Economical Structure of Tamera
Tamera is based on a community of trust. This is also reflected in its economic structure. Money is, like everything in a community of trust, subject to the communitarian ethics: transparency, mutual support and responsible participation.
The community is regularly informed about all cash flow, economic projects and investments. All decisions are transparent; all community members are invited to the relevant councils. Tamera itself, with all its buildings and purchases belongs to “the community” – the legal figure is listed below.
Trust is not the result of paragraphs and articles. It is a human quality. The deeper the trust is among each other and the more one has embraced the political objectives of Tamera, the more he or she will take responsibility for the whole and move away from his previously private existence into a communitarian way of life. This also includes a responsible way of dealing with the subject of money. It is a challenging research topic to invent a monetary system that promotes trust and community and reduces competitive thoughts. We are currently navigating through a mixture of both communal and private property with the increasing orientation towards a communitarian economy.
The Legal Figure of the Tamera Economy
If we wanted to describe Tamera in entrepreneurial terms, we could say its product consists in building a global model of peace and information fields for healing; its profit consists of the knowledge that is passed to the world as help, its shareholders are all the people who want to invest their money, their knowledge, their labor.
Tamera is a communitarian undertaking. In the existing legal system, there is so far no elaborate legal form, which really captures the complex structure of a community. We have therefore developed a structure combining the form of companies and associations for our communitarian framework.
The property of Tamera and its infrastructure is owned by the company Ilos, Peace Research Center, Lda. The shareholders of Ilos are the registered associations “G.R.A.C.E.” and “Associação para um Mundo Humanitario” (AMH). The active members of the associations are the community members of Tamera.
The Associação para um Mundo Humanitario (AMH) is responsible for the environmental and technological research projects of Tamera: the Solar Village Test Field, the Water Retention Landscape, ecological landscape healing, the reforestation project, building alimentary biotopes and for establishing the regional network.
The G.R.A.C.E Association is responsible for the field of peace education, including the Global Campus, the youth school for global education, Place of the Children, as well as internal education and global peace actions. The Association also has a special training and scholarship fund for student peace workers from more impoverished countries. It is possible to sponsor students.
This structure is made up of a business, which is allowed to make profit, and a charitable non-profit sector, which finances its activities through donations and grants. Profits from ILOS are equally shared between the two associations.
Tamera has three monetary circuits:
1. Basic Household
This is the heart of the communitarian economy of Tamera. It covers all basic costs of the place and the people including services, repairs, maintenance, and supply. The Basic Household is funded by guests and the revenue from seminars, and from the Book Shop, the Support Circle and direct donations, as well as by the community itself. Considering the size of the project, this Basic Household is relatively low. It makes it possible that within the community there are no wages and labor costs. All co-workers work for room and board and receive a small monthly stipend.
The co-workers of Tamera take the responsibility for any financial deficits. They are therefore required to attract money outside of Tamera to compensate for any shortage in the Basic Household.
2. Loan Budget
The purchase of Tamera’s land and the initial investment were financed in part with loans. For several years we decided to stop using loans for investments, for political reasons. The Loan Household can be repaid with the help of interest-free exchange loans so that private loans that are due can be paid back.
3. Investment Budget
Funds donated here will go towards the individual project groups. Donations from the Investment Budget are used for building projects, the Solar Village Test Field, the further expansion of the Water Retention Landscape, food autonomy, landscaping, the creation of the International School "Escola da Esperança", political actions, networking journeys, etc.
The "silent" costs incurred for each new investment – operating costs, costs for maintenance, spending on infrastructure, cooperation, planning and preparing projects – are not charged extra each time but are set at 30% of the incoming donations. This 30% is redirected to the Basic Household, which carries these silent costs.
There are several ways to financially support Tamera.
1. Donate now:
You will find more detailed information and the accounts listed below here
2. Become a member of the Tamera Support Circle
The Support Circle is a group of people who support Tamera’s work with a monthly contribution of various possible levels; this money goes toward the Basic Household. This regular, reliable income is especially important for planning in Tamera. It also enables the co-workers to maintain continuity in their areas of research, without having to interrupt their work with jobs outside of Tamera.
More about the Support Circle here
3. Support students from all over the world to come to Tamera and study.
Look at the Scholarship Fund on the Grace Foundation´s website: here
4. Give Tamera an interest-free loan
More information: beate.moeller(at)tamera.org
For the Humanization of Money and new political ways:
Tamera is closely cooperating with the “Grace Foundation – for the Humanization of Money.” The Foundation, headed by Benjamin von Mendelssohn and his team, does not only promote a single project, but supports the whole “Healing Biotopes Plan,” that is to say, the actual construction of selected pilot projects worldwide (Healing Biotopes). For more information here