We, as the founders and employees of GAYA, believe that our world has a spirit and just like the human body, world is a unique and individual organism as it is mentioned in the philosophy of Gaia.
In conformity with this philosophy, we believe that, all the underground and aboveground sources, lands and waters, plants and animals and with all of these, all of the human beings are the components of a living complement.
In this direction, we think that all the humanity should live together in a peaceful coexistance with prosperity and while continuing its living, humanity should be in consistency with nature, other living things and sources.
We believe that if there are hungary people in the world, no body can be filled up and live in security, If there are some body who are illiterate in the world, also the most educated ones should abide by the consequences of illiteracy.
We believe that the human kind should treat respectful towards nature and other kinds while he/she keeps on living even developing and progressing and he/she should accordance with the principles of balance and protection of nature and recovering while using natural sources and environment.
These beliefs are not only philosophy for us but also the originating points of our studies and actions. Instead of just adopting this philosophy in hearsay and idea, we are working in coherence with it while performing and implementing our projects, researches and trainings. And we are trying to train and make the people conscious of being the component parts of this world. The main features of our philosophy are;
- The resources on our earth are not infinite, they should be treated by keeping this fact in mind.
- Renewable resources should in any way be renewed as they are exploited, and other resources should be used without wasting them.
- While using the natural resources, we should be aware of the fact that they are the common heritage of all living creatures, not only ours.
- Clean, renewable and environmentally sensitive resources should take precedence for using, and in the conditions that these resources are not sufficient other resources should be used by taking all necessary measures concerning the nature and the environment.
- Earth is a living organism. Any problem, pollution or disaster in some part of it concerns and impacts the rest in a short period of time.
- Every human being living on this earth is a meaningful part of it, and holds an equal right to reach the sources and facilities to meet, to a humane extent, his needs such as continuing his life in a healthy way, education, environment, nutrition and shelter.
- No one of us will be satiated and secure unless everybody is satiated. Even the most educated will have to bare the consequences of ignorance in a world in which everybody is not educated (or can not receive at least the minimum/average education).
- Culture, as the word explains, is the accumulation formed through the use, production and consumption of natural resources by human beings. In other words, it is the contribution of human communities throughout their lives to what the nature has presented to them. In the light of this definition, culture could be described as something related to natural resources and as the lifestyles of human beings developed in various climate and settlement conditions, and in different knowledge and experience levels. Just as the nature, cilmate, resources and geography differs throughout the different parts of the world, the living patterns employed by people living there expressed as cultures containing various aspects such as food, music, painting, communication, clothing and shopping naturally differs as well. Respect towards a human-being does include respect towards lifestyles and cultures developed by people, and naturally towards these differences between them as well. Difference is not a problem, on the contrary, it should be regarded as a source of richness.
- The lives of human-beings on this earth is a process of existence as a whole. We share the same world even though our languages, religions, countries and cultures are different. Despite the fact that natural resources are delimited by national boundries, they are the common resources of human nation and should no way be used for reasons other than the common progress, prosperity and goodness of humanity. We should not forget that if we can not coexist we will coextint.
- It is knowledge that makes wheat turn into bread, rain into drinking water, wind into electricity, and that holds the iron ships on the sea. Knowledge is the principle input of all production on the earth, and sine qua non of conscious and quality consumption.
- Knowlede is beneficial as long as it is in line with reason and goodsense, it is practical as long as it is reinforced with strength and will, and it is artistic and excellent as long as it is nurtured with beauty and aesthetics.
- Knowledge is not the outcome of present experiences or experiments, it is the initial point of new experience and experiments. It does not mean an end, a frozen point, an admission or fixity; it is an outset, permanent change, challenge and an infinite search.
- Knowledge brings power and progress when it is produced and shared, not when it is possessed and preserved.
- In all studies such as plan, project, research, implementation and evaluation 5W+2H questions should be asked and answered. What, Where, When, Why, Who for Whom, How and How much?
- What = Aims, purposes, expectations
- Where = Scope, boundries/dimension, geographical and cultural particularities
- When = Time table (the right time, time flow, speed and control)
- Why = Need analysis, assessment, justification, logical framework
- Who = Team, Expertise for Whom = Target group, beneficiaries, stakeholders
- How = Method, methodology, style, tools, activities
- How much = Budgeting, feasibility
- The method selected should by all means be aim oriented and in line with the principle philosophy. When making cost calculation in projects such as development, growth and change, "in spite of what" should be taken into consideration as much as the budget. As any thing does not go on the way to reach the aim, a growth or development strategy that is ignorant and against to the benefit of environment, nature and human-being is not sustainable in the long run.
- Every individual has the right to choose and participate in the issues that concerns his own environment, progress and life. Taking and implementing decisions on behalf of individuals and even communities by using processes that are close to their participation is not valid and acceptable in the long run to whatever extent they can be conceived as "good" and "right".
- Unless all the parties to a problem are the part of the solution, it will not be possible to solve the problem and even to reach a consensus on the solution.
- Win-Win attitude and conflict resolution by peaceful means are the basic and primary methods to be applied.