Vision and values

VISION AND VALUES

We compassionately connect to ourselves, each other & the environment and contribute towards a thriving planet.

Become a part of a learning, evolving and involving community, We invite you to join us. Meetings and communications will be held in English, since we are a group of mixed nationality (with translation to Danish when needed).

A Paradigm Shift

For centuries we have improved life by treating symptoms and borrowing resources from future generations. We can’t maintain an unsustainable lifestyle any longer. Systemic problems must be met by systemic change. We need to embody transition solutions which increase quality in all areas of life. A paradigm shift is needed and through co-creation we can make it happen.

Green transition

Vitality transition

Social transition

Personal transition

Cultural transition

Financial transition

Awareness of our dependence on Nature ≈ Becoming an integral part of the local area and the Nature we live in. Protection of common assets.

Ability to live & eat in a way where real needs are met so  strength & vitality is increased ≈ reducing  lifestyle diseases.

Ability to create and participate in meaningful and sustainable relationships and communities. Sustainable leadership.

Courage to engage in an unpredictable world and ability  to adjust to living in the new paradigm. Green livelihood ≈ regenerative enterprises.

Connection with true life values. Neither material goods, nor money or power has much value, when facing death.

Consideration of all kinds of capital, not just money.

Background

The world, as we know it, can’t continue. We live contrary to the advice of experts in many ways. We overcame the financial crisis by providing «artificial respiration» to the banks. The Covid-19 lockdown exposed the vulnerability of society further. At the same time, the resolve of politicians during Covid-19 has demonstrated that the necessary decisions to lead society in a wiser direction actually can be made.

We face multiple imbalances. On the individual level anxiety, stress and loneliness. On the collective level inequality, discrimination and separation. In nature climate and biodiversity crises and polluted air, water and soil.

Aim

Three legs: Avnø Højskole (People’s College) to explore, realize and strengthen the development of the new paradigm and at the same time function as an incubator for green projects, entrepreneurship and Cohousing communities. Cohousing Community and Regenerative Enterprises to be able to live and work at the same place.

Our values

  • Caring for ourselves, each other and the globe!
  • Open and explorative attitude 
  • Supporting each other and engaging in the world.
  • Integrity. Personal responsibility. 
  • Transparency.
  • Authentic honest communication.
  • Dealing with tensions and conflicts in a respectful manner
  • Sociocratic decision making
  • Choosing organic, local and fair trade where possible
  • Being as self-sufficient as possible
  • Recognizing natural law

Clear resonance with the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals

We create a green People’s College (Højskole) to explore and realize aspects of a new paradigm and function as an incubator for green projects and entrepreneurship, a Cooperative Housing Association to provide homes for us and Regenerative Enterprises, so we can live and work at the same place.

Our way

  • We become a registered LAND Center¹.
  • We register as a Transition Initiative². 
  • We organise events to celebrate life. 
  • We collaborate with other green associations and activities, locally and globally.

¹LAND≈Learning Action Network Demonstration (permaculture)   ²The worldwide Transition Movement is characterized by each local community finding its own unique path to a noticeably lower consumption of fossil fuels.

Sociocracy. Dynamic self governance

  • Sociocracy gives everybody an equal voice and is fully transparent
  • Every working group has clearly defined goals and mandate to make decisions within their area of responsibility.
  • Everybody participates in working groups matching their skills and  interest.
  • Recurring tasks are often formulated as role descriptions. Elections are made if several can handle the task.
  • Decisions are based on no objections & valid for given period.
  • Objections should be made, if a decision violates vision, mission, aims or values.
  • Working groups are double linked with two people being members of both groups, one representing the interest of the mother group and the other representing the interest of the child group.