1771 ED Wieringerwerf,
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Incorporating innovative social, financial, economic, local administrative and productive structures, numerous renewable energy applications, with an important role for women in poverty alleviation in rural and poor urban environments.
"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 03: 15 August, 2006
Dan Chiras and Dave Wann of Evergreen, Colorado (USA) devised a list of 25 steps to help to create sustainable suburbs in developed countries which may be applicable to urban development applications under this Model. They are cited from the periodical The Last Straw, Issue 35, Fall 2001, p. 11. They are mentioned for possible inclusion amongst the initiatives which could typically be taken under the local money systems to strengthen community ties. Many of these steps are applicable also to local development in developing countries. The steps marked with an asterisk (* ) are already integrated in self-financing integrated development projects under the Model.
01. Sponsor periodic community dinners.
02. Establish a community newsletter, bulletin board and community roster.
03. Establish a "Neighbourhood Watch" programme.
04. Start neighbourhood investment clubs, community sports activities, and restoration projects *.
05. Form discussion groups.
06. Establish a neighbourhood baby-sitting cooperative.
07. Form an organic food cooperative buying club.
08. Create car or van pools for commuting.
09. Start a community support network to help neighbours through rough times and celebrate the good times *.
11. Establish a community bank account to finance neighbourhood projects
12. Begin to tear down fences, opening back yards to create communal play spaces, a space for neighbours to mingle.
13. Plant a community garden and orchard.
14. Establish a community composting and recycling facility *.
15. Establish a more edible landscape - incrementally remove grass in front lawns and replace with vegetables and fruit trees *.
16. Create a car-share programme - purchasing a van or truck to rent to community members.
17. Start a community-supported agriculture (CSA) programme in which neighbours "subscribe to local farm's produce.
18. Begin community-wide retrofitting of homes for energy and water efficiency *.
19. Create a community energy system, e.g. solar and/or wind.
20. Establish alternative water and waste systems - e.g., cisterns for catching rainwater and "living machines" or constructed wetlands to treat waste water, etc.*
21. As the neighbourhood population ages and children leave home, retrofit garages and homes with apartments to house students or others.
22. Create a common house - purchase a vacant home and convert it to a common house with a teen room, child-care facility, kitchen, guest rooms, weight room, coffee shop, and a community-shared office with fax machine, copier, printer etc.
23. Establish a full-time day-care centre.
24. Establish a weekly entertainment programme.
25. Narrow or eliminate streets, converting them to park and to edible landscape, walkways, picnic areas, and regional art displays. Establish peripheral parking with hand carts or golf carts to shuttle people back and forth to homes.