A local or regional Commons Society creates a domestic economy in which everyone involved is personally invested – whatever their role. Sharing surplus profit in the right way creates transformative virtuous circles of motivation, investment and capability through a whole new level of civil society funding.
Imagine a town where…
schools; doctor’s surgeries; complementary health practices; community services; community buildings; high street shops and local enterprises both small and large, social and for-profit; local infrastructure; energy; land, farming and food companies; local credit unions; and voluntary and cultural organisations can benefit every year from internal investment, customer loyalty, training, inter-generational financial and cultural stability, flexibility and responsiveness to the evolving needs of the community and natural world.
Imagine a circle of land around each town bought for community agriculture. Imagine land and property bought and held in perpetuity by the community so that land costs are taken out of the cost of housing and our children can afford homes once again.
Why wouldn’t you want to support companies that contribute to your community in this way? Businesses that are a part of a Commons Society become heroes of the community – no more need for loyalty schemes!
A Commons Society frees communities previously dependent upon government, philanthropy or corporate social responsibility. Supporting each other and protecting our environment is the natural consequence plus a revival of local democracy ensues because communities will have their own finance independent of government.