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"Money is not the key that opens the gates of the market but the bolt that bars them"


Gesell, Silvio The Natural Economic Order

Revised English edition, Peter Owen, London 1958, page 228



Edition 11: 02 October 2006




The three main lines of information flow foreseen under the project are:

a) Transfer of information within the project.

- Vertical, from project coordinator (who would also liaise with external sources involved, such as education authorities, schools, health authorities, clinics) to well commission level to tank commission level to individual user and return back up the line
- Horizontal, for instance within the LETS groups and between LETS groups, between tank commissions, and between well commissions
- Combination of both - through a project-level radio station
- Project website mainly as a source for b) and for information sharing in general for (c) below

b) Local consultants, activity groups, and schools.

-Through local consultants with small businesses set up under interest-free micro-loans under the projects, who help local people choose crops to grow, instruct on agricultural methods, give professional advice on productivity questions etc.
-Local translation bureaus set up under interest-free micro loans under the projects to put material into a form the local people can understand.
-Activity groups working under the LETS systems with any of the parties in a), such as the Health Clubs foreseen, groups of actors etc.
-Local schools, information and courses for children and, eventually, adults.

c) Transfer of information from and to external sources.

- Incoming through information shops set up as private businesses (as in b) " local consultants") under the projects. These would have telephones, faxes, computers.
- Outgoing, through cultural and economic websites ( recent experiments in India), where individual interest groups make their cultural activities and their wares known to the outside world, either independently or through the information shops.

Communication and monitoring

Within each of the above specific sectors, rather complex interdisciplinary relationships can arise. Just to cite one typical example, to make the integrated sanitation system foreseen work, users need to be advised on the benefits of better hygiene (Health Clubs) then practise what they have learned and install their new toilet (and, eventually, water harvesting) systems. A system of cooperative inspection then needs to be put in place. A home inspection report has to be developed. Local women nominated by the tank committees have to be trained to apply the report system and to advise and help users where they are doing something wrong. Women nominated by the well commissions have to be trained to monitor the work of the local inspectors. A woman nominated by the (unified) well commissions will have to check the work of the well commission monitors. Information and experiences would need to be exchanged both vertically and horizontally under a).

The same users will at the same time need separate instruction on how best to recycle their urine, and later, their composted faeces. Basic recommendations will be developed under the projects for this, although single users, the local tank commissions, or the project coordinator could also obtain consultancy under b). Where the project supplies recommendations, cooperative structures similar to those described for hygiene would need to be developed to make sure they are applied properly.

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