View Single Post
Old 10-16-2008, 11:41 PM   #2
Avalon Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: California
Posts: 469
Default Re: plan of action to the crisis, where to start proposal...

To me, that story's inspirational. I spent the day talking with the elders on my SF group, and we discussed several of your ideas, especially creating a newsletter.

What we wish to do is create small businesses using an expanded money paradigm which does not rest on the concept of debt. Instead of the bottom line being money, we consider the bottom line being the positive change in the lives of people using our program. The hardest thing to get across to people is the expanded money paradigm, in which tangible value is no longer irretrievably linked to pieces of printed paper, or small metallic discs.

The concept of value that we wish to spread is human value. People are "in the red" to the extent that they are dependent - on their jobs, on the government, on big insurance companies, on mass-entertainment - for their physical and psychic well-being. When people move toward self-empowerment through sustainable living - cottage businesses, growing their own food, and creating radiant zones - they move into the black. And when they pass along the things that allowed them to make the shift, then they move into the gold.

Transferring this paradigm to commerce, we have a paradigm that empowers people while leaving traditional systems out in the cold. By providing that value-for-value transactions may take place outside the normal channels, we leave the door open for barter while not defining anything in terms of dollars (unless we want to).

Anyway, I'm excited about what you've done. I'm excited about what we're doing. This is how the new kinds of community will emerge. And it's efforts like these that will give us some kind of continuity through the shift.
whitecrow is offline   Reply With Quote