The Power of We

Blog Action Day - The Power of We

Blog Action Day 2012 - The Power of We

Peter Bastian in a recent interview said that in order to move in a direction where we become more able to bear the weight of our own emotional life without trembling and bothering other people with it, we have to focus on what we want with each other, our lifes, ourselves, our children. Our routine dealings with each other are characterized by ideas of comfort and cosiness, we bow and speak nicely. A form that makes the whole lesser than the sum of its parts, and focusing on how I feel in this community, more so than on what we can do together. BunkerLove represents a move towards the unknown, a movement where we together are us. Different rules apply to such a move. Making an effort in this uncertainty means to be present. To make an effort is awareness.

Useful employees by noochiWith BunkerLove we are on an unknown road, and the road feels good. I feel challenged in all areas. With BunkerLove in the back, it is even possible for me to trust the fear of the unknown. My feeling is that we will make this grow. We have been heard, and we listen. There is a relation going on. The unpredictability makes it possible to listen – to be together. My own feeling is that I myself am larger than the sum of the parts, able to make results that are better than what I could achieve with just my own 2 arms, as illustrated by Nanna. When I work for BunkerLove I work with BunkerLove. We would love it if you want to Join our We.

Active citizens want change

Photographer and Nikkie, a day in the life of bunkerlove. Photo: Janne Fonda

Photo: Janne Fonda

Photographer Henning Bagger, see his Berlingske BunkerLove series, and I. July 12, 2012 

Through culture and community, we can turn liquidation to development.

The withering outskirts – more specifically Northern Jutland – is up for debate tonight at the main Library of Aalborg. Chairman of the Rural Action Group Jørgen Folkvang and I have been asked to represent ’active citizens’ and how to adress a negative development. Mikael K and Klondyke provide music, and so does Ole Berthelsen.

My presentation will fabulate and focus on the existential perspectives of life on the edge, the outskirts, the rotten banana, name it as you please.

  • How do we choose our mirrors?
  • What is our vision?
  • How do we tell the story?
  • How do we attack our vision?

BunkerLove, our precious case study, materialized thanks to

  • 28 private persons (and more!)
  • 24 businesses
  • = 52 ’external’ parties being most directly involved.

That is what I would like to debate with you. Hope to meet you there!

Ocean concert

Golden bunker with shadow

“The responsibility is all mine. If I am out of tune, then we are all out of tune. It takes five to be in tune, and only one to be out. Individual contributions are taken seriously and are needed to make the whole, which is greater than the individual contribution” said musician Peter Bastian in a recent interview in DR´s ’ordkraft’.

The sea is mild and good, there is a whirr of wings from a flock of sea gulls, and a ripple in the creek. The sun shines in competition with the rainbow, ending in an azure blue sky. An unknown life in and around the bunker. People swim, cycle, run and play. A weeping boy cries – “Dad, I’ve lost my shoes” – “No, they are by the golden bunker,” the father responds. In the midst of it all stands a fine, old gilded bunker, leaning gently towards the sea in a beautiful concert with sand dunes and the surrounding bunkers. The old war monument is transformed, and in its new guise makes a perfect mirror.

When I mirror BunkerLove 2012, I see a bunch of highly motivated people who have worked hard towards something unknown and maintained a presence in this movement. When you focus so wholeheartedly on something, which everyone involved have, then the movement is also directed towards the community. The fun and crucial part has been that everybody took a stand to move into a field where no individual contribution can stand alone, but where each is needed for the whole. All in all a super motivating experience that individuality and community grow in parallel and in concert.