Sager der Samler in English
Sager der Samler (translated: ‘Uniting Causes’) is a house for everyday activists. We are a community of citizens who support each other in solving the problems we encounter in our everyday lives. The result is courage, vigor and initiatives that renew society and democracy on a local scale.
Read about how it works and how you can get involved.
The core of our work is to create an environment where we support each other in creating change through our daily lives. We call ourselves “everyday activists” – and we stand behind a large number of initiatives – or “causes”.
One example is Annbritt and Steffen who, as social assistance recipients set a focus on a hidden poverty problem in Denmark. There is enough food, but people need money. Now they stand behind the ‘Dumpster Diving Café’ where food waste is a resource that is being used to create new communities.
Pia and Katrine are another example. As social workers, they explore new ways to support people with learning disabilities, identify their own internal resources. They stand behind the ‘Together for DHL’ relay, and have now started ‘Vaskeriet’ (The Laundry), which is a practice course for the mentally handicapped whom would like to have a job.
Sager der Samler is located at Vestergade 43 in Aarhus, where previously there was a bookstore and dance studio. In daily life we are 10-15 people who keep the doors open and work to keep the community alive. We have about 80 members, and there are a few hundred people involved in their causes. In our network, there are hundreds of people from all parts of the local community – the town’s businesses, the municipality, civil society associations, and ordinary citizens.
You can participate in Sager der Samler by starting your own cause or by contributing to someone else’s. You can also become a part of the everyday life of Sager der Samler and help drive the organisation – either through an internship or by using some of your free or working time to involve yourself in the community.
We hope you’ll get involved. Because we need each other.
Over time we have created some clear dogmas that help keep us organized in collaboration on many initiatives.
Our own reality
We start at home with ourselves. As active citizens and everyday activists, we create change based on our own life situation. If there is something missing in my world, I can help create solutions for the benefit of myself and others.
We are not doing something “for someone” – we are doing something together. Maintaining free agency, reciprocity, and eye level engagement are prerequisites in forming a community that can bring about change.
We start to act where we do not have to ask for permission or ask for money. This is empower- ment and freedom. We are strengthening our responsibility and authority as actors in society. Therefore, we create solutions where we have the greatest influence – through our own lives.
History and vision
We began Sager der Samler in 2012. Five people were initially behind the project- Paul Natorp, Karen Ingerslev, Brett Patching, Kristin Birkeland and Morten Petersen Daus – and basically the idea was to create a training program. We would gather people “in the gap” to learn to work together to solve community problems.
Then we lost our footing and ‘landed in our own activism’. So instead of creating a training program, we have created a house for everyday activists.
We strive to empower each other to take action in our everyday lives – and hence our strength, authority and responsibility as political actors, not only as consumers. Democracy is about having influence on one’s own life, to be heard, and to help create solutions. So we strive also to strengthen democracy by connecting it to our everyday lives.
Sager der Samler is a response to two major trends of our time. On the one hand, is the need for more solutions that come from the bottom up. And on the other hand, there is a desire for many to be active co-creators in the development of our society. We are not satisfied with simply casting our votes.
What has driven us all this way is a desire to get more involved in the development of our society. We use our dedication, professionalism and experience – and feel that it matters. And we want to meet people who are different from ourselves – but feel the same way.