Visitors, mentors, guest authors write about POC21 and how the ideas of our micro-castle-society can be translated to the real world.
How to burn less stuff
One evening last week, an awkward silence fell over our crowded lounge. A hundred people, speechless. Bruce Sterling’s knee was shaking in order to get rid of the tension which had been caused by the words he had just thrown into the room.
Lera Nicoletti x Alanna Krause x Daniel Kruse
RETHINKING A CYCLE OF LIFE
We took shitting for granted. But that all changed when we started sitting down on a compost toilet here at POC21. It turns out that how we deal with our poo is not only a question of eco impact, but worth an ethical review.
What comes to mind when you think about shit? Disgusting? Shameful? Smelly? Not exactly a polite topic for dinner conversation. How about this instead: useful, important, even beautiful.
From EGO to ECO
How to co-survive as humans
Outside of our castle walls, the murder of refugees at European borders is continuing and in Germany the Nazis are back on the streets. Supporter Ole Seidenberg has visited us for one week and tries to connect this madness with the solutions build at POC21, seeing it as a disproof of „homo homini lupus“, the concept that man is wolf to man.
does not mean
A friend got in touch with a question: “Do you have favorite lessons from being a professional Cat Herder? I’m working in a flat, collaborative group, but I’ve realized that by jumping in to save the day all the time I am establishing myself as the point of control. People instinctively go to me instead of the group at large with ideas and problems. Now I’m worried that if I step back, our plans could fall through.”
The beauty of dirt & imperfection
There are wild boars in the woods. They have piglets and are hungry, which makes them aggressive. This wouldn’t be too relevant if it didn’t influence the camp’s social dynamics and development. Everything here is dense, denser than the real world.
Arthur De Grave
An interview with Ariane Conrad
Ariane Conrad – a.k.a. “The Book Doula” – is a writer and editorial consultant specializing in world changing ideas. She stayed at Millemont for almost a week to mentor several project teams.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF POC21
Living on love, fresh air & Open Source
What does a typical day at POC21 feel like?
6am-8am The awakening
Surrounded by open fields and forests, the Castle of Millemont slowly wakes up, amidst the morning mist. In the Orangerie, transformed into a kitchen and refectory, a team of volunteers is preparing the 8AM breafast.
Arthur De Grave
13 INFLUENTIAL BOOKS FOR THE POC21 COMMUNITY
We asked POC21 participants which books had a lasting impact on their personal mindset. Here’s a sample of what our people read when they’re not laking stuff.
the Space between
DREAMS & REALITY
Finally, I am on the train to Paris, heading for the POC21 camp. Five weeks in a castle with one hundred designers, engineers, coders – sometimes referred to as nerds, working on technologies for basic human needs.