Douglass Community

Douglass Community Pledge

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For Peace, Love and Purpose

At Douglass we are committed to a world where Peace, Love and Purpose replace hatred, exploitation, and violence. Now is the time to create technology for: Peace, Love and Purpose in order to bring about a new Modern Future of Joy and Abundance for all.

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Douglass Community Economics

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“The poor are a byproduct of the system in which we live and for which we are responsible. Hence, the poverty of the poor is not a call to generous relief action, but a demand that we go and build a different social order.”

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-Gustavo Gutiérrez 

“We need to create a new public institution that truly understands that its obligation is to society, not money markets.”

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- William Greider

I want to say to you as I move to my conclusion, as we talk about “Where do we go from here?” that we must honestly face the fact that the movement must address itself to the question of restructuring the whole of American society. There are forty million poor people here, and one day we must ask the question, “Why are there forty million poor people in America?” And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising a question about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I'm simply saying that more and more, we've got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life's marketplace. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. And you see, my friends, when you deal with this you begin to ask the question, “Who owns the oil?” You begin to ask the question, “Who owns the iron ore?” You begin to ask the question, “Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that's two-thirds water?” 

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-Martin Luther King 

The illusion is broken

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We are currently witnessing the unfettered and unapologetic violence of institutions and systems that create oppressive artificial sacristy, genocidal nationalist ideologies, cults of individuality that smother the light of interconnectedness, and a faux secularism that renders the earth and all life as commodities easily disposed of and replaced.

The illusions of normality projected by antiquated systems of oppression have only recently been broken by the reality that the earth and all life are in a death spiral.

The death knell is a time of awakening from all illusions that create violence and suffering as a means of capturing the collective emancipatory freedom dreams of the multitudes.

In this moment of awakening we are called to abandon all oppressive systems of power, so that we may free the capacity of our collective dreams to create modern realities of new Emancipatory political and economic spaces that are grounded in a radical Soul Love that recognizes the interconnectedness of all.

Douglass Community Economics breaks the illusory constraints of artificial zero sum driven scarcity that has for too long hindered our ability to imagine modern transformational emancipatory alternatives.

Recognition of the fundamental dignity of the 7 billion plus who make up humanity requires that we no longer agree to relegate some to a life of drudgery so that others may be free. It means we must share out the work that remains to be done in a technologically advanced society, so that everyone has the right and the power to decide what to do with their time.

Douglass Community Economics argues that we must meet a systems crisis with systemic change, spanning every sphere of the economy, from state to market, household to commons. In place of the economics of enclosure and extraction, a 21st century commons founded on stewardship; in place of concentrated ownership and economic power, a new ecosystem of democratic ownership, governance and control to reshape how we create and distribute wealth; against austerity, an ambitious mission-oriented state, new models of public ownership and a reimagined household economy that challenges the social and economic inequalities of the fossil fuel age.

FreedomTrain and Douglass are the first decentralized Technologies intentionally aligned with Beloved Community Economics, and Douglass Community Policy, enabling the creation of new emancipatory political and economic spaces.

To live in a world of Douglass Community Economic abundance, means to live in a world of peace, love and purpose, where everyone is guaranteed free or low cost access to housing, food, clothing, sanitation, water, energy, healthcare, education, child and elder care, as well as means of communication and transportation, and the assurance of safety and human rights, Without exception. 

The steadfast material security of Douglass Community Economics is what allows people to ask “How can I help the suffering and oppressed?” rather than “How am I going to live?”

Douglass Community Economics recognizes, that people are interdependent with one another and with Nature, so each person’s well-being is measured by how well everyone and the environment are functioning with the goal of minimizing suffering for people and the planet. A communities well-being is measured by the aggregation of the well-being of all residents and the health of the ecosystem.

Douglass Community Economics strives for a holistic optimal outcome and evaluates a policy by how much it minimizes suffering. By reducing the suffering of people living impoverished and bleak lives, we improve the well-being of everyone.

Douglass Community Economics takes into consideration the protection of the environment, the state of the human spirit, and the quality of life of all people.

What if everyone suddenly had access to enough healthcare, education, and welfare to reach their full potential? A world of fully capacitated individuals would be one in which every single person could look forward to developing their interests and abilities with full community support.

Interdependence 

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Douglass Community Economics recognizes that we are all one, and that our interdependence extends to Nature and all beings. Interdependence provides the path for leading happy lives as individuals, as well as for creating policies to support a prosperous and sustainable life for everyone.

Interdependence in Douglass Community Economics is expressed in three ways.

1.Sustainably sharing resources to enhance the quality of life for ourselves and for others.

2.Integrating the caring for Nature and our environment into all activities

3.Reducing suffering and practicing compassion, both locally and globally.

Our interdependence with Nature leads us to measure the value of all the resources we use, as well as any damage we do to the environment, both right now and into the future. We harm ourselves when we harm our environment. In Douglass Community Economics, pollution is no longer considered a “free good” as it is in free market economics, where people and companies do not have to pay to pollute the air or water or land.

Being interconnected with our environment provides a different economic valuation than does traditional cost-benefit analysis for policies that reduce carbon dioxide emissions, protect endangered species, or preserve rivers, lakes, and groundwater.

Douglass Community Economics connects the suffering of one person to the suffering of all people. This circle of suffering includes people you have never met, even though you may wear the clothes, eat the food, or play on the devices they made.

Douglass Community Economics integration of interdependence provides us with powerful mandates. We no longer see ourselves as separate beings and no longer strive to maximize our own well-being. We find freedom from our own suffering, and we help to relieve the suffering of others. The personal is connected to the local, to the national, and to the global. Individual and community goals merge into the one goal of promoting the well-being of all.

Post Scarcity 

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For a post-scarcity Beloved Community to come into being, a literal cornucopia is not required. It is only necessary that scarcity and its accompanying mentality be overcome, so people can live, as Thomas More said, “with a joyful and tranquil frame of mind, with no worries about making a living.” According to this perspective, abundance is not a technological threshold to be crossed. Instead, abundance is a social relationship, based on the principle that the means of one’s existence will never be at stake in any of one’s relationships.

With Douglass Community Economics, creative minds and scientific aptitudes will no longer be wasted due to accidents of birthplace, the bad luck of challenging circumstances, or the necessity to survive. Funding for research or art would also no longer be determined by the profit motive. What we call “capital” in the society of scarcity would, in post-scarcity Douglass Community Economics, be recognized for what it is: our common social inheritance.

All Douglass products are aligned with Douglass Community Economics, Douglass Community PolicyThe Douglass Community Pledge  and The Douglass Community License. 

Douglass Community Policy

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FreedomTrain and Douglass' principles and policies are based on the ideals and aspirations of Dr. Martin Luther Kings “Beloved Community”, The Douglass Community License and The Douglass Community Pledge. Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth.

In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.

As an ambitious Emancipatory Organization Douglass seeks to construct a new future-oriented policy framework that is capable of challenging current violent and extractive systems at the largest scales. Douglass will unmask the pseudo-universality of the scarcity illusions social relations and recapture the meaning of the future.

FreedomTrain and Douglass are Technologies for intentional emancipatory futures that empower: local and global communities, returns economic value, funds public goods, and creates the possibility for new models of governance centered in the ideals of Martin Luther Kings “Beloved Community”.

Through the development of Douglass and FreedomTrain we have come to realize that technology cannot be divorced from policy. Policy acts as the pseudocode of implemented technology. In order to have culture shift and system change, we must focus on embodying code with policies that are socially reparative, economically pre-distributive, and ecologically regenerative.

Douglass and FreedomTrain will empower intentional communities, organizations, cooperatives, creatives, and technologist that are attentive to the needs of regenerating the earth and empowering the broadest possible cross-section of humanity. FreedomTrain and Douglass have been created with the understanding that to develop new technologies, or take existing technologies in new directions, we must be explicit and ardent about embedding mechanisms into the protocol for: new definitions of currency, governance, and work.

The policy flowing through Douglass and FreedomTrain stands on the idea that humanity and the earth are interconnected. It draws on the visions of our collective Freedom Dreams to create modern realities of new emancipatory political and economic spaces that are grounded in a radical Love that recognizes the mutuality and interdependence of all.

All Douglass products are aligned with Douglass Community Economics, Douglass Community PolicyThe Douglass Community Pledge  and The Douglass Community License. 

The Douglass Community License

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DOUGLASS BRINGS THE DOUGLASS COMMUNITY LICENSE (DCL) TO THE WORLD — TECHNOLOGY IN SERVICE TO THE EARTH AND HUMANITY

Douglass is named in honor of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass is an African American icon who stood for the equality of all peoples and the possibility of a better tomorrow. A self emancipated slave before the Civil War, Frederick Douglass was an abolitionist, human rights activist, entrepreneur, orator, supporter of women’s suffrage, and bridge between communities.

All Douglass Products and Technologies are developed for: Peace, Love, and Purpose.

To support our mission of Culture Change and System Shift, we have created the Douglass Community License.

This Douglass Community License has been created out of Peace, Love, and Purpose.

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DOUGLASS COMMUNITY LICENSE (DCL)

This Douglass Community License has been created  for: Peace, Love, and Purpose.

DOUGLASS COMMUNITY LICENSE (DCL)

The DCL is a Non Violent Software, Hardware and Product License that has been created for: Peace, Love and Purpose.

The DCL is based on an understanding and recognition of: Martin Luther King’s “Beloved Community”, and a Social  Activism that pursues a future of Peace, Love and Purpose for all.

Recognition and Possibilities


Usage Restrictions

The Douglass Community does not support judicial and legal systems that enforce corporal punishment, or retributive justice.

As a first measure disputes concerning the terms of the DCL will be adjudicated through a community driven Non-violent communication process.

Douglass Change Focus

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Douglass products and technologies underpin the funding and coordination of public goods and spaces that foster the development of a democratically managed commons that is centered in Peace, Love and Purpose.

Initial Change Focus


The Emerging Planetary Wisdom Culture

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The Emerging Planetary Wisdom Culture is beyond national and ethnic cultures.

We are at the cusp of a new era, the planetary wisdom phase of civilization. As traditional geographic and cultural boundaries erode, people and places come together across one global system with one shared destiny. In the intangible space of human consciousness, this expanding nexus of connectivity enlarges our awareness and identities. The planetary wisdom phase of civilization is transforming both the earth and we who live on it.

As our modern materialistic way of life falls apart, it opens space for new Emancipatory futures to emerge. The Emerging Planetary Wisdom Culture is a powerful movement towards a Beloved Community, a Green Economy and the Restoration of Nature.

The Antidote

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The Emerging Planetary Wisdom Culture is an antidote to the rampant fear, cynicism, and despair of our age. If we only seek to run away from the collapse of civilization that we fear, we will scatter our efforts, running in all directions, like an anthill that has been stamped upon.

If humanity is to survive this period of planetary crises, we need an intentional collective Community Economy that works for all, allowing us to work as a whole to form goals and strategies that build positive futures—breaking free of systems that demand resource wars, ecological collapse, plagues, famines, and population collapse.

Douglass is Technology for the Emerging Planetary Wisdom Culture, that will help to create a Beloved Community  that is: sustainable, wise and beautiful.

COLLECTIVE MACRO-STRATEGIES

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Douglass' Community aligned technology and policy will guide humanity in developing shared, collective macro-strategies with thousands of facets in it, and room for diverse explorations and experimentation on what works.

With Douglass we can link rigorous realism from a shared systems perspective to on-the-ground shared information about what does turn out to work.

Douglass enables the global community to have common macro-vision and a common strategy. It is at once ecological, meteorological, agricultural, industrial, financial, political, social, and economic. All our unfolding crises are intertwined and shared, and so must be our solutions.

Douglass Investment Funds

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Douglass will sponsor several investment funds supporting organizations aligned with Douglass Community EconomicsDouglass Community Policy, and The Douglass Community License.

Whenever possible Douglass will repatriate land to the indigenous and diaspora communities.

Community Public Interest Initiatives

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Members of the Douglass Community will have the ability to propose and vote on Community Public Interest Initiatives.

Community Public Interest Initiatives must be aligned with the Douglass Community LicenseDouglass Community Economics, and Douglass Community Policy .

All approved Community Public Interest Initiatives will be funded by the Douglass Community Bank and or the Douglass Community Asset Fund.


Douglass Community Dividends

Douglass Community Dividends

All Douglass members will receive a Community Dividend. Community Dividends will be distributed to all Douglass community members on a monthly basis in the form of (DCT) Douglass Community Tokens . 

Douglass Community Token

DCT is the name of the Community Asset Fund token. DCT represents the value of all assets owned now and in the future by the Douglass community.

Assets owned by the community can include: Land, Real World Infrastructure, Technology Infrastructure, Community Utilities, Digital Assets, DCL Aligned Tokens, Revenue Shares in Douglass Cooperatives.

Whenever possible Douglass will repatriate land to the indigenous and diaspora communities.

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Beloved Community Asset Fund

Assets that are purchased through Douglass for Community Public interest initiatives, will be Tokenized into Douglass Community Tokens that will be held by the Community Asset Fund and distributed as dividends on a monthly basis to all Douglass Community Members.

The Douglass Community Asset Fund will also hold a minority stake (economic interest) in Douglass Cooperatives and Beloved Community aligned tokens. 

The Douglass Community Asset fund will issue a quarterly dividend (Douglass Community Tokens) to all members. This will create a long term equitable wealth creation vehicle for the Douglass Community.

Douglass Community Assets

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How do we move from a constant need for growth and resource  extraction, towards a Beloved Community Economy based on Peace, Love and Purpose ?

At Douglass our strategy is clear: shifting ownership structures at all levels.

Just as the dying present centers a particular form of private ownership (the large, for-profit corporation) The Emerging Wisdom Culture understands that a more equitable, sustainable, and compassionate system must be based on a pluralistic landscape centered in Peace, Love and Purpose. Prominent in this landscape is Global Community Ownership — assets, services, and enterprises that are held collectively by all people either directly or through representative structures.

Community ownership of railways and road networks, land and natural resources, water and electricity utilities, and banking and postal services helped build the infrastructure, institutions, and technologies of the mid-twentieth century consensus and the mixed economy of social democracy and the developmental state. Today, public ownership once again has a key role to play in laying the foundations for a transformative and prosperous Beloved Community Economy.


The Douglass Green New Deal, Douglass initiatives, and Douglass Community Public interest initiatives will result in the creation and purchase of digital and real world assets. These assets will have a wide range from technology infrastructure to public housing. All assets that are created or purchased will be owned wholly or partially by the Douglass community. Examples of some possible real world asset created or purchased could be hospitals, schools, bridges, pharmaceutical research, land, community infrastructure, and space exploration. 

Asset creation and purchases will be fully funded or subsidized by the Douglass Community Bank and or the Douglass Community Asset Fund. 

All Douglass members own an equal share of all assets owned and managed on behalf of the Community by Douglass. This includes technology, property and natural resources.

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Land Assets

Douglass will purchase land for community housing and cooperative leasing. Douglass will purchase and refurbish unoccupied private housing for public use. All refurbished homes will be Green and energy efficient.

Douglass will also purchase land as part of enacting components of the Douglass Green New Deal related to reducing carbon emissions, and creating a global community owned sustainable energy girds.

Whenever possible Douglass will repatriate land to the indigenous and diaspora communities.

Douglass Community Asset Fund

The key ideas undergirding The Douglass Community fund
are.

  1. Ownership of economic assets will be distributed more equitably throughout society.
  2. The Community, collectively, has the right to share in the benefits of owning such assets.
  3. Certain goods and services should be provided without cost or without concern for people’s ability to pay.

The Douglass Community Asset fund embraces the collective ownership of assets to provide services and democratically distribute resources within the Douglass Community. These services can include a universal  income; climate change mitigation projects; equitable community development in underserved communities; local and worker-owned business development; public services such as education, transportation, and healthcare; and the recapitalization of retirement funds and pensions.

The Douglass Community Asset fund will serve as a vital tool in creating a more democratic Douglass Community Economy that reduces poverty and economic inequality, builds community wealth, and increases public and worker ownership.

Assets that are purchased through Douglass for The Douglass Green New Deal and for Community Public interest initiatives, will be Tokenized into Douglass Community Tokens that will be held by the Community Asset Fund and distributed as dividends on a quarterly basis to all Douglass Community Members.

The Beloved Community Asset Fund will hold a minority stake (economic interest) in Douglass Cooperatives.

The Beloved Community Asset fund will issue a quarterly dividend (Douglass Community Tokens) to all members. This will create a long term equitable wealth creation vehicle for the FreedomTrain community.

Post Work

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Towards a Post-Scarcity Future 

To find our way toward a post-scarcity future requires not only a break between work and income but also one between profit and income.

In a post-work society, care labour will be given greater value, turning society away from the privileged status bestowed upon profitable labour.

Reductions in the working week will lead to significant reductions in energy consumption and our overall carbon footprint. Increased free time will also mean a reduction in all the products and services purchased to fit into our hectic work schedules. Using productivity improvements for less work, rather than more output, means that energy efficiency improvements will go towards reducing environmental impacts.  A reduction in working hours is an essential plank in a Beloved Community response to climate change.

A post work, post scarcity world is not a world of idleness; it is a world in which people are no longer bound to their jobs, but free to create their own lives. Douglass' post work, post scarcity policy draws upon a long line of Creatives, Academics, and Activist, who have rejected the centrality of scarcity and work. These Creatives, Academics, and Activist have sought to liberate humanity from the drudgery of work, the fear of scarcity, the dependence on wage labour, and the submission of our lives to the oppressive illusion of patriarchy. They have struggled to open up the ‘realm of freedom dreams’ from which humanity can continue its project of emancipation.

To live in a world of Douglass Community Economic abundance means to live in a world of peace, love and purpose, where everyone is guaranteed free access to housing, food, clothing, sanitation, water, energy, healthcare, education, child and elder care, as well as means of communication and transportation, without exception. 

The steadfast material security of Douglass Community Economics is what allows people to ask “How can I help the suffering and oppressed?” rather than “How am I going to live?”

Douglass Coops

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The relentless increase in global resource throughput and environmental despoliation is not principally the result of states aspiring to a metric – higher GDP – but of industrial and financial firms, driven by market competition to expand turnover, develop new products, and increase profits and interest. Any effort to restructure our economy toward justice and sustainability must then have a plan for reimagining the firm: how it is governed, how it operates, in whose interest, and for what purpose.

The dominant model of the firm – organized to maximize shareholder wealth, with coordination rights held exclusively by capital – limits workplace democracy, generates steep inequality, and in aggregate drives the economy to operate beyond environmental limits.

Douglass Coops will reclaim and reform the company, from an institution premised on extracting value from nature and labour for the gains of investors and management toward a purposeful, sustainable, inclusive form of enterprise. Democratizing and decarbonizing the company will require transforming the patterns of ownership, governance, and control that underpin the operating logic of the company.

Douglass Coops are a core concept of Douglass. Coops define groups of people within the greater Douglass Community that have common purpose. This common purpose might be productive in nature, it might be based on shared resources like housing or farm land, it might be a geographical connection like a town, or any other type of association that people want.

A Douglass Coops is defined as a grouping of individual members, and resources. A Douglass Coops might have only individual members, or all of its members might be other Douglass Coops.

The relations defined here allow for any number of general organizations or groups of organizations that might be needed for members. They might want a separate Douglass Coops for housing and commercial property within their region, or they might want one large Douglass Coops in stewardship of all the resources in that region. They might want Douglass Coops that mirror the current city, county, and state they live in. Whatever arrangements are used depend entirely on the participants, and members are free to arrange, re-arrange, enter, and exit these structures however they see fit.

It's important to note that membership in a Douglass Coops could be based on rules defined and enforced by the members of that Douglass Coop (who would have to approve each new member), or membership could be defined automatically by someone using one of the Douglass Coops's resources which might be the case for something like a Douglass housing Coop. 

Douglass Community Aligned

All Douglass Coops will be aligned with Beloved Community Economics, Beloved Community Policy, and the Douglass Community License.

Douglass Coop Framework

Community Public Interest Initiatives

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Members of the Douglass Community will have the ability to propose and vote on Community Public Interest Initiatives.

Community Public Interest Initiatives must be aligned with the Douglass Community LicenseDouglass Community Economics, and Douglass Community Policy .

All approved Community Public Interest Initiatives will be funded by the Douglass Community Bank and or the Douglass Community Asset Fund.

All approved Community Public Interest initiatives will be developed by Douglass or Douglass Cooperatives.

Douglass Community Dividends

All Douglass members will receive a Community Dividend. Community Dividends will be distributed to all Douglass community members on a monthly basis in the form of (DCT) Douglass Community Tokens . 

Douglass Community Token

DCT is the name of the Community Asset Fund token. DCT represents the value of all assets owned now and in the future by the Douglass community.

Assets owned by the community can include: Land, Real World Infrastructure, Technology Infrastructure, Community Utilities, Digital Assets, DCL Aligned Tokens, Revenue Shares in Douglass Cooperatives.

Whenever possible Douglass will repatriate land to the indigenous and diaspora communities.

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Beloved Community Asset Fund

Assets that are purchased through Douglass for Community Public interest initiatives, will be Tokenized into Douglass Community Tokens that will be held by the Community Asset Fund and distributed as dividends on a monthly basis to all Douglass Community Members.

The Douglass Community Asset Fund will also hold a minority stake (economic interest) in Douglass Cooperatives and Beloved Community aligned tokens. 

The Douglass Community Asset fund will issue a quarterly dividend (Douglass Community Tokens) to all members. This will create a long term equitable wealth creation vehicle for the Douglass Community.

Douglass Food Security Fund

Through acquisition and investment Douglass will fund the development of a sustainable food system that will guarantee universal free access to healthy food for all. Douglass will seek to overhaul the industrial overproduction of food to support low-carbon farming and small farmers, and eliminate waste of food and resources. 

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Douglass Universal Income for All