Posted by: Re.Rooting | 8 October, 2008

The Rise of Emergent Systems

Now is a better time than ever to harness the power of alternative, emergent economic and social institutions to maintain a healthy economy.  Society needs to reorganize itself around better principles, and look out for the real bottom line – quality of life.

There are several instutitons that, with the proper reorganizations, could help us rather than exploiting us.  Changing the way these work can change the way we live.  I will now outline some of the largest costs we as humans have day to day:

Food – localized systems not based on currency but real value, thus based on the ebb, flow flux of ecosystems rather than economic systems (the former is far more reliable)

Energy – distributed grid networks and renewed necessary infrastructure, reduction of overconsumption yet guaranteed systems.  .12/watt kinda stuff.

Land/Living – turning to things like cohousing, land trusts, community trusts and returning to the village model can ensure all of the above as well as reduced housing costs and a valuable level of interdependence and social and economic support networks.

Health – Organic, localized food systems, reduced usage of toxic materials, and reduced usage of dangerous vehicles are all recognized factors that public health officials ensure will reduce the costs of health in our country.  Preventative and supplementary medicine are very important as well, recognizing what needs to be treated where and how.  Not saying that village healers and gen practitioners can solve all the problems, but they can drastically reduce the amount of intensive treatment necessary.



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