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Local food, energy, water teach-in

Seth Slabaugh

In Muncie, IN, The Next System Project partnered with a local professor at Ball State University to sponsor a free public teach-in to advance the potential of the community's local food, energy, and water systems: through entrepreneurship.

By comparison, most businesses "focus on producing single things … and the end result is a whole system that doesn't function very well because almost everything becomes waste," [Professor John] Motloch said. "That kind of system was fine until the 1970s because there were more resources than we could use... "The teach-in is associated with the national Next System Project, an initiative of the Democracy Collaborative whose supporters include actor and social activist Danny Glover. The project maintains that urban gardens, urban farming, land trusts, cooperatively owned businesses, sustainable energy and state-owned banks are examples of new economic and political systems that will solve interelated problems like climate change, poverty and hunger... Read full article.