Perfect equality is an illusion because inequalities and differences always exist. The key is to coexist with them, to prevent inequalities and differences from becoming so acute and polarising that they destabilise the whole. The fundamental call is to learn, or relearn, to live in community, respecting the multipolarity that is the whole.
Cosmopraxis is central to the programme, encouraging participants to align their actions and choices with these values. Participants will explore principles of conscious living, mindfulness in everyday activities, and the cultivation of meaningful relationships and connections.
Our Residential programme is designed to help individuals connect, reset, reimagine and regenerate, explore and immerse yourself into an alternative way of life while working in service to the community and take advantage of the varied learning opportunities that exist within the Folklore microcosm.
The Folklore Residency is a unique experiment in resource, skills and income and pooling. Income generated from commercial activity will be pooled and instead of being directed towards salaries is reinvested in supporting the community as a whole. The learning from the residency will be used to develop new types of collaborative living and housing schemes.
Young people will be involved in building the homes they will reside in thereby learning about regenerative design
Young people will work and train within Folkore Hoxton and learn how to operate a regenerative enterprise
The Young people and existing staff and customers/members will democratically run this join enterprise.
Young people will share resources consumption will be significantly reduced as they implement an internal circular economy
Young people will practice consensus decision making a language of partnership which invites us to expand our perception so that we see ways to bring connection amidst conflict
Young people will be involved in designing a unique housing scheme centered on connection
The residency aims to support young people aged 18-30 who are homeless and experience other forms of discrimination, marginalisation and disadvantage. We are particularly interested in supporting young people who are interested in creativity, art, music and performance.
This unique initiative has been made possible through the extensive pro bono support of experts within the construction industry who have generously provided their gifts of time towards making this happen. The charity LandAid have been instrumental in brokering these relationships.
The initial idea was generated through members of the housing campaign group who have been supported to meet due to funding from The Peoples Health Trust. The designs for the residency came about due to a collaboration between our campaign group members and architecture students from the University of East London.