Opening a collaborative open farm (Third Place in Couch Surfing)

Opening a collaborative open farm (Third Place in Couch Surfing)


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About the project Edit

Propose a free and sustainable life place for project initiators who have a useful role provided by a collaborative, participatory and autonomous operation.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This project is part of the innovation of an autonomous place where people can stay for free: a “school for cooperation” to encourage and inspire new social and solidarity projects.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The social value is to be able to propose a dynamic place of social cohesion that is accessible to everyone and that allows young project initiators (individuals or teams) to meet and discuss their ideas while learning to cooperate in order to innovate.

Residents can get inspiration from a professional, cooperative, sustainable development model and measure benefits and principles of a solid operation.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The project’s place can host 14 people per week.

Contributing to the operation four hours per day would self-finance the accommodations (and the cost of full accommodation, as well as give the institution’s staff the time to help support project initiators).

The positive synergy of the place’s operation would allow two jobs to be created (SCIC): a permaculture technician and a project support trainer by creating a productive permaculture learning farm that would serve AMAP’s, hives and organic and sustainable product co-ops (by replacing machines with the synergy between plants and people).

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Ten years of experience of working alone and the awareness that this style of life and work cannot be sustained and will not contribute to social cohesion, human development, respect for the environment, physical and mental health. All of these elements are the basis of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that allow human beings to be happy.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

This project’s business model is part of the social, solidarity and ecological economy and responds to a new objective indicator: the Gross National Happiness (GNH) or abstinence happiness.


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