Since 1993, the Smala association team supports social as well as cultural and environmental social innovation projects in versatile spaces. Smala contributes to solving the big issue that is cooperating, working together, sharing and pooling resources.
The living places are what bounds our activities together. We cooperate as well as cohabitate there.Concretely, from 1993 to 2013, we managed over 40 houses dedicated to community ecology.
Concrete examples of actions lead by Smala in these places :
- supporting non-lucrative businesses that have a social, cultural or environmental aim.
- supporting eco-construction by soft-renovations, while reducing real-estate speculation.
- supporting social and cultural micro-projects reducing the cultural consumption and promoting consumers-players and self-development
- mutualisation of numerical technologies (shared connexions, shared computers and printers, social network “citizen” … ) reducing expenses in digital equipment and IT support.
- encouragements and measures to facilitate the reduction of time spent working, continuous auto-formation, associative commitment, eco-construction, multi-disciplinarity, cultural pairings, open forums and more broadly voluntary simplicity.
- measures encouraging the use of recyclable materials, renewable energy, second-hand furniture, reusable trash for artistic purposes.
- promotion of a certain social and solidary economy (management of an address book, a connection of small associations and self-employed.) and incubation of APRES-VD.
- formation days (tour of other eco-villages and eco-places, practical experiences with manual work …)
- use of free software and other forms of communication ecology
- transfer of socio-pedagogic from Switzerland to Europe and from Europe to Switzerland (see menu “our projects”, notably INATER, TTAT…)
- simply welcoming people wishing to cohabitate and cooperate in the Smala managed houses.
- They are a source of social peace in our region and leave great memories.
- They did not cost a lot to the collectivity, most of them were 100% self-sustained.
- People from all walks of life encounter and respect each other.
- It is well managed administratively. We always complete our projects.
- We deliver the production of our labour to the local community.
- Thousands of people participated, it is a great network of learning by doing.
- It raises new ways of thinking and new debates, as it is pioneer and transdisciplinary.