El Planter is a self-managed living education designed for a secondary education stage. The fulfillment and happiness of the person constitutes the core of this project. We firmly believe that a meaningful learning is born out of a genuine motivation. Our philosophy has led us to fuse the concepts of Teal and Giraffe school into an educational space for secondary school. Now we need your help to make it a reality.
The 2020/21 academic year was the year of this consolidation. We would have reached the minimum number necessary for the self-sustainability of the project thanks to the arrival of new young people, but the crisis caused by COVID-19 has brought about a sudden change in the economic situation of families as in the educational community and those who were about to join El Planter.
85% of the money you donate will account for the scholarships allowing young people to continue with their study. Everyday’s school program is decided together with them. In fact they have a say into shaping up the contents of the subjects.
The remaining part will go for sharing our progress globally.
These school experiences could mean a gold mine of knowledge to be shared with the region and its social initiatives, the education and business world also with you. In a nutshell we are aiming at doing things anew.
This campaign is approved by Frederic Laloux, author of the book "Reinventing Organizations" and Helen M. Adamson, Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. We are moved by a common purpose: to help co-create a world of peace, freedom and happiness.
Wanting to know what Teal means? Don't know what a Giraffe school is? Are you eager to know how we work at El Planter?
WHAT IS A TEAL SCHOOL?
Teal is referred to both non-profitable and profitable organizations and companies as presented in Frederic Laloux's book "Reinventing Organizations". The self-published book in English is the best-selling business book of the last 10 years, it has been translated into 17 languages and has sold more than 600,000 copies. It features 12 pioneering organizations, including a school, that have evolved into ways of doing things that generate greater well-being for people and at the same time improve economic outcomes
The book is inspiring many organizations around the world to begin a process of change toward ways of doing things based on other principles: individual responsibility (no hierarchies, no imposed schedules, etc.), fullness (feminine energy, emotional support, spirituality, Nonviolent Communication) and the evolutionary purpose (without strategic plans, constantly evolving to adapt to a world full of changes and new needs, etc.). It is aimed at people like us who, while perceiving that something has been broken in the way we have so far imagined the world, trust, like the organizations presented in the book, in the capacity of the human being to build new ways of living together.
From this educational initiative, we are proposing to give young people an opportunity to grow according to these same principles:
Individual responsibility, fullness and evolutionary purpose.
We want to accomplish that through the use of a new language in the service of this new reality: Nonviolent Communication.
WHAT IS A GIRAFFE SCHOOL?
Nonviolent Communication (also called Giraffe Language) was developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Doctor of clinical Psychology, educator and recognized mediator in international conflicts. It is a tool that helps us connect with what is alive in us and intensifies our awareness of the meaning of giving and receiving naturally. It aims to strengthen the capacities to awaken empathy in others and to respond with empathy towards others and towards ourselves. It allows us to rethink our way of expressing ourselves, listening and resolving conflicts.
Marshall Rosenberg founded the so-called Giraffe Schools, which were governed by the following principles:
- Young people, families and companions learn together, and from each other;
- Learning objectives, rules and boundaries are agreed upon by all and refer to all;
- Young people are motivated by intrinsic values, needs and desires;
- There are no coercive measures of any kind;
- Companions listen and take into account the needs expressed by the young people;
- Young people take full responsibility for their learning processes and behavior
Now that you know what a Teal - Giraffe school is, we would like you to imagine The Planter and its day to day life. At El Planter we have been for 4 years structuring ourselves in this way and employing these tools to communicate and relate.
In order to completing out this process we have gotten:
- To be able to cope with the economic shock Covid-19 involves for our community.
- Complete the training of the companions.
- Invest in a series of teaching materials.
- Generate pedagogical documentation to share with the world of education.
In case the fundraising exceeds our expectation, our next move is clearly to rehabilitate the third floor of the estate to turn it into a new art workshop, open and bright.
Warum das wichtig ist
For the families wishing to give their sons and daughters a different opportunity.
For families that know what they really don’t want.
To all people from the territorial environment involved in social initiatives.
To the women and men from the field of education, who want the sustainability of projects such as El Planter to establish a dialogue for the exchange of experiences, methodologies and teaching tools in the secondary stage.
The Nonviolent Communication community that seeks to see how this language of life reaches more and more young people.
To the organizations and companies interested in learning about new models of creation and organizational management. Also organizations and companies that are known to be close to: Teal, NER, Sociocracy, Holacracia, B-Corp.
To the investors, business angels, benefactors and sponsors, who have the financial means to accelerate, consolidate and scale up these types of projects.
To the people with whom we share the purpose: to contribute, with love.
And to those who have just read these words.
The Planter needs so badly your help; this is why we are asking you for it. In exchange, we’re offering you a range of plans for interaction and conversation.
You can read about in the rewards section.
We consciously offer the full range of rewards (different exchange proposals; training, interaction and conversation) regardless of the amount of the donation. Our intention is to thank the effort and solidarity that is in every act of giving .
The El Planter Educational Project Association was created by a few people with a common vision and purpose. Fostering the notion of individual responsibility, contributing to extend a world of peace, freedom and happiness are some of the cornerstone the whole project spins around.
In 2015, we co-created El Planter, a self-managed cooperative model in all its areas.
These people, mostly families from the El Planter community, are committed to sustaining and driving the educational project in its growth. We are now running El Planter throughout this fundraising campaign.
In addition to be giving educational support to the group of young people in their daily lives, we are backed up by experts in the field of education who are providing us with some guidance on a variety of activities our students do.
Co-founding member, coordinator and coach at El Planter. Academic advisor in the scientific-technological and mathematical fields.
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Research into pedagogical innovation projects. Entrepreneur in the field of non-formal education in childhood and adolescence.
Co-founding member, coordinator and coach at El Planter. Mediation and conflict resolution.
Mother of one son and two daughters. Disseminator and trainer of Non-Violent Communication. Chi Nei Tsang massage therapist. Graphic design and communication.
Coach at El Planter. Academic advisor in the artistic and social fields.
Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design. Holding a master's degree in teaching. Leisure education trainer, and linked to Scouting. Formed in group processes and in feminist perspective.
Coach at El Planter. Academic advisor in the field of foreign languages.
Father of a daughter and a son. Bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpretation. English coach in language acquisition process and French teacher. Overseas connections.
Co-founding member and coach at El Planter.
Father of a daughter and two sons. Accompanying development processes. Formed in living education and 14 years accompanying processes in children and families.
Co-founding member, coordinator and psycho-pedagogical support at El Planter.
Mother of a daughter and a son. Psycho pedagogue and social educator. Trained in Systemic Pedagogy and Gestalt Therapy.
Coach at El Planter. Academic advisor in the linguistic field.
Teacher and educational advisor, associate professor of the Master's Degree in Secondary Education at the UB.
Coach at El Planter. Advisor in the artistic field.
Father of a daughter. Music teacher. Educator. Musician and producer. Trained in Music Education and Generative Coaching.