Friday, March 20, 2015
Le premier printemps de la décentrale est en train d’arriver

Brunch au Pâques, le dimanche, le 5. avril, 11 heures

Tout le week end de Pâques, du vendredi au lundi, avec brunch de Pâques le dimanche: confortable fin de l'hiver, l'échange d'idées, la possibilité pour le regroupement et apprendre à connaître


Quelles sont les activités de la décentrale en printemps et été, qui t'intéressent ?


Dimanche, le 29. mars, 14 heures à 17 heures

Jardin et ses environs, la conception et la gestion

Tous ceux qui souhaitent participer à la conception et l'utilisation du jardin et redressement sont invités à se réunir pour une première réunion le 29 Mars. Vous êtes invités à apporter vos idées et projets et à regarder avec les autres, qui, avec qui veut travailler dans lequel participent.


Vendredi, le 10. Avril jusqu’à dimanche, le 12. Avril

Quelles approches non conventionnelles et des solutions techniquement innovantes sont adaptés pour les projets de la décentrale et du Permavillage? Quels sont les prometteurs pour la société de l'avenir? Quelles synergies et collaborations possibles se posent pour les prochains mois?


Vendredi, le 10. Avril, 18 heures jusqu’à 21 heures

Civil-tech, technologie de l'information, des applications Web, l'impression 3D, les médias sociaux


Samedi, le 11. Avril , du 14 heures jusqu’à 17 heures

Perma-tech, Fab Lab, les concepts d'infrastructure, de l'assainissement, de l'eau et de chauffage, petites maisons


Dimanche, le 12. Avril, du 14 heures jusqu’à 17 heures

Plan de travail pour des rénovations et l'infrastructure pour le printemps et l'été 2015


Samedi, le 18. Avril, du 10 heures jusqu’à 17 heures

Un forum pour repenser l'aménagement du territoire, du point de vue des principes de la permaculture.

Quelle est la situation juridique pour les projet de permaculture dans les règlements de zonage d'aujourd'hui? Quelles approches nouvelles innovante sont possibles?


Pour toutes ces événements, vous êtes invités à participer! Envoyer un e-mail à info@decentrale.ch ou appelez-nous au 032 941 41 41, afin de nous donner une idée de combien d'entre vous ont l'intention d'être à ces événements, qui veut manger avec nous et qui voudraient dormir au cours de laquelle nuits à la Décentrale.

Der erste Frühling der Dezentrale kommt!


Osterbrunch, Sonntag 5. April, 11 Uhr

Ganzes Osterwochenende, von Freitag bis Montag, mit Osterbrunch am Sonntag:

Gemütlicher Winterausklang, Ideenaustausch, Gelegenheit zum Wiedersehen und Kennenlernen.


Welche Aktivitäten der Dezentrale interessieren dich diesen Frühling und Sommer?


Sonntag 29. März, 14 Uhr bis 17 Uhr

Garten und Umschwung, Gestaltung und Bewirtschaftung


Alle, die bei der Gestaltung und Nutzung des Gartens und Umschwungs mitmachen wollen, sind eingeladen, sich am 29. März zu einer ersten Besprechung zu treffen. Du bist willkommen, deine Ideen und Projekte einzubringen und mit den anderen zusammen zu schauen, wer gemeinsam mit wem bei welchen Arbeiten mitmachen will.


Freitag 10. April bis Sonntag 12. April

Welche unkonventionellen Ansätze und technisch neuartigen Lösungen eignen sich für anstehende Projekte der Dezentrale und des Permavillage? Welche sind vielversprechend für die Gesellschaft der Zukunft? Welche möglichen Zusammenarbeiten und Synergien ergeben sich daraus für die nächsten Monate?


Freitag 10. April, 18 Uhr bis 21 Uhr

Civil-tech, Informationstechnologie, Web-Applikationen, 3D-Printing, Social Media, aufbauen einer sicherern, dezentralizierten, peer-to-peer Social Cloud


Samstag 11. April, 14 Uhr bis 17 Uhr

Perma-tech, Fab-Lab, Infrastruktur, Sanitär, Wasser- und Heizkonzepte, Tiny Houses, Kleinbauten, Erdhäuser, Lehmhäuser, Baumhäuser, etc


Sonntag 12. April, 14 Uhr bis 17 Uhr

Renovations und Infrastruktur-Arbeitsplan für Frühling und Sommer 2015


Samstag 18. April, 10 Uhr bis 17 Uhr

Raumplanung für Permakultur. Ein Forum zum Neudenken von Raumplanung, aus der Perspektive der Permakultur Design Prinzipien.

Wie sieht die rechtliche Lage für Permakulturprojekte in den heutigen Zonenordnungen aus? Welche innovativen neuen Ansätze sind denkbar?


Für alle Termine seid ihr herzlich eingeladen! Bitte sendet eine E-Mail an info@decentrale.ch oder ruft uns unter 032 941 41 41 an, damit wir uns eine Vorstellung machen können, wieviele von euch jeweils mit dabei sind, wer wann mitessen will und wer wann in der Dezentrale übernachten möchte.

The Decentrale’s first spring is coming!


Easter brunch, Sunday 5th of April, 11h

During the entire easter weekend, from Friday to Monday, with an easter brunch on Sunday:

Tranquil winter’s end, exchange of ideas. opportunity to reconnect or get to know each other.


Which activities of the Decentrale are you interesteted in this spring and summer?


Sunday 29th of March, 14h to 17h

Garden and landscape, design plan and utilization


Everybody that would like to participate in the spatial planning and cultivation of the Decentrale property is invited to gather on the 29th of March for a first powwow on this topic. You are welcome to come forward with your ideas and projects and to find out about the different opportunities for working together with others.


Friday 10th of April to Sunday 12th of April

Which unconventional new approaches and technical solutions are suitable for upcoming projects of the Decentrale and the Permavillage? Which directions seem promising for the society of the future? Which possible collaborations and synergies result from this for the next few months?


Friday 10th of April, 18h to 21h

Civil-tech, information technologie, web applications, 3D-printing, social media, building a secure, decentralized, peer-to-peer social cloud


Saturday 11th of April, 14h to 17h

Perma-tech, fab lab, infrastructure, sanitary, water and heating concepts, tiny houses.


Sunday 12th of April, 14h to 17h

Renovation and infrastructure work plan for spring and summer 2015


Saturday 18th of April, 10h to 17h

“Legalize Permaculture”, a forum on rethinking spatial planning and zoning for Permaculture in Switzerland.

How does the current legal situation in Switzerland limit the ideal conditions for Permaculture projects? Which innovative new approaches are conceivable?


For any and all of these events you are very much invited you join us! Please just send us an email to info@decentrale.ch or give us a call at 032 941 41 41, in order to give us an idea about how many of you are planning to be at these events, who wants to eat with us at which times and who would like to sleep at the Decentrale during which nights.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
The 2014 Beau-Sejour Gatherings, November 14-30

This year for the first time, the Beau-Sejour gathering will take place at La Décentrale on Mont-Soleil.

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.

Just fill in the times that work for you in the Doodle here: http://doodle.com/k9shkrd7q7mpm778

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" Beau-Sejour weekend:

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.

At 19:00 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 21:30 we will end the Friday evening session.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

At 9:30 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 18:30. 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

Again, at 9:30 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 16:00 on Sunday.

Accommodation

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

You can easily find your way to Mont-Soleil by public transportation, taking the funicular up from St-Imier:

http://funisolaire.ch/index.php?page=p/horaires

La Décentrale is located just 150 meters from the top station of the funicular.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

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Impressions from the European Rainbow Vision Circle at La Décentrale, October 2014

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Sunday, August 3, 2014
Coming to visit the Decentrale

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Saturday, August 2, 2014
La Décentrale House Conventions
You are allowed to:

1. Start something that needs to be started to help advance the cause. 
Add it to Trello.

2. Make the decision you think is the right decision to make. 
When in doubt, involve the stakeholders.
  • When imposing on living things, plants and animals, ask for the advice of someone with more merit and/or ask for consensus on Loomio.
  • When making non-revertible changes, ask for the advice of someone with more merit and/or ask for consensus on Loomio.
3. Ask for help whenever you want it. 
Write about it on Loomio and Trello.

4. Help others whenever you can (even if they don’t ask for it). 
Read what others are doing on Loomio and Trello.

5. Take time off to do something that inspires, excites and energizes you.

Everyone is expected to follow these conventions and everyone is expected to hold the others accountable to them. Afterall, if we didn't follow them... there'd be chaos.

Trello: decentrale.ch/trello
Loomio: decentrale.ch/loomio

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Friday, August 1, 2014
Our vision for this project
With the property La Décentrale, we are setting the seed for the Permavillage Mont-Soleil, a social space, open for radical innovative approaches to current and future challenges in society.

While this will be a place to live, it just as importantly is a place to make a living. With the Permavillage and La Décentrale at its core, we want to create less of a living community as is typically the case in eco-village projects and more a collaborative, innovative environment with an entrepreneurial spirit, where individuals and groups can connect and leverage their synergies.

We will be practicing and evolving forms of openly collaborative and socially responsible living, sustainable food production, focusing on better enabling and optimizing the use of already existing infrastructure and buildings, designing for inter-generational living, with a cultural, educational and economic exchange between urban and rural areas, planning around a local economy and a high degree of self-reliance, while building resilient ties with the economy at large.

The Permavillage does everything to encourage open doors and open structures within and towards its neighbours, the local economy and society at large. We want everybody to be able to contribute and participate. This open space shall be provided and kept, free of any expectation that the offered opportunities are utilized as anticipated. The doors shall remain open and the space be held.

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The activities this project will include
At the beginning, La Décentrale will start its activities with multi-day seminars for small groups on topics related in different ways to the Permavillage project. Further economic activities will be the constructing of small housing, yurts, and roulottes, the renovation of the main building in various phases, as well as the permaculture project, a buvette, and the processing, refining and preservation of foods, including a line of local gastro-foods offered in partnering buvettes and restaurants in the area.

Further activities such as various kinds of product recycling and reuse projects, peer-to-peer education projects, alternative media projects, graphic design and software development projects or a political music festival, all are not beyond the scope of intended uses for the property either.
The permaculture project will initially focus on producing vegetables for a subscription based veggie-basket service in and around the hamlet on the one hand, and offering introductory permaculture courses on the other hand.

In collaboration with the local farmers, we will work to integrate additional farm land currently used for dairy farming and meat production, enabling the permaculture project to expand beyond La Décentrale. The project will expand to include the cultivation of locally uncommon plants with high nutritional and health benefits, such as khaki and amaranth.

One of the main objectives of La Décentrale will be to offer an environment and a place where people can come together to work on evolving common vision between different individuals and groups. Beyond the scope of the Permavillage itself, we will also start to do this same kind of work together with other organizations, such as Initiatives of Change in Caux, the Green Phoenix Congress on Schweibenalp, and Danach in Zurich or Vision 2035 in Bienne. The seminar offerings of La Décentrale will emphasize these aspects.

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How it will work
The La Décentrale cooperative will be the proprietor of the property and negotiate service agreements with individuals and associations, making the property available as a resource for projects that are in line with the objectives of the organization, as described in this document.

The projects will feature a complementary economy based on an alternative currency that will encourage a large degree of gift economy, sharing and exchanging, and an interest free local money system, reducing the need for projects to generate profits in official currencies. To this effect, the cooperative will develop a decentralized alternative currency that creates money by directly funding projects.

The members of the cooperative will have funding rights in relation to the amount of their shares. In a semestrial process, the cooperative will determine the amount of new currency being issued, and select the projects eligible for funding. This will be followed by the individual members allocating their share of newly funded currency to these projects. This ability constitutes the primary benefit that members receive for their financial participation in the cooperative. As the cooperative grows, it intends to provide its members with liquid democracy based funding mechanisms.

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Why the property and its location are ideal for this project


La Décentrale is a 10 room, 1904 built art-nouveau villa, surrounded by a 1 hectare property with mature park trees, sunny meadows and a small forest area. The house has in recent years been reverted to it's original state and will be minimally renovated to preserve it's historic value. It is structurally in good condition and is on the list of buildings for monumental protection.

La Décentrale is located in the heart of the hamlet Mont-Soleil, at 1200m altitude, near the mountain top and on the mountain ridge that carry the same name. Mont-Soleil is well known for its renewable energy installations, Switzerland's largest solar power station and wind-power plant. It serves as a research and demonstration facility that attracts a significant amount of visitors. Mont-Soleil is also well known for its astronomical observatory and its Vipassana meditation center.

Mont-Soleil is reachable by a funicular from the community of St-Imier, 400m lower down in the Vallon de St-Imier, which in turn is connected to the Swiss railway network. Also, small roads connect Mont-Soleil with St-Imier and in the other direction with the other villages of the Franche-Montagnes plateau.

The Mont-Soleil hamlet is not currently in any construction zone and is governed under agricultural zoning restrictions, with exceptions granted on a case by case basis. Establishing a new zoning plan for the hamlet is a long overdue promise of the community of St-Imier, but as was seen based on an information evening earlier this year, will be controversial, with different groups of people unhappy for several different reasons about solutions proposed by the community. There is an opportunity to develop an alternative proposal for a special "Permavillage" zoning plan that will be better able to accommodate and balance the various interests at play. The newly formed, local alternative-green party "Libertaire" will support us in developing this project, mobilizing support by the people and getting the political backing and approval.

The region belongs to the state of Berne, but with some neighboring districts having gained independance to form the state and republic of Jura, the Bernese-Jura region is being granted special autonomous rights. On November 24, 2013, the peoples of the region voted against a proposed formation of a larger canton Jura. With that, the region is set on a path to further strengthen its autonomous status.

St-Imier was at the center of history in 1872, when anti-authoritarian worker-associations from around the world gathered for the Congress of St-Imier to form the first international anarchist organization. The anarchism movement has advanced since then in many different regions in the world and has flourished to an abundance of political philosophies and related movements, such as the green movement and more recently the Occupy movement, which has sprawled a large set of new bottom-up and grass-root-democratic organizations active today.

All these historic dimensions tie in well with different aspects that are at the core of the vision for the La Décentrale property and the Permavillage project, such as permaculture principles, the transition town network and eco-villages. With the Permavillage we intend to embrace this abundance of influences and innovate to a new level of collaborative living.

We want the Permavillage to be a project that integrates well with the context that it is placed in. The environmental, socio-economic, historic and political circumstances of the area make Mont-Soleil an ideal fit for this project.

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Aspects of the organizational structure
During the initial phase of the project, special consideration will be given to develop a solid framework for the organization's communication and decision making processes. A set of non-binding conventions should evolve based on best practices for various circumstances.

While the members of the organization together form the formal general assembly, the organization is directed by the organisation's board, which forms ad-hoc by inviting the organizations members to participate. Based on meritocratic principles, the general assembly can also elect non-members for eligibility to participate in board meeting sessions. The board uses high quality participatory processes to whenever possible form unanimous outcomes regarding the selection of individuals and associations and their ability to use resources of the property for their proposed and/or ongoing projects. The project will collaborate with the association Participate.ch to develop and evolve the facilitation methods that are used in these meeting sessions of the board.

Beyond the board meeting sessions, the organization will follow open organisation practices, inspired by the 40 years of experience gained in the open source software development movement, striking a balance between basic-democratic and meritocratic organization structures.

We currently use openly shared documents such as on Google Drive and Pages on iCloud for collaborative editing, Loomio for exchanging thoughts on ideas and concerns and voting in the spirit of temperature checks, and Trello for an open team based organizational workflow on tasks. The project generally encourages anybody and everybody to contribute and participate in its processes.

The various projects of individuals and associations, to which the La Décentrale organisation makes its resources available, will in principle be free to organize their internal affairs as they see fit, but such organization structures may be taken into account as part of the selection process. Another selection criteria should be the openness of the projects. Are they structured and documented in ways that make it easy for other individuals and organizations to participate or to learn from the project and duplicated it elsewhere?

The La Décentrale organization will also build structures and knowledge networks that will aid the various projects to succeed. As such, it will operate as an incubation hub for the new ventures of the projects, making the required professional support available to them, providing administrative support and aiding to find finances.

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Coopérative La Décentrale
Mont-Soleil 59
2610 Mont-Soleil
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La Décentrale
2610 Mont-Soleil

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