Order: natural cycles
Protection: caring, care taker
Abundance: giving more than taking
Sustainability is essential: we need to sustain ourselves and possibly future generation.
Bruntland definition: "Sustainable development is development tht meets the needs of the present without comprmising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (WCED, 1987).
Sustainability is activated through six major factors: Ecological, Cultural, Ethical, Economical, Political, Social.
Biological systems need to survive and regenerate on the planet in order for human species to operate and survive. There is a precise natural order in nature: after winter always spring (mostly! climate change?). We are the care taker of what is given to us (very clear in indigenous cultures). The earth is abundance, it will always provide for our needs if we respect the order and protect the environment.
Every culture has its own diversity that has been built through history, experiences of a particular population in a given place. The order of a specific culture expresses through rituals. While different on the surface all cultures have in common a sense of respect for others, caring for each other and giving more than taking. Community activities and interactions are fundamental.
Ethical principles relate to belief systems. Once more, despite differences, human beings are united to perceive the good from the bad in a very similar way. Principles of embracing different realities, tolerance and nurturing are of paramount importance for every culture.
The order established by the traditional economical dynamic doesn't take into consideration any of the above mentioned principles. Our system is based on fear that obliges the community to accumulate and then use much more of what it is needed in order to possess without caring and not respecting any cycle. Human capital is not central to fear based debt capitalism. People make a difference. People respecting the order of natural accumulation, i.e. using what is needed, knowing that anything would be given when necessary, will take care of the environment with respect.
In this way the Polis, the city-village would become a governance of responsible human beings whose goal is to guarantee the well-being of everyone and everything.
Socially a society that respects the natural order, is not fearful, considers the abundance of the natural resources and is also a society that is willing to shift the paradigm of fear/possession/individualistic gain into a community oriented group of conscious human Beings.
At SLC we are trying to put in practice these principles.
We live in an environment that needs to be shifted constantly towards these principles. The buildings we inherited need constant care that is given trough principle of passive solar design and active environmental technologies. This knowledge is also the base of our profit activity in which we provide services and products for the local and international community. Our non-profit activity is central to SLC and is achieved through projects of social values but also trough education. We believe that the shift needed for the new paradigm of a community based caring society (an empathetic civilization) to appear on the surface is to educate others and ourselves about strategies in which sustainability can be expressed on different levels.
In this attempt we welcome all people from all cultures and background that are ready to trust our environment and our always present inner guidance to build a different model of surviving and enjoying our impermanent journey on this lovely planet.