Posted 10 years ago on May 27, 2013, 11 p.m. EST by gsw
from Woodbridge Township, NJ
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People keep asking "how can we transition to the better system"
One idea, rather in rough outline form below, the cure for Chris Hedges "Sacrifice Zones" We Establish "Empowerment Zones", within States, or nationally.
People could test out alternative economic systems and forms of participatory democracy, as models from which the larger nation may draw inspiration and wisdom. On scale of a village, walk across the town in 30 minutes or less. smaller scaled, somewhere those of choice could go and gain skills and knowledge, work skills, and practice in participatory democracy and or libertarian socialism, or whatever model they are voluntarily seeking residency.
Skills could be taught and learned could be in many fields: sciences technology, engeniring, medical, dental, construction, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, and possibly a village specialty or focus skill, such as glass blowing, metalwork, pottery, art, education, health services, alternative energy from water/solar H20 hydrogen.
Within this would include options for unemployed and underemployed to gain skills, and seek personal fulfilment, with lower cost technical mini college focus on certain skills that could be in high demand, but that could refocus, as the workforce and technology evolves, such as uses on renewable energy, construct efficient windmills or cost effective solar.
Possibly it could be geared towards younger generations, as hands-on nationally subsidized educational opportunities. But hopefully marketable products could be produced as a benefit. Even if they are learning sustainable agriculture, horticulture, build low energy systems, sustainable houses possibly "straw or adobe" construction, old is new.
Such a system could absorb many of the underemployed, and provide another safety net, that would not be giveaways, but for the betterment of society.
sounds like a progressive/practical post high school option, or another opportunity for the many who don't find the current school structure to their needs, alternative high school opportunities.
instead of cars, electric enclosed bicycles/tricycles or golf carts, could be constructed, and utilized in these zones, light rail could interlink neighboring opportunity zones.
the goal would be self-supporting, less expensive option to University, for the common person.
also elder care services could be another option, with mini-medical service in which residencies could be gained.
Edit: add to training skills lists robotics, engineering to skills list.
-2. These could be brand new or within urban areas.
How to pay for this? Individuals can take student loan and sign up to a Empowerment Zone college, with student loans. They get a small home and skills. When they have learned enough and wish to move on to a new place, their loan can be paid off by next alumni, who acquire the former's stake, dividends, home, and tuition fees.