Learn Better. Relate Better. Live Better.
We build relationships, create learning opportunities, and unite communities to transform the systems that perpetuate poverty.
We believe that learning to better understand ourselves, each other, and how to reshape the systems in which we live allows us to create a more just and sustainable world.
Our current project is with a indigenous community in Chiapas, Mexico. The Tseltal Maya community has developed a sustainable alternative economic model around their organic coffee, organic honey, and handmade soaps enabling them to address exploitation and poverty (the root causes of forced migration from the region). We are partnering with this community to develop a variety of global relationships that increase market access for their products, create collaborative efforts on projects, and assist with foundational funding for sustainability.
We also envision a future education project, or a “school,” in the context of this solidarity economy that will allow students to walk side-by-side with the indigenous community to resolve challenges, help develop and sustain this new economic model, and offer a real-world learning platform.
A Philosophy of Change.
We live in a culture that has a heavy focus on consumption of goods. The relationship of consumption promotes a one-way dynamic. Sure, there’s typically a monetary exchange for the consumable good, but what happens beyond that exchange? When we participate, we change to a mindset and dynamic of mutual exchange – the good of both parties. What does it look like to participate in an economy instead of simply consume?
2. DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS.
Whether it’s in our local community or across borders, we want to develop relationships and friendships. When we see people first and challenges to solve second, we can develop collaborative relationships through which we can work together and learn together. Together, we can tackle global issues and see real, lasting change.
3. BUILD BRIDGES.
Building bridges instead of barriers between communities and across borders is imperative to creating opportunities for change. We live in a unique time in which technology allows us to connect across the globe in ways we couldn’t previously. We have opportunities to get to know and learn from people almost anywhere in the world – so let’s get to work building bridges!