cooperative economies

Capitalism rests on a foundation of myths, the first of which is that there is no alternative. Instead of a myth of us as autonomous, self-reliant beings, we believe in the transformative possibilities of collaboration. Replacing a concern with profit and competition for the well being of individuals, the earth, and communities is at the center of building a cooperative economy. To meet our needs together, we must not only think differently about our resources, and work to share ownership and decision-making but we must look at the hierarchical social systems that sustain inequality. These go beyond class and include racism, homophobia, the centralization and bureaucratization of society, gentrification, and violence against and discrimination of women. We firmly believe in autonomy and the need to heal ourselves from the false belief in scarcity, ingrained in us as a result of capitalism's saturation in the world system. We are open to non-monetary exchanges of various sorts. Propose something or inquire within.

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embodied pedagogy

"To remember yourself is to see yourself always as a body in a system that has not become accustomed to your presence or to your physicality."

— bell hooks

 

What does it take to really change? We can think something is true, but if we can’t walk the talk, then transformation hasn’t really occurred. Our education model includes not only dialogue, but interaction and exploration of meanings in our bodies that acknowledges its importance in all aspects of our lives. Called by some — thinking with the body and not with the head —embodied pedagogy is an approach to education that rests on the assumption that we all have within us the capacity to generate new behaviors and responses to the injustices that exist in the world. It’s a practical, hands-on, experimental practice that emerges from doing.

ecologically-light living

Living an ecologically sensible life is vital for anyone seeking a more meaningful way to relate to money, and their health. This is especially vital in Puerto Rico where the cost of living is higher than most other locales in the United States proper. For example, the average monthly cost of “energy” in Puerto Rico, which includes electricity and natural gas is $438.21, compared to $169.49 in the US – a staggering figure, mostly because of the high price of electricity. Already, there are many who are inspiring us with their creative use of resources and re-use of waste. In the design of our space and in the consumption of our resources, we aim for radical simplicity and inventive forms of adaptation to climate change.

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