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The PSS book project: General

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Contents

The Post Scarcity Systems Book Project is an effort to collect and publish information on concepts for the time beyond capitalism, and how to get there. The focus is on systems approaches, but can also feature living movements and communes that actually realize a different way.

The first chapter should prepare the reader for the necessity of a system shift, while the main content of the book provides him with information on conceptual solutions (that prove the lack of options - as repeated over by mainstream media - to be a bad case of blindness, if not a lie) and show him how to engage in bringing about a fundamental shift.

The authors agree that the common goal of all the featured concepts and groups, transcending the global market system, is more important than their differences in strategy or layout. The authors also agree that the choice is up to the reader, whether they prefer hi-, current-, low-, or no-tech solutions.

[edit] Status

  • Current Stage:
    • Systems: clearing authorship
    • Townships: selection in progress
    • Ideas: outline
  • Participation: Open for joiners

<tasks> [1] stewards needed [1] authors needed [1] proof readers needed [2] translators needed [3] distributors needed </tasks>

[edit] Communication

  • IRC.rbose.org #projects
  • eMail

[edit] Face

The book's general look:

  • What about photos and other graphs?
  • Font face and size?

[edit] Title

<tasks> [2] Find a title </tasks>

  • Post-Scarcity: A manual for theory and practice of a systems shift
  • Radical Revolution

[edit] Cover

<tasks> [3] Design a cover </tasks>

[edit] Distribution

[edit] Licence

<tasks> [x] Find a suitable licence </tasks> (done)

[edit] Distribution channels

  • Steward:
  • PDF-files all over the internet
  • locally printed editions on stock/ on demand
  • Audio book
  • Website

[edit] Writing process

[edit] Book authors

  • Charles Eisenstein
  • Jack Reed
  • Paxton

[edit] Original authors

We could either ask the original authors to present their ideas in their own words so there would be no need to rephrase it (so avoid misconceptions). See progress reports in each chapter for details.

[edit] Translation

<tasks> [1] We need native English speakers for proof reading [2] We need native English speakers for translations from German [3] We need native speakers of any other language for translation into their tongue </tasks>

[edit] Content creation

In order to have all chapters on the same level their content should be comparable with each other. Authors could take the following questionaire as a guideline:

  • Which are the axioms, premises & foundations of the concept?
  • How will or does life look like within that concept?
    • Which technological level are we talking about?
    • How does the social organisation/government work?
    • How does the economy look like? What is the role of money?
    • How are people's basic needs met?
  • Talk about the transition plan
    • How people can actively work towards the new paradigm
    • Which steps society as a whole must / will take towards the shift
  • Are there working, living examples, either directly connected or not?
  • Provide contact, links & Literature

[edit] Content

  • Add content to the categories below
  • Add full texts as subpages
  • Estimate length of full texts ~ 10-30 letter-sized pages
  • Footnotes, links & literature in full texts are very welcome

[edit] Content list

  • (no editing necessary here)

[edit] Preface

<tasks>[3] needs proofreading</tasks>

  • Title: Preface
  • Author: Paxton
  • Remarks:
  • Progress report: 2010/09/16 First draft

[edit] Why we have to shift

  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links:
  • Media:
  • Literature:
  • Remarks:
  • Progress report:

[edit] Post-scarcity system concepts

  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links:
  • Media:
  • Literature:
  • Remarks: an introduction
  • Progress report:

[edit] Spaceship Earth

[edit] Resource Based Economy

  • Originator: Jacque Fresco
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links: The Venus Project
  • Media:
  • Literature:
  • Remarks: Give also an overview of the various affiliations in that field
  • Progress report:
    • 2010/10/02 request by Paxton to TVP for participation as author or licencing extensive quotation from J.Fresco's work & website
    • 2010/10/02 answer from R.Meadows. No participation, but licence granted. Credits and pre-release draft requested.

[edit] Earth Democracy

[edit] Divine Anarchy

  • Originator: Mirra Alfassa †
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward: Paxton
  • Links:
  • Media:
  • Literature: "The Mother on Auroville" and other writings
  • Remarks: contact Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry
  • Progress report:

[edit] Economy of the Gift

  • Originator: Charles Eisenstein
  • Title:
  • Author: Charles Eisenstein
  • Steward:
  • Links:
  • Media: Interview for the film 'Money and Life'
  • Literature: "The Ascent of humanity"
  • Remarks: Eisenstein recently announced the release of a new book on that topic
  • Progress report:
    • 2010/09/29 request by Eike Richter to C.Eisenstein for participation
    • 2010/10/29 affirmation of authorship

[edit] Walden II

  • Originator: B.F.Skinner †
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links:
  • Media:
  • Literature: "Walden Two"
  • Remarks: There's so-called Walden Three projects out there. Do they fit in here or do they, probably, deserve their own chapter?
  • Progress report:

[edit] Community Planet

  • Originator: Jack Reed
  • Title:
  • Author: Jack Reed
  • Steward:
  • Links: Community Planet Foundation (CPF)
  • Media: UN Talk with Jack Reed
  • Literature: "The Next Evolution"
  • Remarks:
  • Progress report:
    • 2010/10/24 request by Paxton to CPF for participation or licencing extensive quotation from "The Next Evolution"
    • 2010/10/24 reply by J.Reed with permission to quote anything from book & website. Request for additional information.
    • 2010/10/26 sent further information
    • 2010/10/27 affirmation of authorship

[edit] Deep Ecology

[edit] Monasteries as a model

  • Originator: Theodore Roszak
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links:
  • Media:
  • Literature: "Person/Planet: The creative desintegration of industrial society"
  • Remarks:
  • Progress report: 2010/09/30 Research by Paxton to find out a contact address. Merely found this

[edit] One-Straw Revolution

  • Originator: Masanobu Fukuoka †
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links:
  • Media: Larry Korn shortly describing the method
  • Literature:
    • "The one-straw revolution"
    • "The road back to nature"
  • Remarks:
  • Progress report:
    • 2010/10/24 request by Paxton to Larry Korn, editor and translator of the first English issue of "The one-straw revolution" for participation, or information on copyright holders.
    • 2010/10/24 Reply by L.Korn with address of the person handling the publishing affairs.
    • 2010/10/30 request by Paxton to the publishing agent for licencing extensive quotation from "The one-straw revolution"

[edit] Anti-Civ

  • Originator: Derrick Jensen
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links: Official
  • Media: Talk pt.1 / Talk pt.2
  • Literature: "Endgame" (2 vol.)
  • Remarks: Jensen emphasizes the need for a shift with unique arguments and focuses rather on the way than on the goal.
  • Progress report:

[edit] Anarchist Primitivism

  • Originator: John Zerzan
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links: Zerzan official
  • Media: Zerzan @ Google video
  • Literature:
  • Remarks:
    • Zerzan's ideas focus on the system without showing a way there, suggesting a coupling of this chapter with Jensen's Anti-Civ (as Zerzan calls himself also anti-civ).
    • Zerzan has no email address, but his books are "anti-copyright"; they "may be freely pirated and quoted"
  • Progress report:

[edit] Townships & Communes

[edit] Arcology

  • Originator:
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links: Arcosanti official
  • Media:
  • Literature:
  • Remarks:
  • Progress report:

[edit] Asheville Harmony Village

[edit] Auroville

[edit] Findhorn

  • Originator: Findhorn Foundation
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links:
  • Media:
  • Literature: (see Wikipedia article)
  • Remarks:
  • Progress report:

[edit] Gaviotas

  • Originator: Paolo Lugari
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links: Friends of Gaviotas
  • Media:
  • Literature:
    • Alan Weisman: "Gaviotas. A Village to Reinvent the World"
    • NYTimes 2009
  • Remarks:
  • Progress report:

[edit] Los Horcones

[edit] Tamera

  • Originator: Dieter Duhm, Sabine Lichtenfels
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links:
  • Media:
  • Literature:
    • Leila Dregger: Tamera, a model for the future
    • Dieter Duhm: The Sacred Matrix
    • Dieter Duhm: Future Without War
    • Sabine Lichtenfels: Grace
  • Remarks:
  • Progress report:

[edit] Twin Oaks

[edit] Sharing

  • Title: Collaboration vs. competition
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links:
  • Media:
  • Literature:
  • Remarks:
  • Progress report:

[edit] Open Source & Free Licences

[edit] Seed exchange

[edit] Goods & services exchange

  • Originators: Marc Boyle et.al.
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Steward:
  • Links: Freeconomy
  • Media:
  • Literature:
  • Remarks: Give-away, moneyless exchange, principles of gift economy
  • Progress report:

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