– Does this practice work when you travel?
It depends where you travel. But it was on my first journey alone, that I started hitchhiking and the drivers invited me for dinner and to sleep over at their place.
I was traveling mostly to the places where such communities exist, that would give me food and accommodation for my volunteering.
It is like wwoofing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
) and one of the principals of Ecobasa. In these places I met people that were directing me to the next place. – What makes Berlin one of the most affordable capital in the world? Do city authorities and German government has helped to create that environment?
Yes, well they did not prevent it as much. Also because they did not have so much chance.
It was a very specific situation in Berlin. The city was divided. On one side — strong communist party and the other — western part, capitalist.
On one side — big mentality of sharing, of holding together, supporting each other also against the regime. On the other side — West Berlin with great liberal structures with lots of artists.
When the borders were open they just mingled and mixed. Very nice mix of alternative scene, lots of punks, left wing political people, anarchists, self-organizations, grassroots initiatives and squats.
People started to squat places and now they have huge houses like 40–200 people who are self-organized. One of the greatest initiatives is "Kitchen for Everyone
". Houseprojects and collectives cook publicly and everyone can eat and give donations.
They often dumpsterdive food and have lower costs and save good food from the bin. – What are the main instruments of Ecobasa.org?
Ecobasa is not just an online platform. It coordinates people in real life into actions and help to build sustainable relationships.
We have 2 formats that people can participate in. One is Community Tours
. You can go and see sustainable communities, you can find people currently traveling and where to join them, what are the needs of community and how you can support it.
Another tool is Community Convergence
. People from communities come together, exchange things on a gift economy basis, create working groups, common projects and new communities. It creates bioregional gift networks.
Our funding is based on gift economy. We do not like to be dependent on grants, we are aiming to become self sustainable through contributions through the network.
Of course it is complicated, our target are people who are trying get away from using money. So apart from donations we welcome volunteers that don't need to be payed with money. We have a great team, wonderful places and experiences to offer! – Today in a modern world more and more individuals create organizations but often on the way to collaboration face so many conflicts. How does Sociocracy help to implement ideas?
It is like a software upgrade for an organizational management system. What it creates? It enables you to go from collective stupidity to collective intelligence.
It changes the way you think about yourself and how you think about the others, conflicts, how you communicate and interact.
Sociocracy is a set of tools that you can use for your community or organization. Basically It changes your attitude to people.
We use it to organize our network and teams decentrally and globally scalable!