The first collective at Lindsberg moved in in 1974. Since then, several hundred people have lived here, some shorter, others longer periods. The set of values based on the words solidarity, self-reliance and resource conservation/sustainability, have been at the heart of Lindsberg right into the 2020s and are today more relevant than ever. In a social apparatus where solidarity has lost its vitality, individuals, NGOs and smaller groups have become increasingly important in the fight against injustice and oppression.
Like the first collective, whose members thought it crucial to not sit around and wait for a change to happen, it is becoming increasingly clear today that we must do the same.
The view of what exactly needs to change may not be the same today, but the realization that our lifestyle is not sustainable and that our approach to nature is leading us to a series of disasters is becoming more and more obvious.
The community's task is to promote groups that work with these and related issues by running and keeping the Kursgård open, at moderate prices. To make this possible, we work voluntarily and maintain a slightly lower standard, without sacrificing any of what makes Lindsberg an inspiring place.
We who live at Lindsberg today come from different backgrounds and support ourselves in different ways. Living at Lindsberg is very special, it means living in the middle of events, where one both lives and works in the same place. It is a house with endless possibilities, over 50 rooms with everything from cinema to wood and metal workshops, a music studio, a library, a large restaurant kitchen, conference rooms, a magical and undiscovered attic, a beautiful organic garden and last but not least the majestic oak planted in the 16th century, around the time of king Gustav Vasa.
It requires a lot of responsibility and commitment to live here. Everyone who lives in the house works to build Lindsberg as an open and inclusive meeting place. We spend a lot of time working together, sitting in meetings and planning, discussing and developing as a group. In addition, the house is 116 years old, 3,000 m2 in size and has a constant need for renovation and refurbishment. We mostly do this work ourselves and together with friends and volunteers who help. In our work, we try to make use of all the resources we possess as individuals and as a team, and it’s a great learning experience.
Living here means that you must be interested in being part of a group of people that you live close to, and will also work towards common goals with. These goals are in short: to manage the Kursgård, its heritage and to work for environmental sustainability and social justice. Also required to live here is, an interest in understanding other people, being open to differences and also an interest in communication and team work, as well as being sensible and empathetic.