Abahlali baseMjondolo (Zulu: [aɓaˈɬaːli ɓasɛmdʒɔnˈdɔːlo], Shack Dwellers), also known as AbM or the red shirts is a shack-dwellers’ movement in South Africa which is well known for its campaigning against evictions and for public housing.
Activists fromvarious fields ofalternative economylikeEnricDuran (Robin of the Banks),Cooperativa Integral Catalana, MichaelBauwens, P2P Foundation,orAmir Taaki, , bitcoindeveloper, launched thisSeptember 17, after months of networking,a draftglobal economic systembased on cooperation, ethics, solidarity, redistribution north-south, and justicein economic relations.
The Fair Coopis a global cooperativeattempt tobecome independentof the “oldeconomic system” based on central banks andfiatcurrencies bya new currencyreference,faircoin, to promote the globalcommonsand decentralizedeconomies..
The date,17Scoincidessymbolicallywithsix years ofthe campaign“We can livewithout capitalism,” and five years since the campaign with more thana hundreddata points in the Spanish state to createalternative economynetworks by inviting peopleto abandon theirbank accounts.It isalsoastep in the“ComprehensiveRevolution”,which in the words ofDuran,“aims togive visibility toa self-organizedmovement that is working to buildotherpossible worlds from below.”Continue reading #faircoop.. Occupying free economy with Anti-money.. #faircoin→
We’ve recently featured Coopfunding, an Open-Sourced crowdfunding platform designed to “…promote the financing of projects with a social, self managed and cooperative nature.” Today we present a guest article by Enric Duran, one of the developers behind Coopfunding and its parent-project, the Catalan Integral Cooperative, explaining the reasons that led to the creation of Coopfunding. This article was originally published in Radi.MS
The expansion of crowdfunding in the last few years has been quite vertiginous.
Hundreds of projects have been able to get off the ground around the world coming from very different backgrounds but united in the aim of creating a link between donors and the projects they sponsor.
Crowdfunding, for its practicality and usefulness, has expanded without any ideological limitation and while it served to finance many social projects it has also supported more conventional initiatives based on consumerism and business as meant in the capitalist system.
In this way, more traditional fund raising events like benefit gigs and have been overlooked, and we should take in to account that with the crowdfunding model we are at risk of leaving the financing of social initiative in the hands of unscrupulous business which, through the management of crowdfunding platforms, are making the same profit that any middle man would make in an ordinary business transaction, through the charge of commissions which range between 5% and 10% of the donations received. Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indygogo have already made profits in the millions region.Continue reading Enric Duran on disobedient crowdfunding … CoopFunding→
His name is Enric Duran , but is known as ‘Robin Bank ‘ or ‘ Robin Hood of the Banks ‘ . This Catalan activist, 38 years old, came to illegally obtain half a million euros in bank loans which he then then divided among projects and anti-capitalist movements .
He was charged with several offenses and failed to appear at his trial. He had requested loans from banks with no intention of returning and distributed the cash to a whole range of alternative projects, integral cooperatives, occupied social centers and revolutionary anarchists. . In all, he performed 68 operations in 39 different entities. With dozens of personal loans , he managed to outwit information systems and financial control. Continue reading ‘RobinHood bankrobber On the Run says : ” Let’s change the world..”→