Robert Hall | ECOLISE (Community-led Initiatives on Climate Change & Sustainability)

 

1. About me: “I have studied International Relations, and then Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure. I try to do what is meaningful rather than paid, but earn most of my income as an international elections observer for the OSCE. I am identifying obstacles to our transition to a sustainable Europe and advocating their removal.”

2. Guiding motto: “’Be the change you wish to see in the world’ – Gandhi. ‘You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.’ – Buckminster Fuller.”

3. What is my passion: “Living in a loving community, evolving as a non-violent human, reconnecting in nature as an animal. I enjoy being able to focus on that which feels meaningful which includes extreme diversity from tinkering with our Chinese family micro-biogas system at home, influencing in the regional parliament, to speaking together with indigenous communities at the UN.”

4. With whom I would like to argue: “Those who believe that current hegemonic values and national governments, Capitalism and green growth can solve the global challenges of today.”

5. What is important to me in a dialogue: “A genuine desire towards enlightenment, to understand our world and ourselves better.”

 

I am a grassroots activist that walks the talk for a peaceful and green societal transformation. I live in an international experiment, a community for future where we try to live the new ethics that we feel are necessary for humanity to co-exist with itself and within Nature.

My community which I co-founded in 2008, Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea practices voluntary simplicity, non-violent communication, sociocracy, veganism, personal transparency and radical participation. Our ecovillage grows food, produces energy and offers meals, housing, transport and clothing in line with our values. We are one of 10 000 ecovillage communities around the world leading happy, harmonious and sustainable lifestyles.

Together with transition initiatives and permaculture projects, ecovillages try to advocate for urgent action to soften the inevitable climate and environmental consequences coming and change to a wiser development path. “bayreuther dialoge Neue Ethik?” offers an opportunity to expose the short-comings of our current value system and the need for an ethical shift.

I have had the privilege of growing up in material affluence in California, higher education and an international career working for the UN, EU and the Swedish government.

In 2013 I left a dream post under the Swedish foreign ministry to network bottom-up community-led initiatives in Europe within ECOLISE globally in the Global Ecovillage Network. Today we are weaving these and other networks together for the emergence of a new more humane and regenerative future.


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