Jump! Manifesto

Building the Ecology of Change

Humanity has strayed beyond the boundaries of Earth’s carrying capacity. The consequences are life-threatening: extinction of species, environmental pollution, destruction of the natural resources soil, air and water, climate crisis.

In order to regenerate our only existing living space, a fundamental change is inevitable, coupled with the unshakeable confidence of being able to carry it out. This requires the alignment of all our work and our innovative power to the change of our behaviour patterns and lifestyles as well as our economic, operational and social structures – towards a sustainable, ecological, cooperative, public welfare-oriented circular economy.

We – mostly experts in teaching and applying ecological construction and alternative technology, who have been working with concrete sustainable and social solutions for 30 years – are guided by the following principles:

We act for the benefit of all beings and ourselves.
We are both part of nature and responsible creators of our culture.
Our globalized world is an opportunity for more humanity.
Change needs openness for the other, the new, the foreign.
Our teaching practice itself needs change and follows new paths.
We are the most powerful children on earth and assume responsibility.
Everything is connected: damage is self-damage, help is self-help.

The construction industry bears a great share of responsibility for the damage caused – as well as for its elimination: Cement production alone causes ten percent of man-made CO2 emissions – equivalent to a similarly high savings potential. However, technical and conceptual solutions alone do not create sufficiently far-reaching change; they are only one aspect of an “ecology of change”. In addition, a critical mass and the institutions are needed. And first and foremost the basis of everything: a change at the level of consciousness, values and attitudes. One person at a time.

To reach this goal, we are broadening the curriculum of our training courses on ecological building: in order to go beyond professional apprenticeship and promote empathy, awareness and creativity, create space for the muse and play and convey the basics of a participatory, solidarity-based and fair society.

Change is a learning process. Learning is a process of change.
Teaching is both: learning and change.

The train-the-trainer course “Jump! Teaching for Change” is our contribution to the current transition to a more ecological future. Its goals are:

  • circulation economy and natural rhythms
  • resource conservation and regeneration
  • a living bond between man and the environment
  • inclusion of intangibles and complexity
  • comprehensive, ecologically sound cost truth
  • social justice and creative participation
  • diversity, networking and learning from each other.

Let’s Jump! – together