Tyler Ludens wrote:I hope people understand that you can join the cooperative now, and that they can not create the camps unless enough people join the cooperative.
Update about the cooperative and the camps
In July 2016, when John D. Liu started this initiative, he proposed that when we reached 1000 members we would be in the position to move decisively forward. The good news is that we are today (January 23, 2017) at 842 members and more members are joining each day! This means we are very close now to achieving this first target, so it is time to get in touch with you through this newsletter. We will inform you about how we are organizing ourselves and invite you to become an active participant in our people based community.
Message from John D. Liu
I’m writing to all those who have joined the Ecosystem Restoration Cooperative as founding members.
The path to the creation of the cooperative and first camp is now becoming clear. A legal non-profit entity is in the process of forming to make it possible to accept and disperse funds to build the first camp. We can see that the group has the energy and will to take on the important and urgent task of restoring the Earth. And, we believe that we can access the resources we need to build the camp from private donors.
The situation is evolving and there is room for everyone who wants to participate and to lead. There will be steps and missteps. Compassion, collaboration and clear communications are very helpful. We hope that everyone will approach this collaborative work with a light heart and trust in our mutual goals and values.
It is possible to see that the first camp in Spain will be realized in a few months. Within this camp we can each day collaboratively study and learn to restore the Earth’s basic ecological systems that have been degraded worldwide by our human ancestors. We are experimenting with self-governance and with building a new culture of joy, friendship and purpose. We are engaged in “The Great Work of Our Time” to restore the Earth so that our children, grandchildren and future generations can survive and thrive on a fully functional planet.
We cannot do this in isolation or alone. Restoring the Earth is a big task that requires that we are all engaged. Healing the Earth requires that we open our hearts and learn to work together in collaboration. I would recommend that we realize the enormity of our task. This group is preparing for a marathon and not a sprint. So, I’ll let others explain what active members have been doing to move the project forward.
I hope to see you at the first camp soon and at many more camps around the world as soon as possible.
Let’s go camping and do our best to Heal the Earth and the Human Spirit.
Filmmaker, soil scientist and environmental activist John D. Liu
John D. Liu on Eco-Restoration Camps
How do we organise ourselves?
One of the great challenges of being a group by the people is how you organise the work. We are experimenting with Sociocracy and have temporarily organized ourselves into 6 main circles. We discuss the work and invite new active participating members to contribute their time and skills, communicating through a Slack-like platform called Discord,. From there people will be invited to form part of a more formal circle, with a maximum of 10 people currently responsible for decisions in the following areas. As we grow and evolve more circles will be formed around key tasks:
Administration and Legal issues
Communication and Fundraising
Ecosystem Restoration Design
Education and Training
Evolution and Transformation
The first three circles are very active now: we are in the process of becoming a foundation, we start up our communication channels and a third group is very busy deciding what is necessary in our first camp in Spain and beyond. The last three groups are still forming themselves, which is logical. They have to wait for the first three to come up with their results. At the moment around 50 people are actively spending 5 to 10 hours or more of their time per week on this work. We need more people to help us, and also want this process to be a bit more organized and transparent from now on.
Tyler Ludens wrote:This is the exact thing I would like to do on our land. We have the beginnings of a camp, with a composting toilet and a meeting site which were developed for a different camp idea which fell through when the organizer became seriously ill. But we don't have any buildings. I'm not a people person or a teacher, so I can't actually do anything about organizing the camp, I can only offer a patch of land. I don't know if it could be a permanent thing, because the land is small, but it could be a testing ground, if anyone in this region is interested. Our region is severely degraded - the carrying capacity of the land has been reduced to about 1/5 of its historical level, so there is a lot to do in this part of the world. We're also likely to be vulnerable to climate change because it is a brittle environment subject to extremes of drought and flood even without climate change.
So if anyone reading this, who is in this region and does not have access to a piece of land to camp on and restore, here's a possibility. It could be the beginning of a regional movement, perhaps.
Tyler Ludens wrote:It's all very unlikely because this is a small piece of land and I am an uncharismatic hermit. I have no source of financing, only the land. The "camp" area of land is only a couple of acres. Our total parcel is only 20 acres. Periodically I wish to be able to share the land somehow, but it seems pretty implausible at this point.
Also, my post above is really off-topic for this thread and I should probably delete it.