The Decentralise Now conference gathering held on Mont-Soleil, St-Imier in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland from the 17th to the 21st of September drew the participation of altogether 64 changemakers from all around the world. Some came for a stay over the entire gathering and beyond and are still on site now, collaborating together on their projects. Some came for a few days, individual workshops, or participated via the online video conference stream that was running throughout the entire event.
The gathering encouraged the alliance of efforts many changemakers and activists are involved with already throughout the world. Rather than attempting to create yet another project, organisation or movement, the gathering at its essence focused on empowering the existing network of actors for transformative change.
Following an experimental Co-opathon during the weeks leading up to the gathering, which experimented with online gift circles, a concept where participants share requests and offers, the Decentralise Now gathering collaborated with OccupyCafe.org, to extend this concept throughout the gathering.
This reactivation of the OccupyCafe community integrated real time workshops on the property of the Decentrale cooperative with additional online participants who could both see and hear us as we discussed global issues of importance to all of us, and they could speak up and join in whenever they wanted.
The timing of this gathering was to commemorate the first protest in New York on the 17th of September , 2011 in New York. It also drew others from other disciplines of activism such as the environmentalists of the Permaculture and Rainbow as well as activists from the anarchists and squatter backgrounds.
Some of the workshops were purely online facilitation and conferencing, whilst others were actual physical workshops watched by online participants. Using this dynamic approach, we were able to connect more people together who would normally never have the opportunity to travel to a specific location due to economic or time restraints.
The gathering was also an opportunity to discuss details of a project that would make the Decentrale property mostly solar powered and producing more energy than it needs, without changing the appearance of the historic building. This will convert the project into a model of energy and heating sustainability using pioneering technology developed and manufactured in the local area. It will be designed to be able to operate entirely off grid with the flick of a switch. This will also make the Decentrale an additional eco-tourist attraction in the heart of the Swiss Energy-Park, which will integrate well with our other projects and activities.
It is of course in line with the ethos of the Decentrale project overall, to decentralise energy production and become independent of fossil fuels. The Decentrale is after all also a part of the Permavillage project, which aims at essential local self-sufficiency in all regards, from the vegetables to the energy needs.
From a more global perspective, what did come out of the gathering is the need to further integrate with other disciplines and to respect their journeys. Each counter culture has its own history, traditions and norms. It was and remains a challenge to find a way to bring the best of each to the fore and to respect the boundaries of its neighbour.
Our first meetings were about introducing the vision of “Decentralise Now!” and the importance of decentralisation, and learning what each person had done to find this space. Each person introduced themselves and why they had decided to join “the coalition of the willing”. Essentially, our aim was to create such an open space for a collaborative changes to happen in the world. To explain that we wish to serve as a hub or node for bringing different groups together to find a way forward globally – socio- economically, politically and environmentally.
With the tool of the gift economy or gift circle we were asked to make our requests to “the universe”... and once this was done we were asked to let our offers also be known - that is what we specifically had to offer the forum. This could be in the form of time for projects or other practical help to assist others in their struggle or work to bring their own projects into being. Participants in the circle included a couple from America who run a internet radio station , a journalist building an alternative news network, a programmer working on the software of a “global brain” etc. The gift circle and online participation included people from the USA, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Canada, Finland, Mexico and other regions of the world.
On Friday Olaf Zanger gave a workshop on alternative currencies and understanding the current banking system and how it works. In this case he did his discourse in the bottom room or lounge area where we sat in front of a roaring fire whilst participants watched from all over the world.
On Saturday Morning Isabel who runs an internet radio in Spanish gave a talk on how Podemos (literally; “we can”) began and its influence around the world and in Spain, as well as its influence particularly to inspire other activist groups in Greece. We had online participants from Mexico as well as Spain and it was also translated into English by a Rainbow guy from Argentina- Sol. This workshop was given upstairs in our lecture room.
Isabel’s workshop was followed up by a very interesting discourse on the Enigma Box, presented by Armin. Once installed, the device anonymizes and encrypts all internet traffic of an internet connection and prevents for example illegal spying by government agencies such as the NSA. The principle of the device was explained in simple terms as well as technical terms for those who were interested.
We also spoke about alternative currencies – a workshop that was carried through to Sunday and the conclusions we came to were that in order to bypass the reliance on the banks we had to create a user based economy which is independent of centralised control and the whims of the market. The merits of the gift economy were discussed and alternative methods of exchange such as the time bank which exchanges hours for labour as well as regional currencies – crypto currencies, gold or resources based currencies and existing forms of exchange based on credits.
On Sunday Robin gave a workshop on the “ Rainbow Revolution, global elites and the state of the planet in terms of the 1 % who manipulate the markets and put the majority of the people, the 99% in a kind of economic slavery. Again the concept of what kind of system would in future replace capitalism was discussed and how we were going to spread this transformation.
The eventual consensus that came out of the evening talking circle was that any new system that would replace the old would have to be a sustainable and symbiotic one built on culture. A culture that would embrace collaborative efforts and encourage synergy with those groups who are already working towards that aim all over the world. For example with independent energy systems, permaculture methodology, free or gift economies that exchange goods and services between each other ...and most of all an ethical trade system that creates healthy ways of dealing with human effects or waste upon other beings and the planet at large. This movement forward would be an enlightening process whereby a “synergesis” or a “state of synergy” between each ”island of light“ would be created.
And finally, it was postulated that we should continue repeating the mantra of “Decentralise Now!”until it comes into the mainstream psyche.
- To which end this project would retain its primary motive – not to aim to create an alternative culture, but to help a new primary culture to emerge. It will connect those individuals and projects that are looking for help, assistance, facilitation and inspiration ..or encouragement on their journey of self empowerment.
In the final analysis it was decided that to do this we would have to further build an alternative media platform which spreads the message to the people of this world who wanted to escape this current matrix of “mind control”.
In this regard, valuable connections with various people active in alternative media projects were made during the gathering. More efforts and more calls for dedicated and committed volunteers will go out to spread this message through these media.
Particularly, the vision came to create a monthly newspaper which will work alongside the existing radio platform which is broadcasted from Mont Soleil already.
On the final day of the gathering we held a workshop on the possible content and names of such a newspaper and how we could create this new culture in the shadow of the old.
Finally, other intentional conferences were envisioned using the same tools that were used in this conference specifically the video platform that allows for up to 100 people to participate at the same time excluding those on the chat lines.
The Decentralise Now Gathering is an open ended invitation for more change makers to come with their ideas and will continue on its mission to put the power back in the hands of the people. ...the 99 % .
We thank those that attended and helped organise and contributed to the success of this initiative and hope to see you again.
On the 17th of September 2015, the fourth anniversary of the birth of the Occupy movement, you are invited to come as you are to “the Mountain of the Sun” and join the first Decentralise Now gathering on Mont-Soleil, Switzerland.
We need to synergise our efforts to become more effective in creating a new reality, a new world, a new way. It is time to “Occupy the World“ and create an alliance of the alternatives. This is a call for alliance!
We do not sit idly by whilst we see countries being economically water-boarded by the banks. We cannot ignore the pressures on everyday people that these austerity measures have created. There is another way.
We are prepared for a wave of synergism that decentralises the power structures. It is time to create a culture of self-empowerment, synergy and symbiosis between each other and nations.
We are the people - we are the 99%
Whether you already are a change maker or want to become one, whether you are Occupy, Anonymous, Transition, Maker, Greens, Pirate, Podemos, Permaculture, Rainbow, Hacker, Open Source, Electronic Frontier, Commons, New Edge, Edgeryder, Danach, Neustart, Anti-WEF, Panarchy, anarcho-this or anarcho-that, social entrepreneur, artist, philanthropist, guerrilla gardener, insider, outsider, this-activist or that-activist, or just somebody that is aware - this call for alliance is to you.
It is time. Join us to Decentralise Now. In St-Imier, the home of anarchism... where it all began in 1872. We gather on the 17th of September to move ahead. The main event will be an intense collaboration and exchange that weekend, from Friday evening at 19:00 to Sunday at 17:00. This is an open ended gathering. We will continue beyond that weekend and you can join us at any time.
You are also able to participate online, if you can’t join us at the Décentrale on Mont-Soleil, Switzerland.
WHEN : SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2015
WHERE: DECENTRALE, MONT SOLEIL, ST-IMIER, SWITZERLAND
We intend to make this event prix-libre. We will need your financial support. Please expect to expend what you can afford to pay for such an event. If you can give more, please do. If you know people that might be able to make a financial contribution, please encourage them to do so.
...apprendre à vivre en harmonie avec la nature nous permet de retrouver l'essence de notre existence...
Si tu apprécies les plantes et la nature, voici une opportunité unique pour texercer à reconnaître les plantes comestibles et médicinales de ton environnement, à en cuisiner une partie et à les préparer de diverses manières pour te soigner.
Notre guide sera Jean-François Henry, un passionné de plantes de toutes natures, ayant de nombreuses années d'expérience.
Reconnaître de nombreuses plantes sauvages comestibles, médicinales et toxiques
Effectuer des cueillettes sélectives, respectant les populations rencontrées
Apprendre à cuisiner une partie des plantes récoltées
Intégrer à sa vie quotidienne un certain nombre de plantes utiles
Revenir chez soi avec quelques recettes simples de repas, intégrant des plantes sauvages
Balades didactiques dans les prairies et les forêts avoisinantes
Réalisation dun herbier ou prise de photos (optionnel)
Récoltes de plantes comestibles, en particulier jeunes pousses, fleurs, racines et feuilles,
Intégration de ces plantes dans la préparation de "menus sauvages"
Un dossier didactique, comprenant recettes et bibliographie, sera fourni aux participant(e)s
RENDEZ-VOUS ET HORAIRES
Samedi 11 juillet, 9h00 précises à 22h00 environ
Dimanche 12 juillet, 9h00 précises à 18h 30.
Toutes personnes intéressées par les plantes, avec ou sans expérience
Les enfants de plus de 8 ans sont les bienvenus, si possible accompagnés d'un adulte
Les personnes qui habitent dans la région pourront rentrer chez elles le soir. Pour celles qui viennent de plus loin, la Coopérative « La Décentrale » dispose de dortoirs et dune salle de bain.
Il est possible darriver déjà vendredi 10 juillet dès 18h00. Dans ce cas, le préciser à linscription !
Nous utiliserons la cuisine de la maison.
Le stage peut être réglé par donation volontaire. Pour couvrir les frais dorganisation et dachats, ainsi que la rémunération de lanimateur, nous estimons quun prix indicatif de 120.- CHF ou serait plutôt correct pour ce genre dactivité.
Si vous ne pouvez venir que pour un jour, ce serait 65.- CHF ou la journée.
Gratuit pour les enfants d'âge scolaire. Le prix ne doit pas constituer un obstacle à la participation ! (Arrangements sur demande pour couples, familles et personnes à revenu modeste !)
INFORMATIONS ET INSCRIPTIONS:
Pour réserver sa place:
contacter Chris Zumbrunn
La Décentrale, Mont-Soleil 59
2610 Mont-Soleil (Suisse)
tél. +41 32 941 41 41
Ne tardez pas à vous inscrire, le nombre de participants étant limité !
QUI EST JEAN-FRANÇOIS HENRY ?
Praticien en Thérapeutiques Naturelles, Jean-François Henry a près de 30 ans dexpérience en massage essentiel, réflexologie, polarité, aromathérapie et phytothérapie. Intéressé par les plantes depuis lenfance, il partage ses connaissances avec naturel et passion. Dans son enseignement, il incite à aiguiser les sens, exercer la mémoire et développer lintuition.
QUE DOIS-JE APPORTER ?
Petits casse-croûtes pour samedi et dimanche midi; pour la participation aux repas : un peu de farine complète ou bise de céréales bio, 1 légume, fruits, boissons à choix; grand cahier pour prendre des notes et élaborer un herbier (autre possibilité: prendre des photos); bande adhésive transparente sur dérouleur (« scotch »); 1 m de ficelle (pour porter le dérouleur autour du cou !); couteau de poche type « Opinel »; un grand sac en papier contenant plusieurs petits sachets en papier ou en tissu pour les récoltes; gants en caoutchouc (pour récolter les orties et autres plantes piquantes !); chaussures de marche et chapeau; en cas de pluie: imperméable, parapluie, bottes ou chaussures imperméables; chaussures dintérieur et éventuellement, livres sur les plantes, loupe, lampe de poche, instrument de musique ou de percussion.
Ta bonne énergie, ta joie, ta lumière !
COMMENT ARRIVER ?
Le stage a lieu à « La Décentrale », Mont-Soleil 59, 2610 Mont-Soleil (Suisse) tél. 0041 329 41 41 41
Depuis Bienne, passer, soit par Tramelan, Les Breuleux, Cerneux-Veusil et, de là, la route du Mont-Soleil ; soit par Sonceboz, St-Imier, puis monter la petite route du Mont-Soleil (attention, passage impossible sous le funiculaire avec un véhicule de plus de 2.60 m !)
Depuis La Chaux-de-Fonds, par La Ferrière, Cerneux-Veusil et, de là, la route du Mont- Soleil.
En train, en funiculaire et à pied:
Prendre le train pour Saint-Imier, puis monter avec le funiculaire du Mont-Soleil (à 10 mn à pied, de la gare CFF). A la sortie du funiculaire, prendre la rue à gauche. La Décentrale se trouve à environ 200 m, sur la droite.
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.
When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good long ago, but too often these days they serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors. After Zip2, when I realized that receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit, I avoided them whenever possible.
At Tesla, however, we felt compelled to create patents out of concern that the big car companies would copy our technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power to overwhelm Tesla. We couldnt have been more wrong. The unfortunate reality is the opposite: electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that doesnt burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than 1% of their total vehicle sales.
At best, the large automakers are producing electric cars with limited range in limited volume. Some produce no zero emission cars at all.
Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis. By the same token, it means the market is enormous. Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the worlds factories every day.
We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.
Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the worlds most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Teslas position in this regard.
MAID = Massive Array of Internet Disks; SAFE = Secure Access For Everyone
MaidSafe is an open-source program that enables a decentralized internet platform, called the SAFE Network. MaidSafe distributes all data on the network without the need for centralized servers. Data stored on the network is either encrypted or cryptographically signed by MaidSafe connected applications (clients). In either case the network itself cannot decrypt any of the data.
The MaidSafe system turns all connected devices into SAFE Network nodes that collectively store data for all MaidSafe users. MaidSafe allows public and private cloud data storage and processing within the SAFE Network. Data storage is automatically decentralized. The data is spread redundantly across many disks and devices owned and managed by many different users. No one person or corporation has an intact copy of a user's file.
To account for resource usage, the network uses Safecoin transactions. Safecoin Is a coin that is generated and protected by the SAFE network and stays on the SAFE network. The network can confirm and exchange coin ownership via a digitally signed authority from the coins last owner. This operation is network atomic which basically means the network will make sure all copies update to show the transaction. This is a different approach to the blockchain mechanism employed by bitcoin.
The SAFE network allows many millions of transactions per second and the larger the network the more transactions per second can be executed. Safecoin only holds the last and current owner. It does this to make sure the current owner has signed authority from the last owner to take ownership. This allows coins to be transferred between people very easily and without delay. Safecoins use a proof of resource to create coins and this is a system that is waste free, so the proof is that a node or application is providing immediate value to society.
In addition to this years main
Beau-Sejour weekend gathering from November 21st to 23rd,
we want to offer you some additional possibilities to join our discussions and brainstorm some ideas about how our societies should go forward. Just
fill in this Doodle
and let's see who is here during which sessions - and we'll spontaneously accommodate the topics to shared interests of the participants of each session.
This years main Beau-Sejour gathering will follow up on the results of the previous years and the calling topic will be...
"Finding the Seed for the New System"
During last years gathering, one central topic that emerged was how the workings of current democracy, finance and civil society are all heavily influenced by a single defining pattern, circling around the way money is created.
This pattern defines the evolution of virtually all aspects of our current societies. This year, we will be searching for new patterns, which can encourage the growing of the new in the shadow of the old.
This years Beau-Sejour gathering will for the first time be taking place on the La Décentrale property up on Mont-Soleil, above St-Imier.
Itinerary for the
"Finding the Seed for the New System"
Friday, November 21, 2014
You are welcome to join us on Friday already at 17:00 for us to be cooking and eating dinner together.
we all meet for our evening session. Together, we will review and discuss the topics that have emerged during the 2012 and 2013 gatherings and what has happened as a result with the creation of the Permavillage and La Décentrale projects on Mont-Soleil. We will talk about assumptions we've come to last year, like how the workings of current democracy, finance and civil society are all heavily influenced by a single defining pattern, circling around the way money is created, and how this pattern defines the evolution of virtually all aspects of our current societies. This will give us a head start, laying out the terrain we will be covering on Saturday. At around
we will end the Friday evening session.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
we will start our morning session, prepare and eat lunch together around noon, continue with our afternoon session at 13:30 and end Saturdays session at
. There will be the option of having dinner together as well for those of you that like to stick around Saturday night.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
we will start our morning session, prepare and eat lunch together around noon, continue with our afternoon session at 13:30 and end the 2014 Beau-Sejour gathering at
There are beds available for you to sleep in the house of La Décentrale, so there should be no need to look for other accommodation. If you like to stay here during the nights, please let me know, so I can make sure there is a bed reserved for you.
How to get here
This year for the first time, the Beau-Sejour gathering will take place at La Décentrale on Mont-Soleil.
You can easily find your way to Mont-Soleil by public transportation, taking the funicular up from St-Imier:
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