St-Imier 2019
Thursday, November 13, 2014
This year, we are taking it up a notch - are you joining?
In addition to this years main Beau-Sejour weekend gathering from November 21st to 23rd, we want to offer you some additional possibilities to join our discussions and brainstorm some ideas about how our societies should go forward. Just fill in this Doodle and let's see who is here during which sessions - and we'll spontaneously accommodate the topics to shared interests of the participants of each session.

Just fill in the times that work for you in the Doodle here: doodle.com

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Program of the 2014 Beau-Sejour gathering
Itinerary for the "Finding the Seed for the New System" Beau-Sejour weekend:

Friday, November 21, 2014

You are welcome to join us on Friday already at 17:00 for us to be cooking and eating dinner together.

At 19:00 we all meet for our evening session. Together, we will review and discuss the topics that have emerged during the 2012 and 2013 gatherings and what has happened as a result with the creation of the Permavillage and La Décentrale projects on Mont-Soleil. We will talk about assumptions we've come to last year, like how the workings of current democracy, finance and civil society are all heavily influenced by a single defining pattern, circling around the way money is created, and how this pattern defines the evolution of virtually all aspects of our current societies. This will give us a head start, laying out the terrain we will be covering on Saturday. At around 21:30 we will end the Friday evening session.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

At 9:30 we will start our morning session, prepare and eat lunch together around noon, continue with our afternoon session at 13:30 and end Saturdays session at 18:30. There will be the option of having dinner together as well for those of you that like to stick around Saturday night.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Again, at 9:30 we will start our morning session, prepare and eat lunch together around noon, continue with our afternoon session at 13:30 and end the 2014 Beau-Sejour gathering at 16:00 on Sunday.

Accommodation

There are beds available for you to sleep in the house of La Décentrale, so there should be no need to look for other accommodation. If you like to stay here during the nights, please let me know, so I can make sure there is a bed reserved for you.

How to get here

This year for the first time, the Beau-Sejour gathering will take place at La Décentrale on Mont-Soleil.

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You can easily find your way to Mont-Soleil by public transportation, taking the funicular up from St-Imier:

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La Décentrale is located just 150 meters from the top station of the funicular.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Invitation to the 2014 "Beau-Sejour" gathering, November 21-23 in St-Imier, Switzerland
This years Beau-Sejour gathering will follow up on the results of the previous years and the calling topic will be...

"Finding the Seed for the New System"

During last years gathering, one central topic that emerged was how the workings of current democracy, finance and civil society are all heavily influenced by a single defining pattern, circling around the way money is created.

This pattern defines the evolution of virtually all aspects of our current societies. This year, we will be searching for new patterns, which can encourage the growing of the new in the shadow of the old.

This years Beau-Sejour gathering will for the first time be taking place on the La Décentrale property up on Mont-Soleil, above St-Imier.

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Submit the form below and you will receive the more detailed information as soon as possible:

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Saturday, October 19, 2013
Program of the 2013 Beau-Sejour gathering
Itinerary for the Beau-Sejour weekend:

Friday, October 25, 2013

If you arrive Friday afternoon before our evening session starts and you like to join other participants for a drink or something to eat, you are most likely to find us starting at 17:00 in the Espace Noir, Rue Francillion 29, St-Imier.

19:00 we meet at the World Wide Wisdom Research and Documentation Centre at Rue de la Malathe 4, St-Imier for our evening session. Together, we will collect a bird's eye view of existing and to-be-created projects that we think aim to build the new in the shadow of the old. This will give us a head start, laying out the terrain we will be covering on Saturday. At around 21:30 we will end the Friday evening session.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

9:30 our shuttle bus will pick you up at the Place de la Gare, the St-Imier train station and bring you to our mountain retreat, the Hotel Beau-Sejour. If you wish to drive to the Beau-Sejour with your own car, you find it at Cerneux-Veusil-Dessus.

www.hotelbeausejour.ch

At 10:00 we will start our morning session, have lunch together at 12:30, continue with our afternoon session at 13:30 and end Saturdays session at 18:00, with our shuttle bus returning to the St-Imier train station before 18:30. There will be the option of having dinner together for those of you that like to stick around Saturday night.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Again, 9:30 our shuttle bus will pick you up at the Place de la Gare, the St-Imier train station and bring you to our mountain retreat, the Hotel Beau-Sejour. If you wish to drive to the Beau-Sejour with your own car, you find it at Cerneux-Veusil-Dessus.

At 10:00 we will start our morning session, have lunch together at 12:30, continue with our afternoon session at 13:30 and end the 2013 Beau-Sejour gathering at 16:00 on Sunday, with our shuttle bus returning to the St-Imier train station before 16:30.

For those of you that have arranged accommodation through us, our shuttle bus will also take care of getting you to and from your accommodation.

If you haven't done so yet, you can still have us arrange accommodation for you. You would need to get in touch with us during the next three days, but by Tuesday, October 22 at the latest.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Invitation to the 2013 "Beau-Sejour" gathering, October 25-27 in St-Imier, Switzerland
Rethinking Democracy, Money and the Civil System

A small gathering of thinkers, change makers and social entrepreneurs willing to venture outside the box.

We'll start Friday evening by collecting a bird's eye view of existing and to-be-created projects that we think aim to build the new in the shadow of the old. This will give us a head start, laying out the terrain we will be covering on Saturday.

On Saturday, there will be no presentations, no planned schedule and no predetermined shifts between topics. This gathering will be a group exchange that is moderated only to guide the group in the flow of where it is going. This process will encourage the emergence of fresh, innovative outcomes that shift not the direction but the vision of the future work of all the participants. We will gain a higher understanding of why and how civil society will get to where it is going.

On Sunday we will continue and collect these results, look for ways to take advantage of synergies between the various existing projects and perhaps some new project ideas that have emerged. We will develop a vision of a way forward, identify the key projects that will help along on that path and layout possible directions for future gatherings in a larger, more inclusive context.

Registration

Please let me know as soon as possible that you are planning to participate by sending an e-mail to chris@zumbrunn.com or by calling +41 329 41 41 41 (if you get the message box, please leave a message and I will call you back).

There is no set conference fee. We want financial circumstances to not impede your ability to participate in this gathering as much as possible. We ask participants to pay voluntarily what they can expend for such an event.

Accommodation

If you like help with your travel arrangements or accommodation, do not hesitate to contact us. If you would like us to arrange accommodation for you, let us know how much you want to spend and what comfort level you require. Please do not expect much if you want it to be free. We will provide a shuttle service to and from the conference venue within the surrounding area.

Location

The main venue of the gathering is the Beau-Sejour Hotel near St-Imier:

www.hotelbeausejour.ch

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Monday, June 25, 2012
Deepening Democracy Days, June 2-12, 2012

During the first half of June, political activist and writer Richard Moore was visiting from Ireland and we turned these two weeks into a project to not only provide him with a deeper understanding of Switzerland's system of direct democracy but also attempt the rethinking of the workings of democracy, civil society and the economy, looking for a consensus on a new way forward.

First we traveled around Switzerland to meet with various people able to offer unique insights into the political system, and dug deep into the psyche of Swiss democracy to look for lessons learnt as well as new ideas to be applied to deepen democracy in Switzerland, Ireland and Europe.

The weekend of June 9-10, 2012 we hosted an intensive discussion on "Deepening Democracy", exploring the directions in which democracy may be evolved. The group of people that participated was comprised of people loosely related to the Espace Noir project, people from the larger anarchist scene around St-Imier and people with an inherit interest in democracy living in the surrounding area.

All this resulted in the following diagrams and flip charts, and the emergence of the participants as the "beau-sejour" group founding a new organization that we named "St-Imier.org", with a mission to develop and search for conventions and best practices that allow civil society to better self-organize. These conventions should provide ways for different groups and organizations with an internal structure which allows them to reach consensus, to enter into a harmonization process with other organizations like that, in order to develop a larger whole system consensus. In other words, the outcome of this weekend session was that deeper democracy means democracy that relies much less on voting and instead focuses on consensus processes.

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