Events

First Community Workshop (24 October 2019):
How to live together with others?

Most of us struggle to find a rental place that doesn’t eat away all we earn, or a house not bought with a life’s income! Skilled workers, migrants, young families, single moms or dads, retired people, we all deserve better.

Edgeryders is an international community working for social change, with core members and a growing network in Brussels. After several years of thinking about housing and new living spaces, we think we have found a way.

  • Are you exploring co-housing in the present or future, in a way that suits your personal needs?
  • Do you dream of ownership and perhaps prosperity, shared with a group of like minded people?
  • Are you curious about how to live more affordably and ecologically?

On 24 October, people from all walks of life meet to share with one another their dreams and aspirations for better living. Are you one of them?

This workshop is an occasion to meet and share ideas with people who are dreaming of a new lifestyle, and learn about an opportunity for the group to access shared property in the city. We will meet in an informal, social space, an existing co-housing project in Brussels. In a facilitated conversation, participants will share experiences in co-living and think how it can work better for each.

To ensure each participant benefits from the experience, after the workshop we will assemble the findings from the conversation and present them as a practical recommendation for living in the future. This will enable those who wish to continue together to design their future home in Brussels.

 

TIME AND PLACE. 24 October 2019 18:00–21:00, at LaMAB (La Maison à Bruxelles ASBL), Brussels, Belgium

Second Community Workshop (14 November 2019):
Living green with others

We can’t consume our way to a healthy planet. But we can consume differently and make a small difference if we do it together in the whole household

Collectively, it would be easier to test things like:

  • Building hacks: low energy heating to save electricity costs; energy storage technology; …
  • Food habits: buy local, organic, bulk instead of plastic; produce your own food; …
  • Transport optimisation: taking public transportation or biking; and not driving; …

And many more creative ideas …

Changing your behavior is hard to do when you’re alone, but easier and cheaper when you live in a community, when you share living and working spaces with others.

The workshop brings together humans of Brussels who aspire to live affordably, ecologically, socially; people who are trying sustainable life hacks and want to share; people who want to learn from others.

The Reef Community Workshop are facilitated conversations in a social space.

  • Participants share experiences in living ecologically and learn from others.
  • Participants are presented with an opportunity to collectively pursue a new kind of residential space.

Join in … if you aspire to live affordably, ecologically, and share a space with others. or are curious about it!

The workshop is part of Edgeryders effort to build the The Reef Community – a group of people who learn about and take part in a new kind of space: a future residential space for the 99%. In The Reef, inhabitants have individual apartments and privacy, but share common spaces like kitchens, living rooms, and office(s). The space will offer rich opportunities for rewarding and ecologically meaningful activities, and inhabitants are free to choose or initiate what interests them most. The Reef is in the design phase and anyone is welcome to get involved as a workshop contributor, a future inhabitant, or just a supporter!

 

TIME AND PLACE. 14 November 2019 18:00–21:00, at Allee u Kaai, Brussels, Belgium

OUTCOMES. The workshop will collect practical documentation about shared aspirations that can be implemented at The Reef, and enable those who wish to continue together to design a future home.

Third Community Workshop (28 November 2019):
Co-design a new home for communal and green living

Building the Reef Community

Many of us share spaces with others, but how can we make it easier to live together in a way that saves us costs, helps us live more ecologically, while really enjoying each other’s company? If you aspire to live affordably, ecologically, share a space with others, or are curious about it, join us!

Imagine the future is now. You live in a community home with 20 other people. How do you make yourself and others happy in this community?

We start from The Reef: a concept and future residential space where inhabitants have individual apartments and privacy, but share common spaces like kitchens, living rooms, and office(s). In the space, ecologically meaningful activities happen, and inhabitants are free to choose or initiate what interests them most. Over time, everyone transitions to a happier, healthier, greener, more social lifestyle. The Reef is in the design phase and anyone is welcome to get involved as a workshop contributor, a future inhabitant, or just a supporter!

A co-design exercise to figure out collectively what would be The Reef from inside

  • How to build a culture of common understanding and shared ecological values?
  • How do we ensure everyone has access to common spaces, but also privacy?
  • How do we deal with conflict?
  • What are the things we can do for energy saving in and around the house?
  • What projects can residents make to reduce the collective carbon footprint?

Who you can meet on the 28th?

  REGISTRATION. Working languages are English and French. To register, pick and fill out a form:

TIME AND PLACE. 28 November 2019 16:00–21:00, at Metrolab, Brussels. Address: Quai du Commerce 48 in 1000 Brussels

OUTCOMES. The workshop will collect practical documentation about shared aspirations that can be implemented at The Reef, and enable those who wish to continue together to design a future home.

ABOUT: The workshop is organised by Edgeryders. We are global network and a social enterprise. Our mission is enable projects for the common good and make them sustainable and rewarding for everyone involved (open, inclusive, participatory processes). In the past three years, some of us have experienced co-living and working together from a shared office in Brussels, and The Reef is our project to find a bigger residential space and bring together more people who wish to live affordable and healthy urban lives by joining forces.

Technical Design Sprint (23 November 2019):
Green Building Refurbishment

TIME AND PLACE. 23 November 2019, at The Reef, Rue Pierre Decoster 75, Saint Gilles, 1190 Forest, Brussels. From 14:00 – 20:00, with dinner afterwards.

TOPIC. Technology for green urban living. With a focus on conversion of existing buildings to be more “green” / ecological, and with a focus on buildings for communal living.

FORMAT. An ask-the-experts brainstorming session. Expect short questions and short answers with pointers into the right directions for further study. (You are not limited to asking questions: if you have answers yourself, welcome to add them too.)

INVITED EXPERTS. Bernardo Robles Hidalgo from Mama Brussels, an architect working about “building maintenance as architecture”; and Michele from Superlab Engineering, which is a large innovation and makerspace in Brussels, made with refurbished industrial machinery.

REGISTRATION. We invited people by e-mail as we have a limited number of spots. Just reply to that e-mail, that’s all. Then just come. (In the unlikely case that we have an extreme overbooking of available spaces, we might have to write back to decline the last registrations. But that’s really unlikely.) Also, if you did not get an e-mail but are really interested, just add a comment below and we’ll see how we can make that work :slight_smile:

ADD YOUR QUESTIONS! You can just bring your questions with you live to the workshop. However, if you already know what you’d like to ask our invited experts, you can help our invited experts by adding your questions in The Reef’s online forum thread “Questions for the Tech Sprint Workshop”. This requires you to create a (free) account on edgeryders.eu.