Land Ownership and Community life
Self-organization and collaborative spaces for carving out one’s own paths in search of well-being
When a country is labeled as “developing” it is assumed that the only way forward is the one marked out by “developed” countries, which in their turn meet the divine mandate of continuing to advance unchecked. Modernity, consumer society and representative democracy are unquestionably the port toward which the boat should be directed, whose motor is the established social system and international institutions; the political class and international cooperation are the lighthouses that guide seafarers.
This view is challenged from both the north and the south. From Permact, we dedicate this section to the organized civil society that is seeking to sculpt their own future from the horizontality, self-organization and network collaboration; there are many examples from long ago that are being used and that show us ways to change the rules. Cooperatives and community associations, communities that coexist and make decisions by consensus, native title and laws of traditional uses…From top to bottom, reflecting the concept of each community’s self-development is a great experience in which we can all participate.
Translated by Ana Joldes and Kerlene Telesford
In order to organise their community, they took inspiration from the Trust Land system. In this system, which facilitates acquiring land for a reasonable cost, you pay a sum of money and you have the right to use the land for 99 years.
IBC was created as an alternative to help the preservation of the El Cerrado biome, since apart from the individual areas of construction (which represent one fourth of the total size of the land), the permaculture design anticipated an area of permanent conservation, planting areas, and community spaces with various purposes.
For the past seven years, they had been working to renew the cultural and artistic heritage of the community that had been suppressed throughout more than a century of exploitation. Its aim is to integrate the four generations within the community, including health, educational and security professionals, along with government officials.
New Leaf quiere ayudar a resolver estos problemas mediante la creación de un espacio donde diversos miembros de la comunidad pueden acceder y compartir ideas para promover un futuro sostenible para State College.
The HUB is a global network of local, independent spaces that share the same brand and identity. Its founders think that there is abundance of good ideas for the creation of a more sustainable world but there is a lack of resources and sites where these can develop or turn into small businesses or NGOs.
IMPA employees occupied the factory in 1998, when it became clear that the assets were being stripped. This is a situation that has been replicated numerous times. The employers want to sell all the machines and furniture – they would sometimes buy them themselves via a shell company — in order to then bankrupt the company.
RISEP (Petén Solidary and Ecological Exchange Network), whose objective is to advance food security. First, through commercialization without middlemen, known here as coyotes, who buy from the farmers in every community and town at low prices and later sell to distributors.
The small communities that lived on the edge of misery at the beck and call of a landowner 40 years ago, today make up a business framework that extends from the processing of their cows’ milk to a travel agency. All this within a complex structure that combines cooperativism, external cooperation and business focus.
We want to talk about the Zapatista movement, while leaving aside the stereotypical image of a native with a rifle, which you will not find on this page. We want to talk about a society spread out across a large part of the Chiapas territory, and whose members sought a way to organize themselves socially.
The Peasant Movement of Santiago del Estero (MOCASE, for its initials in Spanish; Movimiento Campesino de Santiago del Estero), was founded in Argentina in 1990 as a response to attacks on peasant farmers in this area from people and businesses claiming the land where peasants had lived in, worked, and fed over the course of several generations.
En un barrio a las afueras de Dar es Salam ha arrancado hace pocas semanas el proyecto health and clean (salud y limpieza). Una asociación de mujeres viudas, Chawamo, ha conseguido la concesión de las autoridades locales para encargarse de la recogida de basuras de su zona.