Film looks at success stories in a new economy

A New Economy is a feature documentary about people making a fresh start towards building a new economy and will play at Char's on Nov. 16.

Alberni Valley Transition Town Society is presenting a screening of the documentary A New Economy at Char’s Landing on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. All are welcome and there is no charge for admission, though donations to help defray hosting costs are always gratefully accepted.

A New Economy is a feature documentary about people making a fresh start towards building a new economy. Watch as several organizations move towards a more cooperative future by experimenting with open and non-traditional business models.

By rewarding human effort fairly and proportionately instead of obsessing about the bottom line, these revolutionary businesses are creating a more people-friendly future, creating new ways to make money and make it sustainably.

A New Economy features seven interwoven stories. Among them are a small craft-brew coop, a peer-to-peer open hardware lab and an urban agricultural social enterprise.

London Brewing Co-op follows five guys who love beer as they jump-start a craft-brew cooperative within a local sustainable food ecosystem in London, ON. While they face the challenges of starting a new business and learning to work together democratically, several members are also starting new families while the group wrestles with the day-to-day struggles of growing the enterprise to a sustainable size.

Sensorica follows a Romanian laser physicist with a big heart who works collaboratively with other high-tech professionals in Montreal, QC and around the world to prototype new socially responsible technologies while at the same time developing a whole new type of democratic open- source peer-to-peer organization—the open value network.

Sole Food Street Farms follows a Vancouver–based social enterprise transforming the way we work and eat by adapting unconventional urban spaces for large-scale food production— with a social twist.

Other stories examine housing, public spaces and the use of technology in building community – all the while blending the economic and social needs of a functioning new economy with cooperative values and principles as its base.

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