Eco Pax Mundi Agora Institutions
Eco Pax Mundi Agora works upon the basis of agoras. So these are what conform to its institutions. The name of 'agora' is purposely. An agora is the place where citizens in Ancient Greece gathered for discussion and exchange of products. Eco Pax Mundi Agora aims to retrieve this spirit but echoing the social advances achieved over the centuries and thus acknowledging citizenry and gender equality as well as religious tolerance.
Eco Pax Mundi Agora proposes to establish an agora as a centre where to reinvent Western(ised) lifestyles around organic produce, permaculture design, low-tech trades, basic needs, eco-literacy and agritourism.
From their establishment to their maturity, agoras go through different stages and are accordingly variously labelled. From beginner seed agora, to developing seedling agora, to self-sufficient ecosystem agora, to highly developed mature ecosystem agora. These different labels allow steering bioregional agoras to assist the various agoras in their progressive developmental stages in accordance to their needs.
The Steering Bioregional Agora
Eco Pax Mundi Agora is fully in charge of steering bioregional agoras. As a matter of fact, these agoras conform to the premises where Eco Pax Mundi Agora's permanent staff have their regular workplace. This staff is made up of three regenerative organic farmers, an expert in permaculture design and an administrative assistant per agora. Incoming and outgoing volunteers are also an intrinsic part of the steering bioregional agora.
Steering bioregional agoras have the size of 1.5 hectares (3.75 acres) and include a forest garden; arbiculture; berries; small livesotck; beekeeping; medicinal plants; a seed bank; a nursery; aquaculture; an educational building that will include accommodation for up to 50 people; facilities for food processing; a greenhouse; and a car park.
There is a steering bioregional agora in each bioregion.
The tasks carried out by the steering bioregional agora are described in 'The Services Provided'.
The Seed Agora
The seed agora is the plot of land usually not smaller than 1.5 hectares (3.75 acres) that a municipality that agrees to become member of Eco Pax Mundi Agora (or villagers or citizens thereof) put at the disposal of Eco Pax Mundi Agora for co-stewardship. This co-stewardship is undertaken by the seed co-stewards who devote themselves to the regeneration and rehydration of the land with the application of regenerative organic agricultural techniques, managed grazing and permaculture design.
The Eco Pax Mundi Agora participants working upon this plot, duly called seed co-stewards, learn regenerative organic farming, managed grazing and permaculture design in an eight-week course imparted by Eco Pax Mundi Agora at an ecosystem agora (see below for a characterisation of such an agora) or at a steering bioregional agora (see above for a characterisation of such an agora).
Seed co-stewards are recruited conjointly by the municipality where the agora is based and Eco Pax Mundi Agora. These may be long-standing villagers registered in the very municipality, in neighbouring or far away villages or towns, or urban newcomers that flee unemployment or highly stressful lives in urban sprawls. Their age (+16), gender, nationality or religious background is immaterial to Eco Pax Mundi Agora.
The Eco Pax Mundi Agora steering bioregional agora responsible for this agora conducts yearly audits to this agora to make sure that the regenerative, organic and peramcultural principles are correctly applied.
The Seedling Agora
A seedling agora is a seed agora that has been successfully tended to for four years and thus has overcome the setting-up stage. The fifth year is considered as the time when co-stewards, now upgraded to the status of seedling co-stewards, can live off the produce grown upon the agora and additional activities they have already organised for such as eco-literacry to the local community.
The Ecosystem Agora
The Mature Ecosystem Agora