Looking for something meaningful to support? A positive initiative with deep vision behind it? Something with potential to make a significant difference? Consider this.
Models are important. When a model is created, what was only imagined becomes real, becomes tangible, becomes doable.
The right model, brought forward at the right time, can spark a movement.
• Eileen and Peter Caddy’s founding of the Findhorn community energized the intentional communities movement and the founding of the Global Ecovillage Network.
• Rob Hopkins and his students’ initiative at the Kinsale Further Education College to apply permaculture to planning for peak oil launched the Transition Towns movement.
• A group of five people, working with Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, established the first cooperative in Mondragon, Spain, which eventually grew to include over 250 worker-run companies and to demonstrate the potential of cooperative federations.
• The Grameen Bank in Bangladesh demonstrated the powerful potential of microcredit in stimulating village level economic development and has been copied globally.
• David Holmgren’s Melliodora project vividly demonstration to the potential of permaculture whole system design for fostering sustainability.
• The Ananda Nagar project, founded by P.R. Sarkar in West Bengal, showed the potential of integrated development schemes to rapidly and holistically transform depressed rural communities.
New Development Framework
The PROUT Institute has paid attention to solution-oriented models that are helping build a pathway to a sustainable future. We’ve recognized the emerging potential for these new models to be synthesized into a new developmental framework.
But there’s a crucial element missing from this emerging synthesis; there’s a vital piece of the framework that’s not yet modeled, that exists in conceptual form only. What’s missing is a model of a vibrant local economy, guided by a decentralist planning methodology — one that at once gives importance to worker empowerment, cultural enrichment, socioeconomic equity, growing purchasing capacity, resource sustainability, and ecological harmony.
The PROUT Institute has aspired to bring such a model local economy into practical manifestation. We’ve articulated the theory of it (see our website library), we’ve formulated local development policy statements, we’ve organized conferences on relocalized economic development, we’ve dabbled in grassroots development initiates, and we’ve given lectures, classes and seminars on this need of the day. We’ve felt it our mission to take on this work in a substantive way. Now an opportunity has arisen.
AndelsTanken Langeland Gathering
The PROUT Institute has been invited to send a delegation this summer to assist AndelsTanken Langeland (ATL), a grassroots group in Denmark that envisions transforming the economy of Langeland Island into a visionary model of a decentralized, sustainable, cooperative oriented economy that uplifts the economic future of all on the island.
ATL has invited others as well to assist with the Langeland initiative: green energy specialists, permaculture instructors, agro-forestry practitioners, ecovillage designers, local capitalization experts, and so forth. But the role of the PROUT Institute delegation will have special importance, as we are to provide the integrative developmental vision and the planning process framework to help synthesize the collective potential and bring forward a developmental plan to build a new economic destiny.
Both the PROUT Institute and ATL recognize that the Langeland initiative speaks to the crisis of development faced by many local economies. What’s learned and demonstrated in Langeland needs to be widely shared. The Institute is therefore planning:
• To provide extensive video documentation of the process of integrating progressive vision and models on Langeland.
• To establish and on-line community of learning to foster global dialog on the Langeland planning process.
• To compile a set of video interviews with the visionary knowledge holders that will be collaborating on the Langeland initiative.
• To offer the web-based course, “Introduction to PROUT Economics,” that presents the socioeconomic theory underlying the development model emerging in Langeland.
This is an ambitious agenda. But, like many, we recognize that the dominant paradigm of development is failing in ways so profound that humanity’s future looks dire. Much is at stake; we must step up and offer our piece of building a pathway to a sustainable future.
To do it right, we need help. Financial help in particular.
A benefactor has stepped forward with promise of matching donations, up to a significant amount. His pledge will potentially triple the size of donations others may make. Click here to make your tax-deductible donation today to support this worthy effort, or donate by check to: PROUT Institute, 1151 Hodson Lane, Eugene OR 97404.
Donations to the PROUT Institute are tax-deductible. If you haven’t already, take a look at our website atproutinstitute.org/ to get a sense of our accomplishments and the scope of the vision we’re bringing forward. The PROUT Institute is dedicated to creating solution-oriented approaches. Supporting the Institute’s work is an investment in humanity’s future.