The riches that God dispenses are simply Himself, and the issue of this dispensing is the building up of the Body of Christ. All of the books in this category develop the biblical revelation of God's economy in a simple and practical way, bringing the believers into the experience and enjoyment of our wonderful Triune God. About Watchman Nee Shortly after Watchman Nee was saved, he began to love the Lord and was intensely burdened to preach the gospel to his schoolmates and countrymen in season and out of season.
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Show 24 48 Application of the Interpretation of the New Jerusalem to This would mean that their profits would be distributed among the customers or be used to finance public services, rather than being accumulated by people who do nothing to actually produce real goods or services.
If customers controlled the financial institutions, they would probably ensure that the profits would be small to begin with, in order to reduce the fees they have to pay up front. Beyond the solution of customer-owned banks, we can also create currency and exchange systems based on principles other than interest-based fiat currencies.
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These need to be designed around the real needs of participants in economic exchange, such as to buy things without having to rely on one-to-one barter exchange or mutual aid among friends and neighbors , to obtain investment funds, to weather times of hardship, or to have a secure source of income in old age. A lot of innovation is occurring in this area, and different modes of exchange need to be adapted to particular purposes. Too many cities and towns have been constructed not for people, but for cars as if those were animate beings with needs.
Even cities that have not been built for cars often are constructed in ways to serve the convenience of centralized authorities and housing developers, rather than of the people who actually live there.
They also enforce consumption, because as conviviality in the streets and public places is destroyed, people rely more on individualized consumption in search of happiness. What we need is a revival of vernacular building, and of urban public spaces that invite people to stay, to meet people and talk, rather than to hurry on.
We also need to eliminate incentives that promote urban sprawl for example, new housing developments at the urban periphery rarely pay the full costs of extending utility lines to these areas. Education tends to be organized as a method of providing credentials for a limited number of graduates to enter the job market and sell their labor to the highest bidders. Meanwhile, all the non-graduates have to compete for the low-paying jobs that are left over.
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Too much research gets organized as a way to generate patented knowledge that helps some companies gain monopolies, while withholding that knowledge from everyone else. This is learning in a straightjacket. Natural resource commons with their guaranteed basic income, complemented by many more opportunities to get together with people one knows to create a co-operative enterprise, would do much to reduce the sway of this educational model. The abundant availability of knowledge on the internet, as well as in brick-and-mortar libraries, also helps to counteract the hierarchical transmission of knowledge.
Beyond that, we need the numerous initiatives for co-operative schools, learning networks, and knowledge sharing commons in order to truly liberate learning even while more traditional schools experiment with different educational methods. Then, people will be able to learn for the purpose of personal growth and for answering the practical questions they face in the life and career paths they have chosen.
The knowledge commons approach could help generate innovations in medicine that are not centered on getting people hooked on costly drugs that they have to consume for their remaining life-times. If hospitals were owned by the people in the communities they served, they would also presumably become more interested in cheap remedies that actually work.
Health policy would have to focus on integrating efforts in all these areas to ensure that people are less likely to fall ill in the first place, and that medical care focuses on their true needs so that they recover quickly when they do suffer from disease. But another world is indeed possible, and we must envision that possible world before we can make it real. There are alternatives, and we need to keep them in mind as we work for change! Any views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do no necessarily reflect the views of the GEO Collective.
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Donate to GEO, catalyze more worker co-ops and solidarity economies: Skip to main content. Catalyzing worker co-ops and the solidarity economy. Natural Resource and Land Commons Natural resources the land, air, water, the diversity of living things, mineral resources are all things none of us have created; they are the gifts of nature. Cooperative Business Our wealth does not just consist of the gifts of nature — it also consists of the goods and services we create by our labor.
Energy for Everyone A very important area for cooperative or self-provisioning business is in the area of energy supplies. Livable Cities Too many cities and towns have been constructed not for people, but for cars as if those were animate beings with needs. Liberated Learning Education tends to be organized as a method of providing credentials for a limited number of graduates to enter the job market and sell their labor to the highest bidders. Subscribe A weekly email newsletter connecting you with our latest issues, articles and special features.
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