Guiding Principles

In a world characterised by a technologically influenced “bigger-better-quicker” mentality focussed exclusively on performance and efficiency and a belief in unrestricted economic growth which is threatening the very foundations of our existence and the quality of our lives, many people in the developed Global North are feeling increasingly overwhelmed as they try to cope with everyday life.
It is becoming more difficult to maintain any attempt to orient our work and life towards a deeper meaning and sense of fulfillment. There is a growing fear of being left behind or no longer belonging. A constant need to perform, competition and isolation are leading many people to suffer from burn-out, depression and feelings of alienation and hopelessness.

In light of this situation, at our foundation we would like to take another path and introduce new questions:

What world do we want to live in?
What is important to us?
What dreams do we want to manifest in our lives?
What will help us lead a well-lived life?
What do we really need?

And further:

  • Where are there fields of experience in which a lively togetherness can emerge? Where do forms of joint creation exist that do not serve profit maximization and ego interests, but instead are oriented toward the common good and joint growth and blossoming?

  • Where do we experience regeneration, inner nourishment, joyful togetherness and fulfilled, dynamic and effective activity and working?

  • Where do we find the people interested in laying tracks into a humane, sustainable and future-oriented way of life? Where does joyful (convivial) togetherness exist and where is creative self-efficacy given room and can be directly experienced?

  • Where are models of work and living suitable established and supported that are also sustainable for our grandchildren? Including those which incorporate the essential areas of our lives, such as food (solidarity agriculture), preservation of our soils, housing (communal multigenerational houses), dealing with money (support for the development of regional currencies) and much more.

  • Where do initiatives, networks and actors in your own region already exist and take action in a wide variety of areas? Where can previously isolated action groups be connected so that more cooperation, strength and effectiveness can arise?