OUR TEAM

AKIN ERDOĞAN

I was born in 1986 in Samsun. In 2006, I came to İzmir from Aydın, where I spent my childhood. In 2013 I became a part of the Zeytince story by being the president of Zeytince with having great happiness inside. Now I’m going to start the longest road in my own short story with Olive Academy. With all of my defined areas left behind and shared together in an unspecified future, in solidarity with you and myself i wish to meet again …

AYKUT UÇAR

I was born in 1989 in Izmir. I completed my undergraduate studies at Ege University Department of Economics and I am pursuing my postgraduate education on Regional Development Economics. On the occasion of some projects I have contributed to, I have had the opportunity to do rural development oriented research and research in many districts of Izmir. I came out as part of Zeytince’s founding story from a chamber of academicians I entered in order to understand nature, human, and economics. A life as a guest, I feel myself a part of the cycle and the flow, trying to understand the workings of nature in order to understand that I was living first, and I try to be whole with it.

BELFU NİHAL SOLMAZ

I graduated from Ege University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economics. Since 2016, I am a member of Zeynep EYDD.

I learned the most beautiful and most meaningful way of olive oil watering the roots of my roots in Zeytince. I am happy to be in a place that carries the same concerns and even produces solutions in the way I go with ecological concerns. I have the excitement and energy of being in Zeytince, which opens beautiful gates and brings together the doors that it opens with ecology, philosophy, science and mind.

Hope to be a partner to the story of an olive tree that has touched centuries and to live this hope with the whole world.

PROF.DR. R. FUNDA BARBAROS

I’ve been trying to understand and re-read the universe, planet and human species we have been in for many years. Respect for life, freedom, and according to the laws of nature to establish a life in harmony. I am one of the people who put forward the idea of establishing Zeytince Ecological Life Support Association. I support this idea to be built as broadly as possible. I learn and teach on ecological economics, co-culture and olive. I say ”Art-Literature-Ecological Economics“ to make another world possible.

DOÇ. DR. MENEVİŞ UZBAY PİRİLİ

I would like to explain the meaning and importance of the Zeytince Association and our olive school for me, and above all the hope and goodness that it brings to my life through the concept of ve love of the world ın – amor mundi.
We know the concept of love of the world from the writings of the famous political and social scientist Hannah Arent. The world, on the one hand, indicates the planet we live in and all the possibilities it offers to us, the ecological system. However, at the same time, the Earth, within the physical possibilities of the earth, involves all the practices, institutions and cultures that people create in a wide variety of relationships within the network and which give meaning to their lives. Love of the world, so amor mundi; and the sense of responsibility and responsibility for adapting the world to the future generations as a place to live the world.
The Amor mundi is not only an abstract concept, but it also includes the possibilities of practicing it in practice. In other words, it emphasizes the importance of public space which allows us to think together, remember, discuss our common problems and find common solutions in common. The Zeytince Association, in my life, is one of the important ways in the realization of amor mundin.
To be able to propose a way of life that is compatible with what nature offers, and to put it into practice by thinking together, is a difficult process that involves contradictions. In this process, traditional life with modern life on the one hand; contemporary culture / knowledge with ancient culture / knowledge; There is a need to find creative solutions that make the existing contradictions between naturalness and modern technology sustainable. On the other hand, to be able to communicate with each other in the real sense and to act in solidarity; it requires us to learn and develop a culture and ethics of communication based on consensus and plurality, not on absolutism and uniqueness, in an environment where each one of us is confronted with differences and disinterestedness, sometimes contradictions are inevitable. Plurality is the principle of our planet and nature. For me, the Zeytince association is a very precious journey that I have experienced and learned both within us and outside and the plurality in nature and mentally in practice.

PINAR BÖRÜ

I was born in Ankara and grew up as a city girl. “Not knowing where thyme smell is coming from and not knowing where to find it”. I completed my bachelor’s degree in mathematics and my master’s degree in economics. I am now continuing my doctorate in economics. The transformation to the green living began with the curiosity in Ecological Economics. With the formation of Zeytince this transformation began to sprout and grow. I am delighted that I realized our conscious or unconscious choices have a role in creating dead-end roads fro people and I am happy that I have come across Zeytince in searching for an alternative.

SELİN TUNÇER

I was born as the second daughter of a family who migrated from Karaburun to İzmir due to work and smelling sea and daffodils.

The existence of my village (Eğlenhoca), where transportation was provided with difficulties, was so precious … I have had every experience light that I have here. But my family was growing up under an olive tree tied to their roots.

The first tree to carry an ancient soul that has born itself has always been effective in the process of self-knowledge. Like thoughts are found in the hands of philosophy.

I have found myself in the existence of the Zeytince Association while aiming to establish an attentive relationship with nature. Now I’m going to another world of the Zeytince Association, which belongs to everyone, but who is not really anyone, is also liveable after we go.

YEŞİM VARDAR

(Izmir, 1987)
Short Biography: After graduating from Ege University, Department of Economics in 2011, I began my Master’s degree in Economics at Ege University. While I am researching my thesis writing, I am actively working in the field of foreign trade in the private sector.
Motivation: I learned that in my days in my olive fields in the Karaburun-Eğlenhoca Village of İzmir, I had a habit that I could never give up without actually knowing. Intertwined with nature. I felt the sharp cold of the wind and the heat of the sun sweltering under the olive trees of my grandparents and even grandparents. My knees have learned to lean against the ground. I grew up in olive trees while still as beautiful and healthy. In addition to the researches that I have read, learned and learning from sources, I am the one who managed to learn by touching this long life of olive. In my life that shifted towards the city as a necessity for education and livelihood, one side of me always continued to nature with longing and longing.
In this context, Zeytince, who has been living since its establishment, started out with a group of researchers living in the city who never turned their faces into nature by dreaming of creating ecological alternative living spaces. With the decision to discover oneself more on the road, it is possible for everyone to present their own traces.
Together with Zeytince, I believe that living as a whole with olive in ecological life will be able to reach the secrets that I have not discovered, to observe the added value that organized knowledge will bring, to include what I need and to learn to find all the beauties that come from nature but not known by adding new ones when necessary. I believe that thanks to the positive energies of the participants and the positive energy of nature, the fertile fruit of the soil will help the olive to see the value it deserves.