Here’s a newsletter that talks about scaffolding local communities:
Through Circles (CRC), we are building a nascent cooperative infrastructure that ensures more ecological driven production that is available for everyone at affordable prices, and paid for in CRCs. For example, small and medium farms in Brandenburg internalize the cost of distribution, which adds up a lot of labor hours and brings up prices. The Circles team has been connecting with small innovative ecological producers like Tiny Farms so that they can share costs, space, and information with other farms to organize a more cooperative distribution from Brandenburg to Berlin.
The second part of the economic circle brings us to our lovely friends at SuperCoop, the fastest growing cooperative supermarket in the city of Berlin. We have recently partnered up with them and are working towards allowing them to pay for food in CRCs from local farms, which they can also sell to their members and non-members for CRCs. Click here to watch a video of SuperCoop’s awesome new place and mission.
The other circles we are building involve lots of beer! Due to the COVID pandemic, last year many breweries in Germany overproduced beer and now have a surplus. Our buddies at Quartiermeister had a lot of 50lt barrels that could not be sold. They gave our partners at CoopSpace, Cafe Madame, Moos Fabrik and SuperCoop a taste of what a cooperative beer looks like. With Circles, we turn surpluses that would otherwise go to waste into flowing resources .
To create a long-lasting cooperative infrastructure, we are in the position to support the businesses who accept CRC by buying back their tokens and paying for them with Euros. In the long run we will take off the peg, but for the time being, this ensures full trust that people can cover their costs, and helps to accelerate the circulation of a more fair economy.