2010-09-23

Changes

A while ago, the organization formerly known as NET has undergone significant changes. We have changed the name of the organization to better suit the times: European Organization for Sustainability or EOS. Recently, talks have begun with newer Zeitgeist offshoots RBEF, RBOSE and AOSDT, to come together to form an association of sorts. This association shares many similarities with EOS' Technate idea, therefore I consider this a re-branding of the Technate in order to, just like the case with the NET to EOS transition, better suit the modern day reality. And while most of us probably envisioned the Technate quite differently a few years ago, it has become obvious trough recent experience in other nonprofit organizations, that in building a new, better and more liberate society, interaction, cooperation and adaptation to other groups and other people is key. So far, things are looking really good and I am very optimistic about the future.

In the course of these events we have also been working on perhaps a far more down-to-earth area. In trying to adapt the theoretical findings within EOS to everyday life usage, we have decided to try using one of the existing alternative economics models with one of the nonprofit organizations we have formed. We have opted to use time banking as a community using it already exists and it is thus easier for us to introduce this as an idea to partners in commerce -- as it is not entirely our idea which would take some explaining, a different entity handling it makes it gain credibility, people may also already be familiar with it from other sources, as in Slovenia, the people running the time bank are all academics and even a well known politician is president. When trying to set up the use of time banking with the organization however, we ran into problems, we were not sure if it was in fact possible for an organization, being a formal entity, to use time banking with the system they had running. So we met up with them in person, after speaking with their president it became clear that the solution would not be so simple. They have thought about the issue before and currently, due to legal restrictions involving taxes, allowing a formal entity to use the time bank would be very problematic. They have opted to seek to serve their existing user base and proove their work untaxable, but this also means that they will not be able to and will not make time banking a true economic system, it will instead simply remain a web-based system for fair exchange of personal favors.

I, obviously, cannot accept that. While on the meeting, we got to understand that the majority of the law we have, that is intended to keep monetary economy fair, is hardwired to the monetary economy as the only possible economy. There is no room in existing law for alternative economics. And while I have personally always believed that politics, is not something I would see as affecting me or see a need for me to involve myself into it, I do recognize that if we want a smooth transition from the current system to a more sustainable one, we must change existing law to support alternative economics as an option. And the only way I see how to do this now, is to try to make public opinion weigh towards it: Keep people informed of the advantages of alternative economics and the downsides of being bound to an economic model which is going to fail them (and has been doing so very evidently for a long time now), then suggest changes to the law to make them happen.

I do not think the researchers at EOS are suitable for this particular task, so I will look elsewhere. Many offshots of the old Technocracy movement, such as for example the Zeitgeist movements are still working primarily on keeping people informed, so I assume they would be the right address for this information.LinkLink