Ch. 7 – Recuperated Factories: From Survival to Self-Management

Zibechi cites that 71% of worker-run factories distribute income in an egalitarian manner where janitors earn the same as more highly-skilled workers. Would you design a school the same way? Would you differentiate between levels of experience but not what the experience is in? Would there be janitors or would everyone clean toilets?

Are there empty commercial spaces in our vicinity? If the city owned these spaces, how would you suggest they use them? Should they be used on a “need” basis or on a “potential for good” basis? How should we define “good”?

In Brazil barter networks involved 2-5 million people at one point. What are some obstacles to creating a barter network here?

In Argentina a common trait of recuperated production is that it tends to be for their own needs and blur the line between producer and consumer. What percentage of food, goods and energy consumed in our vicinity is produced locally, would you guess? What percentage of local production is shipped elsewhere?

Argentina has moved beyond the barter network and alternative currency to creating venues that put producers and consumers in face-to-face contact with fair-trade markets, direct distribution and community purchasing. Could (or is) the same thing work(ing) here? What are obstacles and are there ways around them? Does cash hold any advantages over an alternative currency?

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