The Dream, the Idea and Vision
In short, our idea is to link up an alternative community that follows the principles of sustainability with the technological possibilities of our society. We wish to integrate many of the emerging trends in economy, society, ecology and politics into a project of living and working together.
Life and work will take place in living ecological units. The interaction with different visiting groups will transport important impulses into society and so fruitful cycles of exchange and learning will be created.
With our vision of an independent village we also want to send out a message.
In our opinion, it is not sufficient to impose recommendations and regulations on people or member states of the EU using slogans such as sustainability, a considerate way of using the planet's resources, an ecologically orientated way of life, or a reorientation of the working life to do so. Especially countries and people hoping to become members of the European Union with its trend-setting ways could do with sensible and real life examples of how our values can be acted out in every day life, rather than being lectured.
It can be encouraging for many - also internationally - to see how far a visionary action group can get by using the Internet even without having great funds. People in many similar communities have an income below the level of welfare payments. But that is just statistics. Whereas the food they eat is of a quality that could put to shame many health food shops, they live in a natural environment where others go to spend their holidays, they design their own living area using self-made functional design pieces and do not give up any of the comforts of modern life.
Sharing consumer goods such as motor pool, communications media, things of every day use lowers the cost of living and raises the quality of life. Furthermore the people involved can benefit from synergetic effects and thus have more spare time.
Being German, to us the location of the village in the south of Europe is to live interculturalism. The village will create new and real ecotourism and it will offer new jobs and innovation to the host country.
The project village "Sekem", initiated in 1977 by Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish (for which he was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize in 2003) serves us as an example for the viability of the project.
The main sources of revenue for our village project will be the wide area of IT services and gastronomy. The cost of living will be kept on a pleasantly low level by sharing consumer goods and a large degree of self supply.
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Sustainability has become a leading idea of the 21st century. It claims a development according to the needs of today's generation without putting at risk the possibilities of generations to come. Long time ago, the Iroquois of North America have been reminding their chiefs to take into account the consequences for generations to come when making a decision. A few years ago, in Germany, a Council for Sustainable Development has been established. In its mandate it is stated that the "aim of having a policy of sustainable development is to establish a valuable platform for the purposes of conserving the environment and of promoting quality of life, social coherence within society as well as an integrated form of economic development both in Germany and on an international scale. The objective behind doing so is to find a fair and even balance between the needs of the present-day generation and the perspectives of life of generations to come."
(German Council for Sustainable Development, Mandate)
This shall be the main principle for our village project. We want to live according to the concept of sustainability and not just talk about it.