the database itself will require maintenance in that as it grows, different reporting will occur between different data warehouses. the closest existing models i can think of are the management oversight software for fortune-500 scale companies, but open. wiki-style where applicable, strictly normalized celled data when tracking is disirable. of course there will be revisions, but if we start with a global survival infrastructure in mind, the revisions should only be fundamental when new technologies replace existing ones. my belief is that mother earth herself will perform memory/computing functions. the crystalline intelligence of the universe will integrate. the global archives of theVatican, cia, and the collected data stores of every global corporation and university will be collectively dwarfed by its largesse. yet, it will be nimble and agile. it will be fully operable in constant communication with the net, or entirely independent of it. synchronization may occur by snailnet, sneakernet, and extra-sensory perception.
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this is my idea:
so, as things are right now, you’ve got a bunch of houses/buildings with different numbers of people in them, and food being grown on big centralized farms. somewhere else. my idea is to set up a building (to start) that combines low-income housing, high quality local food processing, and a self-motivated workforce. what does this mean, self-motivated? well, it means that we work with partner farms and trade our labor for credit payable in their wares, vegetables and fruits. we, then, will spend less on food, the local farmers will have their crops weeded/harvested by local, flexible, reliable crews, and those crews will have space to work on other projects when farm labor is not needed.
in addition to housing humans and serving as a school for permaculture design and construction, this building will be a store of found materials, scraps, and tools. we will have ongoing production projects, and as new property owners join up, we will convert their land to food production forest and their buildings to cooperative off-the-grid generators. the goal, overall, is to benefit from strength in numbers. if we can cooperate with enterprises, or even just use the waste streams from enterprise to provide material resources for local use, we will provide benefit to communities.
this is a business idea. it is a non-profit, a school, and a contractor. it is a land management infrastructure, a community land trust, and a creator of boss-less jobs. participation is entirely voluntary. if you own land and never want to do anything except sit in your on-the-grid air-conditioned house and let me and my poor friends turn your lawn into food-producing land for you and your neighbors, you can. if you only want to “purchase” building materials from our stores without using the community shop for your project, you will probably be able to do that, too. policies like that will evolve by consensus.
this plan provides flexible solutions to numerous problems. it provides local jobs that cannot be taken away, it utilizes existing land already owned by its users, and it does not rely on outside investment. it provides the means for non-competitive knowledge transfer between humans/generations, and it diverts all of our “waste” to useful goods. in addition, it can take some of the surplus of waste in our world and turn that into something useful as well. it not only provides a means to improve under-utilized properties, but provides a workforce to accomplish this task as well.
So, what do you need money for? property. that’s about it. if we have a place to sleep and cook our own food, we’ll be set.
of course, i have an app in mind. it will connect users to the database, so any information about food production will be available, as well as spaces in need of mulching/weeding/planting. it will track expenses, make payments to the bank and utilities, and organize materials and power generation. it will calculate sunlight and rainfall data to determine planting locations for perennials and annuals, and to maximize block-scale solar and wind power generation. the app will also allow humans to order produce and direct those working on the farms how much of what to deliver by bike to the place where it was ordered. it will also provide a means to report discovered material stores, weather it be an off-our-grid construction dumpster, roadside organic matter, or performances by artists others may find of interest. it will schedule our resources so that they may be used as much as is needed rather than sitting in a field slowly rusting, or in a garage not running 90% of the time.
as a multi-use space, an ongoing music schedule will be established as well. open mic, group jams, drum circles, and campfires will be regular occurrences, and will coincide with group-strengh-required tasks. think cropmob for an hour or two before the feeding and performances.
besides the local food and materials provided to the surrounding community, this database will provide a means for trade of goods of entirely different scale. for example, if you make tiny knickknacks and they sell for $1 each, you could “pay off” the materials and installation of your new wind generator by selling knickknacks. or, we’ll take it off of your land in fruit from those fruit trees we planted.
this multi-scaling requires a level online marketing scheme whereby goods can be viewed/exchanged using our own currency (hour-based credit), and without lining someone else’s pockets. part of the whole concept of LazyAssWasteoid was so that people like me (sporadic, varied producers) can produce a wide variety of something(s) of worth to others for survival exchange. included will be the capability for goodwill donation. i want to be able to transfer my credits to other people just because they’re pretty. this will be built into the infrastructure.
in one sense, this system is intended to bypass the money system. in another, it is a transitional means of working with the existing system as long as it does exist. in order to maintain the quality of food necessary for all of this to work, humans and animals must be integrated into the process from the beginning. no legal fiction is the ultimate beneficiary of any of this. no shareholders exist apart from those whose hourly labor contributes to the whole.
my most recent idea on the percentages for distribution of goods were based on phi, the golden mean, or the Fibonacci sequence. each successive stage of the distribution sequence gets a next-smaller cut of the ultimate selling price, and the prices are set based on the same $10/hr, at-cost materials, and fully transparent system. in other words, if i spent exactly 48 minutes (8/10 of an hour) creating on an item, i will receive the equivalent of $8 in credit when it’s sold, the networker who finds the market would receive $5 (perhaps decaying for ongoing relationships), and the retailer $3. The retail price would be $16 if material costs are zero. this is an example and may not work in all instances. it also illustrates the necessity of owning our own property wherever our goods are sold.
ultimately, this thing should take over and/or partner with every existing business. “hey, pay your people a living wage or you won’t get any business from us,” we can say. there is leverage in numbers, and we’ll be producing higher-than-average quality food, and by sharing space, our facilities should be much better than what any individual could afford.
the overall goals, or purposes for this system are as follows:
- low-income housing provided for in-kind trade of labor
- create producer/consumer networks of local food/goods
- putting to use un/under-utilized (presently wasted) buildings, rooms, spaces, acreage, sunshine, wind, people.
- preserving collected cash stores for property payments, utility payments, and other cash-only functions
- crediting payment-worthy contributions to the whole with fairly-priced and fairly-paid-for goods if actual dollars are not available.
- training humans in useful skills, resource identification, and sharing.
- encouraging expansion and creativity
- giving us all something to do.
the global banking economy is broken, and has been for a long time. it’s not too large to fail, it’s too large to show signs of its unfairness until it’s close to collapse. well, it’s close to collapse, and the evidence of its unfairness is all over now.
i could use some help explaining this in human terms. this all makes sense to me, but i’ve been living this monster for years now. it needs some re-working by others.
oh, and as far as my hourly contributions prior to a second participant, i ask only a clean slate and the ability to participate myself. in other words, once the co-op pays off my student loans, credit card debt, parental debt, and my meager living space, any excess i produce will go directly back to the commons. my personal goal is merely to be allowed to be a human again. i’m a baby factory and a dogsitter. the fact that i “steal” ideas better than anyone else is entirely inconsequential. i just wanna get along.