You can view and download the workshop schedule here: Workshop block program updated (update: June 1st 2015)
The presentations, video lectures, brochure, etc. are available here.
Wednesday 3rd June
Small communities – introduction
The importance of forming contemporary models of a vibrant community – a living neighborhood or a new type of a village. Motivations, inspirations, characteristics of intentional communities. How they may be born, what is their mission and potential. What are their social impact and responsibilities. What is the relation of their vision, economic possibilities and know-how. How the three spheres: free cultural (spiritual) life, associative economy and human rights can work as pillars for a sustainable community. The exceptional role of art, science and a system of beliefs. Some examples of both theory and practice will be shown, experiences passed and offered for discussion.
Community as an alternative
Why do communities form? Community as an alternative to social structures already created. Community as a supportive environment for individuals seeking a new way of living amongst each other. Community as a challenge for current and previous systems of socialization, and attempt to find new and perhaps event better way of co-existing. The types of communities, their common ideology, attitudes and strenghts.
Self sufficiency, sustainability and organic gardening
Self sufficiency, sustainability and food production. Importance of growing organic products for both the enviromental and health reasons. Importance of human connection with nature. Traditional herbal medicine and how its knowledge is a useful element in the health of a community. Gardens as a focal point for community members to share in the work, connect and bond together.
Thursday 4th June
Communication and decision making
Models of decision making in the community. Processes which lead to consensus or conflict, how to handle them, what to support or to avoid. Non-violent communication as a tool for important community decisions.
Vision and mission of the community
Why is vision and mission useful for the community. How it can be source of motivation, how it can direct people, activity and energy flow, or provide a tool for communication and decision making. How to make vision and mission, the necessary steps. What it should consist of and how to have it written. What are the helpful tools for finding and defining a personal or community vision.
Community development and participation
Why we are working together? Is it necessary to cooperate? What are the main obstacles of the cooperation especially in the CEE region? How do work good initiatives, which are based on cooperation in Budapest? How can we manage local and international practical networking?
Community development as a tool to support representing people’s interests, to participate in decision-making processes and help to select among alternatives while they will learn co-operation. Online paticipation and how it can include citizens in the local decision-making process. Community development based on locality as a key principle.
Friday 5th June
Problems and challenges of the community
What is social sustainability in community processes. Psychological sense of community. Intention to create community based on gathering common interests or accepting differences. How much common and how much unity? Optimal size of the community group. Decision making – rules, rights and responsibility. Private and common property and its cultivating.
Community building by M. Scott Peck (case study)
Cancelled due to the lector’s unexpected duties.
Motivation and identification in communities
Personal expectations and attitudes of community members. Reconcillation and adjusting to common needs and rules, how to support and facilitate it. Practical experiences from therapeutical communities.
Saturday 6th June
Why the communities fail and how to avoid it
Structural conflicts in community. Creating the space and environment for working on conflicts and internal problems/topics. Self-help and professional support. Integration vs. isolation in relating to the “outer world”. Way of creating social sustainability by Scott Peck.
Program is subject to change.