Transition Enterprise Discussion Circle 11.30.11
Present: Joanne, Devon, Tye, David, Isaac
I. Preliminary Notes
II. Place to Start
III. Macro Vision
IV. Education & Capacity-building
V. Creative Change-Making
VI. Avoid Regulation
VII. Final Notes
(Font Key: Groups are in bold italics, Titles are underlined) most notes by Isaac, bullet inserts by Joanne
*discussion: Mondragon gathering in Richmond, CA
*Awakening the Dreamer
*idea: Business catalog
*Business directory requiring few volunteer hours to compile. Automated input, informational network. Interactive and web-based.
*idea: form an LA Regional Timebank
*TB USA move credits between time banks.
*National Cooperative Business Association
*School: Somewhere to teach values (ex. co-op). At Mondragon, they were initially trained to build/repair washing machines. Capacity-builidng.
*Built to Last (ex. Disney, 3M, visionar corporations who innovate and survive).
*Ex. Book-keeper co-op
*Arizmendi Cheese Co-op. Management system in place.
*Rainbow Foods, Berkeley Bowl, Collective of Co-ops.
*Co-op needs 3 to form.
*North Dakota State Bank
*Savings Accounts in Mondragon.
*Permaculture Credit Union, NM: Sustainability focus, finance people with sustainability initiatives, Cal Earth.
*Thin Cats, history of community development co-ops: What it's like, problems, low-income, membership base, requirement of equity v. assets. Credit unions focused on justice, community development, local business, housing. NM Albuquerque Permaculture Credit Union. Define membership (ex. 3,000 to fill out survey). Credit union for co-ops: Housing, workers, not member co-op such as Co-opportunity (Santa Monica), REI. Education team. Make own law.
*Kinetka: SM Consumers Co-op merger with Hughes Aircraft Employee Credit Union. Brought a sense of local business (ex. ATM at farmers market).
*Re-conomy, UK. Addresses deep business issues within Transition model.
*Timebanks connect with what's around the neighborhood. Consulting practices (ex. consult w/conventional businesses, supply change, localization issues.
*Mondragon: 1) affinity network, 2) threat of unemployment and fascism in a depressed area resulting from civil war, 3) moral and popular community facilitated by priest.
*Reading club: ex. co-op theory book reading. Ellerman (co-op theorist) looks at Marx, Capitlaist strucures, and looks at selling time for wage as unethical, immoral. Do wages fulfill people's dreams? Are wages slavery? Eisenstein said our current system is morally flawed.
*What else: Self-interst, Self-realization, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, not exploitation, not profit motive only.
*Needs-based system: Potential businesses, community gardens food production.
*Philosophical groundwork: Brian Swim, The Secret, What the Bleep Do We Know.
*Google Plus book cub class. Units for 'university.' Set dates to get together for discussion, potluck requirement, project to build as exam, prize (ex. free raised bed, choice of community project). Provides framework for spontaneous education, float to one's various networks.
*Start where you are.
*People projects: host open space.
*Holmgren's Permaculture Flower (philosophical). Class on permaculture. Permaculture Guild?
*About the Land, already exists.
*Permaculture design certificate. Provide thorough networking in the community.
*Quail Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm, Maricopa, CA
*Potential partners for a co-op.
*Employability of graduates.
*Radical home school.
*Montessori, John Taylor Gatto, John Holt, Blake Bowles, Grace Llewellyn. (spellings corrected)
*Life With Ed (Begley)
*Recognize popular culture, creatively mock commercials with narrative. Compile it. With a message. Acting troupes.
*ex. Banksy street art with links, bumper stickers (ex. caution banksters fleeing), "how is the war economy working for you?", flash mobs, BofA logo (f-u), monopoly guy (1%), midnight ridazz ride themes, break dancing.
*Play and improv.
*Threats: there are forces at work that seek to exploit and exhaust natural resources.
*Land trusts (ex. Marin, CA farmland bought to prevent suburbanizaiton, ex. LA Parkland Land Trust on urban fabric, Wildlands Land Trust).
*Capitalism v. democracy.
*Open mic: reskilling university (ex. solar cooker, self-watering pots, etc.).
*Center of Non-violent Action Studies (CANVAS) prevents govt repression/regulation. Came out of Otpor. Win-win dilemmas. Avoid attention by coming in 'under radar,' ex. Time Banks).
*Charter school. Parents run and become admins and hire teachers. May qualify for state money.
*Occupied foreclosed homes in the South, reoccupied by community. Youtube.
*Bringing Down a Dictator, Serbia, Otpor.
*In Praise of Mother Earth, foundation of Indian philosophy. Devon proposed a publishing partnership between Marymount Press and Transition LA.
*Paul Engler (OLA). Built to Last (visionary co.'s), From Good to Great (applicable to NPO's, community orgs, how to develop innovation, decentralized to centralized). United under a vision. Scientific, reinvented selves, stayed fresh.