As a hosting team, we have been exploring ways to share collective responsibility for the economy of this learning village. We would like to propose an approach which differs from the standard fee for goods or services model and we invite you to learn with us and discover what the future holds for communities who can discover what it means to work well with economy, currency, value and generosity.
After deeply considering how to handle the economy for this Learning Village, we are suggesting an economic experiment called Shared Economy.
What is a “shared economy”?
It is a cooperative, responsibility-based approach to funding the Learning Village where the community as a whole holds the financial responsibility: Taking into consideration the costs of the event and one’s financial resources, each participant is invited to identify what they can pay, then add a little more.
Normally, fees are created by dividing the costs of an event equally among all participants. This assumes everyone can afford what is being asked. Sometimes that is not true, which may prevent a person from participating. Our intention is to make the Learning Village accessible to everyone who wishes to join regardless of their economic situation.
The principles that guide this shared economy approach are the following:
- Everyone who wants to be in the Learning Village to learn and contribute should be able to do so.
- We want to see and use money as one of those things that facilitate living systems. It should contribute to building/supporting life: trust, connections, awareness of the rest of the living systems we’re part of. We see money as the medium and the process of exchange of goods and services.
- The community of participants is responsible for the overall budget, not just the financial hosting team although this team already started the process and will host it in the Learning Village.
- We are inviting people into a Learning Village and not a workshop; more parts of community life come into our inquiry, not just sharing stories and having conversations; but learning more about life including finances and doing practical work. Key values that guide us in the village life: trust, honesty, fairness, generosity, transparency, exploration – learning and care.
- We want to create a shared economy that speaks about shared responsibilities, and ensuring that everybody’s needs are met. We’re inviting people into a higher awareness around this topic and not just into sliding scales.
Trust and Risk
In this experiment, we are trusting that those who have more money, will be willing to contribute more and that those who have less, can contribute what they can—plus a little more. All together, we are expecting enough money to come in to cover our costs.
If we do not generate enough money to cover the total costs, the support for the hosting team will be reduced, a risk the team is willing to take.
Determining your contribution
Here is a process suggestion for determining your contribution:
- We encourage you to review the costs for the Learning Village (listed below);
- Download the Learning Village Cost Calculator to establish what it costs the gathering for you to participate;
- Identify what your economic situation is;
- Use your integrity to sense what you can contribute, using clarity as the guide.
What are the costs?
In the interest of transparency, we are sharing the actual costs of the event. Download the economic planning workbook here: 2013 LV Budget.
Facility fee: €1400
Cost (per person) with 50 people participating : €28
Cost (per person) with 100 people participating: €14
Children 0-3: Free; 4-12: 50%; 13+: 100%
Accommodation (per person per day):
Castle rooms with beds: €10
Castle rooms for sleeping bags: €7
Camping—tents and camper vans: €5
Food (full board per person per day):
Children (0-3): free
” ” (4-12): €10
” ” (13+): €20
Coffee/Tea/Snacks (per person per day; part of programme & not optional): €3
Organizing and hosting: €7410
Cost (per person) with 50 people participating: €148.2
Cost (per person) with 100 people participating: €74.10
A note about the cost of organizing and hosting: All events require a good deal of work to organize and host. The core team is asking that their travel, food, and accommodation be covered. Some members also need additional money to cover the time spent preparing for the event. As you can imagine, it takes a good deal of time to plan, create invitations, web page, budgets, venue logistics, registration, accounting, etc. We, the hosting team, suggest that the distribution of any surplus monies be explored in an open space session during the Learning Village involving anyone who chooses to participate.
Set Fee Option
For those who prefer to pay a set fee, we recommend €50-€60 per person per day—plus a little more—which covers castle accommodation, food, organizing and hosting costs.
Please Register and Pay Early
We are asking anyone who wishes to participate to register and pay (all or part of) your contribution early, as we need to pay the castle a deposit.
Full refund before August 1, less €25 admin fee,
No refund after August 1