yunity heartbeat 2019-07-29

yunity heartbeat 2019-07-29

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The 2nd time now MOVE brought together around 1000 people interested in bringing about change. The 5 core days were filled with hundreds of workshops, seminars, discussions and encounters which were as diverse as the people taking part. The three topics 'work', 'property' and 'exchange logic' created a theoretical frame for the big question of 'How can we come closer to utopia?'. At the same time it became clear that the ideas of how this path to utopia actually looks like diverged between individuals and groups.

Picture from MZ article about MOVE, by Steffen K├Ânau

Is it more important to change oneself to become a better, more grounded, authentic and loving person ('inner change')? Or should the focus lay on changing the external world; to overcome capitalism, to shut down the industries that pollute the planet, to help shift society away from racism, sexism, homophobia and all that crap ('outer change')? Or is it even possible and necessary to do both at the same time?

Do we think that boundless acceptance and understanding are the way, or do we feel the need to strongly say 'no!' in some cases? Can exclusion and coercion ever be acceptable and maybe even necessary or are they always to be condemned?

MOVE definitely surfaced some tension between different world views and managed to transform a lot of it into fruitful exchange. On the other side there was also conflict, frustration and exhaustion and the way this was dealt with was not perfect. Still, everybody tried their best to be fair, stay levelheaded and on topic. Next time there are hopefully more people taking on responsible roles not only in preparation but also during the event itself, because this year's orga team was under enormous stress until everything was over.

This leads to another point that was not ideal: MOVE was organized in a way that relied on everybody helping out. Nobody had to pay money for accommodation, food, drinks or education. This was only possible because all the work done in advance and during the event was done voluntarily by people like you and me. There was a shift system in place that allowed everybody to contribute. Unfortunately it was always the same people doing the work, many of which belonged to or were affiliated with the orga team. If everybody had taken over only 1 shift we would have been good, but since this didn't work we had a festival where some enjoyed a carefree vacation full of of interesting input, nice discussions, new encounters and being taken care of while others were constantly busy with keeping everything running.

These two examples show why there needs to be more MOVEs to come: There's so much to learn and figure out together! How can we solve conflicts most productively? How can we overcome the consumer's mindset that today's world taught us so successfully? How can we truly emancipate ourselves, be free people and create the world that allows everybody to have a good life? Let's come together again next year and do more steps into the direction of finding out! :)

by Janina

Foodsaving Worldwide

We receive quite some mails again these days! There's people wanting to start foodsharing in Prague, South Tyrol, Mallorca, Bogota and Geneva and Luxembourg. The last two could luckily be connected to the existing groups and the first four hopefully find eager fellows soon! If you happen to be in one of those areas, please get in contact!

Also, the foodsharing festival in Berlin is drawing nearer and as you may know there will be an international meetup on Saturday August 17. We expect representatives from Italy, Poland, Sweden and of course Germany, Austria and Switzerland. If you too want to take part, please get in contact as well! ^_^

by Janina


A lot of shit happened at MOVE Utopia, this shit needs to go somewhere!
The biodegradables need to compost for up to 3 years. There are some requirements for the composting system to be viable. These include:

  • no contaminated liquid seeps into the ground
  • no rainwater gets inside
  • some sort of oxygen supply
  • enough warmth

To meet these requirements we started building a series of wooden compartments with sturdy tarp below. Liquid dripping out will be led into a drain via a constant slope. To make it easier to fill and empty the compartments, the front wooden planks are removable individually.

Still under construction...

The first compartment is done now and 3 IBC tanks worth of shit got transferred. There's still space and the whole construction plan foresees 12 of these compartments in a row. Imagine all the shit that can go down there!

Fulfilling its purpose!

by Bodhi & Tilmann


While many people had left for MOVE and Auerworld, Kanthaus was still only empty for a few days. Because from July 18 to 25 we hosted the inventaire open data week. Not a lot of people participated, but those who did enjoyed a lot of talks about books, how to catalog them, the principles of linked data and some French pair programming.

Apart from that Kanthaus is still mostly in summer slumber. Some pieces of furniture get moved from A to B now and then, the garden grows nicely, people come and go between festivals, camps and congresses and recently we had a nice warmshowers guest. Janina and Tilmann finished a new private room where before there was the crap room and due to the heat there are thoughts of creating a communal sleeping room where there is the silent office right now. Unfortunately that comes with quite the dependency chain, because for this to work the desk spaces would need to move to the dragon room, the sewing stuff from the dragon room would need to move to the sorting room, lots of things from the sorting room would need to go to the free shop storage - and that requires a lot of time spent on sorting. So maybe we'll just put some mattresses on the floor of the free shop for now; it's on the ground level and closed until September anyways... ;)

by Janina

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