pilot project resource-based economy Peru

In February 2014 we bought 5.5 ha of land in Chanchamayo, Junin, Peru, after spending several months looking for the right location. A developing country was chosen for several strategic reasons; minimal bureaucracy and regulation for operating a project, inexpensive land, low living costs and a poor population that can benefit immediately from the project. Initially we planned to develop the pilot project within a native community. We thought that these communities would be less influenced by the monetary system, and share our ideals of self-sufficiency and strong community and have fewer social problems due to an abundance of resources. A two month trial in a native community in Junin, Peru proved that this was not the case. This community was very motivated by money, viewed us as a source of money (and were eager to exploit us), were very suspicious and struggled to understand the motivations of the project. It became clear that the most important factor is the mindset of the community. Hence, to increase the chances of a successful pilot project it was decided to privately buy land and build a community of like-minded people (with the view of including locals more widely when we have more to show).

The pilot project will be developed over 2-3 years in a single location, with the aim of installing and developing all the required infrastructure and technology for achieving self-sufficiency for around 40 people. Given the limited resources and the starting point of the participants (e.g. level of consciousness and position/mindset in the current system), this must be a transition project, not a pure RBE. This will be carefully considered during the evaluation and development of the project.

A wide range of tools, technology and systems will be evaluated within the framework of an RBE (e.g. using the scientific method and continuously increasing consciousness and knowledge). Various systems will be implemented, such as housing and infrastructure, advanced agriculture (e.g. aquaponics), renewable energy systems, clean water, sanitation, holistic education (for adults and children), technical materials, automation, as well as methods of social interaction. During the pilot phase we will continuously interact with our network of experts and communities to collaborate with the wider RBE community and share the developed knowledge as widely as possible.

Currently we are working with volunteers (usually travellers who visit us for 3-4 weeks or more) and locals for building housing and initial infrastructure. We are also trying to attract long-term/permanent residents for the community by networking through our website, Facebook page and other websites attracting like-minded people.

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