Life

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Life

Lom Sak, Thailand
Year Founded:
2055
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

On a 17 rai piece land in Petchaboon, we are an experiment engaging community back to the land in a way that sustain both human and nature: Environmentally and culturally through organic farming, arts, cultural exchange, spiritual activity and contemplative education.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Everything is interconnected. Solving one issue in one-dimension often perpetuates other problems in other sectors. Likewise, global issues are reflected in our personal struggles. Global warming, gender issues, and the toll of capitalism, for example are apparent in our interactions with ourselves and others. Without conscious awareness of the essential dysfunction in our relation to nature and others, we can never improve society.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We create community which can function autonomously and environmentally and socially sustainably,, without giving away fundamental decision-making to a centralized institute of power. We re-educate ourselves on topics like sexuality, religion, food, language through processes of dialogue, expressive music, art and dance, farming, and the creation of spiritual activity and contemplative education.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Based on our experiences living and working in different cultures, we see communication style as the first major barrier toward coming together for change. Thus our initial work is in building trust with a varied group of people interested in making a difference, through communication styles such as art, dance, music, and creative dialogue to improve flexibility in listening, effective expression, and creative problem solving. This initial involvement brings to participants a sense of hope and possibility -- itself revolutionary. Only such a resilient, trusting and cohesive community has a chance to make a change. The question of language is not of authoritative vocabulary but intimate trust. We create the trajectory of change together.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

In the psychological process of trust-building we bridge the modern world with indigenous knowledge, and the East with the West: The West holds a key of psychological understanding, while the East shows us discipline of practice; African the spirit of community and participation. We see these as complimentary elements; through dialogue, study and practice of ritual and community building we create a model for trust and change in the globalized society which is sensitive to culture, while realizing there is no preservation of culture -- we can not go back in isolation - but only in sharing our true identities in the creation of new culture. This is a model for peace-building which functions on the intimate psychological of self-healing and at the larger level of community, as both better each other and create a sustainable model of world peace.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

This project works towards sustainability, so the main costs with be in its start-up phase. We plan to use private funds, crowd-funding and NGO grants for the bulk of initial costs. Once established, cost-of-living and further projects will be funded by workshops, private donations, and artist residencies.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Other organizations are mostly specializing in isolated issues. We feel, however, that this assumed structure is inherently detrimental toward effectively addressing overlapping, intersecting problems which are resistant to conventional problem-solving. We decided we must put our whole lives on the line if we wish to heal our whole lives. We all do what we can; this is our personal approach. Therefore, it is our personal commitment, skills and efforts that make our work unique.
Team

Founding Story

We lived together on the organic farm "Pun Pun" near Chiang Mai. As we became closer friends, we discussed more and more the need for a more holistic and revolutionary approach that addresses the problems of intercultural reality, conflict resolution, arts, culture, spirituality, community, and environmental stewardship in a globalized world whose population, particularly its youth, have few options to feel engaged in its improvement beyond superficial side-projects. We've had many "aha" moments -- this is our attempt to put those moments together!