If you are a working on long shots, you need a Plan B. Something so that if your principal objective or campaign does not work out (which is likely after all because it is a long shot) you can look back at your efforts and say “this was not time wasted, despite not succeeding in our primary goal, we did make progress with Plan B.” Otherwise you burn out or drop out. Failure after years of effort is a poison to the spirit.
When we fought reactors in eastern Europe, Plan B was often movement building. We failed in stopping reactors at Temelin and Mochovce. But over these multi-year campaigns we would build organizations which continued on after the reactor fight was over. The campaign itself was so compelling, the internal group culture and experience so bonding, that despite huge losses, very few people dropped out of these groups. And these scruffy groups of teenagers and early twenty somethings would become more stable and become environmental NGOs or green political parties. They would go on to campaign against NATO, toxins, GMOs and for renewables and government transparency, and more proposals to build reactors.
The chances of quickly starting an income sharing community within the five Burroughs of New York City are vanishingly small (short Angels jumping to support this project, which is not actually what we are looking for). There is even a fairly high chance that we will completely fail in getting a house together which fits the FEC rules for income sharing. [I would guess chances are over 50% we will have an income sharing new community in DC int he next two years.] So what is Plan B?
For me it is about the topic of our next event in NYC: Sharing systems, Gift Economies and Worker Coops. On May 10 and 11 in NYC we will be running an Open Space Technology format conference on these important topics. If we can’t start by building income sharing communities, we can take advantage of the density of NYC and start building libraries (distributed and centralized) and fair or generous economic platforms. The city offers tremendous opportunity for creating more community, we need to identify it and promote and organize it.
So do you know any compelling speakers or charismatic advocates for these rejuvenating economic alternatives? If so drop me a message and just to be safe, copy it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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