We establish a lively Transformative Learning community of emergent and resilient UnaVillages, where people are Learning, Working and Living together for a sustainable, good and peaceful livelihood within the global, solidary UnaVision community. We contribute the gained insights and knowledge to society.
UnaVision is co-creating an emergent framework to enable prototypes of good living that is inclusive and respects a diverse global society and the biosphere of our planet. We will practice, refine, adapt and expand this framework in "UnaVillages" spread over all continents. The entirety of all UnaVillage communities form the UnaVision network. All UnaVillage community members are part of this global sharing and solidarity community. We take responsibility for the dignity of people of different genders, ages, educational backgrounds, races, beliefs and for the protection and regeneration of the environment and nature. UnaVillages and the unaVision network will be governed with a sociocratic system. An intensive knowledge exchange coordinated by 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 believe, that all UnaVillage community members who support the movement with 50% of their time and resources should have 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. Our goals are to really, really make a difference in our own lives, our communities and our environment by activating, joining and working with with like-minded people for good living.
UnaVillages are holistic and inclusive learning, working and living communities in rural, peripheral areas. We are experimenting with and learning about alternative eco-social community models. UnaVillages are planned for 150 to 850 members. They are open for short- and long-term learners, scholars and visitors from the region and from around the globe. Buildings are renovated or newly built from natural and regional materials. Alternative energy, environmentally friendly water and hygiene systems will become a best practice example of regenerative, sustainable living. The region transforms into an eatable and permaculture region by using public and private spaces for planting trees, raising vegetables, herbs, fruits and crops for producing organic, regional food. The UnaVillage community is composed of like-minded people and organizations within the geographic region of the UnaVillage. It serves as a node and hub for this region. The community collaborate actively to implement an environment for better living and preventive health system. UnaVillages work in conjunction and close cooperation with regional developments led by local civil society and supported by institutions such as NGOs, Universities, Associations and Municipalities. One objective is to enrich the social, cultural and sustainable environmental development of the region. UnaVillages may become catalysts for new ideas, social and technological innovations, good and healthy livelihoods, meaningful work and social entrepreneurship.
UnaVillages offer a unique learning environment for the global UnaVision community. Our UnaVersity approaches are Transformative Learning, Project-Based Learning (PBL), Learning Journeys and support for personal growths and mastery. We provide a growing knowledge and collaborative network driven by like-minded, experienced people and connected with the ecoVersities network of disruptive learning organizations. We see the need of systems which are human centered and not based on standard curricula and influenced by special interest groups. The UnaVersity system works with an innovative system of supporting individuals in attaining their learning objectives. The core function of unaVision is collective learning to co-create and implement prototypes for good living without harm to our environment. Therefore learning is so important that, if someone in our UnaVersity community decides to learn something, she or he immediately becomes his or her own 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, support each other, improve and create community learning resources. All our knowledge is open and freely available. This enables the network to find higher quality solutions without regional boundaries. You can view our UnaVillage network also as a global, self-organized university.
History and fundament of UnaVision
The Fundament of UnaVision is based on the input from many people participating in Hiking Dialogs, Learning Journeys and Global Marshall Plan Academies since the conception of ThinkCamp in 2007. The unaVision community spirit was born in 2013 during the “Caravan of Change” called “dunaVision” (see Report). During this eight months long journey, more then on thousand people from over fourteen European countries connected in 50 workshops to talk about "What is really, really important in our lives for ourselves, the society and our planet?". The ThinkCamp idea emerged out of the Global Marshall Plan activities to foster bottom up initiatives and to prototype new frameworks for a regenerative world. A big influence to our approach comes from Frithjof Bergmann with his breakthrough concept of New Work - New Culture. Important impulses come from the principle of pattern language and the Nature of Order from Christopher Alexander, the Transition Network, GIVE (Global Village Network), Global Ecovillage Network GEN, Economy for the Common Good and the Basic Income Network BIEN.
You like to participate?
The co-design of the UnaVision framework and the first prototypes of UnaVillages is in full progress. We invite you to join our working circles sharing your skills, knowledge, experience and resources. We like to identify and document patterns and guidelines for the UnaVision movement. We are looking for inspired people who like to engage full time or part time. In case your are inspired and motivated by our Vision and like to participate in an 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 working teams. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Trainee stay or BA/MA 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. 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 alternative energy, preventive health, nutrition, natural building materials, education, economics, new approaches to project management and so on. Please contact us at email@example.com.