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The Social Vision

We are recruiting people to PlaNET through a series of local events that illustrate the social principles we are building.

Our social vision (5 pillars)

Build a network of trust [What do we mean by ‘trust’]: You meet and work with people either whom you already trust, or who are trusted by those you trust, and so on. Build a local directory/map of people and businesses that share values and are trusted and give them preference in all your dealings.

Actively maintain the trust relationship: [see Peacemaking] A combination of public reputation, so people can see what you are giving and receiving from the community, active exercises in skills of working well together, a peacemaking policy and a group of Peacemakers that helpmhandle conflict creatively when it arises.

3. Build the Synergy economy: Within this network, help each other to live more lightly on the Earth, to need less money, and to earn some of your living through this. The support will sometimes be as favours, but also for money, where prices are fair. Thus we will be creating many ways to earn money, often as very flexible part-time working. We expect this to open many opportunities to people who now find it difficult to earn money for a variety of reasons.

Our target is for to build up to perhaps 5% of the local population over a period of 3 to 5 years, for whom the areas above will supply a significant part of their basic needs.


4 Commons: Our groups will be self-governing communities, who will create their own shared visions of what they want to achieve, will set up bottom-up decision-making processes where decisions are made by those involved, will set up their own rules, regulations, ways of handling their finances.

Direction: The final pillar of our social vision is Direction, actively scanning the environment and making future plans.

Our starting points and background:

We have built our social vision upon numerous historic examples of self-governing commons such as fisheries, grazing, and irrigation, as well as much experience and research in systems theory and cybernetics, especially Stafford Beer’s Viable Systems. If you want to read more about it, here are some references.

  • Alexander, Gary, eGaia, Growing a peaceful, sustainable Earth through communications, 2nd edition, FastPrint Publishing, 2014.

  • Bauwens, Michel, Kostakis, Vasilis, Pazaitis, Alex, Peer to Peer, The Commons Manifesto, University of Westminster Press, 2019.

  • Espinosa, Angela and Walker, Jon, A Complexity Approach to Sustainability, World Scientific, 2017.

  • Lewis, Michael and Conaty, Pat, The Resilience Imperative, Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy, New Society, 2012.

  • Ostrom, Elinor, Governing the Commons, The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, Cambridge University Press, 1990.

  • Books, videos and other resources from the Transition Network, including Starting Transition, The Transition Handbook, The Transition Companion, Local Food, Local Money and more.

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