lost and safe

[Trade Zone] Old Fourth Ward

The point I want to make with all of this is that you, your community and immediate environment form a series of transactions: inputs and outputs, trades, exchanges and feedbacks. Most people don’t pay these interactions and relationships any attention until they are forced to change them through external factors. In this case, the world economy obliterating might turn out to be just such a factor. In order to maintain your way of life or at least some sense of stability, you may want to begin really taking a hard look at the daily, weekly, monthly and hourly trade zones in which you operate. I’m not just talking about formal bills and expenses either: I’m talking about who do you hang out with, who do you see, what do you talk about, what do you give each other? Now, before things get too overtly bad, is an excellent time to really sit down and figure out how you can strengthen your connections to the people around you who enrich your experience of life. How can you become better friends? How can you help one another out now and in the future? Do you have any skills you could teach one another? Can you help each other out with things like yardwork, or with moving to a new apartment? On a more opportunistic level: can you make friends with local bartenders, shopkeepers and significant figures in your local community? You can always offer your time and a sympathetic ear if you have nothing else. – Tim Boucher

It appears that I have been doing this very thing without quite consciously realizing it.  And it’s not just me.  April, Ricci, Natasha, Sujin, MC, Ivey, Adam.  Single connections have been multiplying, overlaying, folding back on themselves, reinforcing one another.  Individual private communities™ have expanded and cross-linked enough to become Independent Trade Zones™.  Development of policies designed to protect these communities, to promote their health and prosperity, has led to the formation of Grassroots Movements and Resilient Communities.  This is the next logical step in the evolution of Social Networking™.

A few interesting tidbits:

Citistate, as dedscribed by Dwell

A region consisting of one or more historic central cities surrounded by cities and towns which have a shared identification, function as a single zone for trade, commerce and communication, and are characterized by social, economic and environmental interdependence

living systems

Living systems are open self-organizing systems that have the special characteristics of life and interact with their environment. This takes place by means of information and material-energy exchanges. Living systems can be as simple as a single cell or as complex as a supranational organization such as the European Economic Community.

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  1. […] think posneg may have warped one of my zones with their connecting the dots between some of the writing I’ve been doing and other big hot […]

  2. […] urban agriculture, cultural restoration and preservation, building Resilient Communities, trade zones/TAZ (temporary autonomous zones), and public art commissions.  Also been doing a good bit of […]

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