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NZ Lifestyle Block - - Your Letters - Sjors Brouwer, Motueka (abridged) Val Gre­gory, Dairy Flat (abridged)

Thank you for Mur­ray Grim­wood’s ar­ti­cle on how to find a way for­ward to a steady state econ­omy ( 4 rules for a new, sim­pler way of life, June 2015). I es­pe­cially like the ‘cut­ting out of the fi­nan­cial sec­tor’.

What I missed, as a way to break away from growth-think­ing, was the con­cept of shar­ing.

I ob­serve in our growth-based econ­omy that fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als (es­pe­cially in the ‘western’ economies) are shar­ing less and less of their goods and com­modi­ties with their fel­low hu­man be­ings (neigh­bours, fam­i­lies).

It is not only that hav­ing more re­sources avail­able to one’s self gives one the op­tion to opt out of com­mu­nity and shar­ing, eg car-pool­ing , but it is worse: hav­ing more money makes the in­di­vid­ual won­der where they can ac­tu­ally spend it, which means more cars (and you must use them, once you have them), and ev­ery­one has a ride-on mower where you might have bor­rowed the neigh­bour’s, or bought one to­gether, in the past.

Build­ing a new cul­ture of shar­ing - I missed that in your ar­ti­cle.

Here, in the Motueka area, we are try­ing to set up a co-hous­ing ini­tia­tive, a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for shar­ing the land, the com­mon fa­cil­i­ties of the house, etc. To read more about it, have a look on www.loomio.org/g/nmaez­i7o/vil­lage­co­hop

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