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A City Where Everyone Works, There Is No Police, And The Salary Is 1200 Euros | Peaceful Warriors. With virtually no police, crime or unemployment, meet the Spanish town described as a democratic, socialist utopia. Unemployment is non-existent in Marinaleda, an Andalusian village in southern Spain that is prosperous thanks to its farming cooperative.

GARD Pro Not Registered On the face of it, the Spanish town of Marinaleda is indistinguishable from any other in its region. Nestled in the picturesque Campiña valley, the surrounding countryside is made up of rolling green hills, miles of olive plantations and golden fields of wheat stretching as far as the eye can see. It’s also a democratic, anti-capitalist village whose mayor actively encourages shoplifting. Since the financial crisis began in 2008, Marinaleda has shot to fame — and so has its maverick mayor Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, who earned the nickname,”The Spanish Robin Hood,” after organizing and carrying out a series of supermarket raids in a direct action protest last August.

Source: Live Travel Enjoy via The Open Mind. Berlin 'borrowing shop' promotes the benefits of sharing. The most popular items in Berlin's first "borrowing shop" are the electric drills. At least one of the local people who have registered with Leila – a little shop on Fehrbelliner Strasse, north-east of the city centre – seems to be continually fixing shelves or hanging pictures. But it's not worth buying that person their own tools, said founder Nikolai Wolfert. "The average electric drill is used for 13 minutes in its entire lifetime – how does it make sense to buy something like that?

It's much more efficient to share it. " Wolfert, 31, came up with the idea for Leila after the Green party failed to win the 2011 Berlin elections and he started looking for ways of doing politics at a more local level. Members can borrow anything from board games to wine glasses, fog machines to hiking rucksacks, juicers to unicycles. Since its launch in June 2012, Leila has inspired imitators across the country. "Everyone is talking about the sharing economy", said co-founder Christian Ridder. Second social bite coffee shop opens to help homeless and charities. But with a past blighted by time in prison, alcohol addiction and periods of homelessness split between Glasgow hostels, the 29-year-old spent four years struggling to find work. Now, he's helping to launch Glasgow's second Social Bite store which opens tomorrow on Bothwell Street.

While its shelves and counters may be stocked with tasty treats that include spicy felafel wraps, gooey chocolate and pecan brownies and fair trade Rwandan coffee, this isn't your average sandwich and coffee shop. (Sir Tom Hunter, Brian Rogers and Josh Littlejohn outside Social Bite.) With a slogan that simply states Good Food for a Good Cause, Social Bite also serves up a healthy dose of charitable donations, feel good vibes and second chances. It donates 100% of its profits to charities in Scotland and throughout the world, and at least one in four of its staff comes from a homeless background. (Social Bite provides meals for local homeless with suspended coffee scheme.) He said: "It's an amazing opportunity.

The Multiple Benefits of Economic Localization. Local produce on display at farmers' market, Embarcadaro, San Francisco, California. (Photo: Bob Shrader)Despite the negative impressions we get from the mainstream media, and the very serious consequences of global warming, I believe there is cause for real hope.

There is a good possibility that inspiring human-scale solutions around the world can multiply and transform our political and economic landscape over the coming years. And it all starts with an increased awareness or consciousness. My experiences in numerous cultures over three decades, have revealed to me that most of our serious problems originate from a culture shaped by skewed economic priorities. We have been gradually ensnared in a global economic system that thrives on separation—cutting us off from one another and from nature.

In part this is because, in the current system, it has become nearly impossible to support oneself doing meaningful work, like growing food, protecting the environment, or helping other people. Voices and Reflections of the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement. This week PCI launches a new report, Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement: Voices and Reflections from the Field, based on a series of interviews and conversations with visionary leaders who are bringing to life a new economic vision with thriving, resilient communities at its heart. A movement is emerging in many places, under many guises:New Economy (or Economies), Regenerative Economy, Solidarity Economy, Next Economy, Caring Economy, Sharing Economy, Thriving Resilience, Community Resilience, Community Economics, Oppositional Economy, High Road Economy, and other names.

It’s a movement to replace the default economy of excess, control, and exploitation with a new economy based on respecting biophysical constraints, preferring decentralization, and supporting mutuality. Post Carbon Institute is an active participant in several networks that support these emerging concepts: We say—we know—there are many alternatives. Yes, There Is An Alternative to Capitalism: Mondragon Shows the Way. There is no alternative ("Tina") to capitalism? Really? We are to believe, with Margaret Thatcher, that an economic system with endlessly repeated cycles, costly bailouts for financiers and now austerity for most people is the best human beings can do? Capitalism's recurring tendencies toward extreme and deepening inequalities of income, wealth, and political and cultural power require resignation and acceptance – because there is no alternative?

I understand why such a system's leaders would like us to believe in Tina. But why would others? Of course, alternatives exist; they always do. Every society chooses – consciously or not, democratically or not – among alternative ways to organize the production and distribution of the goods and services that make individual and social life possible. Modern societies have mostly chosen a capitalist organization of production. Capitalism thus entails and reproduces a highly undemocratic organization of production inside enterprises. The Cleveland Model: How the Evergreen Cooperatives Build Community Wealth. Activists & National Authorities Create Regional Councils for “Communal Governance” in Venezuela.

Mérida, 15th August 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Across Venezuela commune activists are creating regional Presidential Councils of Communal Governance in order to play an increased role in the management of local and regional affairs in conjunction with national authorities. The development comes after President Nicolas Maduro travelled to the western state of Lara last month to install the first such council. The councils are meant to be made up of representatives of each commune in a regional state, in addition to representatives of national government institutions and social programs. According to the communes ministry, these councils will be conduits of consultation and debate in order to influence national executive decision making. They are also to help design strategies and actions to effect a transition to a “communal state”, where powers and responsibilities are transferred from municipal and regional state governments to community councils and communes.

Soup Kitchen Looks Like a Cafe, Offers a Side of Dignity. By Good News Network Thursday, March 13, 2014 Inspired - General Enter Masbia's front door and you will be greeted by a smiling host, who’ll then show you to your table. Moments later, an equally friendly server will offer you a hot and nutritious kosher meal, a fresh salad, and a beverage. The only difference between Masbia and other New York City restaurants comes at the end of each meal when there is no charge. That’s because Masbia—which means “to satiate” in Hebrew—is a soup kitchen for the hungry. The focus is on providing free and delicious meals to the hungry within a welcoming, cafe-style atmosphere. In 2009, Masbia expanded from one kitchen and dining hall in Brooklyn’s Boro Park, to a three-kitchen network throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

Donate or volunteer at their website www.masbia.org (WATCH the video below or READ the story from Truth Atlas) Please register and/or log-in to post comment. Mondragon: The Loving Society That Is Our Inevitable Future. Republished from ukiahcommunityblog.wordpress.com By Terry Mollner My first visit to Mondragon was in 1979.

I had been searching the globe for years for a Relationship Age society which was also fully integrated into the modern world. My initial reaction to Mondragon was utter amazement. I had never expected to find such a mature and comprehensive example. The inspiration behind Mondragon was a Catholic priest who in his own way understood the difference between the Material Age (Newtonian) and Relationship Age (quantum) worldviews. His first assignment upon leaving the seminary in 1941 was to be an assistant pastor at the Catholic church in the small town of Mondragon which is high in the Pyrennes Mountains of northern Spain.

Franco had had a difficult time defeating the Basques who had sided with the freely elected democratic socialist government against the fascists. The rainfall in the Pyrennes is such that there has never been a drought. The Philosophy of Father Arizmendi. Owenstown – A Garden City of our time built on co-operative principles | the3rdi magazine | the UK's foremost co-operative business magazine. Bill Nicol is the Project Director of The Hometown Foundation and Owenstown. Bill has 30 years’ experience in planning, economic development and large scale urban regeneration having worked in two local authorities, three enterprise agencies and two public-private partnerships. Prior to taking up the post as Project Director for the Hometown Foundation and Owenstown, he was Head of Property for Scottish Enterprise, Director of Clyde Waterfront and CEO of a pathfinder Urban Regeneration Company.

He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Town and Country Planning from Glasgow School of Art in 1984 (MRTPI in 1986) and has since obtained post graduate qualifications in Land Economics, Business Administration and Prince 2 Project Management. Bill is a Trustee of Workspace for Artists Scotland and an Ambassador for Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. Background In recent years, the UK has been the subject of significant austerity measures in an attempt to rebalance the books. The Vision.