Communal Teaching and Learning Exchange Centre

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.

Some Aspects of Freedom

What is freedom? When do we feel free? Do we need to be free in order to be happy and to fulfil our dreams? Or do we have to feel happy and to fulfil our dreams in order to be free. I think that the freedom is an inner feeling. If we have our own inner freedom, we’ll have the will to feel and be free in the society. Here there are some nice thoughts about freedom:

1. We want to feel free. We feel free when we are independent. But to be independent means that you have to work hard to survive. That’s why a lot of people tend to prefer not to be independent and do not feel free. Being an employee I have this feeling sometimes. I give up my freedom in order to have less work to do and to have fewer problems. All employees are more or less dependent, event too dependent. If you want to stay employee, you have to learn how to be less dependent and how to cope with the freedom you may have later.

2. If there are some boundaries and restrictions in the society, you don’t have always to take them seriously and to let them discourage you. We have to understand, that there could be a better society where we do not have to give up so much freedom.

3. If you want to be free, you’d better accept that it is a continuous process and you don’t know what we’ll be the result of it. It is even possible that you have first to give up some freedom. You have to strive for freedom with all your passion and will, every moment. Аt the same time you had to be humble and patient.

4. We often are too lazy to be free. We just prefer to stick to some artificial boundaries we’ve created on our own. We limit ourselves and then struggle for freedom between the walls we’ve built. Typical examples are our wishes, houses, cars and all other stuff we have. The biggest limitations are our own thoughts. Everything starts from the thoughts.

5. To be free means not to be afraid. If you are afraid, you can’t be free. I’ve observed many times how I was afraid and my freedom vanished instantly. When we are afraid we make bad decisions that allow no freedom. I observed it so many times with other people. There is a lot of anxiety in the society. For example, in the western societies there is always the anxiety to to lose the wealth we have and to become poor. We are afraid and we prefer to lose our freedom and our happiness. And then we do not feel our prosperity at all. And if you start to feel poor, you’re definitely going to be poor. It’s a devil’s circle.

Fountains in Durlach and Water for the Public

There are quite a lot of fountains and springs in Durlach. Some of them are really very beautiful.

But the most important thing is that the water from all of them is drinkable. Normally that’s not the case in Germany, which makes it sometimes very complicated to find water in and outside the cities. We have so much water, but there are no public springs with drinkable water. We have to start to build again public springs. They can always be useful.

Let’s Go Back to the Villages

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.

Let’s Change the Money System

As we all know, the money system just does not work as it should be. It’s simply not sustainable, because it is based on an exponential growth of our economy. And an exponential growth means a crash at some time, because we can’t always produce more and more. At some point there are no more resources. And from such crashes there are always few winners and a lot of losers. So, what is actually wrong with the money systems? The problem is the exponential growth. But what creates this growth? The correct answer is the credit system. If a bank has 100 euro, then it can give a credit for at least 1000 euro to another bank. And this can give a credit for 10000 euro and so on. This is what creates big amounts of virtual money which does not exist in the reality.

But how can we change this? How can we make the money system sustainable? I think that we can create a local based giving and sharing society, so we do not need to do everything with money. But we still need some money. There are many possibilities how to change the money system:

1. The first important idea is to make a system where we don’t obtain interest for our money we just put in the bank and haven’t used. Just on the opposite – we’ll have to pay for the money we have, but we don’t use! Thus, we will be urged to use our money and to invest it. So we do not obtain more money when we already have a lot of money, but less. Thus money will be better distributed and used where needed.

2. Basic Income – everyone will obtain from the state some amount of money which will be enough for living. This will make it possible that we do not work anymore for money, but for us, for the people and for the society. This will not only create another impulse in the society, but also make the whole taxes and insurance systems much easier.

3. Regional money will stimulate people to act local and to find better solutions for their communities.

4. Choose a sustainable bank, so you know that your money are helping where needed.

Even more information you can obtain from Positive Money or Monetative.

There are many more things we can do in order to get to change the system. What ideas do you have?

– What about starting to lend your money to friends and other people who need it right now (But with no interest!)?
– What about spending and giving money away?
– What about starting to invest directly in sustainable businesses in the area?
– What about changing your bank?
– What about changing your insurances?
– What about cutting stupid and unnecessary costs?
– What about saving money together with friends and giving it for good purposes or investing it sustainably?
– What about exchanging stuff, work and services in the area?
– What about living for free somewhere, but helping the owner with the garden, trash, shopping or the household?
– What about sharing your belonging and knowledge?

Do you have ideas? Do you like my ideas? Do you need advice? Do you like to start a social, giving, sharing, exchanging or moneyless business? Feel free to contact me!