The Amitoyens in Pays de Gex, France, had a dream for themselves and for future generations. As one of them, Stéphanie Caldy, explains: “The society that we as humans have created, no longer works. We are at the end of the road. We want to propose a different way of living and we want to make it work, together”. Their original aspiration was to live together in an environmental friendly co-housing for people of different backgrounds and ages.
Throughout the years administrative and human hurdles got in their way and the co-housing has (not yet!) come to fruition. The families and the individuals in les Amitoyens had to adapt their dream and their actions. But their shared values have been standing strong. Today, various smaller expressions of the Amitoyen dream exist in France and in Italy.
“The dream has been transformed, but the values that we discovered and acquired over the years are still very much present. They are real and they are in the present. All we want to do is to spread them”
Stéphanie Jourdan in Dare
In Dare we follow the family of Stephanie, Xavier and Zacharie who have brought the dream to the countryside in the French Jura, where they built their own eco-friendly house and are now hosting events on permaculture. Today, they are living their dream. And that is hard work.
“It is always through hard work and commitment that you will make your dreams come true. Try, try!”
Lorenzo Pistolesi, musician and co-founder of Amitoyens in the song Tentare