Global Village Construction Set

Here’s a 2 minute video about a project by Open Source Ecology, a group of farmers, engineers and architects to create a set of fifty different industrial machines that it takes to build a small civilisation with modern comforts, all rooted in open source design and aimed to build them at the cost of materials with zero waste:

http://opensourceecology.org/

 

Brazilian Landless Workers Movement

Here’s a video (and website) about a mass social movement that address the problem of power distribution inherent in the ownership of land.  The MST looks to create true citizenship through occupying land that is not productive for the population as a whole and reforming its use to work toward the benefit of the whole population.  At the same time they aim to empower those who are involved by involving them in an engaged process of discussion and political activism that raises their consciousness of a variety of issues so that they can become directly engaged in politics at a number of levels:

http://www.mstbrazil.org/

http://www.mstbrazil.org/content/what-mst

http://www.mstbrazil.org/content/history-mst

GreenWave Ocean Farming

In Long Island a network of cooperatives has been “3D Ocean Farming”: growing shellfish and seaweed for food, biofuel and fertiliser without using freshwater and other inputs, which makes it one of the most sustainable forms of food production in the world. In replicating this the potential is immense as a network of small farms the size of  the state of Washington state could feed the world, as biofuel replace all the oil in the US and simultaneously capture 5x the carbon of land-based plants:

http://greenwave.org/

Thunder Valley

This is a community that has decided to “take back control” through their grass roots organising, in a way that returns them to their cultural routes.  In looking to increase community/worker ownership through a regenerative community, it aims to create its own sustainable energy and through its own construction create its own jobs.  A great example of the power of the sociability of human nature in action:

http://www.thundervalley.org/learn-more/our-story

http://www.thundervalley.org/learn-more/history-and-progress

The Solidarity Clinic, Thessalonika

Here’s  a really interesting health care clinic set up in Greece to help those without access to healthcare.  What is really interesting about this is the insistence that it is about “coming together” and realising our solidarity, where we are all on the same level.  The emphasis is really strong that it is not a charity, i.e. that it is not people at the top looking down and deciding to “help” those below them. Another great example of the best in humanity:

http://en.labournet.tv/video/6552/solidarity-clinic

http://www.klinik-der-solidaritaet.at/