Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Transitional models towards sharing economies

Sharing (non-monetary) economies are becoming more broad spread as talk, networks and tools for sharing production and exchange expand.

Mid-August The Guardian ran an item by Hal Niedzvieki 'Are you ready to embrace the apocalypse?' with the comment that 'Facing up to the slow collapse of our planet is hard, but thinking apocalyptically could help us prepare for the crises to come'. The item promoted a gathering, Uncivilisation 2013, in Hampshire (UK) attended by hundreds of people. Sessions included wild-food foraging and moving beyond a monetary-based economy. The event was run by the Dark Mountain Project:
a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. We see that the world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction and social and political unraveling, and we want our cultural responses to reflect this reality rather than denying it.
In the capital city and country towns of Victoria (Australia), groups such as the Darebin Food Harvest Network, which promote food swaps and harvesting for direct use and donation, sharing information, skills, resources, goods and services. In Castlemaine, the Harvest Group of Growing Abundance focuses on fruit plants and fruit growing. Both show transitional models for moving towards non-monetary production and exchange. 

An online tool for sharing goods — just involved with household exchange — has been started at/by TuShare.

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