We are hopeful. We believe that it is still possible to change direction, still possible to solve the social and ecological crisis – if we come together and create a society that enables us to live well within the planetary boundaries. It is time to replace capitalism.
What we need is a new socio-ecological system, a global community based on freedom, democracy, and ecological principles. In our view, this means a society with: ecosystem-oriented social and cultural practices; free access to information; open education and research; democratic food and energy production systems; and, no less important, collaborative networks of neighborhoods, cities, and regions. We are convinced that the transformation to a democratically governed and ecologically literate society requires a paradigm shift, a new revolution.
Democracy and creativity
Although the crisis is deep and the future uncertain, there is no reason to stop imagining the good life, a more meaningful and responsible way of living. As more and more people live in cities, it is becoming increasingly important to develop our potential together with others and, more specifically, to explore the socio-ecological possibilities of the urban.
The city as a place for change is, therefore, both radically democratic and radically creative. We believe that democratic cities and neighborhoods, the emerging spaces of creative interaction, are fundamental to the development of a society where we care for our fellow human beings while contributing to healthy ecosystems and a healthy planet.
Initiative for regeneration
From a global perspective, it is obvious that we need more good examples, new movements, and new forms of cross-border collaboration – a new planetary culture. At the local level, we need regenerative relations to the web of life, to everything from the food we eat to the people who surround us.
I Gottfridsberg is an independent initiative that aims to make the Gottfridsberg district of Linköping, Sweden, a center for learning, sharing, and socio-ecological regeneration. As citizens, system changers, and critical researchers, we want to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society.