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|From: Paul Sebby (psebbywell.com)|
|Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 09:57:35 -0800 (PST)|
Charles Eisenstein, who writes much on the Gift Economy and is a strong supporter of the Occupy movement, has a very interesting article about future tangible goals for the movement. Since there's a certain overlap between the community engagement activities of Occupy and Transition, I thought this article might be of general interest: http://www.realitysandwich.com/where_next_occupy For example, he mentions that as cities are forced by financial circumstances to make deep cuts, people can step up and fill some of those roles such as providing library or personal protection services. [Isn't the well-liked Booker mobile children's library currently in mothballs here in Northfield? Could someone restart that, even if on a small scale?] We should view every cut in services as an OPPORTUNITY to step up and provide those services in a human, caring way instead of in a profit-dependent way. He also recommends that we "occupy the economy" by setting up alternatives to currency: "I think a time-based system (like Ithaca Hours) would be ideal." That is exactly what Transition Northfield has set up in our Community Exchange system at transitionnorthfield.org/commex which currently has 26 members and several dozen goods and services that are available for free from members of our community. I think we will see more and more opportunities for serving our community in 2012. Paul
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