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  • B y reading authors like Bill Mollison , David Holmgren and Hervé Kempf and watching films like “An inconvenient truth” made us understand that our modern society is on the wrong track.
  • B y reading authors like Bill Mollison , David Holmgren and Hervé Kempf and watching films like “An inconvenient truth” made us understand that our modern society is on the wrong track.
  • Organicvision

    1. 1. Inspire and Initiate a Process of Change for a Sustainable Lifestyle !
    2. 2. Table of Contents <ul><li>INTRODUCTION </li></ul><ul><li>The reasons behind, the challenges ahead and us right in the middle ...................1 </li></ul><ul><li>OUR ASSOCIATION </li></ul><ul><li>Personnal testimony, vision, aims, message and communication tools......................7 </li></ul><ul><li>OUR PROJECT: WORLD TOUR DEVOTED TO SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation, actions, route, preparation and budget, previous and next milestones, fundraising tool, sponsorship and partners............................................12 </li></ul><ul><li>DEFINITIONS...................................................................................................................22 </li></ul><ul><li>SOURCES ............................................................................................................................24 </li></ul><ul><li>CURRICULUM VITAE........................................................................................................25 </li></ul><ul><li>CONTACT US.....................................................................................................................27 </li></ul>2
    3. 3. The reasons behind... <ul><li>“ Every person, community, and society in the world is already, or will soon be, affected by the crisis , through climate change, economic breakdown, ecosystem collapse, population pressure, food and water shortages, resource depletion, nuclear and other threats. </li></ul><ul><li>If we continue on our present unsustainable path, by mid-century the Earth could become largely uninhabitable for human and countless other forms of life. </li></ul><ul><li>But if we collaborate and act with vision , foresight and commitment we can lay the foundations of a global community that is both peaceful and sustainable.” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Worldshift 2012 </li></ul>3
    4. 4. ...the challenges ahead... <ul><li>“ Our existing educational programs and institutions are preparing their graduates for jobs in institutions destined to fail or to be replaced. </li></ul><ul><li>Not only must future graduates be prepared to serve institutions, for which we now have few models, that support ecological balance, shared prosperity, and living democracy , they must be prepared to create such institutions. </li></ul><ul><li>It isn´t just about young people. The entire society must be retooled and reskilled – immediately .” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>David Korten, board chair of YES! Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>Education for Sustainable Development Conference in Stockholm, January 2010 </li></ul>4
    5. 5. ...and us right in the middle! <ul><li>We are Joanna and Franck, a German/Polish-French couple in their thirties , living in Brussels. </li></ul><ul><li>Being concerned about the impact of mainstream urban lifestyle has on our health and our </li></ul><ul><li>environment, we started to search for alternatives. To our surprise, we came across many projects </li></ul><ul><li>for sustainable, social and healthy lifestyles sprouting here and there, but that were hardly known by </li></ul><ul><li>our friends and family. Just to name a few: Permaculture, transition towns, eco villages*… </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting our first organic farm in Belgium, we were captivated by the generosity, calm and energy of </li></ul><ul><li>the people living there. So we decided to share our passion for sustainable lifestyles with others, </li></ul><ul><li>setting up an association, Organicvision. </li></ul><ul><li>From August 2010 on we will embark on a journey around the world visiting 30 selected projects of </li></ul><ul><li>sustainable lifestyle in order to gain more expert knowledge on the ground and to understand the </li></ul><ul><li>skills and organization behind the process of change . </li></ul><ul><li>Later on we plan to set up a network of activists and become trainers to empower people and </li></ul><ul><li>institutions to change existing unsustainable styles of production and consumption . </li></ul><ul><li>* For more explanation see section „Definitions“ </li></ul>5
    6. 6. Who we are? <ul><li>Joanna Mastalerek (30) </li></ul><ul><li>studied : European politics, </li></ul><ul><li>Communications, German language </li></ul><ul><li>worked for : </li></ul><ul><li>the European Commission, </li></ul><ul><li>the German Research Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>and Continental Airlines </li></ul><ul><li>loves: video making, travelling, </li></ul><ul><li>ecology, dancing, people with passion, </li></ul><ul><li>courage and conviction, ... </li></ul><ul><li>speaks </li></ul><ul><li>Franck Marion (30) </li></ul><ul><li>studied : Business (Finance), Change </li></ul><ul><li>management, Information systems </li></ul><ul><li>worked for : </li></ul><ul><li>BNP Paribas and SNCF </li></ul><ul><li>loves : photography, travelling, </li></ul><ul><li>information technology, ecology, </li></ul><ul><li>martial arts, ideas for change... </li></ul><ul><li>Franck´s blog : </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>speaks </li></ul>6 For more details see section „CVs“ mother tongue mother tongue
    7. 7. Our personal testimony... <ul><li>Looking at the animals and their life it seems that they are there to enjoy what nature offers. </li></ul><ul><li>But we do not only enjoy. We abuse, we go to the limits of what nature offers. Why? Is it all our </li></ul><ul><li>limbic brain saying: Now it is there, better take it, before it is gone tomorrow? </li></ul><ul><li>We do not have a natural enemy. So we create one: Our own greed. The only taming force is nature </li></ul><ul><li>itself, reacting with storms, floods. </li></ul><ul><li>Why do people do not change when facing all the horrible scenarios of climate change. </li></ul><ul><li>Personally, every time when we think or discuss this problem it seems so complex that our minds </li></ul><ul><li>crash down like a computer infected by a virus. </li></ul><ul><li>We seem to be trapped in a system, no longer apt to work in an alternative manner. </li></ul><ul><li>We look back in history and wonder how people transported heavy stones. Without cars, without </li></ul><ul><li>oil…today it seems our brains can no longer imagine these transport methods. </li></ul><ul><li>It seems that there is no alternative to this consumerism, go to work eat-sleep world. </li></ul><ul><li>We have forgotten how we can live in harmony with nature. </li></ul>7
    8. 8. ...and why we created Organicvision! <ul><li>We were particularly struck by the film “The Age of Stupid”. It shows a guy in New Orleans who </li></ul><ul><li>lost everything he possessed, but retired early from his oil platform job and rediscovers nature. </li></ul><ul><li>Why are there so few examples of people living a really different life? </li></ul><ul><li>With this quest on our mind, we have set up Organicvision: An association that aims to present </li></ul><ul><li>amazing people who live differently. We believe that the stories of great people who have achieved </li></ul><ul><li>great projects should be shared to encourage others to do the same. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples that encourage to learn about how you can take a path that will make you use the force </li></ul><ul><li>of nature that is in you and around you.... </li></ul>8
    9. 9. Our association <ul><li>Founded under French law in October 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>by Joanna Mastalerek and Franck Marion </li></ul><ul><li>Our vision: </li></ul><ul><li>an ecologically-sound and economically viable system of society </li></ul><ul><li>Our aims: </li></ul><ul><li>make models and tools of sustainable lifestyle widely known </li></ul><ul><li>promote projects and institutions that develop alternative styles of production and consumption in balance with local ecosystems </li></ul>9
    10. 10. Our association <ul><li>Extract of the register of associations: </li></ul><ul><li>Translation : Declaration at the prefecture of Côte-d`Or. Organicvision – an association for a </li></ul><ul><li>sustainable society. Objective: Taking into consideration current problems (financial, food and </li></ul><ul><li>environmental and crisis), Organicvision aims to develop, promote and contribute to a public </li></ul><ul><li>conscience that a sustainable model of life is both necessary and possible . Registered office: </li></ul><ul><li>5. rue des Roses, 21000 Dijon. Email:, official website : </li></ul><ul><li> Date of declaration: 6 October 2009. </li></ul>10
    11. 11. Our association <ul><li>Our message: </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable lifestyle is necessary, possible and fun ! </li></ul><ul><li>Our communication tools: </li></ul><ul><li>a blog incl. interviews, videos, and pictures, regular newsletters ... </li></ul><ul><li>Later on also exhibitions , trainings , pedagogic material , a book ... </li></ul>
    12. 12. Our project: world tour devoted to sustainable lifestyles <ul><li>Sdfsd </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering in 30 projects of sustainable lifestyle </li></ul><ul><li>incl. permaculture projects and projects selected via NGOs like Global Ecovillage Network, the Transition Town Movement, WWOOF… </li></ul><ul><li>From August 2010 between 12 - 18 months of travel on 5 continents </li></ul><ul><li>Europe, North and South America, Australia and Africa, </li></ul><ul><li>among others Germany, France, Switzerland, Scotland, Canada, Cuba, Peru, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Senegal,... </li></ul><ul><li>(depending on our ressources and encounters) </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: </li></ul><ul><li>to gain diversified hands-on experience and expert knowledge about sustainable lifestyles worldwide, interviewing project founders, filming and taking pictures , writing , ... </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>12
    13. 13. Our project: world tour devoted to sustainable lifestyles <ul><li>Actions ! </li></ul><ul><li>Compensating our carbon footprint during our journey </li></ul><ul><li>support for micro-lending in developing countries </li></ul><ul><li>use of solar energy reducw our water consumption </li></ul><ul><li>explore and create meaningful relationships with the people we encounter (through Wwoof, Couchsurfing…) </li></ul>13 Do you have any other idea for an action? Please suggest us!
    14. 14. Our project: world tour devoted to sustainable lifestyles 14 ► between flights: mostly use of public transport, car-pooling, our feet… ! CO2 compensation !
    15. 15. The budget of our project 16 CO2 compensation included Bio or/and FairTrade clothes Natural medicine Solar charger Investing in microfinance A cooperative bank
    16. 16. Our preparation… <ul><li>From 2009 until June 2010 : </li></ul><ul><li>2009: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WWOOF at an organic wine reseller, La Llacuna - Penèdes (Spain) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview with Elaine McParland, organic farmer growing almonds and olives , Alcover (Spain) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work at the eco-village Kasteel Nieuwenhoven , Sint Truiden (Belgium) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview with Jeanne Hoogenboom, founder of Kasteel Nieuwenhoven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit of public beehives , Etterbeek Brussels (Belgium) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Members of Local Exchange Trading Systems (LETS), Couchsurfing (CS), ethic finance and environmental association, Brussels (Belgium) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and reading on: voluntary simplicity, permaculture, transition towns … </li></ul></ul><ul><li>16-17 January 2010: Yoga training , Tibetan Institut, Huy (Belgium) </li></ul><ul><li>23 April-4 May 2010 : Microfinance project, Thies (Senegal) - Franck </li></ul>17
    17. 17. … and our next milestones ! <ul><li>Agenda July-September 2010: </li></ul><ul><li>5-10 July : Training on solar technology , Brussels (Belgium) </li></ul><ul><li>16-18 July : Survival training , Virelles (Belgium) </li></ul><ul><li>5-8 August : Visit of Quartier Vauban, sustainable model district , Freiburg (Germany) </li></ul><ul><li>8-14 August : Herbology training, Benedictine Monastry, Niederrickenbach (Switzerland) </li></ul><ul><li>15-20 August : Visit of newborn Quartier Confluence, sustainable model district , Lyon (France) </li></ul><ul><li>20-22 August : construction site of a castle using medieval techniques </li></ul><ul><li>and (eco-)materials, Yonne - Burgundy (France) </li></ul><ul><li>25 August-12 September : Permaculture Design/Ecoconstruction course , </li></ul><ul><li>Ecocentre Périgord (France) </li></ul><ul><li>17 September : Departure for WWOOFs in Canada </li></ul><ul><li>November – December : Costa Rica, ... </li></ul>18 Do you have any other suggestion or contacts? Please let us know!
    18. 18. Fundraising tool <ul><li>On our website we offer the possibility to order T-Shirts </li></ul><ul><li>with our logo and the slogan „What´s your vision of a good life?“ </li></ul><ul><li>on the back. We hope to find local artists painting their visions on </li></ul><ul><li>the back of the T-shirt, which will be sold as unique pieces. </li></ul> FRONT BACK 19
    19. 19. Support us ! <ul><li>You are a company, organisation or a person supporting the values of </li></ul><ul><li>sustainable lifestyle? Then join our project! </li></ul><ul><li>We are looking for: </li></ul><ul><li>Media partners who can provide media coverage for our project </li></ul><ul><li>Sp onsors who can support us with contacts, donations and donations in kind (like flight tickets, IT and outdoor equipment, travel guides, lunch vouchers...) </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers for translating our newsletter in French, German, Spanish… </li></ul><ul><li>In exchange we can provide you with: </li></ul><ul><li>exclusive articles , podcasts or photo material of ourjourney </li></ul><ul><li>the display of your logo on a prominent place on our website and newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>each month we will make a special feature on one of our sponsors (with fundraising and games) </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>20
    20. 20. Our current partners <ul><li>Our web host : </li></ul><ul><li>Our webdesigner : Monika Czaja </li></ul><ul><li>!/profile.php?id=755468477 </li></ul><ul><li>Our bank : </li></ul><ul><li>Our partner NGO : SOS Faim Asbl </li></ul><ul><li>Our partner in accomodation : , Servas, Hospitality Club, WWOOF </li></ul><ul><li>Our media partner : WwIndy News </li></ul>21 Want to be part of our project? Please contact us!
    21. 21. Definitions <ul><li>Sustainable lifestyle : A life in balance with ecology, in respect of nature´s cycles and using eco-innovation , that encompasses areas like food, housing, energy, mobility, clothing, education etc.* </li></ul><ul><li>Transition towns: Responding to the challenges of climate change and peak oil, this bottom-up movement seeks to locally reduce energy usage as well as increase a community´s self-reliance.* </li></ul><ul><li>Permaculture: Using the inherent qualities of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures to produce self-supporting human settlements, using the smallest practical area.* </li></ul><ul><li> * For more information see section „Sources“ </li></ul>22
    22. 22. Definitions <ul><li>Ecovillages: urban or rural communities of people, who strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life. Ecovillages integrate various aspects of ecological design, permaculture, ecological building, green production, alternative energy, community building practices, and much more.* </li></ul><ul><li>WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms): </li></ul><ul><li> In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts around the world offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic life- styles and share more sustainable ways of living.* </li></ul>* For more information see section „Sources“ 23
    23. 23. Sources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>24
    24. 24. CV Joanna <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Professional experience: </li></ul><ul><li>2009 -2010 Communication assistant, European Commission, DG </li></ul><ul><li>Budget – Brussels, Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>2006 – 2009 Consultant, European Liaison Office of the German Research </li></ul><ul><li>Organisations - Brussels, Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>2005- 2006 Customer Service, Continental Airlines - Diegem, Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>2005 Stagiaire, European Commission, DG Environment – Brussels, Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>Education: </li></ul><ul><li>Training as a German language teacher , Goethe Institute, Munich, Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Training in Science Management, Speyer, Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Master in European Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor in Communication Studies and German Literature, University of Greifswald, Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Erasmus exchange student at the University of Franche-Comté, France and Jagiellonian University, Poland </li></ul>25
    25. 25. CV Franck 26 <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Professional experience: </li></ul><ul><li>2007 -2010 Performance Manager, BNP Paribas Fortis – Brussels, Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>2003 – 2007 Financial Controller Northern Europe, SNCF Rail Europe - </li></ul><ul><li>Brussels, Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>2002-2003 Financial Controller Switzerland, SNCF Rail Europe – </li></ul><ul><li>Bern and Geneva, Switzerland </li></ul><ul><li>2001 Stagiaire Budget Controller, PPR Guilbert - Paris, France </li></ul><ul><li>2000 Stagiaire Human Resources, Aventis – Paris, France </li></ul><ul><li>Education: </li></ul><ul><li>Master in Business, INSEEC European Business School - Lyon, France </li></ul><ul><li>Master in IT Project Management, ULB Solvay Business School – Brussels, Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>PhD in Change Management (not yet completed), ULB – Brussels, Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>Professional training in European Studies (UCL), E-Business (Technofutur) </li></ul><ul><li>Intensive (2 weeks) Polish language course at Jagiellonian University, Poland </li></ul>
    26. 26. Contact us <ul><li>JOANNA [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Tel.: 0032-474-77 35 24 </li></ul><ul><li>FRANCK [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Tel.: 0032-476-36 20 85 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>or visit our group website on or </li></ul><ul><li>: pseudo “ organicvision ” </li></ul>27