This is the title of a modestly funded proposal submitted by Naomi Joy Smith and A. Keala Young, to work on developing socio-technical systems for enhancing the capacity of the Permaculture CoLab community to meet the aims of the colab. These aims promote inter-network cooperation.
The concept is to organize a participatory commons based on the use of interoperable technical infrastructure and knowledge sharing, intended for trans-local communities focusing on:
conscientious technological innovation,
or some combination of the above.
Diagram of a Participatory Commons
Our first proof-of-concept blends:
Since the project providing funding, Capacity+, has earmarked further funding toward training and increasing both quality and quantity of engagement in the pccolab, we are setting up a system to:
Michael Linton's model "Community Way" demonstrates how community currencies can enter an economic system, effectively being used as discounts on the fiat price of existing products.
We are on a journey to increase project-based learning opportunities that serve local, bioregional, and trans-local communities; knowing that the times are urgent, we envision value flows where (re)-training is not limited by access to funding or mentors; and where our new skills can be immediately applied into projects that serve us and our communities in the long-term.