1Core Organizational Principals
To help actualize Freedom Culture; 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.
To proliferate projects and ideas that relate to community and sustainability in order to educate the general public and inspire them to take action.
All Valhalla initiatives incorporate and align with the following core values:
The road to abundance is sustainability. Sustainability is a lifestyle where you give back more than you take in order to ensure the wealth of life’s future generations. This applies Environmentally, Socially and Financially. It is the power to maintain, uphold and defend nature – the beautiful balance of our planet and it’s complex ecosystems, as well as foster an environment where humans live in harmony with these processes and each other.
Our survival as a species relies on our ability to collaborate and bond together in times of need. Community is a mindset where we is an extension of me. It is a web of interdependent individuals who strengthen the whole by acting together though their collective values.
With a foundation of trust, cooperation, respect, dedication and persistence community is at the heart of social innovation. It strengthens this sense of belonging and unison through the ideas of freedom, harmony, love, and empathy towards all.
Knowledge is more than just facts, information and skills but is also comprised of a deeply valuing an educational culture, collaboration and proliferation of ideas, information and empowerment through experience.
Upholding the spirit of an open mind we must see the value of an unconventional education – of respecting different individuals levels of understanding – of active participation of the sharing of knowledge both online and offline.
Knowledge is power when it flows through the open channels of communication which make humanity rich in something money can’t buy.
Changing the status quo is the priority of the Valhalla Movement and we have firm believes grounded in setting measurable action towards achieving it.
We vote every day with our money, time, attention and energy towards what we are effectively advocating with our actions and changing such towards being more mindful of our physical and social environment is the main focus of our cause.
By setting targets – establishing measurable intentions – and committing to doing them no matter how long it takes our actions can turn into successful results for change.
The Valhalla Movement is not a protest – it’s a solution.
Valhalla’s mandate is to make sustainability mainstream through the use of its core tenants.
To achieve such we are currently focusing our efforts on these 4 streams of thought.
- High Quality Media
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.
- GreenSeed Crowdfunding Platform 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 & Events
We are dedicated to reach out and find teachers in the various subjects within community and sustainability and give them the opportunity to share their knowledge. This will be done by organizing workshops in local communities and share them online on our “Learn” platform.
This will give the teachers with exposure while providing sustainability and community enthusiasts’ information on an easy-to-use platform.
- On the Ground ActionOur way of taking direct action is by applying permaculture principles and utilising the best technology for eco-construction to transform this piece of land into the educational and community site that we wish to see. The short term goal is to establish a community centered around education and collaborative action by turning the land into a permaculture demonstration and educational site. The long term goal is to turn this land into a thriving self-sufficient and off the grid community, minutes from Montreal.
This is where we walk our talk, remediate the soil and water, forest garden, annual garden, create niches for wild animals and pollinators, build self sustaining buildings and rich community activities.
Short-term (Two Years)
- Continue to work on the permaculture plan on the 5 acre piece of land
- Finish Farm of the Future Greenhouse
- Add Solar Power to the land to set up automatic irrigation systems & for fruit stand
- Add some artwork to the land that allows for a beautiful integration of plants and art
- Set up bigger Bee Keeping initiative (move from 1 hive to 3)
- Set up Compost Section of land
- Create a very powerful “Learn” platform online
- Launch GreenSeed to allow others to fund their sustainable projects around the world
- Build Sustainable Barn Building that will serve as an educational example of what is possible both online and offline.
- A whole lot more…
Long Term (Five Years)
- Begin work on Rest of 60 Acre piece of land
- Develop plans for entire property
- Expand Movement into different cities and areas of work
- Expand media network to reach over a million people a month
- Create a major events that will help bring people together to propagate the movement
- A whole lot more…
6.Allegiance To Truth – The Satyagraha Principle
Allegiance To Truth:
Valhalla acts out of an obligation to support noble principles, which are born from Satyagraha (truth). Also known as “Truth Force” it is the most basic foundation from were we begin building any project.
1) Work to collect the facts
2) Share them coherently world-wide
3) Promote & provide discussion from were people of all races, economic classes, religions, sexes and ages can peacefully mobilize, negotiate and create the harmony on our planet we all desire and know is possible in our hearts.
Valhalla insists that for any step taken, one must practice peace, and internal reflection in order to align ourselves with the higher purpose, a global peace inclusive to all life. No idea is to ever be excluded by any party in the consideration of any activity. The force of Truth is only surmountable by more truth.
The Satyagraha practices were popularized by the thoughtful explorations of Truth Gandhi encountered in the Rights Movements’ he mobilized in South Africa and India. It was also an influence in the lives and movements of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., James Bevel and many others.
It is today used by all the members of Valhalla.
From A Guide to Formal Consensus:
Conflict is usually viewed as an impediment to reaching agreements and disruptive to peaceful relationships. However, it is the underlying thesis of Formal Consensus that nonviolent conflict is necessary and desirable. It provides the motivations for improvement. The challenge is the creation of an understanding in all who participate that conflict, or differing opinions about proposals, is to be expected and acceptable. Do not avoid or repress conflict. Create an environment in which disagreement can be expressed without fear. Objections and criticisms can be heard not as attacks, not as attempts to defeat a proposal, but as a concern which, when resolved, will make the proposal stronger.
Foundation Upon Which Consensus Is Built
For consensus to work well, the process must be conducted in an environment which promotes trust, respect, and skill sharing. The following are principles which, when valued and respected, encourage and build consensus.
Foremost is the need for trust. Without some amount of trust, there will be no cooperation or nonviolent resolution to conflict. For trust to flourish, it is desirable for individuals to be willing to examine their attitudes and be open to new ideas. Acknowledgement and appreciation of personal and cultural differences promote trust. Neither approval nor friendship are necessary for a good working relationship. By developing trust, the process of consensus encourages the intellectual and emotional development of the individuals within a group.
It is everyone’s responsibility to show respect to one another. People feel respected when everyone listens, when they are not interrupted, when their ideas are taken seriously. Respect for emotional as well as logical concerns promotes the kind of environment necessary for developing consensus. To promote respect, it is important to distinguish between an action which causes a problem and the person who did the action, between the deed and the doer. We must criticize the act, not the person. Even if you think the person is the problem, responding that way never resolves anything.
Unity of Purpose
Unity of purpose is a basic understanding about the goals and purpose of the group. Of course, there will be varying opinions on the best way to accomplish these goals. However, there must be a unifying base, a common starting point, which is recognized and accepted by all.
Nonviolent decision-makers use their power to achieve goals while respecting differences and cooperating with others. In this environment, it is considered violent to use power to dominate or control the group process. It is understood that the power of revealing your truth is the maximum force allowed to persuade others to your point of view.
It is easy for people to unquestioningly rely on authorities and experts to do their thinking and decision-making for them. If members of a group delegate their authority, intentionally or not, they fail to accept responsibility for the group’s decisions. Consensus promotes and depends upon self empowerment. Anyone can express concerns. Everyone seeks creative solutions and is responsible for every decision. When all are encouraged to participate, the democratic nature of the process increases.
Unfortunately, Western society is saturated in competition. When winning arguments becomes more important than achieving the group’s goals, cooperation is difficult, if not impossible. Adversarial attitudes toward proposals or people focus attention on weakness rather than strength. An attitude of helpfulness and support builds cooperation. Cooperation is a shared responsibility in finding solutions to all concerns. Ideas offered in the spirit of cooperation help resolve conflict. The best decisions arise through an open and creative interplay of ideas.
The free flow of ideas, even among friends, inevitably leads to conflict. In this context, conflict is simply the expression of disagreement. Disagreement itself is neither good nor bad. Diverse viewpoints bring into focus and explore the strengths and weaknesses of attitudes, assumptions, and plans. Without conflict, one is less likely to think about and evaluate one’s views and prejudices. There is no right decision, only the best one for the whole group. The task is to work together to discover which choice is most acceptable to all members.
Avoid blaming anyone for conflict. Blame is inherently violent. It attacks dignity and empowerment. It encourages people to feel guilty, defensive, and alienated. The group will lose its ability to resolve conflict. People will hide their true feelings to avoid being blamed for the conflict.
Avoidance of conflicting ideas impedes resolution for failure to explore and develop the feelings that gave rise to the conflict. The presence of conflict can create an occasion for growth. Learn to use it as a catalyst for discovering creative resolutions and for developing a better understanding of each other. With patience, anyone can learn to resolve conflict creatively, without defensiveness or guilt. Groups can learn to nurture and support their members in this effort by allowing creativity and experimentation. This process necessitates that the group continually evaluate and improve these skills.
Commitment to the Group
In joining a group, one accepts a personal responsibility to behave with respect, good will, and honesty. Each one is expected to recognize that the group’s needs have a certain priority over the desires of the individual. Many people participate in group work in a very egocentric way. It is important to accept the shared responsibility for helping to find solutions to other’s concerns.
We all have an inalienable right to express our own best thoughts. We decide for ourselves what is right and wrong. Since consensus is a process of synthesis, not competition, all sincere comments are important and valuable. If ideas are put forth as the speaker’s property and individuals are strongly attached to their opinions, consensus will be extremely difficult. Stubbornness, closedmindedness, and possessiveness lead to defensive and argumentative behavior that disrupts the process. For active participation to occur, it is necessary to promote trust by creating an atmosphere in which every contribution is considered valuable. With encouragement, each person can develop knowledge and experience, a sense of responsibility and competency, and the ability to participate.
Equal Access to Power
Because of personal differences (experience, assertiveness, social conditioning, access to information, etc.) and political disparities, some people inevitably have more effective power than others. To balance this inequity, everyone needs to consciously attempt to creatively share power, skills, and information. Avoid hierarchical structures that allow some individuals to assume undemocratic power over others. Egalitarian and accountable structures promote universal access to power.
Consensus cannot be rushed. Often, it functions smoothly, producing effective, stable results. Sometimes, when difficult situations arise, consensus requires more time to allow for the creative interplay of ideas. During these times, patience is more advantageous than tense, urgent, or aggressive behavior. Consensus is possible as long as each individual acts patiently and respectfully.
Impediments To Consensus Lack of Training
It is necessary to train people in the theory and practice of consensus. Until consensus is a common form of decision-making in our society, new members will need some way of learning about the process. It is important to offer regular opportunities for training. If learning about Formal Consensus is not made easily accessible, it will limit full participation and create inequities which undermine this process. Also, training provides opportunities for people to improve their skills, particularly facilitation skills, in a setting where experimentation and role-plays can occur.
Everyone has been exposed to biases, assumptions, and prejudices which interfere with the spirit of cooperation and equal participation. All people are influenced by these attitudes, even though they may deplore them. People are not generally encouraged to confront these prejudices in themselves or others. Members of a group often reflect social biases without realizing or attempting to confront and change them. If the group views a prejudicial attitude as just one individual’s problem, then the group will not address the underlying social attitudes which create such problems. It is appropriate to expose, confront, acknowledge, and attempt to resolve socially prejudicial attitudes, but only in the spirit of mutual respect and trust. Members are responsible for acknowledging when their attitudes are influenced by disruptive social training and for changing them. When a supportive atmosphere for recognizing and changing undesirable attitudes exists, the group as a whole benefits.
7.Decision Making Model & Process
Valhalla is dedicated to have it’s members have a fair and participatory say on the decisions that are made for the community. With the help of community experts from around the world we are constantly learning and improving our decision making process.
We are currently studying Sociocracy to integrate some of it in our structure and decision making process.
We are currently using our version of the N-Street Consensus decision-making as our method:
Consensus decision-making is a group decision making process that seeks consent of all participants. Consensus may be defined professionally as an acceptable resolution, one that can be supported, even if not the “favourite” of each individual. ~Wikipedia
Issues with Basic Consensus Decision-making:
It is believed that CDM is the best method for decision making as it makes sure that every decision made is approved by everyone. Therefore everyone is happy because everyone’s voice is heard and all decisions are unanimous.
However what happens in most intentional communities is that no decision ever goes through, causing the group to be stagnant and causing frustration, discouragement, low morale and dwindling meeting attendance.
The N Street Cohousing community has created an amendment that gives a responsibility on blockers to find the solution. So that everyone together works on creating the best solution for the community.
o Sets up the meeting
o Organizes Agenda and Discussion Points
o Puts forth proposal
o Issues appropriate documents
o Chooses Peacemaker for meeting
o Guides meeting
o Is objective to decisions
o Edit’s documents for clarity (not content)
o Oversees process of the meeting
o Makes sure there is no talking out of turn
o Makes sure questions/points are relevant
o Makes sure Facilitator and Members stay on topic and process
o Keeps track of time
o Can move on from topic if time has run out or if point is irrelevant
o Discuss points in proposal
o Revise points in proposal
§ Propose amendments
§ Request clarification on points
o Decide if proposal goes through:
§ Consent proposal to go through
§ Block proposal from going through
§ Stand Aside from proposal (Don’t like the proposal but won’t block it)
Before the meeting:
1. Facilitator introduces a proposal
2. Facilitator appoints a Peacemaker for the proposal
3. Peacemaker edits proposal for grammar and clarity
4. Facilitator presents proposal to whole group including:
A. Points/Questions to be discussed
B. Time allowances
C. Prepares any documents that are needed
During the meeting:
5. Facilitator presents the proposal/agenda to group
6. Facilitator opens floor for discussion and guides meeting
7. Members discuss points in proposal
8. Members revise points (if needed)
9. Facilitator notes the revisions made by members
A. Facilitator can accept amendments
B. Facilitator can reject amendments
10. Facilitator calls for Consensus and Members decide
A. If the proposal passes, the meeting ends
B. If a member(s) blocks see 11.
11. Members who blocked now have to come up with a new proposal that addresses the same problem as the blocked proposal
A. Allotted time until new proposal is presented: Max. 1 month
B. They must meet with other members in solution-oriented sub-meeting (Max . 4 meetings)
C. Members who blocked must attend sub-meetings, any other member is welcome to sub-meetings as well for solution-oriented discussion
D. The person who blocked is responsible for organizing the sub-meetings and the sub-meetings must take place
E. If the new proposal is agreed upon in sub-meetings, is it taken to the group as a new proposal
12. If the blockers cannot come up with a new proposal agreed upon with everyone during the sub-meetings, or if sub-meetings don’t take place; the original proposal goes back to be reconsidered.
A. The original proposal only requires 75% of the members to consent
B. If less than 75% of the members consent the proposal is denied
The history of the Valhalla Movement really is like the story of an idea that has organically grown into a grass roots movement.
It really all began with 3 founding members Greg Hunt, Jeremy “Germ” Dee and Marc Coppola sitting down and coming down with a commitment change the world. We were tired of waiting for change and therefore we adopted a proactive approach to make the change we wanted to see happen.
We did what we thought was right – plant trees and look to proliferate nature through semi vague knowledge of a concept we were still only beginning to learn about known as permaculture.
A few trees – plants – paths – pond and things later and before you we knew it we had people swirling around this idea as it continued to grow. We had plans to build something off the grid and really do everything separate from the current status quo but had no intention of leaving it – just in showing that we could do it better.
We eventually invited Jordan Lejuwaan to come up from California and be a part of this project which at the time was unofficially referred to as “The Land” or “Project Y” but had always had Action Sustainability Community and Knowledge as its tenants.
In August 2012 ended up moving into a house not far from the land as a group with two other eventual founding members Lawrence Miglialo and Marthad Nasralla and in September 2012 was when we first were introduced to Earthships.
With a growing sense of clarity the Valhalla HQ (headquarters) began to thrive and we launched what we eventually ended up calling the Valhalla Movement officially on October 17th 2012.
1. Why “Valhalla” as a name?
Well there are a few reasons the first of which deals with needing a name that was international.
Due to language laws in Quebec we wanted to pick a name that was both French and English as to not have to translate it every time as well as having something that worked internationally in all languages due to our ambitions towards the spread of this Movement.
We also wanted to pick something “sexy” and “badass” with some historic representations and associations and none seemed to appeal more then the Norse / Viking mythology of this Great Hall called Valhalla in the land of Asgaard.
To concisely go over it’s meaning – Valhalla is the hall in which all the warrior Vikings that perished were allegedly to end up in order to train for the Battle of Armageddon – a huge anticipated battle in the heavens between the Norse Gods.
We in many ways identified with such as we feel we are fighting the battles of the ideals – between the status quo – and what could be if we applied sustainable technology and our core tenants to the world.
At the end of the day we believe in a world that that empowers all humans to be free to express their unique gifts to the world – regardless of religious beliefs – gender – age – financial wealth – social class or status or any other segregation of demographics.
2. Meaning behind Valhalla’s Logo
The Valhalla emblem or Logo was designed by Germ so only he can truly understand the logo in its entirety with many intricate meanings on numerous layers of understanding.
That being said a conventional story we tell and intended is that the 3 perpetual triangles represent Sustainability – Community – Action which are surrounded by the circle of Knowledge. (This is the upsidedown Valknut as we feel we are changing the tides of the story of humanity by working towards being a unified under these ideals.)
There is mention of the ruin on the bottom being a Nazi symbol and worry of us being some kind of Nazi organization which couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Nazis used hundreds of old runes and symbols in their organization which have rich histories that span way before their time and it is under this meaning that we choose this rune. The symbol at the bottom of the Valhalla logo symbolizes “Earth” and “inheritance” at its core meaning and has a history of its own which you can look into.
We understand that the logo is something of debate: Why use an upside down Valknut – or an Othala rune which has been associated with oppressive regimes in the past? Well we believe these runes have incredibly powerful and very solid meanings that stem from their Norse origins and find it very unfortunate that they were used for war and in World War II. The Nazi’s and all other wars have been waged using symbology of all kinds – be it the cross being used as a symbol of the Crusades or a variety of symbols being painted on the sides of tanks – warships – shields and weapons of many different nations throughout all of history. The truth is at one point or another all kinds of symbols have been used for propaganda and been slandered in some way.
This being said:
Othala – “Oh-thall-ah” – Literally: “Homeland” or “Ancestral Lot” – Esoteric: Inheritance, estate, noble
Rune of anscetral spiritual power, divine inheritance and earthly estate.
Psi: ancestral spiritual power
Energy: ancestral spiritual power, inheritance, heaven on earth, “The gift of Ing”, paradise, utopia
Mundane: household, estate, inheritance
Divinations: A home or estate, group prosperity, group order, freedom, productive interaction; or lack of customary order, totalitarianism, slavery, poverty, homelessness, xenophobia, racism, genocide.
Rightful inheritance from ancestral holdings
Collection of numinous power and knowledge from past generations
Acquisitions of wealth and property
Right understanding of global unity
Security, safety, protection, the walls of Asgard
Ascension to King amongst men
Realization of Paradise
We have absolutely no ties to any religious organization – subscribe to no religious beliefs as an organization – are in no way part of any nazi or political regimes of any kind and promote the exact opposite of what any oppressive regime has ever imposed whether it be in the name of any “God” or “good”.
Although we sympathize with the families of the victims of the holocaust and all acts of war (some of our own families were in concentration camps and jailed by the nazi’s for years as well) we do understand that in order to heal the wounds sometimes we should transcend the defamations done by oppressive regimes and realize that some of their symbols really do have deeper meanings which are completely unrelated.
All this explanation is up for debate and might yield different answers around different members but what this all symbolizes now is the Valhalla Movement and our collective mission to empower our Freedom Culture ideals.
The Valhalla Movement Foundation is a registered non-profit organization under the jurisdiction of Canadian and Quebec law that came into existence legally in 2013 and a fiscal year spanning from April 1st to March 31st.
With potential for mobility into being a registered charity as well as opening up divisional companies/ co-ops / non-profits beneath it for its future expansion currently Valhalla Montreal and Valhalla Movement are all operating out of this first legal entity.
2. Board of Directors
The Valhalla Movement Foundation is currently legally comprised of six founding members namely; Jeremy Dee, Lawrence Miglialo, Marthad Nasralla, Greg Hunt, Jordan Lejuwaan and Marc Coppola.
Due to Valhalla’s current non profit nature and current position on a financial / goal orientated group none of these members are salaried and paid but are only part of this structure due to these individuals being part of the organization when it was originally created.
Currently there are no limitations on tenure as a member of the board of directors although as the organization grows more and more members will be invited into this circle to create a board of 13 individuals set to represent the organization.
The flexibility and tenures of these members is an organic work in progress to be discussed in near future.
4. Property Rights
All assets purchased under the name of the Valhalla Movement belong to the collective of it’s members and are only to be used or liquidated with the approval of its members.
All items brought in by an individual that are in use by the Valhalla Movement but not officially donated to the movement remain under private party ownership.
All money raised through Crowd Funding – GreenSeed – or projects or undertakings taken by the Valhalla Movement remain in the organizations property.
All online media platforms – be it social media accounts – website – videos and content of all kinds are the legal property of the organization and are to remain such in perpetuity.
All logo’s symbols – emblems – graphics – website code – that are made for or in the name of the Valhalla Movement also become part of the legal assets of the organization.
Organizations which collaborate with or make events – deals – partnerships – or understandings with the organization
5. Current Legal Agreements
Valhalla’s only current standing legal agreements are held with some of our sponsors including Centre De Jardin Brossard a local garden centre which sponsored the project in the early days.
There are some other verbal agreements or short-term agreements that form and come to term periodically for things such as events or exchanges of service but no other major agreements are involved.
6. Tentative Legal Agreements
There are conditional / tentative legal agreements in place that allow The Valhalla Movement Foundation to purchase land at its current Sustainability Learning Centre test site located at 1961 Chemin de la Bataille, St Luc, Quebec, Canada.
The costs associated to purchasing this land as an organization are something the Movement is striving for but the land is currently in the legal possession of Marc Coppola one of the founding members and directors of the organization. There is also a small amount of purchase price that will go to reimburse some investments Greg Hunt made for the land in its inception.
The reason for this is because the Movement really began as a grass roots movement that has organically grown over time as explained above in section 1.5 on Background and History.
10.Economic and Legal Policy
Economic Policy are a huge make or break factor in terms of the success and failure of organizations and this portion of the manifesto will look to clarify this all.
1. Separate Bank / Financial Accounts
A clear division between private (personal) versus public (Valhalla) expenses needs to exist for an organization of this nature to work.
Therefore Valhalla has 4 separate accounts for which it uses to operate:
A Canadian bank account for which it uses for expenses related to its operations on the ground within Canada.
PayPal account which is used to collect transactional inflows of donations on our website / GreenSeed as well as pay potential suppliers for goods purchased internationally.
A Credit Card which is also used to sign up for services and things that are paid for on an international level such as online purchases of goods and services.
A Bitcoin wallet has also been created for Valhalla to be able to accept payments / donations in this form of alternative Crypto Currency
2. Payment of Land Taxes – Rent – Loans or Credit Cards
Payment of Land Taxes – Rent – Loans and Credit Cards – are Valhalla’s number one financial priority.
If in the event of default on payment of these items The Valhalla Movement would be in serious financial trouble and thus these are the number one priority to be paid in full at all times.
There is never to be a debt balance on a Valhalla Movement credit card as all purchases must be held before spent which means there will never be any financial obligations that can take down the organization and all its hard work.
All debts, loans, rent are to be issued personally to those who subscribe to them and never signed for by the company itself.
3. Fullfillment of Campaign Promises
Accountability to the people who donated money to us via crowdfunding efforts or our website are to always be respected.
Campaign fulfillment is the number 2 financial priority of the organization as breaking a promise and trust between the Organization and its donors is a huge “faux pas” within our organization.
4. Salaries and Compensation
For the 2014 Fiscal year no salaries will be officially given to any member of the Valhalla Movement including anyone on the Board of Directors.
There will however be compensations given out based on project budgeting in which a percentage of money raised or earned via activities of the organization will go to labour and compensation of those involved in the project.
This percentage of salary is to never exceed more then 40% of the allocated budget as an equal amount or most of the money raised in the name of the organization.
5. Third Party Accounting
The tracking of money being spent by the organization is not only to be done via the Accounting and Legal Committee internally but also by an external party to ensure transparency – legal credibility and obligations and to avoid all forms of corruption.
The parties responsible for such accounting are also responsible for holding the members of Economic Sustainability Committee accountable to their jobs of managing the finances of the organization.
These Committees will be further explained in detail in section 3.0 of this document.
6. Legal Council
Currently Valhalla’s legal council is coming from Gascon & Associés through a Tax & Entainment Lawyer who is one of the founding members fathers.
However external opinions and help has come in the form of volunteers and anyone member can discuss anything with the legal council of their choice.
Weekly committee meetings and bi-weekly Committee heads meetings.
Currently committee meetings are scheduled for Monday mornings at 9AM.
1. Membership types
The Valhalla Movement has 3 different types of members, each serving different purposes, responsibilities and benefits. At the moment these types of members are:
Volunteer / Contributor
Full Time Member
1. Membership Roles & Limitations
Volunteers or Contributors are the most common form of Valhalla contributors who are non-voting members.
All volunteers must first attend an orientation tour or webinar to overview the principles of the project and then attend workshops – volunteer days or help out in person or online.
They also are allowed to sit in on Valhalla in person meetings as “voyeurs” if invited but cannot be a part of the discussions unless addressed directly or when the floor opens to comments from all parties.
Interns are volunteers or contributors who have now entered the application process outlined below. This is a group of people who are actively becoming Full Time Members and who are really integrating into all aspects of the group.
Interns are members who are allowed to be a part of committees as well as attend meetings and actively participate in the discussion but their vote is not officially taken at the point of decision. They are also not allowed to be Heads of any Committee something that is explained a little later in this document.
Full-Time Members are the backbone of the organization and final stage of membership. Each Full-Time Member has a right to vote on all issues within the organization and all members have 1 vote with no proxies or method of collecting more votes.
They are the leaders of the movement and the only potentially salaried positions within the organization and have responsibilities to attend or inform themselves on meetings – vote on proposals regularly and be of an all access pass to the organizations various assets and tools.
They must take part in at least 1 committee but no more then 4 and commit a certain amount of effort to stay up to date and contribute to the group.
2. Enrollment Process and Applications
See appendix for forms.
4. Internships & Invitations for Trials
The 30 Day Trial Process – volunteers who are looking to enter into the internship program must convince 3 active Full-Time Members to condone a 30 Day trial period.
Within this period Valhalla members will evaluate your integration into the group – your ability to take on certain tasks and be a trusted member of the community – your vibe and your levels of effort and your dedication to the cause.
At the 30 day mark – an exclusive members only meeting and vote will be held to discuss these items and decided whether or not an intern passes into the next 60 Day Challenge.
The 60 Day trial is a tougher period in which the Intern must pick 3 pillars to guide them through this period. These 3 pillars known and the Mind, Body and Spirit Pillars will be responsible for picking 3 challenges unique to the candidate that will challenge their fears, weak points, dedication all in the goal of constructively helping the candidate become the Superhero they themselves want to be.
4. Member Acceptance Voting
For Interns to become Full Time Voting Members they must:
Thoroughly understand and support Valhalla’s Vision, Mission, Core Tenets and Mandate.
Share Valhalla’s values and Lifestyle
Have a positive attitude and be helpful
Follow the decisions made by the community
Learn and practice Valhalla’s decision making method
Learn and practice Valhalla’s Conflict resolution method
Be liked by most people in the group
Willing to give Valhalla references
Will uphold personal financial responsibilities
Can meet Valhalla’s activity requirements
Doesn’t present red flags (Addiction, history of financial irresponsibility, serious criminal record, emotional disturbances, mental illnesses etc. etc.)
After the full 90 day period another meeting is held that will have the 3 pillars present their opinion on whether or not the candidate stepped up to the challenge and should be considered as a member. Although they are not the only 3 people who will decide this – there are highly considered opinions are taken into consideration and a member wide vote is taken to decide the faith of this vote.
5. Accepted Members & Termination
If a new member is voted into the organization a secret ceremony and celebration catered to the individual is held as an induction ceremony into the group.
If however the candidate has failed they might be asked to leave the group or be given a second chance to redeem themselves all at the discretion of the members during the vote.
Termination of membership is taken very seriously as well if a Full-Time Member is truly acting against the best interests of the organization – being disrespectful and detrimental to the organization after numerous warnings and is voted out by other members due to insubordination or a serious offense to the group – another member or the organization as a whole.
1.Description and Scope
1. Legal and Accounting
The role of Legal and Accounting Committee is simple – In any organization there are always legal and accounting obligations that need to be respected in accordance with the law.
The members of this group are expected to manage these obligations – keep the group informed on any major decisions and changes within such as well as serve as the overseeing party the work of Economic Sustainability Committee. They are to track the in and out flows of money as well as manage all the invoices and receipts of the organization and keep the financial planning – and disbursement of financial assets of the organization in check and balance.
A member of this committee cannot for transparency and honesty purposes be part of both legal and accounting and Economic Sustainability.
2. Economic Sustainability
Economic Sustainability’s role within the organization is to appoint the Economic Sustainability Counselor’s (ESC) of the group who’s mandate is to keep track of the inflows and outflows of the organization not from an accounting point of view – but from the budgeting point of view.
Proper cash management must be undertaken due to the various projects and inflows of cash into the organization and Economics Sustainability Counselors job is to predict this cash flow – create a budget yearly budget that is reviewed monthly as well as let projects being proposed know if there is budget available for the ideas put forth.
If a proposal is accepted or the cash is raise the Economic Sustainability Counselor will be tasked with reimbursing the approved expenses of the project and sort the incoming receipts to save time and effort to the accountants.
The bank cards – access to bank accounts and use of them will not be given any other members other then the ESC’s and who will serve as the guardians of these accounts. ESC’s will also be tasked with managing and doing the first step of tracking of all invoices & revenue streams.
Members from this committee cannot be part of Accounting.
3. Community Affairs
Community Affairs is a committee responsible for the managing of all internal affairs of the organization. From webinars / tours, to incoming emails, applications, inquiries and membership processes. The Community Affairs is the traditional Human Resources department of an organization.
They are also responsible for appointing a Secretary Position as well as the Facilitator position that help organize the meetings.
Lastly they are co-coordinators of the Calendar of the organization which will include all the events / tours / workshops / meetings and any other relevant information needed for the proper functioning of the organization.
They are also responsible for all maintenance duties and appointing of cleaning tasks of all Valhalla public buildings and spaces.
Entertainment & events committee is responsible for hosting and coordinating all aspects of the events surrounding the organization.
From public events to internal parties and ceremonies (something Community Affairs should be involved with as well) these members are given the liberty to really dictate the main aspects of the calendars and have other happenings surround the major events planned for any given season.
The Merchandise Committee is responsible for all branding opportunities internal (in-house products and services) and external (licensing and partnerships) that use the Valhalla brand.
Their main efforts should be to keep products and services sold or given out in association with Valhalla as sustainable and consistent with the organizations values as possible.
They are also tasked with being responsible for coordinating all crowd funding fulfillment efforts in conjunction with any project leader on any given proposal.
6. Outreach and Marketing
Outreach and Marketing are tasked with managing all media assets of the organization.
The scope of which includes website, designs and graphics, content creation (photo, video, blog, flyers), Green Seed, newsletters, sponsors, and overall marketing strategies and opportunities.
This Committee is meant to play a very active role in documenting all activities of all other committees as well in order to provide updates and support to members as well as the public.
7. Mind, Body, Spirit
Mind, Body, Spirit has a lasting role in being the caring and nurturing branch of the organization. It’s meant to keep track of all the members of the organization as well ensure the proper vibe and communication channels between members. This committee should play an active role in Community Affairs and Entertainment & Events as they are there to make sure smiles and positive vibes are maintained throughout.
From this committee shall be appointed the organizations Peacemaker.
The Engineering department of Valhalla is responsible for all technical and physical aspects of the movement. Be it the energy strategy – all eco constructions and structures as well as dealing with all permits and city requirements.
They are the urban planners of the movement alongside the Environment Committee ensuring a balance between structures and nature in building an off the grid Sustainability Learning Centre.
Also responsible for appointing project leaders for all workshops and projects related to Engineering as well as the cleanliness and order at the land itself.
The Environment “Green Team” are the Permaculture specialists of the group. From landscape design to implementation and food production this group is part of a core tenant to all Valhalla values.
Also responsible for appointing project leaders for all workshops and projects related to Environment as well as the cleanliness and order at the land itself.
10. International Affairs
International Affairs is the responsible parties for all developing and external nodes and branches of Valhalla – they are meant to be the facilitators and representatives of the core of the organization to all forming groups outside the Montreal area.
They are to set all chapter guidelines and boundaries – for the organization as well as be in charge of all Public Relations inquiries for the organization.
3. Committee Heads
Each and every committee is responsible for appointing two heads to represent the committee across the organization. They also are given specific and key roles that will determine what they are to be held accountable to update the group and remain in the loop with at all times.
Official Titles (for added professionalism and clarity purposes)
Accounting / Legal: Accountant Rep. – Legal Rep.
Economic Sustainability: Economic Sustainability Counselors (2)
Social Sustainability: Human Resources Specialist – Facilitator
Entertainment & Events: Chief Events Coordinators (2)
Merchandise: Merchandising Coordinators (2)
Outreach and Marketing: Chief Editor – Marketing Manager (2)
Mind, Body, Spirit: Guru (2)
Engineering: Sustainable Technology Managers (2)
Environment: Permaculture Specialists (2)
International Affairs: Public Relations Specialist – External Affairs Coordinator
4. Heads Meeting
Heads meetings are only meant to happen on a bi-weekly basis as a summary of all events, proposals and decisions that happen within the committees – these are meant to only increase coordination amongst varying committees of the organization to ensure everyone is on the same page and up to date.
This meeting is also meant to raise concerns, advice and clarity for proposals being taken on by other committees to ensure no one groups decision somehow is impeding or overlapping another’s.
5. Documentation Requirements of Meetings
All meetings should have some kind of documentation or status update in which the main ideas and information are shared with the rest of the group and the public.
These updates can be short video or audio formats as well as written text or bullet forms. A section for such will be included on website for logging and for those curious.
6. Tenure and Limitations
All tenure’s of committee heads positions are to be voted before the April 1st season opening date every fiscal year and to last one entire season / year from that point.
There are no limitations on reappointing the same head year after year as long as majority of committee members vote for such person.
A Head might organize a temporary leave from their position due to travel or other relevant circumstances in which case they are entitled to appoint a interim Head to ensure their roles continues to be fulfilled.
7. Termination of Committee Head
There are two ways a Committee Head’s position can be revoked within a fiscal year. The first is if the Head steps down from their position in which case a new vote to replace this Head will be held.
The second is due to incompetence or improper dedication or understanding of the position. If a committee head is absent
1.Proposal Submissions Criteria & Guidelines
Valhalla is an organization that operates on a per project basis. With a dynamic of people coming in and out and various levels of commitment and cooperation our experience has proven that the best way to operate and progress is through the implementation of projects with project leaders.
In order for a project or motion to be approved one must first fill out and submit a Project Proposal Form attached in Appendices which will be available for submission on the Valhalla Movement website.
This form will be sent to the Facilitators and Peacemakers attention as well as the heads of the Committees involved for processing into the decision making process outlined above.
The reason for such is to provide a log and clarity of what is being proposed, all the details of this proposal, as well as create a level of accountability and understanding that exceeds that or just explaining in person.
2.Approval Process and Implementation Process
Two-Tier Approval Process – Proposals must go through a two-tier approval process in order to be officially accepted by group.
Once a proposal is submitted a proposal will enter the first tier of approval which is voted upon within the committee(s) that are involved in the project. At this stage is where criticisms / debate / concerns and all other things are brought about into discussion before passing to a consensus approval.
If a proposal is approved it passes onto the next tier of the process but if denied it can only be brought back into the realm of discussion after amendments are considered to the original proposal.
The second tier of approval comes at the heads meetings which ensures that approved projects are well received by other committees and allows for proper integration throughout the entire organization. It also allows for some constructive comments and criticisms which
3.Project Leader Accountability
Every project or proposal must have at least one and no more than two Project leader(s).
The reasoning behind such is that projects need leaders to be flexible and confident enough to be able to make tough decisions – on the spot choices – or guide the project in the direction it was proposed. They are responsible for all aspects of the project from start to finish.
They also have the final say as to who is part of the team of people making the project come together as there are often reasons to keeping these projects tight knit.
They are also the people who will be held accountable for a project and its stated Measurable Success Indicators. They will be expected to provide the official updates to the two tiers whom which approved the project as well as coordinate the Cooperation Model between other committees.
All projects has numerous facets that make them come to life and almost always need numerous committees to contribute and be on board with the process.
If a proposal is accepted through both tiers it is a moral duty of other members to cooperate and help the project move forward in the ways that were outlined when it was proposed.
It is also the project leaders responsibility to consider the timelines and other projects other committees might have within the scope of creating realistic expectations from others as well as not making decisions for other committees. If a project on the land for example requires a marketing team to help produce content – such timelines and elements should have been discussed before the project launched and in the proposal phase and not afterwards.
Conflict resolution is to happen in trusting and respectful way following the models using facilitators and peacemakers within the group. Irrational decisions and anger solve nothing and thus we are looking to create a safe / peaceful state of communication and deliberation in order to come to consensus or agreement.
If for some reason issues are still unable to resolve themselves over time – a decision will be need to pick the resolution outcome having heard both sides of the argument. Committee heads (only those who are not part of the conflict) will then be asked to vote / find a middle ground resolution that can work to compromise both parties wishes / fears into a single actionable step forward with the best interest of the entire organization in mind.
Since, in a general sense, this is Consensus format, the group canʼt move to implementing any form of the proposal if anyone decides to block the proposal. Blocking should not be a common thing.
Blocking even after re-introducing the proposal means that these individuals are stopping the proposal from moving forward. The only real reason to do so is if you believe that the proposal does not align with the core values of the group and that if enacted, the proposal will cause detriment to the group.
It is stated in A Guide to Formal Consensus, “A blocking concern must be based on a generally recognized principle, not personal preference, or it must be essential to the entire group’s well-being. Before a concern is considered to be blocking, the group must have already accepted the validity of the concern and a reasonable attempt must have been made to resolve it. If legitimate concerns remain unresolved and the person has not agreed to stand aside, consensus is blocked.” Just something to think about. The Peacemaker also has the ability to speak to a person blocking a proposal and voice concern if he/she believes that a block is inappropriate. In other words, blocking is a last resort when compromise and revision become impossible.
There are many companies, individuals and platforms that can be used both locally and globally to carry this movement forward and thus to draw in consistent capital as well as involve more companies and people’s intent into the project.
Establishing connections with outside organizations with similar values and goals is key to successful organizational growth. Official partnerships – work relations – content sharing initiatives and event coordination are strongly encouraged ways of being able to share networks, resources and strengths.
We’re going after sponsorship from companies whose values are consistent with Valhalla and whom also provide an attractive exchange of services, creating a win/win scenario for all those involved. We intend to do everything possible to give our sponsors a maximum exposure as well as
Visit “Sponsors” on our website to see our current list of sponsors or to inquire about becoming a sponsor.
3.Merchandising / Licensing
We are allowing people to use the Valhalla name to sell products and services under our collective flag. Together we are more then the sum of our parts. Valhalla will produce its own merchandise while also licensing out its brand and marketing to others. An established percentage of revenues – 20% between 50% of profits will be taken from the sale of licensed products and services.
6Outreach & Documentation Strategy
The world of Positive Sustainable Change needs a stronger voice. Those who are doing the most good in our world are often those with some of the quietest marketing campaigns. They let their actions dictate their merit and righteousness but they would also benefit from some multimedia presence and strength in making their endeavors mainstream.
Valhalla’s Outreach & Marketing Department is dead set on spreading the message of all organizations looking to create Sustainable change in line with its mission and core tenants.
To enable such – we have assembled a one stop shop world class team of professional marketers working to ensure that the proper message reaches your audience through a steady sustainable techniques – high quality media – documentation and telling of inspiring stories in captivating ways.
We pride ourselves on being different – thinking outside the box – being captivating without sacrifice to quality – timely and always responsive to clients expertise, suggestions and vision for their organization.
Therefore, the Valhalla Outreach & Marketing team offers a variety of Services catering to the various needs of our own network as well as able for hire by other likeminded organizations
Content Creation Strategy
Valhalla’s content creation strategy all surrounds the core tenants of being.
Original – We create our own content for our site – we don’t steal it, period.
High Quality – Valhalla strongly identifies with creating the highest quality content we can at all times. We are a leader in online content creation and design and maintaining these standards across ALL projects in association to such is of the utmost importance.
Informative & Engaging – Junk content to generate traffic also yields junk support. We aren’t going to fill your inboxs or newsfeeds with substandard content that isn’t informative and engaging
Focused on Solutions – Although sometimes we need to point out the bad to highlight the good – the main goal of Valhalla content is to be solutions based. We want to focus on creating positive change not on being just another news network removing our faith in humanity. Positive change happens by being positive so we implement a rule that all content or series must be at least 75% positive and solutions based.
Consistent – Content all clumped together or coming out too infrequently serves little purpose – we want to ensure an consistent stream of all types of content at all times. Change happens everyday not just some days.
Collaborative – We want to promote other initiatives that are also in line with our mission as there is abundance for all of us to share this network and help it grow.
The documentation strategy concerning the movement is two fold yet very simple. All projects happening at or in involvement with Valhalla will be documented in some way shape or form in order to continue to relay and spread the information and awareness of these projects and events.
The second portion of such is the actual making of a feature length documentary over the 2014 – 2015 season. More info as to the contents of this documentary are in Appendix.
4.Contests & Giveaways
The use of contests and giveaways in order to promote and engage our fanbase might at times occur. This form of enticement should be used to really engage fans to be able to benefit from such participation and try and limit the feelings of “lossers” by offering something symbolic or small in nature to all participants.
The GreenSeed management platform is something of utmost priority for the movement. It is not only a platform for Valhalla projects to be funded but also to help fund other Valhalla supported projects on an open submissions platform. It is currently in development phase and expected to be launched in a beta phase in Spring 2014.
Some rules regarding project submissions and revenues are as follows:
· Valhalla will ensure that all projects submitted are all related directly to the Valhalla mission and the propagation of sustainable change making projects. This platform is not for general use but to support very specific causes.
· Valhalla will ensure that rewards – especially for its own programs are always of the utmost priority as well as consistently urge other project managers to always consider keeping their integrity and promises in the same level of importance.
· The projects to be accepted or rejected are to be determined on a case by case basis by the project leader of GreenSeed or anyone (s)he appoints to also take on this responsibility.
· Revenues from all projects will include an 8% fee when successfully funded. 3% of this fee is due to credit card processing but the other 5% goes to help fund the efforts of the Marketing division of the movement.
7.Partner & Sponsorship Agreements
Valhalla may look to create strategic partnerships – content sharing strategies – or seek sponsors to help fund and generate income for the movement. A larger percentage of money found in this regard – including things like grant writing and more – should all go into direct projects at Valhalla and there will be a period of evaluation as to what money should go towards that Accounting and Economic Sustainability will help determine the most immediate financial needs of organization. A minimum percentage of 85% of all money earned in this manner should directly enter project unless the exchange involves direct work of specific members for which they should also get their promised payments without deductions if determined that way.
Sponsors and Partnerships are to be negotiated in coordination with the Legal and Economic Sustainability representatives to determine everything from scope of work, budget inflows, and the accountability for what this wealth of resources will be used towards to ensure Valhalla always honors its end of the bargain.
Looking for some professional work to be done for your sustainable business or organization? Consider hiring Valhalla for the below services.
1. Brand Management
Brand Management really encompasses the overall online and offline marketing strategy of an entire organization.
It includes everything from consulting on overall strategies or strategies related to specific campaigns and time periods to the hiring, coordination and management of an entire Multimedia Team.
Full brand management strategies also include monthly performance reports – analytics analysis – and course adjustments to ensure that we meet set up goals for accountability towards reaching an organizations objectives and targets.
2. Website Design & Coding
The coding, design, functions and work of any website type is within the scope of the Valhalla Movements Website Management. Templates or fully custom websites available depending on clients budget and needs we are a one stop shop.
Everything from setting up emails and hosting – to backend training for clients on how the website works – monthly contracts for updates and optimization. We ensure not only we know what is happening with your website but you do as well.
4. Content Creation
A solid website does best when it creates original content for its users to interact with on a regular basis.
With a focus on creating things like blogs, updates or press releases – we have a team of writers that can make content in both French and English to engage, entice and interact with clients.
5. SEO Management & Ad Campaign
Through Backlinking, keywords research and use, online ads, cross posting, and strategic partnerships we can turn an average website into a great one.
Cost per click or social media network ad campaigns are also part of our repertoire.
7. Graphic Design
Nothing speaks louder on the internet then good graphics. From logo’s to websites, to product models or business cards – anything your organization needs designed is within our reach.
We employ talented freelance artists locally and globally to make those ideas we draw on napkins or see in our minds come to life.
8. Event Organization & Staging
Need an event coordinator? We’ve got it covered – with experience in everything from doing weekend conferences, to daily workshops, parties and all we have what it takes to make your event come to life and go off without a hitch.
We also have deals and discounts with professional Staging / Sound and Lighting companies which we pass on to our customers in order to help keep costs down.
9. Sound & Music Creation
Got a song stuck in your head or need a jingle for a radio commercial or perhaps just some sound design for a program you’re building? Do you need an act to hit a stage at your event and get people tapping their feet and slapping their knee?
We hire local musicians to make this all possible.
From white screen product shoots to more creatively artistic shoots we can make you’re organization have a feel from modern and slick to hipster and old school.
With an in house studio or on site photo gigs – we employ a team of photographers to snap the right shots for your products, services or events.
Video is changing the world and it has been for years. Creating mission videos – to quick updates – event coverage – or promo videos we have doing anything and everything in video for some time now.
We can take a message and make it come to life visually and capture the right vibe and feel that videos should entail in the highest quality possible.
12. Crowdfunding Campaign Design
Have an idea and want it to come to life? We can plan out, consult, and create all the aspects to help crowdfund your dreams into reality.
Not only have we created our own platform for such and employ this regularly but we also can help consult and implement your campaigns as well.
7Education Workshops and Events
Education is a main staple of Valhalla’s mandate a large factor in what will help Valhalla successfully change the world. Therefore Valhalla is putting its efforts into a Learn Tab as well as in person events and allowing different teachers to come on board and teach their trade to those willing to attend.
Online Events – “The Learn Tab”
Valhalla’s current online learn strategy is being developed to create or utilize the tools to allow people from anywhere in the world to login and sign up for classes given by teachers also anywhere in the world. We would like for some of these classes to live on forever and have a system where both Valhalla and the teachers benefit from the use of this platform.
We are setting up a webinar platform for this use to be launched in coordination with a calendar of events and a appropriate learn tab that is designed via Categories and Topics and by different teachers.
Different classes will be held at different revenue sharing models and but what Valhalla is committed to is spreading the most pertinent – up to date – and valuable information around the world to the wider and wider audience and very much believes in trying to provide as much affordable value as possible while maintaining economic sustainability for the teachers and platform operators as well.
Community although possible to build online is also much stronger when the realm of education and events goes offline as well. There is much to learn in person and so Valhalla is dedicated to doing as many workshops, events and things as possible to make this move forward. We hope to have a regular stream of on the land work activities as well as some other conferences and networking sessions each and every week!
There is always something going on check our calendar for what’s coming up.
2.Events & Calendar Management
Events and our calendar is reserved to things happening directly in relationship to Valhalla or any of its established partners. We will look to create as many as possible as well as promote as many events as possible that are in line with out vision and mission. We understand that we are not alone in this movement and want to find ways to continuous promote more and more connections and work together to make these things happen.
In order to submit an event to our calendar please contact info(at)valhallamovement.com with all relevant event details and images and why we should consider putting it up.
8More About Valhalla Montreal
1.Land Project – Description & Scope of Work
The land project is comprised of two committees, which themselves are made of all those who are involved with working on the land:
The Green Team: takes care of the soil, plants, trees, bees, farm animals, annual garden, harvesting and preservation of food and medicines and teaches workshops and events to do with these topics;
Build Team: takes care of all the builds that are going on, on the land. Making the designs, acquiring materials, and building them safely and sound.
The Green Team Mission: Our mission is to take old GMO farmland, heal it, and turn it into a food producing paradise, and permaculture demonstration site. Our aim is to do this using the least amount of fossil fuels, and always work in the most sustainable way possible.
The Build Team Mission: Our mission is to build off the grid, self sustaining, structures on the land in a way that is ecologically and financially sustainable, using as many recycled materials as possible while remaining structurally sound and technologically advanced.
2.Land Heads Description & Responsibilities
What and who are they?
A committee head is a full time member who represents the rest of it’s committee members across the organization’s meetings.
The two heads of the Green Team committee are Germ Dee and Vivian Kaloxilos.
The Build Team committee head is Marc Coppola.
The committee heads have certain responsibilities and roles that will determine what they are held accountable for, they are responsible for updating the rest of the committee at all times as well as the movement as a whole.
Roles and Responsibilities:
· To plan out all the activities and projects for the season;
· To plan out the course schedule for the season;
· To oversee that the courses are on time and functional;
· To help interns integrate and participate in existing land projects;
· To ensure that interns have all the tools, knowledge and wisdom to work without a head’s supervision;
· To assist an intern should (s)he want to take on and be responsible for an independent project on the land, and to determine whether the project is do-able in finance, time, and labour, as well as whether it will compliment the existing projects or not, whether the project should be done or not;
· To be responsible for making sure the volunteers that come know how to do things adequately, efficiently, and safely;
· To oversee any courses taught by partnered organizations are running smoothly and safely;
· To provide assistance to any interns or volunteers should it be needed;
· To run a committee meeting every week with committee members;
· To make sure everyone knows what tasks they are doing weekly;
· To delegate certain committed hours to interns for existing land projects;
· To ensure committee members are doing the work they said they’d do;
· To attend the heads meeting one every other week;
· To represent the highest and best interest of the committee in head meetings;
· To provide feedback to their committee after heads meetings;
· To make sure that everything being said, done, and built is done so as sustainably as possible.
3.Interns: Description & Responsibilities
An intern is someone who works with Valhalla but is not yet a full member. After successful completion of their internship and completion of any other membership process at Valhalla, interns may become full members of Valhalla should they choose to.
Roles and Responsibilities of Interns:
· To help out with existing projects that The Land Project is running;
· To commit to a certain amount of work hours each week;
· To commit to certain tasks every week, and to complete on their own time;
· To make sure she/he knows everything she/he needs to know for a task, if not, to seek the assistance of the committee heads;
· To always ask a head before changing plans on a project should the intern think there is a more efficient and sustainable way for something to be done;
· To attend the committee meeting and committee group work day every week;
· To help the heads should they need assistance with volunteer days or events taking place on the land;
· To let the heads know as early as possible if the intern is going on vacation, a festival, or of any absence. Two weeks minimum if possible would be sufficient;
· To find a replacement (another intern or a head) who agrees to cover the responsibilities should an intern be absent;
· To notify the heads if the intern is sick or in bad mental or physical condition to work, or of any emergencies that the intern may run into;
· To always make sure that the intern is not compromising the safety of her/his self or other people on the land;
· To only use equipment that the heads have allowed the intern to use, and to not use any equipment that the intern does not know or is unsure how to use properly and safely
4.What kind of Interns is Valhalla Looking For?
Valhalla’s Land Project is looking for interns to help out with the various projects that are going on. We are looking for people who are responsible, who take initiative, who have a great team spirit, who can work in groups, who can work alone, and who believe in the mission and vision of the Valhalla Movement and Valhalla Montreal.
The heads are not there to boss people around. They serve as guides to help and assist others as they are not necessarily the most knowledgeable about any one topic but they are the ones maintaining the dynamics of the group and are fully immersed within the Movement and the things going on within it.
Thus, we are looking for interns who we can rely on to do the work they committed to, in a timely fashion. The heads will not be making a work schedule for the interns, we expect the interns to be able to schedule themselves to do their work. There are things the heads will suggest, such as garden in the mornings or evenings because the sun gets too hot, not to water plants during the day, etc, but exact times and days will not be given out for work from Monday to Friday. There are two exceptions to this:
1. When there are major projects happening on the land that require many hands to help, we will ask for the attendance of the interns. This projects could be anything from garden work, to construction work, to volunteer days, to special events.
2. Every Saturday, we will have a committee lunch, committee meeting, and committee group work day. We expect all interns to be there, unless the heads were notified of an absence due to sickness, injury, or vacation in advance. (Rain checks will apply this item to be on Sunday instead)
We are looking for people who are available for the entire season, as in the intern is not planning on leaving for a few weeks or more at a time. The season if from April/May (depending on weather) to September/October. There is a second growing season at the end of the summer, for winter crops, however this is not mandatory for an intern to be available for. We are all human, and we understanding the need to cease an opportunity. This being said, we very much value committed and reliable individuals.
We value people who like to make the best of every situation, and find ways to make even the most boring tasks fun. We enjoy a delicate balance between work and play as this work is meant to be fulfilling and enjoyable.
Specific roles we are looking for help with:
General Land Maintenance
Glass / Bottle Workers
Specialists (example: Aquaponics)
Brick Layers / Cement workers
Tire Pounding Enthusiasts
5.Internship Position Description
The following describe what help we are looking for in the interns with regards to existing projects:
· Finish the interior.
· Add another layer of cob, and a finish.
· Set up of Solar Power Systems
· Build the aquaponics system
· Set up Rain Barrels
· Build up the garden beds and plant in them
The Annual Garden:
Our annual garden is a massive sun mandala with a 100 ft diameter. This year will be the first year that Valhalla tries a collective garden. We are looking for people who would like to plant food in the garden, and take responsibility for maintaining the beds that they planted for the entire season. The food in the garden is collective, so that we don’t have everyone planting the same things (i.e. tomatoes). Each person can make their own gardening schedule so that they can work on their own time.
We ask that people water the plants in the evening only, after 5 pm. This garden is strictly organic and Non-GMO. We are only going to plant one variety of corn to avoid cross breeding.
The Forest Garden:
Last year, the green team planted ~200 fruit and nut trees on the land, and also put in some shrubs as well. This year we need help completing the guilds for each of those fruit and nut trees in order to install a good natural disease and pest control system, and to increase food production and diversity as well.
We are lucky to be working with an expert mycologist, who has experience companion planting specific mushrooms with specific orchard trees to help them grow, we will all be learning about this as well.
We have one hive from last season, and we will be receiving two more hive this season. We are looking for people who would like to help take care of the bees, hopefully these people already have experience with bee keeping. The hives will also be collective, as in the work will be taken care of collectively. Notes and observations will be shared in order to increase the group learning experience. Valhalla will not provide bee keeping gear (apart from masks). Vivian, who runs the hive at the land, does not use any gear when she checks her bees, and so Valhalla has not invested in gear and currently doesn’t have the funding to do so just yet.
Valhalla has a 1 year old dog, named Bear. He is a very nice dog, very friendly and very smart. However, he does like to annoy our neighbour’s horses and chase after chickens. Occasionally he runs off to disturb other dogs and won’t come back if we call him in these situations. Other than this, he generally listens very well when you want him to come or stay.
We are looking for someone with experience and a passion for training dogs. We want our dog to protect our land animals and not kill them. We would like him to not chase after horses and other animals. We would like him to not walk on the garden beds. We want him to be our farm dog!
Once a successful season of food growing and harvesting is done, we will need to preserve some of the food to make it last into the winter. We are looking for people who are interested in helping out with the food preservation process.
Construction and Building:
This summer, we have plans to build a few things on the land.
· A compost toilet
· Sink and Shower
· A shower
· Welcome Desk / Fruit Stand
· Solar Sheds
· A solar dehydrator
· Solar Sheds
· Vertical Axis Wind Turbines
We are looking for people with building skills to help build and in some cases design some of these builds.
General Land Maintenance:
We are looking for people to help us can help us mulch our paths, keep the land organized and general clean and functional. We might also need help with our land water system.
Ideally, an intern would be interested in two or more (all is good as well!) of these positions, as many of these tasks tie into the next.
We also need to ensure that the paths on the land are always clearly defined and looking sharp – This will entail laying down some kind of mulch to keep back the weeds and have them be clearly defined for tours and others to navigate without unknowingly trampling plants.
6.Land Project Funding
The Green Team:
Current funding for green team projects comes in exchange for teaching classes at the Centre Jardin de Brossard that happen twice a week. A large percentage of this money is reinvested in the land. Additionally, our Media services have been traded in the past for plants, soil, and other things that the green team has required. We are hoping that some of our documented videos about our work will also bring in some additional finances as well.
The long term plan for the land itself will be to be to produce enough fruit to become a U-pick in ~5 years, which will definitely generate income. People will be able to come to the land, pay a small donation, and enjoy eating the fruits that they find on the land as a result. Extra produce from the forest garden and annual garden is also a source of revenue. When production is high enough to sell, we will begin selling it through our Fruit Stand and Welcome Desk.
Another way we hope to make money in the future is by making transformed products, like canned goods, perfumes, salves, creams, soaps, essential oils, etc with the Valhalla brand on it, and sell those as well. The possibility of Valhalla starting a seed providing business and sapling nursery is also in discussion at the moment.
It is important to note that if volunteers create products for sale under the Valhalla banner they can and will be able to keep some of the revenues from such in order to help sustain their ability to continue doing it and turning into a legitimate business. Although the goal isn’t about making money – it does facilitate the transition into depending less and less on it at this stage of our progression.
GreenSeed will also be used on occasion to fund projects and a certain portion of proceeds will also go to help pay labor for those in the Green Team.
The Build Team:
Current funding for build projects are coming in the ways of multimedia work, GreenSeed (Valhalla’s crowd funding platform), personal investment, and sourcing as many recycled free materials as possible. Future funding for builds may come in the form of workshop and event revenues, and from revenues generated from the construction and use of successful builds, such as the Welcome Desk, and The Barn (Valhalla’s Earthship Sustainability Learning Centre). Both of these buildings will be built within the next two years.
Valhalla will be giving land tours this season, for people who just want to visit and see what we are up to. These tours will generate income, and the revenue generated will go to both projects supported by the Green Team and the Build Team.
***ALL VOLUNTEERS AND INTERNS MUST SIGN A WAIVER TO WORK ON THE LAND***
See appendix so sign and send to info(at)valhallamovement.com
In order to assure the safety of everyone on the land, no one is allowed to use tools or equipment that they were not permitted to use. In order to be allowed to use our tools and equipment, a land committee head must have given you permission and a full explanation of how to use the equipment. If a person is unsure of how to use something, we ask that you do not use it and wait for your questions to be clarified. Putting the equipment back into their places after use also helps reduce chances of accidents happening as well as things like theft and damage.
When working with any equipment, including shovels, it is required to be wearing work boots. When constructions are happening on the land, it is required that everyone is wearing shoes to avoid stepping on nails, tools, etc.
8.Taboos & Misbehaviours
Mistreatment of land tools and equipment is putting your safety and others safety at risk.
· Leaving tools and equipment on the floor is considered mistreatment of tools, and is a safety hazard for others.
· Mistreatment of animals, bees, and our dog is strictly not allowed.
· Mistreatment of other people on the land is strictly not allowed.
· Inviting big groups of people to the land without permission is strictly not allowed.
· Sleeping on the land without permission is strictly not allowed – It’s not that we don’t want sleepovers but the city has made it very clear that we are not allowed to do such given the current zoning. Every time someone breaks this rule this hurts our credibility with them and our neighbours and is just not something we can do at the moment.
· Leaving garbage, glass bottles and plastic bottles on the land is not allowed. We have a garbage and a recycling bin you can you use.
· The use of chemicals on the land is strictly forbidden – we value organic farming and there is always alternatives to the use of harmful unsustainable chemicals.
· Any persons misbehaviour which disrespects others or puts their safety at risk is strictly not allowed, and any one going out of line will be asked to leave.
9International Valhalla Chapters
More information on how to establish another Valhalla chapter is soon to come. This is a process that will take some time before it is fully finalized but we do have lots of ideas as to how to make it work and are very open to making it happen :)
More info to come soon!
10Terms and Conditions of this Agreement
All parties hereby agree that this partnership agreement / manifesto document be drafted and accepted in English and is legally subject to and binding under Quebec / Canadian law.
This agreement applies to signatory parties from all countries of the world regardless of citizenship.
The terms and conditions of this Manifesto are in effect for the Valhalla Movement Fiscal year of 2014 ending March 31st 2015 upon which they can be renegotiated and adjusted in order to remain flexible as an organization.
This agreement will be published publicly online on the Valhalla Movement Mission and About pages of the website for all to see as well as to ensure transparency.
All parties and members and interns agree to be allowed to be on video photo and audio captures in relation to the development and happenings of the Valhalla Movement. These same individuals agree to be part of its documentation and media platforms and to relinquish a release for such to The Valhalla Movement Foundation. They also agree that all content produced in conjunction with or in the name of The Valhalla Movement becomes property of the organization as well once published under the Valhalla Movement name.
This Manifesto is meant to be flexible and discussed on a yearly basis but also can be amended via a consensus vote of all active members. If by consensus amendments are made to this manifesto – they will added to the public version of this document within 72 hours of amendments.
Extra materials forms and things related to the Valhalla Movement and this manifesto
1.Project Proposal Form
Name of proposal submitter(s):
- Why is this project important and relevant to Valhalla?
- What does it entail?
- Where will it be manifested?
- What is the timeline?
- Who will be involved?
Which committees does this project involve?
Which committees need to vote individually to approve this proposal?
Project facilitation and implementation details
- Proposed project manager
- Proposed detailed budget
- Allocation of budget to members involved
- Appointed Economic sustainability officer
- Expected revenues from proposed project?
- Any Committee overlap details
- Additional details
What Measureable Success Indicators can the project have?
2.Entry Level Internship & Membership Submission Form
INTERESTED IN BEING AN INTERN?
Send the appropriate heads an email including answers to all these questions CLEARLY marked with the appropriate headings so we can process the vast amount of applicants we do get on a regular basis. Please keep your answers brief and concise for the most part J
Understand that it might take us time to respond to these applications but we will always inquire more and respond within a reasonable delay and do whatever we can to make it work for as many people as possible. We are looking to involve as many people as possible all the while remaining manageable and realize this is also our first ever officially coordinated Internship Program.
Know that at the moment NO Valhalla member is being paid for their work in relation to Valhalla – although plans for Economic Sustainability are in place for this season we aren’t looking for “free labour” without us ourselves providing it too.
Build Team Head: Marc – info(at)valhallamovement.com
GreenTeam Heads: Vivian – vivian.kaloxilos(at)gmail.com
It is important to note that an applicant must attend at least
An online Webinar and/or An in Person Tour
There is a Secret Word at the end of these tours that ensures someone did actually attend – a schedule of these Tours can be found on our Calendar.
Current City/State of Residence:
Do you want to be added to our newsletter? YES / NO
Date of Internship Submission:
· Why You?
· Previous experience in any of the fields (it’s not a requirement but we just want to know):
· Are you looking to be a full or part time intern?
· What skills are you currently learning about / doing and what skills are you looking to integrate into your life/through your participation in the movement?
· When do you plan on being at Valhalla (arrival / departure estimates?)
· What projects underway or other are you interested in Participating in?
· What committees are you interested in being a part of?
· What do you feel you will add to this/these projects?
· Do you have the financial means to be able to support yourself for an extended period of time? Are you expecting a pay for your internship?
· Are you looking to come to Montreal and get a job? If so what languages do you speak? What jobs / skills / fields would you be willing / expecting to work in?
· Would you be willing to live in a common household with other interns / members and be part of the community or would you seek your own residence of some kind?
· Do you want a private room or you open to more of an open space?
· Are you willing to sign a release for that allows us to include you in videos and pictures that are in relation to the Movement to be displayed online to the public?
· Are you willing to sign a release that says that you are responsible for your own health care and injuries within reason of Valhalla acting accordingly?
Any other relevant info or comments?
3.Second Stage Membership Submission Form
Date of Official beginning of Internship:
30 Day Mark Date:
Date of Submission of this Form:
Choice of 3 Pillars
Challenges Granted by Pillars
Date of 60 Day Challenge Beginning:
Date of Membership Evaluation Consideration and Vote:
4.Multimedia Release Form
Date Birth (if minor need parents consent):_________ Social Security Number:
I understand that The Valhalla Movement Foundation dba as Valhalla Movement or its affiliates (the “Producer”) is producing an audiovisual production, video or film presently entitled “_______________” (the “Project”) and that Producer has requested that I grant it the right to photograph and record me, my voice, and/or use existing footage of myself for inclusion in the Project.
I hereby agree to the photographing, recording, publication, broadcasting, transmission and reproduction of my name, appearance, image, likeness, voice and other participation in the Project and hereby confirm my agreement and consent to participate in the Project. I hereby grant to Producer, its agents, assigns, employees, licensees and successors all of my right, title and interest in and to the Project, including, without limitation, the right to use footage of myself and recordings of my voice (such photographs and recordings to be collectively referred to as the “Reproductions”) in connection with the Project and to include in the Project any of the Reproductions. I acknowledge that Producer is and will be the sole owner of all rights, including copyright, in and to the Reproductions, any contributions made by me, the Project and any recordings, works and reproductions thereof.
I agree that Producer may record any of the Reproductions in any format or media now known or hereafter developed for use in the advertising, exhibition, exploitation, promotion, exploitation, transmission, distribution and turning to account all or any part of the Project as Producer may, in its sole discretion, determine, including by theatrical, television, home video, interactive, web, internet or mobile and any other medias now known or hereafter discovered.
I understand that Producer is under no obligation to use the Reproductions in connection with the Project and that Producer shall have the right to edit, modify, add to and delete any material, juxtapose, change the Reproductions including any sequence of events, questions asked and answers, fictionalize persons or events including the undersigned and makes changes to the Reproductions and the Project including dub, substitute the voice of another person for my voice and that Producer may use my name, image, voice and likeness and other information concerning me in connection with the Project, the whole as Producer may, in its sole discretion, determine.
I hereby expressly release Producer, its agents, assigns, employees, licensees and successors from and against any and all claims, liabilities, demands, actions, causes of action, cost and expenses, whether at law or in equity, which I have or may in future have for invasion of privacy, appropriation of personality, defamation, or any other cause of action arising out of the exploitation of the Project or any part thereof. I agree to hold Producer, its agents, assigns, employees, licensees and successors harmless against any liability, loss or damage cause by or arising from my participation in the Project.
I acknowledge that Producer is relying upon the rights granted to it hereunder in incurring the costs of producing the Reproductions.
(Signature of Person giving the consent)
5.Injury & Liability Release Form
To be added
6.List of 2014 Committee Heads and Other Organizational Positions
Accounting / Legal:
Appointed Outside Council: Ziyan & Sam Coppola
Economic Sustainability Counselors (2):
Human Resources Specialist:
Entertainment & Events:
Chief Events Coordinators (2):
Merchandising Coordinators (2):
Outreach and Marketing:
Chief Editor :
Mind, Body, Spirit:
Sustainable Technology Managers (2):
Permaculture Specialists (2):
Public Relations Specialist:
External Affairs Coordinator: