The Chateau de la Mothe-Chandeniers was built in the 13th century and has had many owners since then. But not as many as it now has. Over 18, 000 strangers from 115 countries have recently banded together to save this fairytale castle from further decay and inevitable destruction.
A crowdfunding campaign that was run by the French site Dartagnans raised €1,618,927 for the structure’s preservation and every contributor becoming a part owner of the historic home.
The chateau is located roughly 200 miles southwest of Paris in Les Trois-Moutiers. Its oldest sections were built by the Bauçay family in the 1200s. It survived two occupations by the English during the Middle Ages as well as being ransacked amid the French Revolution.
Two major restorations, in 1809 and 1870, helped incorporate the original building into a more Romantic style home. The structure was already in a state of disrepair when it was acquired by a math teacher in 1981 who did his best to preserve the site. But it wasn’t enough and nature has sprouted greenery from windows and rooftops.
Rather than see the building destroyed by developers, locals joined forces to raise the money needed to save the structure. “The idea is not just about raising the money, but getting as many people as possible to participate in saving this magical, fairytale place,” said Dartagnans founder Romain Delaume in an interview with the Guardian. “The more the merrier.”
The success story of the Chateau de la Mothe-Chandenier in France is undeniable proof that anyone, as a single person with no special skills and of limited means, has the power to preserve their heritage anywhere in the world.
Exactly where on the planet you happen to live today, is irrelevant. It does not matter if it is this chateau in France or the ancient city of Palmera in Syria or the last pioneer’s cabin in Michigan. It is as much your heritage and responsibility than any other person’s to preserve.
We can make excuses and continue to just blame big corporations, government bureaucracies and corrupt billionaire politicians for our failures. Or we can take action and claim that power.
Together we have all the wealth and influence than we need. We have allowed ourselves to be brainwashed into thinking we are incapable of affecting change. And we are paying dearly for our impotence.
The good news is that people are starting to push back. Normal people are getting active in politics realising that their leaders will not serve them without continued and unrelenting pressure. Businesses are changing under the threat of bad publicity that will tarnish their brand and customers that will abandon them. Women, who make up half the population of the world, are standing up against harassment and inequality in a way unseen in history. These successes, just like the story of this chateau, are empowering all of us in very profound ways.
Decide what you want from your world. Then take control and join one of the movements for change.
Let us make this planet great for the first time in its history.
Do your actions make you part of the preservation chain? Then you have a story we would like to hear.
Here are some examples.
These are a few examples happening at any time in any town in the world. Our aim is to show the people behind the things that are being preserved and give them a platform to tell their unique stories.
We appreciate what they do and we want to support and promote them because of the choices that they make. Hopefully, new generations would relate to their stories and follow their example.