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Micro-economy trial for self funding our active off-grid transition ground crew to get to work on final renovation and off-gridding of a joint Co-operative (and later Foundation), landbase, within 12 to 24 months.


We're looking for the first 30 plus serious participants from anywhere in the world who are willing to contribute a stable £45 (500 Swedish kronor) per month minimum membership fee throughout the intensive work period that we have ahead of us. By joining the Midgård Band - the first existing Band of the Medicine Ways Co-operative, you support the birth of our "boots on the ground" off-grid transition team and are even welcome to join in whenever you're in the area. For future reference, the co-operative is also registered as a legal business, ready to go as soon as we have a good working group together to launch 12 sustainable and ethical economic initiatives from the land! This will inevitably create a self-financing  momentum and will lead to future bands recieving our help in setting up future landbases. Via a stable small monthly membership fee - you are enabling the initial active members that came before you in the co-operative to get to work on low-tech off-grid transition work with peace of mind and full focus, with all survival and on-grid running costs covered for the duration. By being in this first trial to stress-test this system, you are given the personal guarantee that this will be reciprocal as we are setting up a legally registered foundation in the near future, in order to be able to offer sustainability grants, stipendier and even land grants. This international support clan that is now forming will be the first we test the land grant system on behalf of if any of the international members choose to go on to develop an allied / adapted site/project. Of course the option exists to remain a member of the Midgård Band's CSA system (Community Supported Agriculture based from an up and coming food forest at site one), recieving an equal share of everything harvested whenever they are on-site. If ever any CSA member is staying on-site for a whole month, that month's membership fee can be offset by participating in a minimum five hours per day, five days a week working together on any elements of the system being developed. Alternatively, the land is equally in all of our care and the same members can if they choose, support the active members with the monthly membership fee and enjoy a relaxing month "at home" on the land instead, for whatever personal reason. We who are on active duties each day will always move over in the early stages and welcome both paying members and those contributing their energy and skillsets to the manifestation, making all welcome. This is a very flexible designed system and it is the intention that we can provide opportunities to suit any member, paying by any of the above methods, of any age. We are of the belief that this concept can only grow through authentic participation and evolved as we go beyond the basic framework in place, by listening to each others needs and applying the best of what we all know for the good of all.


Since we've started this on land with 1700's ruins of wooden buildings (some which can be saved and off-gridded, some which require a total rebuild and later offgridded) it is important that we find the first 30 PAYING members (ie money) first, in order for people on the land to get busy and create more usable indoor space from what we can salvage of the wooden buildings. After that, the pressure will be off and we can be more flexible and open to more wishing to trade their time and effort for membership. In total, we aim to develop this landbase with a bio-intensive, permaculture orientated design of our own, which can go on to feed around 100 local households (economic initiative number one) and prepare the way for our own coming generations in an environmentally and socially acceptable way.


During the initial payment programme that our ground crew can rely on (with intimate regular contact via our website, mail etc) all team running costs, food, seed, supplies etc can be covered in this way by this new and diverse international group who are just getting organised to follow a similar path, or at very least, what we have planned here. At the same time, this new clan /potential Band can follow at a very personal interactive level, the whole journey and process involved when a group of people decide wholeheartedly "Off grid or bust!". Personal contact will be kept along the way one way or the other, including through our private group on Facebook after the first membership payment is made.


In this case, this is a structured attempt to also finish Sweden's first started Earthship build at the same time, which is central to the CSA system and to meet members' needs year round, including long winter store and protecting the following year's seed. The end result will be an educational research centre that can generate a constant annual economy from purely sustainable initiatives and hand it all over at a later date as it's own legally independent "Medicine Ways Foundation". The Foundation will also be assisting Similiar projects (by request only) of Indigenous First Nations around the world, in an attempt to help them recover from colonial onslaught and in some cases help with bio-regeneration of their toxified landbases (caused by mining, drilling, fracking etc etc).


The first international members who come together to support this effort, attached to (or as permanent member of) the Midgård Band - will have the choice to be the first served as a thank you from the Medicine Ways Foundation (potential registration during 2018/2019). The Foundation will also be legal to generate an economy from it's landbase and initiatives - sustainably, ethically and transparently, whilst the Medicine Ways Co-operative will continue to exist right next door, producing food sustainably from another part of the landbase and offering local support services to the surrounding community and of course our own members. The legal caretakers of the Foundation's courses and workshops in future years will be a team chosen from the Medicine Ways Co-operative. This team will then have the legal right to offer grants, stipendier and even purchase land to give as land grants (in deserving cases).


The idea is that YOU who is reading this, now has the chance to help form the original team of the Midgård Band, so we can pull together and get to work.


So no matter where you are right now, don't be a stranger and have a look around the newly started website here: http://mwef.greencirclealliance.org/ You'll find more details and steps to take in the section "Participate" which will then lead you back here if you're willing to participate and then a member of the co-operative's admin team will be in touch about contact details and the inner community workings of the website that are under development in the background.


In general, we hope to see you either in the website community, in the Facebook private group unti then and/or on the ground during the coming year. It's full speed ahead now from here on in, even now while so few have the supplies and resources to be hard at work here......and as part of this, we're looking forward to connecting with and helping you too.


With sincere thanks, good thoughts and the best of intentions from the North.


Kevin Schot-Elliott


Founder, researcher and treasurer of the Medicine Ways Co-operative


(Medicine Ways Ekonomisk Förening - org. nr: 769613 - 2351 (Swedish registered NGO)


(Larger scale more complete funding is being sought parallel to this micro-economy trial, in the form of solid business partnerships, grants and even zero-interest loan via a Swedish co-operative bank. Any exciting news there will be reported on via our website (and the Facebook group): http://mwef.greencirclealliance.org/


Again, thank you from the heart and peace to all who are (or intend) working for it.


Backers (13)

  1. Hazel King 
    4 months ago
    45
  2. christopher curtis 
    10 months ago
    200
  3. Hazel King 
    1 year ago
    45
  4. charlotte elisabet engelke 
    1 year ago
    45
  5. charlotte elisabet engelke 
    1 year ago
    45
  6. charlotte elisabet engelke 
    1 year ago
    45
  7. charlotte elisabet engelke 
    1 year ago
    45
  8. Jessica Evans 
    2 years ago
    45
  9. charlotte elisabet engelke 
    2 years ago
    45
  10. Marie Petersson 
    2 years ago
    45
  11. Ludwig Appeltans 
    2 years ago
    45
  12. Jessica Evans 
    2 years ago
    45
  13. charlotte elisabet engelke 
    2 years ago
    45

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