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One of my frequent wishes is that more people would let go of the notion of one economy, even if it is to be very different. I believe moving toward many economies (the cake), with whatever links that energy availability/affordability permit (the frosting), is the sustainable way. By dethroning what is called economic efficiency, more people can have meaningful work and more connection with the life, including each other, of the places they inhabit. Not only that, the process can begin with individuals and small groups able to see past next-to-no jobs to the unmet needs and under-integrated living systems.
I with ya on this one!
Legalize local investing! by Michael Shuman on 11/10/11.
I believe you are describing the economy of the future, David. What we can do to begin moving more intentionally towards that framework is of interest to me. Thomas Greco's work is foundational for this to emerge.
This other discussion on this site pertains to your interest. Had you seen it?
I regularly wrote here about the shift for more than half of 2009, occasionally since then.
I would like to find models for smallest-possible subsistence economies in various bioregions. Can twenty people form a network of give and take that meets all fundamental needs? Thirty-five?
Helen and Scott Nearing did it themselves, in New England of all places. But that's more of a leap than almost anyone can be excited about.
I've just heard about "really REALLY free markets" (RRFM) where people come together to celebrate one another. They bring talents or usable things to a public place and give things away and freely share talents. Talents may be things like bicycle repair, car repair, music lessons or music, massage, puppetteering, storytelling,or any other talent. People usually bring food to share with all (including the homeless. In my area, it is unlawful to feed a homeless person and breaking that law comes with jail time.) The day is spent absent any money. It's a good way to bring people together and remind us of the immportance of the individual. Ideally, these free markets are held on a regular basis.
Many who are part of RRFM are also talking about guerilla gardening - where vacant lots and abandoned properties are used to grow food which is then available for all.
these are both meant to be ways to withdraw power from money. It's a very real way for those who support the occupy movement to begin living the life they want to see appear.
I'd like to introduce the model of a People-Centered local economy.
(It seems it's hanging up right now)
And so you have.
Welcome, Jeff! Bring your own voice here, too. Some don't come here to surf away.