at edgeryders.eu/lote3