Rökstólar Samvinnumiðstöð


Future projects and visions

Our future visions:

written: September 2014

Most of our work is dedicated to life – quality improvement and powerful community creations. 
Employees of Rökstólar are a part of thriving community, where people are not afraid to change things for better and learn from each other, being enriched by continuous learning from all the members in society - starting with children and ending with elders.

With the world becoming more complex, we think that learning SHOULD be about:

  • following rhythms of inquiry and learning rather than rhythms of compartmentalised structures and times,
  • moving away from memorising and teaching towards exploring and learning by doing,
  • turning away from sitting and listening passively to constructing and collaborating actively,
  • facilitating learning from failure instead of punishing every little mistake,
  • accepting uncertainty as the only certainty there is within the complexity of learning,
  • relating learning and living in ways that are fruitful and enriching both ways,
  • not teaching what to learn and think, but by teaching how to learn and think,
  • inventing and facilitating new and integrated learning formats, combining subjects and approaches,
  • turning away from instruction and control towards facilitation and support,
  • moving away from spaces controlled by educators towards spaces controlled by learners,
  • providing encouragement and support instead of criticism and barriers.

As the result of this belief, we want to contribute to co-creation of new and dynamic learning spaces as an addition to the existing ones on offer in small municipalities in the North of Iceland.

written in September 2011

Icelandic tourism providers 'off the beaten track' understand and benefit from efficient cooperation with the others in the field. They have enough customers all year round, to ensure enough income on one hand, but making sure that the nature doesn´t get ruined on the other hand.

The season in the north of Iceland is stretched to May - October and there are more tourists visiting the north in the wintertime than now. Ideally, in a few years to come, North Iceland will be visited all year round.


Our upcoming projects:
We´ve received European grants for 2 exciting long-term projects in adult education within the programme ERASMUS PLUS. They started in the autumn of 2014 and their main focus is around innovative approaches to work with long-term unemployeds.