"One age builds upon the last. We do not go back, but carry forward the former ages in new ways. In the industrial age, we industrialized agriculture. In the age of finance, we financialized industry. As we move into a more ecologically sensitive era, we will need to ecologize finance. And we will need to socialize it — make it more inclusive, less elite. Redesigning the social architectures of our economy is a vital part of transformation—as vital as redesigning the physical architectures of our energy and product system. My sense is we are … entering an era with a multiplicity of ownership designs – a time of biodiversity in social architecture, beyond the monoculture of the corporate form."
(Michel Bauwens P2P-foundation, via Majorie Kelly - from a series of reactions to a proposal by Peter Barnes)
We were astonished on the similarity of the way Peter arrives “theoretically” to propose the ‘trust’ as a logical tool to take the next step in property-evolution and the “practical” way we came to see the trust as a tool to finally bring the land, we’re close to buy with a coöperative, into ‘eternal’ common property. In Belgium the property-“trust” (stichting) is new and indeed tailored for the wealthy families. Because we couldn’t find experienced juridical advisors on it, and maybe because it is already a big step for our financing-participants to finance a co-ownership of land, we will work in a first stage with a coop. This juridical form is not really tailored for our new design of land-stewardship we call “Bright–Futures”, because we want to limit the ‘overhead’-collective activity to minimum, and rather create space for coöperation of enterpreneurial stewards/prosumers. (While for our activitity with complementary currency, we will have to ad a ‘vzw’ – non-profit association)