We can learn a lot from each other. And everyone knows something and can say, show and teach all the other about it. Learning and teaching are always exchange and interaction processes. We want to create a communal space where we can learn and teach. It’s a big and important project, but we can split it in several easy steps, so we can achieve fast exceptional results:
1. Gather together and identify which are the most important future skills, knowledge and professions. In my opinion these lie in the intersection between nature, agriculture, cuisine, energy, culture, arts, handicrafts, literature, spirituality, health, education, tradition, innovation and of course people.
2. Start with a small group of people and identify who knows what
3. Make a plan when and where to meet in order to exchange the knowledge.
4. Invite guests and new members and create hubs of interested people.
5. Try to have people with different knowledge, skills and backgrounds in the groups.
Have you ever heard about the profession landscape guide? Or about trend researcher? Or about biography consultant? These are all existing professions. An there are many more like this. Many of them are very interesting for the future and it is definitely a good time investment to learn more about them in the free time. Many of the classical jobs and professions are going to disappear and this will happen faster than we think. A lot of people with good, but inflexible education will have no work or at least not the work they want to have. That’s why it is very important to start know to think about how you can develop further your soft skills, how to learn new skills for the future and to obtain new qualifications.
In order to build a sustainable society, we have to reinvent many old professions and to create new ones. Generalist skills for the everyday life and survival are going to be very important. My friends and I are preparing the foundations for a total sustainable community. Not only new ways of thinking, but also new skills, education methods and professions will be needed. One of our big projects is to create a teaching and learning centre for sustainable professions and skills. We will need a lot of people with such skills who can teach the others and learn from them. People with different backgrounds and ideas! Everyone is welcome to join us and take part of the shaping of the future.
Even really green cities in Germany with a lot or parks, wood and green are not really nature and people friendly. Especially for kids and old people, they are even dangerous. And it is really not so complicated to change this – just consider the following simple ideas:
1. City centre cars free
2. Make green grass lanes for walking on the streets and plant some flowers and trees at every street.
3. Use the roofs of the buildings. These can be used for gardens and food growing and for student rooms. And of course for collecting rain water and producing electricity from the sun, the wind and the difference of the temperature between the building and the air.
4. Put a beehive in every garden and seed a lot of colourful flowers.
5. Use the walls of the buildings to create hanging gardens and produce our own food.
If we just let our creativity fly, we can create even better ideas and change our cities completely.
I’ve just created my own donation campaign for SOS Kinderdörfer: https://www.meine-spendenaktion.de/Aktion/GiveKidsLove It was really easy to do this webpage, because SOS Kinderdörfer gave everyone the possibility to be active. Of course you can start your own from scratch. But the existing one is a good start. I think that you can not only collect a big amount of money for a good purpose, but also to significantly improve your “delivering” skills. Every business needs two components in order to be successful – to “create” and to “deliver”. If you feel not so comfortable in delivering, you can start to collect donations and thus deliver money for a good purpose.
Recently I’ve spent my holidays in Slovakia. It’s a very beautiful country with a lot of cultural states, mountains and great people. It is situated in the heart of Europe, but there is one big difference between Slovakia and all other European countries. And it is a positive one. In Slovakia 43% of the people live in villages. And the villages are full of young people. There is life in the villages and there you can find schools, big shops, cinemas and so on. Thus even more people prefer to go to live in the villages. And the cultural and local traditions stay alive. Something almost forgotten in the rest of Europe!
But can we apply this model for other countries? I think, that we can, if there is a critical amount of young people who would like to go back to the villages. I’m sure that there are many such people, but they are just afraid to go back, because they all think that they’ll be alone in the countryside. So, the first thing we need is a platform where people can check if there are some other people who want to go back to live in the villages of some area. Through this platform they can coordinate and decide together where to go. Or people who are already in some village can give a sign that even more people are welcome. A possible solution is to develop a plug in application for facebook, couch surfing, wwoof or even create a new community. Even greater will be if it can be integrated in some sharing and giving community. This can be a big success! The community can live from donations or from some small charge for established contacts.