The path from concept through fiction to reality is made possible and defined by the people who campaign for it every day, along with their supporters. In this section, we would like to introduce you to some of those people. That way you can learn more about Equilibrismus e. V. and decide whether you want to take action, too.
Eric Bihl: Founder and 1st Chairman
Eric has already gone through several paradigm shifts: Born in Alsace, he became involved with campaigns to save the seals, but realised that it was a pointless battle. Initially he completed a bank apprenticeship. Later, Helmut Creutz showed him the construction errors in the financial system. After a vocational trip to French Polynesia, Eric went to Munich, where he now works in the European Parliament. His collector's passion – for ecological alternatives – introduced him to Volker Freystedt. In 1997, they founded Equilibrismus e. V., and developed the homonymous concept. Ever since then, Eric continues to enthuse others for it with his charming French accent.
Volker Freystedt: Founder and 2nd Chairman
As a social worker, a lot of Volker's work confronted him with the increasing debt problem. Consequently, the beginning of the 1990's saw him look into the errors in our financial system. In 1997 he met Eric Bihl during a convention. The concept of equilibrism was already taking shape at this point, and the systemic approach fascinated Volker. Together with Eric, he founded the society and wrote the book "Equilibrismus - Neue Konzepte statt Reformen für eine Welt im Gleichgewicht" [Equilibrism – New concepts rather than reforms for a world in equilibrium], published in 2005. The errors in our contemporary financial system still bother Volker – but he knows alternatives and makes these more widely known day by day.
Roti Make: Ambassador in French Polynesia
Roti lives on Rapa Iti (ca. 1,200 kilometres south of Tahiti) and is a woman of many talents. She speaks five languages (Rapan, Tahitian, French, English and German), is a fashion designer, and campaigns for women, peace, freedom and her home, French Polynesia. In 2005 she led the successful election campaign for Oscar Temaru, the first native president of the island nation. Before that, she organised protests against France's nuclear tests on Mururoa. Eric Bihl met her in 2009 on his research trip. She was fascinated by Eric's dedication and the idea of equilibrism. Since then, Roti is campaigning for a small-scale test, and is establishing contacts within French Polynesia as well as far beyond it.
Dirk C. Fleck: Author
Prior to his appointment, Dirk was an editor of the "Woche" and subsequently worked as a freelance journalist for GEO, Merian, Stern, Spiegel, DIE WELT, and the Berliner Morgenpost. In 1993 he published his novel "GO! Die Ökodiktatur" [GO! The Eco Dictatorship]. He imagined what a political contingency plan might look like once the resources begin to run out noticeably. Critics accused him of speaking in favour of an ecological dictatorship. Disappointed, Dirk withdrew from environmental debates "for as long as they don't show a willingness for radical measures", as he said. Until Eric Bihl came into his life. Eric managed to convince Dirk of a positive vision of the future shaped by equilibrism, and rekindle his enthusiasm for writing. The two equilibrism novels "Das Tahiti-Projekt" and "Maeva!" resulted.