What would a world look like in which humans and animals no longer fear each other?

Welcome to Tamera – an experiential community and peace research project. (Morning mist on one of Tamera’s water retention lakes. Picture: Siri Pisters) At some point in history, with the evolving modern, instrumental worldview, humans placed themselves outside of nature on the basis that humans carry some sort of consciousness that non-humans do not[1]. This, … More What would a world look like in which humans and animals no longer fear each other?

Meet my case studies – Part 2 – Väinölä – ‘Befriend your selfishness’

Befriend and tame your selfishness. Everything you do, do it not just for yourself but for a bigger purpose that involves other people as well. The key to transforming difficulties is within yourself; not in other persons or external situations. Go to sauna every day. Make music. Write poetry, stories or play scripts. Make art. … More Meet my case studies – Part 2 – Väinölä – ‘Befriend your selfishness’

Celebrate! And seven other ecological values for a meaningful life

When thinking about ecology and sustainability, what are the issues, words or images that pop up in your mind?  If I may guess, what comes up is probably a mix of things like nature, green, organic, bicycle, electric car, windmill, agriculture, recycling and so on. An ecological way of living however is much more than … More Celebrate! And seven other ecological values for a meaningful life

Meet ‘my’ ecovillages – Part 1 – Kurjen Tila, Finland

Kurjen Tila is a young community in Vesilahti combining a biodynamic farm with an ecovillage. This community was birthed by women. These women had met each other through a food circle they were part of. They got together now and then and the idea of living in the countryside sprouted. Their families became involved and … More Meet ‘my’ ecovillages – Part 1 – Kurjen Tila, Finland

Transformative change: from personal experience to societal value

Jose’s interview – Uruguay What is the nature of societal transformative change? When are people willing to go along a transformative change process and when and why do they resist? These questions have been guiding me in my research journey thus far, aiming to better understand the ‘roots’ of transformative societal change towards a more … More Transformative change: from personal experience to societal value

Reflections on diversity and the risks of creating boundaries

Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without’. William Sloane Coffin Jr. The last couple of months I have wandered around Finland exploring its ecovillages with an additional two on the other side of the Baltic Sea, Estonia. This … More Reflections on diversity and the risks of creating boundaries