RELEARN Suderbyn is a non-profit NGO working locally and internationally with the promotion of and engagement in a more sustainable lifestyle. Their strong focuses are environmental resilience, social justice, education and international cooperation for sustainable development. They have experience in working with and leading various transnational projects: locally, within the Baltic region and internationally.
The NGO was founded in Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage on Gotland in 2007. Over the years the NGO shifted its focus from local promotion of ecological lifestyle to regional and international work with the focus on education and holistic models of social and environmental sustainability.
Their activities areas are:
1. Non-formal education for youth and adults;
2. Action Research and outreach;
3. Cross-border cooperation: across national borders and across different sectors.
Their mission is to work for a sustainable society where innovative solutions are integrated with forgotten knowledge. Through experiential methods they work with holistic learning considering the society, nature, economy, culture and individuals as integrated parts of one complex system. In order to help to bring a social change in the system they work with individuals, groups and international projects in various aspects of global, local and inner sustainability.
- Working actively with Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) — the cooperation between eco-villages around the world with connections in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
- Hosting 8 international workcamps and a number of working weekends through the organisation Service Civil International (SCI)
- Leading Erasmus+ educational project for youth workers with 6 other partners from the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Macedonia and Slovenia.
- Participation in EU's Youth In Action Programme with various Green Skills projects for European Voluntary Service (EVS)
- Close collaboration with the Global Ecovillage Network for Europe (GEN-Europe)
- Cooperation with ECOLISE — Metanetwork of grass-root initiatives for Climate Change and Sustainability
In the Baltic Sea Region:
- Leading the projects Transnational Ecovillages for Societal Transition to Sustainability (TESTS and TESTS II) in cooperation with other BSR countries
- Leading the seed-project for strengthening cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region
- Initiating and hosting the headquarters of the Baltic Ecovillage Network (BEN)
- Partnership in the Baltic flagship project Ecovillages For Sustainable Rural Development
- Collaboration with and hosting the national headquarters for International Arbetslag (IAL) which is the national branch of Civil Service International
- Active participation in the development of the Ekobyarnas Riksorganisation (ERO) — the Swedish Ecovillage Network
- Collaboration with Sweden's National Bicycle Association
- Participation in educational through collaboration with the University of Gotland and local schools
- Promotion of cycling on Gotland through collaboration with Cykelfrämjandet Gotland
- Working with unemployment schemes, Miljöverkstan and the local handicraft organisation Hemslöjden
- Participation in Transition Gotland activities and work towards wider societal changes for a more sustainable lifestyle
In Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage
- Promoting sustainable lifestyle and regeneration of local ecosystems
- Organizing projects, courses, internships, volunteer placements and training at Suderbyn
- Engaging in outreach activities to assist the ecovillage movement