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Shiny happy people!

May 29, 2012

Everyone is in panic, both in the EU and in Greece. The media keep bombarding us with terroristic news: Greece will get kicked out of the Eurozone, we will have to return to the drachma, we’ll go bankrupt (as if we haven’t already…), gangs with kalashnikofs will start roaming the streets looting and killing, old people will starve without their pension, maybe we’ll even be invaded by aliens, who knows!

Corfu peaceful afternoonBut I’m not in panic, I know it’s not that bad! Last Friday I was in Corfu town to visit the 3rd Festival of Social Solidarity. It was a beautiful, peaceful summer afternoon and when I came to the Plateia (the big square opposite the old fortress) I found it full of shiny happy people! There were tables with information on different alternative projects:

The Alternative Cultural Workshop  (who were the organizers of the whole festival) started 3 years ago with giving free lessons of all kinds for free. You can follow courses on anything from Greek and 10 more languages (including sign language) to music, dancing, painting and computer use and lots more! They already have more than 1500 members and are growing fast. They are also cultivating some pieces of land, growing their own vegetables and learning to work the earth.

Shiny happy people dancingAlso working the earth are the people from Boutsouni, Corfu’s alternative currency system Apart from the cultivating teams, the core activity of this group is a barter system that’s supported by an online application, where you can buy and sell services and products using a virtual currency called Boutsouni (Corfiot for little piece).

The people from Elaia squat were also there. Elaia squat was created 3 years ago and has been housing many cultural events, concerts, free lessons on topics ranging from Greek for immigrants to modern dance and sewing clothes. There’s also an agrocollective housed at Elaia that cultivates all kinds of plants and periodically gives away for free vegetables but also plants for planting in your garden.

The Corfiot union of small cultivators and organic farmers was also there. This is the group that organized the local seeds exchange festival a couple of months ago.

There was also a giveaway fair (I was late so I missed that), where you could bring your old stuff and take someone else’s old stuff back home with you (all for free)! And there were many, many more nice things on the program, such as talks on various topics, free lessons and workshops and many concerts.

My conclusion from all this is that there are many people on Corfu (and beyond) who are already preparing for the collapse of the current system, by working the land and by being there for each other. And they are not afraid! On the contrary, they are eager to help change the world into a better place, where people will love each other and work together to fulfill their (real and not fictional) needs, where your friends will be more important than your income, where everyone can be truly free! The revolution starts from within and will come singing and dancing to change the world!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2012 11:43 am

    Excellent piece of text, thank you!

  2. July 4, 2012 12:31 am

    That’s a fantastic piece, full of hope. I’m on my way to Corfu in September with my family, and looking forward to meeting these shiny happy people 🙂

  3. July 4, 2012 8:34 am

    Thank you for your goods words. Things are happening all over Corfu, people seem to really be shifting to better vibrations. One more example I found out about yesterday is Apo and Graham’s Organic Farm!

    And Mark, if you are still looking for accommodation you might want to have a look at our Green Accommodation page:

    Have a great day!

  4. September 8, 2012 8:27 am

    Hey shiny happy person! Nice blog! Hope to see you soon…

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