Welcome to the Wuppdays #12 in Witzenhausen. This time we're hosted by a Transition Town(TT) initiative. So it's a great place to network, learn from each other and support where we can.
Do you want to join? We would like to have you here! But have a look into the following description to find out if these wuppdays and circumstances are interesting to you.
About the place:
The Transition House is located in Witzenhausen. A little town popular for having the first place in Germany to only/fully study ecological agriculture. Which seems to have a great influence. Although the city is small there are many initiatives doing social and commons work.
It's a great opportunity to explore and open rooms for transparent communication and to encourage more people to being active. The group of TT is looking for support to build a working team to maintain the house. This includes practical work like repairing broken showers, but also creating a team that is transparent and welcoming in its communication.
The place is looking for people willing to contribute.
The Transition House
What is happening here?
It's like a platform developing transition. Internal like external. There's a meeting room in the primarily used as a open café or for jam sessions, meetings, workshops etc.
It is also a great opportunity to find out what you/we have to offer while hosting these events. There's a recurring repair café in the hacking space. A cooking team brings people together and provides food on donation basis.
There's a co-working space, mainly used by ecobytes and transformap or a gallery for painting...etc.
It has four floors hosting a diverse spectrum of groups. Engaging with the different groups, and finding out how we can support each other is more then appropriated.
There are three rooms which are used as sleeping spaces. There are around 6 "normal" mattresses at this moment, a couch to sleep on and some camping mattresses. Beside that there's a living room with a sleeping couch to host 2-3 people in the so called hacking space floor. All in all it fits around 15.
There are some supermarkets around, the dumpsters are filled from time to time. There is no existing cooperation up until now. There is a farmers market nearby, but we need to drive to get there. Can be by bike or car (which Hans-Christian Eick got offered). If someone likes to work with the initiative Solawi (community supported agriculture - CSA) that would be another possibility to get some left overs (everything biological.)
Everyone I met so far is really open and friendly. The place was very welcoming to me. Communication between those who are already longer involved contains from time to time some unsolved conflicts. ...but nothing special, as people work with different working styles/opinions longer together. So there are some unfulfilled needs. I just bring it up to invite you in case you are interested in contributing to the solving process.
Why to have the wuppdays here?
There are a couple of initiatives here that have very similar goals. Working for the commons. Every support we do here is supporting yunity even if it isn't directly supporting "our" group. It supports strengthening the network around commons economy and local initiatives.
Ecobytes and transformap are also located here. Both connected to the idea of creating a multi-sharing online platform. Maxim from inventaire (book sharing), very enthusiastic about open data will be here as well.
What to do while the wuppdays?
Well it's wuppdays, so everyone should feel encouraged to do what you feel like doing. When it's about housework we're in this moment creating a kanban, where we list the outstanding tasks nicely.
Already active projects/ideas part of yunity are:
- glocall yunity (discussing about concept and building web page)
- foodsaving tool (continue to work on the foodsaving tool mainly by Tilmann)
- hosting events (ak asyl, küfa, yunity, freemarket, living and action spaces, decision finding...etc. )
- communication within yunity (internal and external....incl. information flow, exclusion/inclusion, online tools...etc.)
- wupphouse meetings
- dumpter diving
- building a house team
- setting up foodsharing
- wild food picking
- ....and much more, if we do so
As an addition to this, two frameworks which came out of the meeting from 03.11.2016 with folks from TT. Normal people pay. With yunity it's different.
"Volunteering as donation"
"If you like to use money, donation is appreciated"
This time the wuppdays contain 2 different time frames:
The first one is fixed and:
When: now until 15.11.2016
After this there will be additional wuppdays. Whether they will happen will be decided around the 10.11.2016 depending on how well the different needs are getting served.
Time frame for this would be at least 2 more weeks.
What you could bring with you:
- sleeping bag (there are some blankets but not enough for all. If you don't have a sleeping bag it's fine)
- camping mattress (if you have one, bring it. If not also fine.)
- food (if you could manage to collect some food on your way here, that would be great. In this moment we're missing potatoes, bread, pasta, lentils etc. update about this in the Witzenhausen channel)
So you're still reading? Seems like you are really considering to come?
If you wanna come, please fill out this poll showing when you'd like to come and a pad describing a bit your interest.
Poll: https://poll.disroot.org/2CClNZUU8MdreNYU (official invitation is from now until 15.11.2016)
You can hitchhike easily. Train also works. There's a stop directly in Witzenhausen.
Beside the TT House Jon from ecobytes and transformap offered us his flat from the 7-15.11, so we have extra sleeping space. (3-4 people)
Hope to see you soon!