In a context of crisis and recession caracterised by increasing inequalities and precarisation of living condition, the need to change the way economy works is felt as being urgent for a growing part of the population. Local initiatives and global movements are proposing paths towards an economy that is more respectful of human dignity and the environment. One of the key point is to rethink exchanges in society and advance towards a more equal access to resources.
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Below are listed examples of actions (in orange) and policies (in green) collected that design paths towards a new type of exchanges and access to resources.
New systems have appear and develop in order to provide access to resources without using monetary exchanges.
In various fields and regions there are many ways in which resources – human, social, material, financial and cognitive – are wasted (including misuse, over‑exploitation and under‑utilisation). Sharing appears as a way to better use resources and also to provide access to them to a larger number of persons.
Commonification of public services“Commonification” of public services means first and foremost managing them in a not‑for‑profit‑oriented way, and therefore as commons to which each and every individual must be able to have equal access, regardless of his or her ability to pay. In other words, “commonifying” public services serve to satisfy essential needs and enable the full exercise of fundamental rights. But “commonification” also implies a process of democratising the management of commons.
- Community Supported Agriculture
The CSA initiatives consist in creating a direct link between consumers and producers, taking into account the environmental and social impact of the production process.
Network of CSA initiatives : http://www.urgenci.net
Below are examples of types of actions (in orange) and policies (in green) that relate to CSA.
Separating income from work
Although the money that results from paid-work activities is still the main way of having access to resources in European societies, it is not the only path. Other initiatives and practices proposed different ways to access them.