Dreams Academy / Kaş
Dreams Academy Kaş is a village academy that has been active in the old Çukurbağ Primary School since 2013. It provides free education, production and common life services with alternative, innovative and sustainable methods for people who experience communal discrimination, especially because of chronic diseases and disabilities. All of the works in the academy are voluntary.
As an Alternative Life Center, it’s an umbrella organization that assembles 4 main concepts.
1- ALTERNATIVE CAMP
With the intermediation of sports being the most important applied examples of social change, ALTERNATIVE CAMP has been offering sports, education, integration and holiday camping since 2002.
Until today, this project has been hosting more than 8000 youngsters with disabilities and those who are socially disadvantaged and more than a thousand local and foreign volunteers. For the sake of spreading the Alternative Camp’s model country-wide, AYDER has been going to cities such as Van, Sinop, Fatsa, Artin based on their demands and has been providing support to non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) about the necessary location accessibility for the camping practice they will organize in their region and the collaboration to be made with the local organizations and institutions.
For the sake of spreading the Alternative Camp’s model country-wide, AYDER has been going to cities such as Van, Sinop, Fatsa, and Artvin based on their demands and has been providing support to the non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) there by providing the necessary location access they need for the camping practices they will organize and the collaborations they will make with the local organizations and institutions.
2- DREAMS ACADEMY
By means of Dreams Academy education; culture art and production related groups has been created such as Dusler Kumpanyasi (Dreams Troupe), Social Inclusion Band and Dusler Mutfagi (Dreams Kitchen) and the social integration has been provided to individuals with disabilities.
3- SOCIAL INNOVATION PARK
Being a project of “Learning by experience”, Dreams Academy Kas is the new meeting point that meets all the demands of Turkey’s social innovation candidates in order to preserve and strengthen the universal design and natural structure.
4- ECOLOGIC LIVING
By using the 3500 SQM farm in the academy, we strive to provide all the agricultural necessities of the academy without using any chemical substances and without consuming any industrial food. Instead of following the modern urban lifestyle, we also adopt ecological living principles, using renewable energy solutions.
The main principle of the academy;
Volunteers are the most leading and dynamic powers of social change. People who dedicate their short or long term quality time to an initiative that they believe in are the new role models and knights despite the consumption societies. The most important sustainability guarantee of the social change projects is the volunteering programs.
Living without distinguishing people according to their (dis)abilities, their monetary power, ethnic roots or cultural backgrounds and respecting all kinds of diversity are the main components of our united universal fraternity, equal rights and opportunities approach. Living equally without barriers is a way of existence and “nothing humanistic is unfamiliar to us”.
Everything is based on purchasing and consuming all the time.. Yet, knowing how to give and share what is available is the true wealth. Our accumulated experience, knowledge and feelings are open for sharing without expecting anything in return.
Technology speeds up the virtual communication. We need cross interaction without alienating from the authenticities of other cultures and geographies, shared communal spaces and dreams without borders to build bridges in between. In order to have a meaningful and productive common life cycle, an unprejudiced and unwavering acceptance filter of different cultures, local living habits and different expectations unite us. Resisting alienation!
Each day, economic crises, unemployment, environmental pollution, poverty and wars turn the world into an unbearable place like a global domino effect. The predicament of the existing systems drives humanity into darkness. Social change inevitably imposes itself and positive thinking raises humanity’s hope for the future and makes people understand that change starts in them. Let’s be the change first what we want to see in the world.
We need to redesign the world for everyone. Universal design is for everyone against all the landscaping and building design, product development and concept that ignore individuals and communities with permanent and temporary disabilities under the definitions of “normal”. Access with equal opportunities is essential for every aspect of social living.
In search for an escape from the increasing levels of social problems in the 21st century despite the fast and enormous developments in technology, social entrepreneurship opens an alternative door. Alternative, innovative and sustainable enterprises are turning into a kind of a revolutionary movement. It is inevitable to switch to innovative ideas and execution instead of classic, conservative, formal, ideological and uniform approaches. We rely on creative and innovative social entrepreneurship alternatives in all production stages from idea generation to industrial design products.