In January, we will settle down comfortably in the bedroom. This place brings together the themes of inner transition, education, childhood and recreation.
Changing the world by taking care of oneself: a paradox? Life is beautiful but energy-consuming: work, struggles, family, stress, eco-anxiety… So we want to talk about ways to take care of ourselves in all these aspects. Resilience is also an inner process, which will be evoked during this month, without injunctions but by exploring different ways to build it. And when we talk about inner transition, how can we not talk about childhood and education?
The video “Orphans of Babylon” is the result of a long process, physical and mental, initiated by a dream about an orphanage in the rocks and a tower of babylon made out of papier mâché.
Initially, many months ago, I had decided to research the hell out of the topic of sleep, in order to provide you with a scientifically sound article, but rather than delivering an academically dry paper, I am taking the liberty of sharing my own personal experiences, based on the readings, tips and tricks, that have shaped my thoughts and actions on the matter.
Phew, a new year is beginning. In January, we are in the bedroom, a quiet place where we take care of ourselves.
Have you ever heard of mental load? This notion, which first appeared in the 1980s and regained popularity a few years ago, refers to the constant and unavoidable work of managing, organising and planning the smooth running of the home.
Minimalism is not just reducing the number of possessions: it is reconsidering everything that is present in our lives and reflecting on the place we give it.
Every month, we are very happy to be able to offer you a bibliography that looks a little bit further into the topics we’re discussing. We invite you to visit our partner librairies CID Fraen an Gender, Citim as well as Oekobib. All information on our three partner librairies can be found here. Download Bibliography January (PDF)
- Resilience Bootcamp | 03.01.21 – 24.01.21
- Introduction to Sophrology | 09.01. – 27.03. (in LU) & 13.01. – 24.03. (in FR)
- [Cancelled] Doku debate – Dormir à tout prix (in FR) | 14.01.21 | 18h30
- Conference Vandana Shiva | Activism & Self-Care: How to remain resilient while committing to a cause? | 16.01.21 | 14h30
February will be devoted to knowledge, culture and collective intelligence. A resilient and responsible world is certainly not a world without culture! Without revealing the full programme, we can already tell you that lifelong learning, citizen collaboration and the impact of art on communities will be at the heart of February’s programme.
What other field but imagination and knowledge are better able to build a different future? February will present us with a blank canvas and the tools that go with it for this collective creation.
We will spend March in the garage to discuss mobility, a subject that is so important in the Grand Duchy. We will also address the topics of land use, spatial development and urban space. What role for citizens in these issues? What are the inspiring examples from elsewhere and how can they be adapted in Luxembourg? This month’s entire programme will be devoted to giving us food for thought in order to invent a Luxembourg project.
April will be dedicated to the bathroom, which includes Do It Yourself topics, clothes and of course water. Without water, there is no life, and the consumption of objects and clothes has a huge impact on the planet’s water resources. After the scandals of recent years, most of us are aware that our material consumption exceeds the capacity of our planet and is a source of glaring inequalities. In April, we will explore in more detail the impact of clothing and ways (Do It Yourself, second hand, sharing…) to reduce it. Our focus will also be on water, which is not only impacted by the clothing industry and is a precious resource: what is the situation in Luxembourg? What is the impact of a simple act of consumption?
May will be dedicated to the garden. We will discuss the themes of food self-sufficiency, biodiversity, but also cooperation and conviviality. The garden covers many aspects, whether technical, political or philosophical, which is why the month of May will alternate between theory and practice with a conference but also a plant exchange and numerous workshops.
Luxembourg abounds in initiatives around the garden that we will discover in May and perhaps get involved on a long-term basis afterwards.
December will be devoted to the office, where we will discuss the issues of work, money and office technology.
It is now common knowledge that office technologies have a considerable ecological and social impact. In our office, we will try to understand why this impact is so important, and how to reduce it from a social and environmental point of view.
Work and money are an important part of our lives, were it only because of the time they take up in our lives. All over the world, transition actors are developing alternative economic projects and showing new ways of providing goods and services. How can we enhance existing projects and invent new ones? We will try to answer these questions in December.
La pandémie de la covid-19 que nous traversons a paradoxalement ouvert autant d’espoir qu’elle a créé de désillusion. Brutalement confiné.es, pour la plupart d’entre nous, nous avons pu (re)prendre conscience de la valeur des choses essentielles, du besoin de rencontres et d’amitiés, du plaisir de cuisiner, de jardiner, de faire les choses soi-même. Les appels enfiévrés au « monde de demain » firent long feu. Et les appels incessants à la relance de l’économie (parfois verte) nous ont replongé.es dans le quotidien de la publicité et de la frénésie de consommation, et donc de son corollaire de production de CO2 qui est le principal facteur du dérèglement climatique, de la surexploitation des ressources naturelles et de la perte de la biodiversité.
The video “A Quiet Place”, by Latvian dancer and choreographer Kristīne Brīniņa shows people in their most vulnerable and most universal state: asleep. A time for human recovery, giving the world some space for respite.
De Schrëftsteller Luc Spada stellt eis all Mount verschidde Perséinlechkeete fir a beliicht hier Gedanken, Erfarungen an Dreem um Wee an eng nohalteg a gerecht Gesellschaft. Dëse Mount ass d’Rita Demart eis Invite.
Every month, we are very happy to be able to offer you a bibliography that looks a little bit further into the topics we’re discussing. We invite you to visit our partner librairies CID Fraen an Gender, Citim as well as Oekobib. All information on our three partner librairies can be found here. Download Bibliography…
December, the illuminations in town, the christmas atmosphere slowly settling in… you too have gifts to give? This year, let’s choose together to make gifts that really make sense.
When you search for information on the internet (the upcoming Transition Days programme, for example…), you type a few keywords in a window, hit enter and a list of results appears.
The end of the year and the time for balance sheets is approaching. This one is not the most pleasant one but we all do it from time to time: this week we do our accountings.
Does the impact of digital technology mean anything to you? Statistics have been coming out one after the other for a few years now and they are quite chilling.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate, now is your chance to review the conference on local currencies: tools for societal transformation (in FR).
If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate, now is your chance to review the conference on using money for the good (in FR).
If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate, now is your chance to review the conference on basic income as an instrument for transition (in FR).
- 01.12.-03.01.21 |“A Quiet Place” by Kristīne Brīniņa | 10h00 – 18h00 | neimenster – Transition Days 2020
- 8.12.20 | Digital conference (in FR) | Local currencies: tools for societal transformation | 19h00
- 9.12.20 | Digital Conference (in FR) | Using my money for the good | 19h30
- 10.12.20 | Digital Conference (in GER & FR) | Basic Income as an instrument for transition | 19h30
- 11.12.20 | EBL Digital Workshop: A healthy and environmentally friendly home office | 15h30 (in FR) & (in LU)
We will then move on to the workshop, where we design, repair and build. Energy and technology – but also low technology – will be in the limelight this November.
We will have the opportunity to reflect on our collective and individual relationship to technology, and to get our hands dirty at a big repair café where we can take apart, reassemble, nail, sew or saw.
Imagine-toi, aventurier-ère au cœur d’une immense forêt vierge tropicale, marchant depuis plusieurs jours sans croiser une goutte d’eau. Assoiffé-e, tu tombes sur une mare stagnante peuplée de larves gesticulantes, et alimentée par un cours d’eau quasiment à sec. Attends-tu patiemment que le cours d’eau remplisse ta gourde, ou plonges-tu goulument la tête dans la mare, au diable les larves, ça fera des protéines ?
The video “High Tech, Low Human”, by Carole Louis, shows one of the possible outcomes of an encounter between a post human failure and a defective artificial intelligence.
De Schrëftsteller Luc Spada stellt eis all Mount verschidde Perséinlechkeete fir a beliicht hier Gedanken, Erfarungen an Dreem um Wee an eng nohalteg a gerecht Gesellschaft. Dëse Mount ass den Sebastian Dietz eisen Invité.
Comme le Repair Day ce mois n’a pas pu avoir lieu comme prévu, nous avons demandé à nos partenaires de nous envoyer une petite vidéo. Pour vous donner une idée de ce à quoi vous pouviez vous attendre – il y aura de nombreuses possibilités de participer à un Repair Café dans un avenir proche. Mais qu’est-ce qu’un Repair Café et d’où vient-il ? Claude Schergen, qui a fondé le Repair Café Luxembourg, a quelques réponses à ce sujet.
Have you ever wanted to make yourself a raclette and ended up buying a machine that now sleeps in your cupboard as you rarely use it? Have you ever needed a drill to install a single shelf in your home? Why not share all these items?
Have you heard of programmed obsolescence? It’s what makes your printer designed to print X pages and not one more, your phone doesn’t work after two years, and your washing machine will never last as long as the one your grandparents had.
Food crystallises many challenges for a sustainable future, and is often the first topic addressed when talking about Transition. So let’s start in October in the first room of the house: the kitchen. There we will discuss food issues: impact, waste, sovereignty, alternatives… to imagine a food transition for the Grand-Duchy.
The video “Food Correspondences”, by Taina Guedes and Nora Wagner, is the result of an exchange between the two artists, sharing their hopes, fears, memories and imagination through the universal language of food.
Courant avril 2020, en pleine période de confinement, une auditrice de la radio France Inter avait jugé utile de décrocher son téléphone pour faire part aux auditeurs de son effarement…
De Schrëftsteller Luc Spada stellt eis all Mount verschidde Perséinlechkeete fir a beliicht hier Gedanken, Erfarungen an Dreem um Wee an eng nohalteg a gerecht Gesellschaft. Dëse Mount ass den Johny Diderich eisen Invité.
Do you know the overflowing bin in the kitchen that needs to be changed all the time? The one that smells bad and fills up like magic? This week, we’re tackling that bin.
In Luxembourg, each citizen throws away an average of 124 kilos of food per year. That’s a lot, isn’t it?
« Eat seasonal fruit and vegetables. » | Seasonality is disappearing from our habits: all year round we have beautiful red tomatoes, well graded and plump on the supermarket shelves.
« One month without meat » | In October we are in the kitchen. Let’s talk about food! Food has a key role to play in the development of a fairer model of society.
How to live together in a one planet world
In September, we will explore the roof of this house and unleash our imagination to tackle the complex subject of how to live together on one planet. This introductory month will include transition initiatives, strategies for collective resilience, and the use of stories as tools for transformation.
Episode N°1 | Resilience
The video performance “PHOENix”, by John Herman, is about resistance and resilience, the will to survive and the desire for salvation.