Something to do
Alternative System Detroit
“twist one up for ya”
Bridge points (aka Food stamps, or EBT – has digits, government..)
Food Not Bombs
Engage an army
New Food Solutions
Late night restaurant closing
“Don’t ask too many questions”
Free community store
This fridge (http://www.neatorama.com/2014/05/09/Anonymous-Man-Installs-Charity-Refrigerator-Outside-His-Home/)
New work flow model
Enough of stuff, eg, stop
“Hungry, go here, eat” Community meal
Ubuntu grow 4x your needs
“Bring it back” ant soldier
Because these are all just the modern day ones! Note: I find after making/reading this that my interactions with my neighbors who have also seen the ubuntuusa about-us page are not in a box, they just flow better. 🙂
PS: For alternative jobs when we are all replaced by robots and free, see https://github.com/EM-Che/Appropriate-building-technology/blob/master/Alternative%20Vocation
Hi there. This is Eddie Che from the frontlines. We are now trying to come to a point of unity before branching out; we see this as a trade between freedom and a collective existence. Art has come close; see links on my blog:
There’s a question of what is real — well for a career undergraduate with art on his mind, an experience of economy as well as international relations, I don’t know yet. So, we can use this opportunity as a collective manifest.
Occupy Berkeley — sleeping bag, and enough for a coffee occasionally. Extra points for a laptop or kindle fire.
Occupy Oakland . – Make art
We hope to correctly represent the cities we are in, we occupy. 1-2 small artists like me in every occupy community of the country would represent a wonderful common sense that is new since the very invention of paper. We hope that this represents adequately any of the emotions here incurred. I hope that a new art and … works for all.
“This enterprise that we are a part of, with its new organic farmers and the host of small food enterprises that are emerging to bring their produce to market, is about an economy that does less harm. It’s about rebuilding trust and reconnecting to one another and the places where we live. It’s about healing the social and ecological relationships that have been broken by hundreds of years of linear, extractive pursuit of economic growth, industrialization, globalization, and consumerism. It’s about pulling some of our money out of ever-accelerating financial markets and its myriad abstractions — called, with more than a little irony, securities — and putting it to work near where we live, in things that we understand, starting with food — creating a more immediate and tangible kind of security.
This attention to and, even, celebration of the small, the slow and the local can seem, at times, rather precious against the scale of global economic, political, and environmental challenges. But it was agriculture that gave birth to the modern economy, and, as Paul Ehrlich recognizes, it must be agriculture that we fix if there is to be a postmodern economy.”
Can someone please forward this blog to Barack Obama? The government absolutely needs to stop this foolishness and focus on what we can do to make small industry in plants. @BARACKOBAMA check your twitter replies!!!
Source for this post: The Slow Money Blog, “Will the Real Food Movement Please Stand Up”
From the Rural Living Handbook, Published by Mother Earth News. 115-116
It hardly pays to buy young lambs and feed them to adulthood for strong-flavored mutton. The trick, instead, is to raise your first lambs into adult breeders, then slaughter their offspring as fat, tender lambs. With an acre or two of pasture, a shade tree, a third of a ton of hay for winter and a handful of grain a day, a ewe lamb will mature in a year and, if bred, produce a lamb or two of her own, plus five to eight pounds of wool. After maturing on its mother’s milk and a little grain and graze, each of your new lambs will provide you with a wonderful fleece hide and around 50 pounds of delicious meat.
I just attended the final community feedback meeting for Oberlin’s planning commission to craft a plan for Oberlin in 2025. They have been held by the College, City, Library, different Non-profits, Churches.. etc. This one was held by the WRLC. If you live in Oberlin, I doubt you haven’t been invited to one. Fascinating table and the ability to be heard by city government. Really, the ability to craft our future as an area.
So exciting that we can build and prepare these networks to be ready for whatever happens. We should decide to go on a “green belt” that would be around Oberlin (the School district) and would provide Oberlin’s restaurants and schools with fresh healthy food, and Oberlin’s residents (esp. low-income) with a chance to grow on their own land to start.
If anyone in Oberlin is interested in growing, go with it! Get those seeds in and see if you can help it grow. It was organic gardening that got me started along a path that others can follow to be our future agricultural economy: access, vegetable/community gardening, small animals, farm intern, market gardener … (program at LCCC?)
In Massachusetts, an organization that I recommend ithe New Entry Sustainable Farm Project (http://nesfp.org/). They are amazing and have a class that leads into an intro program where you practice CSA growing on 3/4 acre.
For anyone who’s interested in Energy sustainability, BU has a great grad school program on it, very good and some of the top energy and environment professors in the country there. For energy, try to do something tangible like a utility-scale solar field or reducing how much you/we use. Here, last night I had great luck challenging the city council people that were there on it; they took up the challenge.
I hope that as we move forward we can rise to meet these challenges, as a nation and globally. A shout out to the folks in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts who are now beginning the 2 community discussion meetings on these topics!
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Post! Executive Outline:
Economics as a guide to policy|discipline|business|development typically undervalues Marginal Cost.
1. Resources *Natural capital to make manufactured stuff*
2. Oil is artificially low
3. Other environmental inputs= services
4. The commons
An increase in Marginal Cost would universally better off society.
1. Reduce | Reuse | Conserve –> Lessen material dependence
2. Reduce Energy/person –> Secure our country from Middle East
3. Focus on efficiency –> Reduce waste which hurts services
4. Produce less corn.
Finally, a policy solution without silly cap-and-trade or clean energy, which generates revenues by being harsher on unsustainable businesses.Increase the marginal cost of resources, to decrease their use. Read on, dear reader. But be prepared to comment if you finish it all.