How do we transition from where we are
to a Money Free System?
This is perhaps the hardest of all questions. And there is no one single answer to it, let alone a simple one. There are many aspects of the transition – new systems are but one part.
Indeed, the word transition itself is a bit misleading, implying that there is some kind of specific destination to transit to. This is not the case of course. Transition will never end – each step taken reveals new possibilities previously unknown. So, when talking about “The Transition”, what is really being asked is what are some of the most effective first steps that we can take?
“The willingness to experiment, fail often and learn quickly is going to be essential.”
Uplifting and inspiring - shows what can be accomplished when profit motive is set aside
The world is in a state of constant change and if we are to thrive, our systems of organisation must have the fluidity to adapt to those changes.
New systems will first require new ways of thinking and collaborating, new ways of relating and communicating, new ways of mapping and displaying information, new value systems and priorities.
This transition will need to take place across all scales and domains, from the individual to the neighbourhood to the regional to the global, in food, energy, housing and transportation and will mean different things to different people.
For some, transition will involve a complete lifestyle transformation, radical and immediate. For others the changes may be less dramatic and sudden, but no less profound.
The essence of transition is the cultivation and expansion of principles such as transparency, reciprocity, wholesomeness, distributed governance and localisation. From soil enriched with nutrients such as these can grow healthy, vigorous and productive societies.
In the Policies section of this website you will find a more in depth exploration of some of the steps the MFP intends to advocate for. This page will unavoidably duplicate some of what is there by re-emphasising some of the “low hanging fruit”, the first steps that are available right now, immediately, without anything else having to change first.
This is how the transition will occur. Not by waiting around for “them” to change things (also known as Waiting for Superman Syndrome), but by US, taking control of what we can take control of and using that increased sovereignty and capacity to formulate next steps.
“…work done by many thousands of people in all kinds of domains,
across all kinds of scales, all doing their bit…”
While it is entirely understandable that we would want a clearly laid out series of steps that we could follow that would lead pleasantly and inexorably to a better way of life, we are dealing with a very complex and interconnected web of institutions, organisations, ideologies, vested interests, etc. As such, the changing of one thing here has implications and repercussions for other processes over there, many of them unforeseen. This is not an exact science. Indeed it has never been done before and will not happen quickly or easily.
This is also a place to bring in some of the work done by many thousands of people in all kinds of domains, across all kinds of scales, all doing their bit to help to usher in a new vision for humanity. This makes up the body of the second section.
There is a great deal of resistance and inertia to be overcome, both institutionally and within ourselves. The willingness to experiment, fail often and learn quickly is going to be essential.
Part One – The Low Hanging Fruit
The cogs of the machine are set in place and are there because they connect to other cogs in the way the machine needs them to. The structure is stuck and thus resistant to change.
However, change is required on a level that is completely unprecedented in human history. Never before have we faced the necessity to completely change the ways in which we go about meeting our needs, relating to ourselves, each other and our environment. The most obvious domain in which to begin is food.
A charming and apropos short animated film - "Cogs"
“The way we produce food….adds up to a complete shitshow in every conceivable way.”
The series of three videos to the left total less than 10 minutes in length combined and are a fantastic starting point. They highlight what is so wrong, how it got like this and what we can do to change.
The way we produce food – the impact on soil, species, water and air; its poor quality and high chemical/hormone/antibiotic content; our shameful treatment of livestock; our disconnectedness from our food and the separation of ourselves from the natural world that is engendered by that disconnect all adds up to a complete shitshow in every conceivable way.
Indeed, contained in the domain of food production are perfect examples of pretty much everything we do wrong across all domains. A disregard for future generations, a disregard for others, a disregard for the natural world and ultimately a disregard for ourselves.
Starting the process of reclaiming food production, making it a community affair, distributed, organic, hands-on, wholesome, celebratory even, is among the most immediate and effective steps in the transition to a new way of thinking about and doing things.
And there is absolutely nothing preventing it from starting right now. Absolutely anyone has the power to take it upon themselves to start some kind of community food project. A few ideas could be:
- neighbourhood markets and banquets
- collaborative gardening
- seed/cutting/tool exchanges and libraries
- local “gardener’s question times”
- community cooking classes
- starting/expanding school gardens
….the list is almost endless.
Each and every one of these things that happens, however tiny, is a meaningful step on the road. The short video (less than 3 mins) immediately left expands a little on these ideas.
The next obvious domain is that of energy.
We have through most of history been nomadic and thus subsisted on a wide variety of resources as we travelled. Since the Neolithic Revolution some 12,000 years ago humans mostly adopted an agrarian lifestyle, and we have taken either linear or lateral moves in terms of how we have approached the practise of socioeconomics. Back then, there was more than enough room for growth, as it were, however today, using the same principles of growth and self-interest and armed with our modern technological and scientific prowess, we are effectively gobbling through the planet for short-term profit. We have become too readily able to even affect the outcomes of how our biosphere works. As such, our social values must capitulate to the demands of earthly regeneration, the consideration of sustainability, and healing the damage done to humanity in this cancerous pursuit of value. A realisation is looming that we need to, for the sake of our survival, radically alter, improve and update our industrial and economic values and practises.
As you may already be thinking, this doesn’t happen overnight, of course a transition period like no other is required.
We humans are far more comfortable when we feel certain. And so the fact that we cannot be certain about each step between here and there makes us very uncomfortable. This uncertainty prompts most of us to reject the idea of the transition, and opt for the seeming safety of the familiar. I assure you that we don’t need to be certain about how we traverse this uncharted territory. Because we never will be certain, and the time to improve our world is right now.
Any steps are not global stages but rather increments in how we reconfigure the existing infrastructure. While we may not be able to predict the future, we can follow relevant trends. We have amazing scientific and technological tools to assess where we’re likely to go. We understand far more today than we did when we created the ideas of money and politics.
Thousands of people have made all kinds of contributions to mapping potential pathways forward in all kinds of contexts and at all kinds of scales. There are innumerable projects and experiments taking place all over the world.
The page is loosely organised into categories, in no particular order, with links to relevant articles, videos, websites and blogs as well as some of our own content.
The boundaries between categories are often pretty fuzzy, so proceed with an open mind, a spirit of adventure and a willingness to learn, maybe even to be transformed by what you learn.
We will frequently update and add to the contents, so check in regularly.
Three excellent talks on what the Transition might look like
Adam Antium's series of Z-day presentations on Transitioning
Other Ideas for Transition
External links are placed here to broaden perspective, enhance critical thinking and stimulate debate.
They may not necessarily represent the views, policies and visions of The Money Free Party, although many will, but are nevertheless interesting people and pieces of work that could well have a contribution to make.
If you have any thoughts for people or ideas that you think are worth adding, we would love to hear them