AndelsTanken Creates Green Initiatives

Members of AndelsTanken understands that most Danes readily agree on two long-term goals: CO2 neutrality and cooperative economic development. The first goal is a global imperative and the second is part of the Danish cultural and economic DNA. For 70 years, from 1882 to 1952, Denmark demonstrated a sustainable developmental model based on local resources and cooperatives. Many Danes have rallied around us in taking up these simple goals.

The enormous volunteer engagement that’s come to life is inspiring. Many experienced and engaged people have come forward to offer their skills and time — some to foster local sustainable development, some to continue working in the projects, and some who see localized coop development as the way to meet the challenges of transition.

AndelsTanken’s method is to seek out projects that people are inspired to be a part of, and then to develop concrete action plans in cooperation with these people. AndelsTanken’s role is to facilitate the co-creation of project descriptions and the plans for project implementation.

We’re involved in a number of projects that demonstrate ways for the green economy to grow and become a viable alternative. These projects work on different levels of the new green and sustainable market economy, retaking control over value chains and democratizing the economy and the planning processes. So far we’ve co-created nine projects, described below.


By |2016-10-12T23:45:01+0000May 31st, 2016|AndelsTanken|0 Comments

PROUT and Permaculture Tenants and Design Principles Compared

As the Permaculture movement has begun to address the importance of human systems to its agricultural revolution, the word has come to mean “Permanent Culture”.  Imbedded in this broader definition is the work by permaculturists in the areas of community building and local economic revitalization. But permaculturists have not yet developed a post-capitalist, socio-economic paradigm of their own. It is the contention of this paper that PROUT can help develop such a paradigm. PROUT offers a set of design principles upon which to construct a local economy with the intention of meeting the basic needs of local people in an environmentally sustainable manner through the cooperative use of local resources and local labor.

By |2016-01-13T20:56:27+0000January 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Principles and Guidelines for Designing a Permaculture Economy

Authors: Charles Paprocki and Wayne Weiseman
Like permaculture, PROUT provides a practical approach to creating sustainability by applying design principles that model natural systems. The difference between the two approaches is in their respective realms of application of their design principles. Permaculture design principles were originally developed as a method to guide sustainable resource management — though much has been done to extend their application into wider social realms. PROUT’s design principles were developed to guide the comprehensive and equitable development of human potentials. So permaculture design principles and PROUT design principles each have their distinctive realms of focus. But because both apply design principles toward ends that promote deep sustainability and balance, they naturally compliment each other.

By |2016-01-29T05:18:59+0000January 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Lessons in Building Resilient Neighborhoods

Author: Ryan Dubas

Scattered through Eugene, Oregon’s Horn Lane neighborhood, residents are working to manifest a vision of a sustainable community inspired by PROUT localized economics, permaculture design principles, and a neohumanist respect for all living beings. This neighborhood project aims to develop a network of properties that fosters an ethic of resource sharing. In addition to sharing food, tools, materials, and know-how, the community also offers cultural events, education in permaculture, and instruction in yogic practices. This network demonstrates how small sites and connected people can carve a new vision in the shadows of an outmoded paradigm.

By |2016-01-14T00:11:24+0000December 30th, 2015|0 Comments