Students of Sustainabilty (SOS) 2009 in 7Linden
Two dreams were woven together and attracted 45 “Students of Sustainability” from 8 countries to the Ecovillage of Sieben Linden, to meet for a week in July 2009 at an international young people’s week. 1.) The call for an ‘international’ (after years of German only) building week with the purpose of building a tree house at 7Linden and 2.) The motivation, born in a Dragon Dreaming circle at the GEN assembly last year, to ‘unite the diversity of young people who care’ under the title of SOS.
Mind: Knowing about the potential and connections we are bringing with us and feeling the commitment to support each other’s growth in these crucial and exciting times, we did a community mapping process (http://bit.ly/SOSnetMap) to make the connections in our middle visible, gave each other teachings, and shared thoughts about Transition Towns, permaculture, communication methods, community tools, open space, world cafe, local currencies, and many topics more. Together, we envisioned the values that may guide us by dancing into our future. We illuminated education paths and explored the meshworks that we are woven in or that we co-create. We exchanged thoughts, reached out to know about communities of practice, played useful and useless games and threw the masterplan for the world revolution off the cuff ;-)
Heart: The borders between organisers/facilitators and participants were fading quickly and we experienced a self-organized, connected, and nourishing community of people our age. Music, dancing, art, singing, hugging, and enjoying the delicious vegan food…
Hand: Caring for the land that hosted us, we added value to the space by hands-on-experiences in the diverse leading edge field of sustainable building approaches in 7Linden with carpentry, clay buildings, cooking and gardening…
Afterwards, quite a bunch of us kept riding the gathering-wave into the GEN assembly in Finland, respectively to the ‘ 360° exploring community’ conference in Sweden. Carrying energy from our field into the next filaments… sensing a global net, emerging slowly but surely to give birth to a world of collective intelligence, joy and healing *
We will share online presence and meet face2face from time to time and will meet again for SOS 2010, probably in Damanhur. A website is in progress; until then you can find more information and pictures linked at twitter.com/SOSnet
Benjamin Aaron Degenhart
Lived in 7Linden, works for The Hub Berlin, team member of the Institute for Participatory Design and is starting at the KaosPilot school in Denmark.