Hebden Bridge 2027 - The Love Economy
When talking of Hebden you should understand that we are implying that the rest of the world has also changed - universal basic income, debt cancellation, social and environmental investment, etc. The sorts of transformations that have taken place in Hebden could not have happened alone, as though it was an isolated unit without relationship to surrounding areas and ultimately to the whole world.
The main change is that we no longer use money to value our goods and services. We have what is called 'the Love Economy'. That is care for people and planet is now the motivation for sharing the abundant products which have replaced the scarcity that was engendered by and essential to the money economy, and the industrial growth system. Most of our food is sourced locally, which does mean that some of the more exotic items we used to enjoy have become very rare or disappeared entirely. But no-one goes hungry or feels pressured to buy things they can't afford. More than that is the knowledge that what we enjoy consuming does not rely on the exploitation of unknown people or children in far-away lands.
Meals are more often communal affairs, so that every day becomes a celebration. Our relationships express the appreciation, and respect we feel with each unique encounter. There is excitement about being in charge of our lives. People no longer work in soul destroying, repetitive jobs, so are able to be more creative and fulfilled in their daily lives. Communication happens everywhere, on street corners, distribution centres, assemblies in the park. Healing occurs naturally as people emerge from being trapped in the competition and insecurity of an economy based on scarcity and want. Love flows unconditionally, as the gratitude for life and human community merges with the laughter of children freed from repressive education and connects with the beauty of the natural world.
CHARLES EISENSTEIN - Sacred Economics, MONEY, GIFT & SOCIETY IN THE AGE OF TRANSITION.
RIANE EISLER - The Real Wealth of Nations, CREATING A CARING ECONOMICS.
LOUIS BOHTLINGK - Dare to Care, A LOVE-BASED FOUNDATION FOR MONEY & FINANCE.
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