1771 ED Wieringerwerf,
E-mail: (nameatendofline)@xs4all.nl : bakensverzet
Incorporating innovative social, financial, economic, local administrative and productive structures, numerous renewable energy applications, with an important role for women in poverty alleviation in rural and poor urban environments.
"Money is not the key that opens the gates of the market but the bolt that bars them"
Gesell, Silvio The Natural Economic Order
Revised English edition, Peter Owen, London 1958, page 228
Permanent on-going procedures to maintain and administer the system will be worked out with the users themselves during Organization Workshops to be run for this purpose, (with the involvement of the NGO Bakens Verzet through its director Terry Manning as consultant for this first pilot project), the project coordinator, the tanks and wells commissions, and the maintenance and inspection cooperatives.
The purpose is to create a "maintenance culture".
Structures to be created include:
social structures, being the Health Clubs, the tanks commissions, the well commissions and the project management;
financial structures, including local money systems and interest-free micro-credit structures for productivity development;
service structures for a good basic quality of life, including systems for installation and maintenance of the drinking water supply system, sanitation and waste recycling structures;
and productive structures, including gypsum composite production units, structures for the production of bio-mass and mini-briquettes for cooking, not to forget the local radio station.
The users themselves are responsible for the creation of the project structures and their the execution, running and maintenance. They pay for and own the structures.
The users will create the structures during a series of organisational workshops following the method developed by the Brazilian sociologist Clodomir Santos de Morais.
The project will try to put at the disposal of the often very large groups involved in the workshops, but ONLY ON REQUEST, the consultants, materials and equipment necessary for the services and structures in question. The groups organise themselves (often with great difficulty), set up their administrative structures, procure the necessary authorisations and permits, proceed with the construction of factories, and to the production and sale of their products and services as they consider fit.
Key to the formation of the structures foreseen in the project is the order in which the workshops are held. It is not possible to hold workshops to set up the tank commissions (the key project structures) until a suitable platform has been created to enable women to organise themselves, express themselves at meetings and actively participate in the project structures. This is done during the organisation workshop setting up the health clubs. It is not possible to set up structures for the manufacture of articles for sanitation purposes if the local money LETS systems making their production, distribution, sale and installation under local money LETS systems without the need for formal money until the LETS systems have been established.
The order or sequence for the execution of the workshops is the following:
5.14 Well commissions
Other productive structures as listed in section 5.40 of the index.
The workshops represent a general mobilisation of the population, with an active participation of at least 4000-5000 people out of a total of 50.000, representing about 10% of the active adult population.