The community

Our contribution to the community

Human behaviour has always a motivation

Equal rights

Forcing others to adapt your ‘charitable’ ideas is different than allowing an open minded dialogue.

It often seems that westerners are quite convinced of their ideals global primacy. This involves not only cultural values, but also scientific, socio-economic and technnical strategies. Through our financial assets, highly developed infrastructures and modern marketing techniques, others are more affected than we imagine. But local conditions and needs of other global regions might completely differ from ours. So Himapan does not aim to make it a matter of evangelising others with it’s good message than rather tries to listen, understand, speak and find solutions together.

The core

is the adjustment of human-natural community to the conditions by utilizing existing possibilities

To make the right choices at spot together with all that are involved is not always easy but can be very rewarding: Achieving goals together gives the whole group a great feeling of accomplishment and unites even more.

You yourself can create unity in order to follow small or big goals with some of the people living around you. It doesn’t matter if it is your family, friends, colleagues or company staff where you buy. All that counts is bringing yourself in.

And even if not being a big socialiser, the smallest step into creating the society you want to live in, is to think thoroughly next time before buying.

What are we trained looking for?

Usually, people by where the value for money is best - We tend to buy where healthy, independent structures are developed. In the long run, this is reflected in the products quality.

The urge to focus on economising is popular among companies and customers, but by design it can not provide satisfaction and redistribution. Rather one is always getting the short end of the stick. Especially, when hard work falls to low-income earners and the main profit goes to owners and executives. Of course, this tends to affect the product quality over time and that is counterbalanced by increasing the sophistication and diffusion of commercials

Himapans contribution to society

Strengthening civil society is very important for us is, that the family live to us. That is why we prefer to connect with everyday people than secluding with the regional elite on quite numerous events.

In Thailand

Weekly markets
Photo: On the weekly market in Kau Hua Chang, Khanom

We strongly ecourage farmers and families to continue selling on weekly markets with simple products, because the markets are a keystone to the community creating independence and even for the poorest families a barriere-low possibility of income.

We don’t wont businesses and farms to disappear with their products into Shopping Malls and Supermarkets where poor families are excluded and financial background or depth with high interest rates ist necessary to join.

Also, weekly markets are a place of freedom, in most cases surrounded by nature, where anyone and any publicly accepted activity is welcomed.

Near-natural agriculture
Photo of Nang and Mae with a fresh pine apple from the garden

Concerning agriculture, we try to set a good example and use every opportunity to show others our approach to eco-friendly farming.

With natural and simple methods we focus on richer soil and more security through biodiversity. Important for us is, that family life and a relaxed and appreciating atmosphere is in the centre.

Workshops
Foto von einem Presentation about social and environmental effects of todays profitoriented economy

Free workshops and presentation to topics like ecology, civil society and economy are a main part of our concept.

Also, we want to present an alternate picture of the “successful” west and with that other beneficial ideas than the usual economisation and mechanisation do exist.

Here, we also work together with the Learning Institute For Everyone, visit projects in northern Thailand, exchange knowledge and do presentations.

Charity
Photo of our donation to the Hutadin Elephant foundation

Casually, we do charity. For example in January 2016, we funded 1 Euro of every litre coconut oil sold to the Hutadin Elephant foundation.

Institutions or people we donate to don’t need to be perfect. Rather we are looking for the strive to improve and try to create a new impulse than just providing money. We try to be a dialogue-partner that supports independence and discerning thinking

In charity, we see the potential for confirming dominions. On the one hand for the donators, that can confidentially live on without need for change after donating and on the other hand for the receivers that increasingly depend on others will to give.

Passing on knowledge and experience
A screenshot of the open-source code of our website.

We share knowledge of all our areas of activity with partners, community and interested people. We integrate Free Cultural Works and Free Cultural Works wherever possible. That is why we also publish our standards, to allow others to improve their quality and that others can show us flaws we didn’t notice.

Restrictive copyright is only implemented where non-interchangeability of our brand is required so that customers can be sure to get the quality they expect from our brand. Concerning knowledge and property, we prefer to choose the appropriate licenses, for example Creative Commons.

In Europe

The exchange circle “Talenteverbund” in Vienna
Photo of one smaller organising Team meeting in Vienna

Company’s founder Philipp Montazem is an active member of the “Tauschkreis Wien” a goods exchange community in Vienna, now part of the Talenteverbund. Philipp not only is an active organising member of this community but also tries to integrate Himapan’s offers and experience where it fits. For example, members of the community can exchange a part of Himapan’s product prices for goods, of course in alignment to the local tax laws.

Furthermore, we support centralised buying form other exchange communities and food-coops with discounts and better delivery conditions.

The refugees table on the Badeschiff Wien
Photo of the Refugees table on the Badeschiff Wien.

Being a former refugee himself, Philipp Montazem hosted a ‘Refugee table’ every sunday in Summer 2016, including an organic-food breakfast buffet.

The purpose was to show guests on the Badeschiff Wien, a large boat at the Donau banks featuring an outdoor swimming pool, aspects of global complexity and Himapan’s approach to it. But actually, we tried to adress the refugees that were involved in some activities on the boat: That taking part in the public process while creating stability and income for the family can be simple, multinational amd doesn’t neccesarily require expensive resources.

Common Good Economy

2017 we made our first Common Good Balance Sheet after the Economy for the Common Good. The groundwork for it was done in 2016 together with a student doing her final thesis on Common Good practices in our company. We helped her to get a clear insight into Himapan’s workflow and supported her in regular meetings together with the PerspektivATELIER and a representant of the Sociocracy Group. With minor changes her final thesis served as the set up for our Common Good Balance Sheet

Accessibility-awareness for socially, physically or mentally challenged people

On Viennas public markets, people asking for money are encountered regularly. Instead of handing out money, we always support them with food or other commodities. The reason is, that we do not want to strengthen financial interlockings with begging-business as a part of organised criminality which has reached a high level of saturation in most European larger cities and is trying to take advantage of the poor and homeless people that can not easily evade.

We support people living under special physical and mental conditions and don’t like to use the term disabled or beggar because we want to help developing skills rather then reminding of hindrances.

We tried very hard to make our website as convenient as possible for deaf and blind people by avoiding audio-only content and implementing hierarchically structured text descriptions wherever possible.

On markets, we take our time for everyone that visits us. Buying or not, likeable or annoying doesn’t matter. Groups of children, for example from kindergarden are our preferred guests. When visitors are deaf or blind, we provide writing tools for communication and the option to touch, smell and taste whatever is suited for that (Yes, our coconut oil is perfectly suited!). And people that are not able to behave according to social standards because of their mental state and are welcomed. No need to be shy or overrestrictive! As long as it bears no harm to anyone, public etiquette might need a little stirring from time to time as well, to see that it is about people’s needs and not about formalities.

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