Freedom through self-reliance
Waterpaard was born out of a deep-rooted desire to gain freedom through self reliance. Our dream is to live free, and share our knowledge to help other people gain their own independence through self reliance. A successful species is defined by its ability to live in harmony with its surroundings. Human kind most likely has this capacity, but it seems we have forgotten and separated ourselves from nature by barriers both physical as intangible. What is called progress and prosperity, has also brought us dependence. If we cannot take care of our own basic needs, we will need to be in the good grace of the one who controls access to those necessities. Do you feel free, knowing this?
Maslow has created a pyramid that describes these needs, and the bottom-up order in which they must be met.
Our mission is to give power back to the people in the form of self-reliance. To make them less dependent and more confident to deal with the challenges of life. We will do so by working this pyramid from the bottom up. Either it be physical products, creating networks and training and coaching, together with our clients we will climb the pyramid as one. For we are one people, and most of our needs are the same.
The name Waterpaard is derived from the word Hydroponics which is formed from ‘hydro-,’ which means ‘water’ in Greek, and ‘-ponics.’ from the Greek word ‘ponein’ which means to ‘toil, labor.’
We were inspired by the Czech translation which is Hydroponie, applied a play on words while translating to Dutch so ‘Hydro’ became ‘Water’ and ‘ponie’ became ‘paard’.
Retaining our playful approach, we present ourselves as our logo depicts:
The Dutch word for society is “samenleving” which literally translates in “together living”. We do not wish to do this alone, success feels much better when shared, as do most other things in life. Therefore we create partnerships of like-minded people and projects that all add steps towards our common goal, the top of the pyramid.
So what do we need to take our first step towards that goal? I like to use the first rule of Survival: Please Remember What’s First.
Some of these needs are solved by overlap. Fire for instance is sometimes added to the last F, but it also has a purpose in PRW. So our solutions can also have overlap, which is of course great and even greater when this overlap also helps others master their first step of the pyramid. Our first year in business we have acquired several clients that offer solutions for food cultivation. Work smart, not hard is a rule we live by. By making the process of plant cultivation more efficient, you harvest more in the same amount of time. There’s a lot you can do yourself, but there is much more you can do together. Sharing the workload can be an important factor for success.
There are no borders to our Great Work. As much physical between countries, as abstract between possibilities we consider both in ideas or in people contributing. In our view, anyone who seeks to improve their autonomy has a shared goal and can therefore share in our success. Do you have ideas? Feel free to approach us. Do you wish to work with us? Tell us your goal and how you seek to get there. We are one species, let’s all grow together!
We currently operate in Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Greece.
Next on our list of expansion are Norway, Finland, Ireland, UK, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal
For more information please e-mail us, we look forward to reading your thoughts. And remember: “smile at the day, and the day will smile back at you”