Dr. Markus Distelberger

  • Born 1954, married, 4 adult daughters
  • Lawyer, mediator, adult educator
  • Moderator and organiser of annual international Open Space symposia on political/economic/philosophical topics
  • Consultant for building groups and other community and alternative projects
  • Initiator and founder of various alternative projects

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Other key events in my life:

  • establishment of the Dörflein community housing project (1984) in Herzogenburg, where I have lived with my family since 1987
  • co-founding and collaboration in the Austrian Housing Federation (organisation for self-help in housing construction)
  • contribution as legal and organisational consultant to the F 1152 research project “Pilot project for the guidance of housing self-help groups” (1987-1991)
  • founding of the Herzogenburg (now Pottenbrunn) "Lernwerkstatt", a community initiative of parents for the operation of a new kind of school for independent and free learning for children (1990)
  • during 30 years as a lawyer providing advice, drafting contracts, providing representation before authorities, etc. for an estimated 50-60 building groups and similar initiatives
  • chairman for several years of the Lower Austria "Talentetauschkreis" (an Association that hosts a secondary currency - called Talente - among its members)
  • 2001 - training to become a mediator
  • founding of the 7 Generations Network and since 2004 organisation and facilitation of its international Open Space symposia
  • founding of the community initiative "Garten der Generationen" (Garden of Generations) in Herzogenburg
  • development of alternative interest- and rent-free financing concept „Wealth Pool“.