Our methods

Method of apprenticeship:

To learn from the world, more than about the world: To learn by engaging in the activities that are constitutive of what we would like to learn, as apprentices of those who have been dedicated to these activities.

To learn to transform reality and serve others, particularly in one’s own community and region of origin.

To place the control over the apprenticeship in the hands of the apprentice, according to her/his own rhythm and manner of working – rather than in tutors, teachers or bureaucrats.

To learn to learn for oneself: To master how to learn that which one wants or needs.

To learn to learn with others, in study circles, workshops, seminars or conferences.

Method of research:

We call our research activities “reflection in action”. These processes are rigorous, disciplined, documented and public. These are not personal interpretations – capricious, improvised, superficial or private. Anyone who faithfully follows the exercise and its requirements must arrive at the same results.

Our principal modes of work are observation, dialog, systematic reflection and documentation.

The lines of reflection in action followed so far have included the following: Intercultural comparison of oral cultures with textual and post-textual civilizations; the theory and practice of the convivial society; the pluralistic study within learning communities; pathways to autonomy (with particular emphasis on food sovereignty) technological innovations and recuperation of knowledge and tools – ecological dry toilets; home-made greenhouses, solar energy devices, bicycle pumps, ecological briquettes, etc.; the cultures of corn; the creation of autonomous media and the communalization of the media; the good life, beyond development; from informality to community (of direct workers in the social factory – tradifas – to the area of community). Beyond modernity and postmodernity, in the framework of systemic crisis/collapse (postcapitalist and postpatriarchal).

Internal organization