unaVision - living global laboratory for a world in balance
unaVision is a growing knowledge and collaborative network driven by like-minded people and their rural and urban communities, neighborhoods, organizations and initiatives. It is aiming for a "world in balance". unaVision offers a unique learning environment and learning activities. The involved people cherish an intense and ongoing contact with each other, and are actively involved in co-developing and implementing prototypes and innovative approaches for a systemic change in our social, ecological, cultural and economic sectors. We foster project based learning, eco-social entrepreneurship, common goods economy and sociocratic governance.
Balancing the world by activating and working with rural, peripheral, precarious regions can be a very rewarding experience. Our goal is to really, really make a difference in our own lives and the ways we work, live, learn and celebrate together in an inclusive way. For this, we interconnect people, places and organisations around the globe in Being Spaces by an intensive learning exchange, co-design and implementation processes of lively examples today for the future society we dream of.
Specifically we are planning to co-design during the next years:
- unaVision network: a lively global co-creating community of likeminded people actively supporting each other
- BeingSpace regions: regional living laboratories with collaborative economies spread over all continents where people learn, work and sometimes live together
- unaNation and EcoVersities: a global learning community with alternative Universities located in Being Space Regions as a unique learning environment
- Learning Journeys: connecting the unaVision network with intensive learning exchanges and research journeys to good practice communities and sites
The UnaVision initiative invites you for a better future. Join us for innovative experimenting resilient lifestyles supported by an international network for sustainable good living in harmony with our unique fragile biosphere.
- Our Vision is a good and content life for all people while protecting our unique fragile biosphere.
- Our Mission is to develop transformative learning processes from experience and apply them in prototypes.
- Our Objectives are:
- to realize many UnaVillage regions in rural areas as prototypes for inclusive, holistic and resilient models for a sustainable life in harmony with nature and the community around
- to co-design and implement eco-social concepts for sustainable economies as well as models for living, working and entrepreneurships and communicate the experiences
- to co-design, use and disseminate innovative, people oriented transformative learning processes (UNI)
- Please contact us at email@example.com.
The UnaVision initiative invites you for co-creating and refining an emergent framework for prototypes of good living that respects a diverse global society and the biosphere of our planet. This includes the advantage of being especially adaptive and resililent to changes of the environment like climate destruction. We systematically practice, refine, adapt and expand this framework in UnaVillage regions and spread over all continents. A global sharing and solidary UnaVision community supports this systematic transformative learning process with international exchange of experience and competence (UNI). We take responsibility for the dignity of people of different genders, ages, educational backgrounds, races and beliefs , responsibility for
and for the protection and regeneration of the environment and nature, support the establishment of a viable international order and a transparency of all activities and results.
Being Space communities are people and organizations within a neighborhood, village or region, where like-minded people actively collaborate to implement an environment for better living. The community collaborates to prototype a systemic change towards a more resilient world in balance. It forms a unique location for learning, working and living together. The people are acting in a living laboratory and are creating prototypes in many sectors like eco-building, permaculture, sharing economy which are sustainable for our grandchildren. Being Spaces concentrate on important, basic needs of people such as having meaningful work, food, accommodation, preventive health and a suitable social and cultural living environment.
unaVision Learning Journeys
The unaVision Learning Journey is a multi-dimensional process. People and teams co-develop events, forums, projects, programs and eco-social entrepreneurships on the way to reach the objectives. Personal, virtual and physical learning journeys within and between Being Space communities and regions bring people together, connect them and offer a unique learning environment. UnaVision journeys offer participants to explore initiatives around the globe in order to give impulses for their own projects. The inter-generational, inter-cultural and inter-sectoral approach widens the perspective for everybody.
The 4 M approach for learning journeys
- Move physically and mentally, change your perspectives and behavior, experience new things, open up!
- Meet people from different sectors, cultures and generations, learn from their knowledge, experience, wisdom and personal mastery, enter deep dialogs to really, really understand
- Make and co-develop products, services and systems, get new skills, become creative, implement concepts, be a social entrepreneur and create new ventures who serve the people and society and which gives yourself a livelihood.
- Multiply and share your experiences and knowledge, tell your story, write articles, poetries, books, make drawings and films
Current steps forming the unaVision initiative
During 2016-2018 we planning meetings (see UnaVision event calendar) for the co-development of the UnaVision network and future Being Space regions within Europe, Americas, Africa and Asia. Gatherings of the community and stakeholders are planned in Groningen, Netherlands from November 9th to 14th 2016, in Mexico in January/February 2017, in Europe during spring/summer 2017 and in India during November/December 2017.
In case you are interested in joining the initiative please contact the unaVision team: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Click here to watch the video of the unaVision gathering which took place in Gut Gorgast, near Berlin, Germany, December 9-12 2015
Participants where peopleinvolved in the field of regional development, sustainable, community-based tourism, non-formal education, social entrepreneurship and/or social change in their regionswho care about their region and want to see people and their work flourishingwho you want to connect to like-minded people, share experiences, co-create social businesses with meaningful workplaces and by this supporting a social change in our world
The next unaVision gathering will take place from 09-14th of November 2016 in Friesland, Netherlands. You are invited to get involved! Please write to email@example.com
This is an experimental learning package developed by ThinkCamp, the region of Naturtejo and INATEL within the SenTour project. The objective of this package is to motivate seniors from different cultures and backgrounds to travel together to an extraordinary destination, to learn a new skill from the locals and to be actively involved in the sustainable development of the visiting location. More info here
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SenTour - EU Senior Travel Experience
With the SENTour Connect project ThinkCamp is co-developing with partners from Spain, Belgium, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Portugal innovative learning journey packages for seniors.
Learning Journeys offer the opportunity to dive into the spirit of regions and to learn about special skills and traditions. You meet locals, learn from them, but may also share their expertise with people from the regions. Long-term off season tourism of several weeks to several months may intensify the insights into the local culture. This is a win-win situation for the regions and the visiting guests. This is a prototype Learning Journey packages co-developed within the SENTour Connect project.
The SENTour Connect project started from the idea that the senior market is an area for tourism expansion in low season within the European Union. Travel is a means to prolong a quality of life and Europe has a growing senior population for whom this is an important issue.The main objective of the project is to facilitate transnational tourism exchanges for seniors in the low season within the European domestic market.To do this, the project aims at creating innovative and sustainable transnational tourism packages for seniors, and improving the tourism seasonality patterns across Europe.
unaVision - Greening Kosovo is about raising awareness and fostering the sustainable development of Kosovo. The objective is to create green jobs through the development of “eco-social businesses” and a “Being Space”/eco-village, where people can live, learn, work, make arts and cultural activities. The unaVision-Kosovo initiative is implementing the projects by using a bottom up approach, listening to the needs, wishes and ideas of people, creating and connecting communities in different locations. More info here
Story and past activities
The unaVision idea was co-developed over years with many people in different countries. See photos of learning journeys, workshops and other events here.
The unaNation is the entirety of the unaVision community universe of all Being Spaces. Our unaNation can be seen as a collective network of these Being Spaces with no borders. We plan to co-develop Being Space Regions around the world who become part of the unaNation universe. The core function of our virtual nation is collective learning, co-designing and sharing what is needed. This is why you can view our nation also as a global, self organized University or as we call it Ecoversity. Learning being so important, someone in our nation decides to learn something, she or he immediately becomes his Minister of Education. That creates the peculiar situation of eventually having as many Ministers of Education as we have learners. They get together to share, improve and create community learning resources. All our knowledge is open and freely available and unaNation citizen are willing to share this knowledge freely.
. UnaVillages and the UnaVision network will be governed with a sociocratic system. An intensive international knowledge exchange coordinated by the tools of the UnaVersity will support the co-development for a better livelihood for all people. Our common UnaVillage framework will support the UnaVillage regions in their emergence and co-development. We also aim at providing free access to food, accommodation, education, preventive health services, cultural activities and a safety net in case of special needs, health problems and peaceful aging for all UnaVillage community members who support the movement with 50% of their time and resources. This gives people the scope and the spare time to do what they "really, really want to do with their lives for themselves and for society". This enables emergence of fundamental improvement for our own lives, our communities and our environment by activating, joining and working with like-minded people for good living. We like to recognize patterns and co-create a pattern language, how future living can be "good living for everybody", and at the same time secure a sustainable development of our planet as we are all interdependent within one biosphere on one planet. This is our common UnaVision.
You like to participate ?
The co-design of the UnaVision framework and the first prototypes of UnaVillages are in full progress. We invite you to join our working circles and topic circles sharing your skills, knowledge, experience and resources. We like to identify, document and realize patterns and guidelines for the UnaVision movement. We are looking for inspired people who like to engage full time or part time. In case you are inspired and motivated by our vision and like to participate in a hands-on approach, then we are looking for YOU. You can either move into an UnaVillage prototype and help building it up and/or share your time, knowledge and resources with one of the topic or supporting teams. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trainee or Thesis ?
You can apply anytime for a trainee period of 6 to 12 months or for shorter internships. The coordinator of the UnaVision network is the thinkcamp non-profit cooperative based in Germany. Your trainee stay will be at one of our emerging locations learning hands-on. There are many topics from which you can choose for your Bachelor or Master Thesis relating to rural development, soil improvement, regenerative energy, preventive health care, nutrition, natural building materials, education, economics, new approaches to project management and so on. Please contact us at email@example.com.