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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