Stewards Corporation Movement: A New Movement Of Poor People FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 15:26:36 -0400


STEWARDS CORPORATION MOVEMENT - A NEW MOVEMENT OF POOR PEOPLE

FWD  B.C. Stewards Corporation http://www.stewards.net
         Author: erics
         Email: erics@intergate.bc.ca
         Date: 1998/11/20
         Forums: alt.community.intentional

Hi there,

I am forwarding the following information on our new,
intentional-community-based movement of poor and working people for
your interest.  Anyone wishing to persue a dialogue can email us at:
staff@stewards.net
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RADICALLY DIFFERENT THAN OTHER APPROACHES.
USES `CONTRACTS OF CARE AND OBLIGATION'.
NO ONE SHOULD BE LEFT TO STRUGGLE ALONE!

STEWARDS Corporation Movement - A NEW MOVEMENT OF POOR PEOPLE
Website: http://www.stewards.net
Email: staff@stewards.net

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This is an introduction to the Stewards Corporation Movement.  If you want
to inform other individuals or listserves in your network about this
movement, please forward this message to them.  Thanks, Eric
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Hi there,


The Stewards Corporation Movement, also known as the Stewards Planetary
House, is a new just-being-born movement of working and non-working poor
people who seek to become
increasingly able to work together to care for one  another together with
the planet.  Our approach is highly inquiry-oriented and includes new
methods of social organization, economics, information  technology,
childcare, personal development, care of the earth, `co-obligation contracts
to work together to care for one another', and much  else.

Our approach could, in a nutshell, be summed up as: `Organize the planetary
underclass as the Stewards of the world!"

The SPH also combines the seven ways people have traditionally sought
liberation: The human potential movement, progressive social change,
religion or spirituality, ecology, feminism, progressive art, and science.

The Stewards Planetary House is open to all poor people, wherever they may
be on the planet. People are needed to help us to begin our program of
`organizing the poor people of the world - beginning with ourselves - to
work together as Stewards  to care for one another together with the world.

One element that strongly distinguishes our approach from others is that while
supporting all progressive struggles for greater freedom, equality, and
democracy, we place emphasis as well on the new principal of `co-
obligation', which entails the use of `Stewards Democratic contracts' through
which we enter into formal and informal obligations which we undertake,
outside the capitalist system, to work together to meet one anothers needs and
to care for one another and the planet.  This is Stewardship.


 The URL for our homepage, where you can read about us, and connect with
us, is: http://www.stewards.net

 Along with many other documents of interest to poor people and their
allies,  the website includes an important new book entitled:`The Stewards
Corporation: A System for Total Human Development'.

 This book sets out a model for a `corporation of a new type', which
includes  within itself: poor people's social unities called `Stewards
Houses' (these are  not primarily physical structures but social units of
cooperation which can be  used by anyone affiliated with a Stewards
Corporation including homeless  people); poor people's production systems
called `Stewards Services'; poor people's education systems called `Stewards
Guilds'; a poor people's  democratic management, ownership, and governance
system for the Stewards  corporation called a `Stewards Polis'; poor
people's use of advanced  information technology for communication,
collaboration, and coordination;  poor people's ownership and management of
land; and much more.

The book on the Stewards Corporation is accessible from the `Contents' page,
which is accessible from the homepage.

We are involved in attempting to establish the first functioning Stewards
Corporation here in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Please call email or call
us for further information.

In case you - like ourselves - dislike the oppressive and life-fragmenting
aspects of traditional business corporations, rest assured that the
`Stewards  Corporation' are corporations of a VERY different type!

If you are interested in entering into regular dialogue and communication
with  us regarding the theoretical and practical steps involved in
developing a  Stewards Corporation in your area, please e-mail us at:
staff@stewards.net or call us.

If you want to inform other individuals or listserves in your network about
this movement, please forward this message to them.

Cordially yours,
Solidarity,
Blessings of light,
Eric Sommer
coordinator of B.C. Stewards Corporation http://www.stewards.net
and The Chiapas Alert Network. http://www.stewards.net/chiapas/10.htm

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