A very important work in progress, Community Organising depicts the most creative response we’ve seen yet to the Greek economic crisis, the emergence of self-organizing community support systems to provide for the needs of those most stricken by the unfolding disaster.
Though sparked by a crisis, the networks emerging in Greece offer hope for the present and models for the future, a more truly democratic, self-organized way of providing for community needs.
The Greek networks are community and neighborhood based, working from the bottom up to provide what a corrupt top-down system can no longer provide.
What passes for democracy these days is an alienating system, devoid of the direct, energetic engagement of the public, the inevitable product of an economic system in which the media of communication exist not to educate and illuminate but to extract wealth through the sophisticated selling of goods created to meet manufactured needs.
Greece is the canary in the coal mine, and we can learn both from the systemic failures that brought it about and from the creative responses of an aroused and energized populace.
We humans seem to change only in response to crisis, so let’s make the best of it, and these Greeks are showing us a way to do it.
The documentary, to be released soon in final form, is from Reel News, an independent, non-aligned video collective “set up to publicise and share information on inspirational campaigns and struggles.” Based in Britain, the collective’s members document movement across the globe.
For more of their videos, see their You Tube vlog here.
H/T to From the Greek Streets.