I am interested in your thoughts on how to get started with creating a local economy when a lot of the “locals” support the current system.
I live in a small village 2hrs south of Auckland (just south west of Hamilton more accurately), we have just under 2 acres. We planted the block out 7 or so years ago with fruit and nut trees and have just returned to live there in January. We have started our permaculture gardens one chook tractor bed at a time, and are just getting to the point where we have some surplus. The next step we thought would be to begin to trade produce for compost materials (which is not keeping up with our demand) This seems quite a natural way to begin local trade; we are hoping that our example will spread under the radar for now and quietly set an example for what can be achieved. Our hope is also that we will draw out other like minded people in the village and when we can, offer some community space in our gardens and support meetings.
Small community’s like ours are good at getting their business’s to sponsor local schools and events, and most people are involved in the local community one way or another. Business’s who are involved are supported by the locals too who buy their products or services.
1.What would the next step be? Creating another value system so profits aren’t funnelled back out of the village when there is no immediate trade option?
2. How do we transition business’s who like seeing their name in print on sponsorship pages, making them perhaps appear more charitable, when in effect it is good business advertising and thy reap the rewards? 2b. And when the school/community group needs real money?
I would be interested in your thoughts? To coin a phrase Finn Mackesy used last night” you don’t have to agree with what Im saying” I am putting it out there for your honest feedback and thoughts.