The world is full of amazing people, initiatives and ideas that need to be seen and heard. That's where we come in.
We are forging a massive media network of high-quality videos, podcasts, photos, articles and graphics which will give the community of change a coherent voice and a platform to share knowledge and solutions.
We also seek to focus on those who have already begun this process: so we're building a team of globe-trotting documentarians to capture and share the stories of people doing beautiful things in the fields of sustainability and community.
The #1 issue for positive initiatives is funding. We had tremendous success using a crowdfunding campaign to fund our Earthship-inspired greenhouse, but we recognize that many organizations don't have the marketing team required to make their campaigns successful.
So we decided to create GreenSeed, our very own crowdfunding platform made specifically for (freedom culture projects) sustainable community initiatives. GreenSeed allows us to connect amazing ideas with those who are most excited about seeing them come to life.
We love the communal nature of crowdfunding -- hundreds of strangers, from around the world, coming together with small contributions to turn one BIG idea into reality. This is co-creation at its finest and we're excited to facilitate this process for projects aimed at making this world more green and connected.
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
William Butler Yeats
Once people are excited about the global movement towards self-reliance and community resiliency, the next step is providing them with the knowledge and experiences necessary to get things moving.
We are working with sustainability and community experts with decades of experience to build an online educational platform where cutting edge ideas are made accessible to everyone.
Our goal is to connect the community of changemakers by providing practical, first-hand experiences through conferences, workshops, and other physical events.
...is a collective state of being that empowers and encourages all individuals to contribute their unique gifts to the world.
Through ecologically sustainable lifestyles, economic self-reliance in local communities, and global collaborative action for the benefit of all, freedom culture can become the new normal.
Over the last year and a half at Valhalla we have learned a lot about sustainable communal living. We have had the opportunity to connect with tons of existing projects all over the world, some of which have been designing and implementing solutions for decades.
We've realized that the need is not just to build a network of on-the-ground communities; this network is already alive and growing.
What we really need is to share the story of existing projects with the world, while also starting and documenting new ones, so that freedom culture becomes not just feasible but highly desirable.
We are in La Prairie on the South Shore, just 20 minutes outside of downtown Montreal.What does 100% self-sustainable mean?
This entails being able to supply your own food, water, energy and shelter to the standards of the 21st century.Why should we live self-sustainably?
1) Freedom - When you provide your own food, water and energy, you do not need to work in order to survive. You OWN your life! Consequently you have more free time to dedicate towards helping the world. Right now the world needs people who can dedicate their lives to bringing about change.
2) Environment - Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that we are destroying the Earth at a rapid pace. By living self-sustainably, you remove your contribution to this problem.
3) Health - GMO's, processed foods, preservatives, additives, oh my! Seemingly the only way to avoid eating toxic food nowadays it to grow it yourself. By living self-sustainably, you take full control over what you put inside your body.
A large number of people living together in a common space, whether that be in the same house or the same plot of land. Unlike conventional neighbors, these individuals will live and interact with each other intimately. Communal activities, eg. dinners, games, projects, etc. will be common.Why should we live communally?
1) A better question might be why would you want to live alone? We've been trained to think that the ultimate goal is owning your own house with your own dining room table. Yet when people have that, they yearn for friends to come over. Our fondest memories are with other people because humans are social beings. This is not to say that privacy will be lost, only that friends will never be too far.
2) Communal living is far more efficient. Why do you need to own your own lawnmower when you can use a communal lawnmower whenever you want? Why make your own dinner every night if you can divide the task among many people? Community allows you to free up even more of your time and resources than you gained back by living self-sustainably.
3) A team of individuals is greater than the sum of their parts. Working with other people is far more powerful than working by yourself. The variety of ideas, skills and interests make for explosive possibilities. Especially when you're trying to change the world ;)
1) The project already has massive support from local businesses who have committed to donating thousands of dollars in plants, trees, soil, labor, lumber, etc. over the next few years. Marc's father also happens to own a string of wineries, so we have access to tons of construction & excavation equipment.
2) We know how to get funding for a documentary. The project has already sparked interest among some Hollywood types who have requested for us to report back in a few months on our progress.
3) Kickstarter. We're in process of designing the perfect Kickstarter to garner both funding and attention for the community. Judging from our graphic design and video production skills, it's going to be one damn sexy Kickstarter.
4) We will be selling products on our online store (coming soon) to help support the cause.
See our Help Out page for details on how to get involved with Valhalla.