ReThink Festival slowly goes global in general and in Honduras in particular

Posted by Runa Juhanisdotter

It’s been a very exciting winter for ReFashionReFood and the ReThink movement. After participating with a Challenge during OSCE Days (Open Source Circular Economy), with a brainstorming workshop on how to spread the ReThink Festival globally, we’ve started the work on the open source DIY manual, we’ve held events in Manchester (UK) plus Marcala (HN) and sister festivals in Vejle (DK) and Los Angeles (US) are in the tube.

We’re increasing our presence in Honduras. Besides strengthening ties and deepening our collaboration with COMSA International School in Marcala, we’re teaming up with Catracha Coffee and their community in Santa Elena, 25 kilometers southwest of Marcala towards the El Salvador border.

Photo: Runa Juhanisdotter © All rights reserved

Santa Elena is set in an enchanting, secluded mountain landscape, some 1600 metres above sea level, where coffee and corn fincas fight against the elements and climate change. The small village is like something straight out of a cool spaghetti western with adobe houses painted in bright colors, macho men wearing sombreros on strong horses, cows and chicken walking freely and chuchas (mutts) roaming the dusty streets, sometimes in howling packs.

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Right there in the center of the ‘pueblo’, a vibrant and inspiring project is taking shape. This is where Mayra (native to Santa Elena) and Lowell Powell are building Catracha Coffee, a community and social enterprise dedicated to accessing the specialty coffee market for small, local coffee farmers. A patient, loving project with a mission that goes beyond coffee to promote prosperity for women and the next generation in Santa Elena.

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Catracha Coffee participated in the ReThink Festival Marcal on February 3 and the plan is to arrange a festival in Santa Elena as well next year. Moreover, we’re initiating fruitful collabs within Catracha’s business incubator, through projects like BunnyMission and Bybaba Fiber Circus. And since we’re movin’ n’ grovin’ our way into speciality coffee, of course we’ll collaborate on that cup as well. Catracha Coffee is another brilliant example of excellent coffee for a cause. What else? Well, since Mayra and Lowell run a cool artist-in-residency program, some joint artivism is also on the horizon.

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In times of increasing political turmoil, climate change and social injustice, creative action and skill sharing are key. This winter Ela Roth and I, had the pleasure to hold training workshops on how to make global impact sock bunnies and how to knit at Catracha. We also had the honor to visit the new local high school in Santa Elena to give a really cool upcycling workshop and to give a talk on the pressing need to build international grassroot networks and sustainable, local communities.

Photo: Ela Roth © All rights reserved

Photo: Ela Roth © All rights reserved

Photo: Ela Roth © All rights reserved

Photo: Ela Roth © All rights reservedPhoto: Ela Roth © All rights reservedPhoto: Ela Roth © All rights reserved

Links:
www.refashionrefood.org
www.catrachacoffee.com
www.bunnymission.org
www.bybaba.com
community.oscedays.org

Photo: Runa Juhanisdotter © All rights reserved

Photo: Runa Juhanisdotter © All rights reserved

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ReThink Festival slowly goes global in general and in Honduras in particular

For a Better World Manga

It’s seems like the world is becoming more and more divided, but many good initiatives are finding each other and joining forces. We are happy to have teamed up with ‘For a Better World’ and are looking forward to working together on various projects, activities and actions. If you attended the ReThink Festival on July 1 in Berlin, you probably already met them and learned about their cool manga project, created to inspire positive actions in order to change the world into a better place. Their manga adventure is now published and we invited them to present it here at ReFashionReFood – Be The Change.

Blog contribution by ‘For a Better World’

“Apparently, human race cannot find the solution to the acceleration of environment destruction, wars, corruption and human rights violations.

For a Better World Manga has 111 pages of adventure, fiction and reality in a thrill of actions that gives chills. The background images are unique and the futuristic looking of figures reminds of science fiction movies.

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But there is something really disturbing about the general setting. Whilst the heroes’ looks are fictive, all the chapters are based on real life stories. It is all about the world we live in, the problems and solutions presented in a very original and dramatic way.

In the story three heroes are on a quest to make the world a better place. They fight against a group of powerful evil men in black, who represent all that is wrong in the world and are at the roots of the world’s problems.fbw-powerownersAll background scenery photos, with a few exceptions, are our own unique photos.

We travelled around the world for the last four years to see the state of the planet with our own eyes. At the end of this period we created For a Better World – a worldwide community aimed at bringing peace, social justice and environment protection.

We did extensive research and linked our findings to what we saw during our travel. We made a selection of more then 200 documents collected from media and institutional sources and wrote the text ‘Unveiling the Hidden Reality”. This documents are unveiling the mechanisms by which domination and exploitation takes place on earth. This text became the theoretical background of our Manga.

Before visiting the last country of our trip, Japan, we had the idea of creating a Japanese style Manga. It would be an original vehicle to present our findings in a dramatic and expressive way.

We did not know how to develop this idea and thought its accomplishment would be almost impossible. First of all we are not skillful enough to paint or make Manga drawings. Secondly we did not have any funds to pay an artist to do it. The possibility of having our own manga was compromised. It was during a casual visit to the Manga Museum that we found out about a computer aided Manga graphic design software. Our project was ready to take off.The Manga is now for sale on our website. We hope all will enjoy it and that it may help to make the world a better place.”

– For a Better World

www.forbetterworld.wixsite.com/fairworld

 

 

For a Better World Manga