New Swiss initative & interesting approach to the organisation of sustainable societies

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New Swiss initative & interesting approach to the organisation of sustainable societies

Hi All

A Swiss book outlines an interesting approach for the organisation of sustainable societies. An English summary of the book can be found here:

It's all about potatoes and computers

http://neustartschweiz.ch/blog/its-all-about-potatoes-and-computers-part-1

Readers from Switzerland might also be interested in the newly created organisation "Neustart Schweiz" (http://neustartschweiz.ch/) which will work towards the creation of eco-sustainable communities and social structures. The organisation is also actively involved with the Transition Towns movement.

Happy New Year! Laughing

nncita

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These are a few of the bullet points at the end of the posted link that are troublesome to me. 

making connections with farmers and building up subsistence networks, boycotting supermarkets and small grocers alike; refusal of additional work, slowing down work rhythms; insisting on free social services (education, health, transport, income); boycotting shopping centres; slow food, slow work, slow travel; reduction of commercial consumption, substituted by communal sharing; exchange of goods for free

“…boycotting…small grocers”  Why? They are an essential part of most communities and provide valuable services. Most farmers are not going to sit around the farmers market all day waiting for customers to buy their goods. Many farmers prefer dealing with plants and animals rather than people. We have occupational specialties for good reasons.

“refusal of additional work, slowing down work rhythms” Really? That has been happening in the US for all too long. There are millions of people who need to get their butts out of low gear and RPMs throttled up.

“insisting on free social services (education, health, transport, income);”  Maybe in Europe they can get free shit by “insisting” but that crap irks me. Maybe someone in Switzerland has figure out how to get socialism and what looks to be communism to work.  

“…communal sharing”  Yes, that works…where and how often?

“exchange of goods for free”  I may misunderstand, but it reads like more SOS welfare to me.

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