SOLEDO – The Empathic Currency

Coordinators: Leonida Bombace and Angelo Consoli

Working Group: Marco Antonio Molino, Tommaso Ferraro, Prince Verna, Francesco Antonio Parisi, Angelo Sicilia, Angelo Parisi, Luciano Manna, Elisa Ventura, Elio Bianchini

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A new neural network that will embrace the whole planet is under construction; this network will allow us to have control on anything happening anywhere in the world, and billions of people will be able to have access to these data and share them with each other to organize their lives and their activities. The organization will not be vertical, but horizontal, in order to organize, manage and share in the most efficient way possible goods and services: a new cooperative model, whose destiny is to substitue the present top-down, centralized, profit-oriented capitalistic one.

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Every kid knows that the most important thing is access, not property. Today we are all kids. In our minds the idea of property has changed meaning and shape, and this has led to the creation of the Cooperative Commons, communities of citizens and activists characterized by a strong belief and attitude towards sharing of ideas, goods and services, in order to guarantee the advent of the Era of Cooperation against the model of competitiveness, the Era of Sharing opposed to the monopolistic models, the Era of the Right to Access to replace the private property-oriented way of thinking and its deviations. We have the hope and the certainty that this will lead us all out of the Capitalistic framework and into the Era of the Zero Marginal Cost.

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We want to call the Guardians of the Biosphere with a new name in this new paradigm: their name will be Digital Natives 1×1. The objective is that of making the energy model more democratic, and grant self-production and self-sustainability through renewable and sustainable technologies to everyone. The #DigitalNatives1X1 will make use of a new digital and human platform that feeds on cooperation and sharing and is transparent, democratic and distributed.

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The Economy of Circles

The economy of sharing begins in the local village, and then spreads towards the outer world, made up of countless villages; the Circles will always propagate horizontally , never vertically. The top-down, pyramid-shaped system therefore comes to an end, and a new Circles system is born where oceanic circles will spread more and more, until they will embrace the whole humanity in distributed, cooperative networks.

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Energetic Poverty

Energetic Poverty is an unjust and everlasting generational condemnation; it is totally different from alimentary poverty, and where energetic inequality is present there is always social inequality as well.

The 4 richest people in the world own more than the 47 poorest countries in the world combined. The wealth of the 80 richest people in the world is greater than the Gross Domestic Income of China; 80 people own more than 1.35 billion people.

Energy Inequality exists, and this is confirmed by the EIC (Energy Inequality Critical) Index; this is an index created, created and defined by CETRI-TIRES International No-Profit Association. EIC Index allows to verify and compare the energetic costs of a Nation in relation to the average per capita income of its citizens.

This index demonstrate deep differences between users of energy in developing countries and developed ones: 73% of the planet consumes just a few Watts of energy per day, against the tens of thousands Watts consumed by the remaining 27%. This ratio is unsustainable if we want to sustain education, learning, democracy and well being. The wealth of the richest 200 people of the World would be sufficient to carry out the first interventions from the healthcare, educational, alimentary, water supply points of view for the whole humanity.

The World is at the moment managed by 2-300 hundred people. The aggregated incomes of 85 billionaires are equivalent to the income of 50% of the population of the planet, and the growing inequalities between poor and rich, pointed out in all the latest Oxfam reports, work against the contrast to extreme poverty. Since 2009 the number of ultra-rich people has more than doubled, while hundreds of millions of poor people don’t have access to sufficient food for them and for their children and live their lives in constant conditions of material and energetic poverty.

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Holy Words

“[we must] go to the urgencies of poverty to solve its strctural causes, be testimonies of charity, and become GUARDIANS and not owners of the Earth”. “Please, be brave and don’t be afraid to be questioned in the political and economic projects by a wider sense of life, because this helps you to truly serve the common good and will give you strenght in multiplying and make more accessible the goods of the world for everyone”

Pope Francis

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The ecologic culture of the Guardians of the Biosphere

No change is possible, not in the economic side and in the social one, without respect of human dignity. Respect for human beings is the fundamental difference between the second and the Third Industrial Revolution, in which only renewable and sustainable means to produce energy are used.

Putting one in front of the other the civilization of reckless search of profit with no respect for humanity and for the biosphere and the civilization of sustainability and common goods, it is clear which one is the designated winner. It’s just a matter of spreading an ecologic culture that puts at the center of attention the environment and binds it to society, culture, the whole human project.

To build this ecologic culture is a deep challenge, philosophical and practical, that deals with the values as well as information, the conquest of people’s minds and not their mere participation, the spreading of ethical, enduring principles and not utilitaristic and short-term ones.

We need a deep change of direction that brings about both an energy revolution, democratic and sustainable, based on renewable energy sources, and the valorization of local resources in the South of the world; this is why the DigitalNatives1x1 have created a solar, empathic, shared and sustainable new currency.

The Third Industrial Revolution arrived in the Amazon with vocative bracelets realized with the seeds provided by Mother Earth and Solar LED lapmps with photovoltaic recharge system to beat energy poverty.

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“The fundamental task that awaits us is to put the public capital, the private one and above all the social capital of humanity at the service of the improvement of the well being of individuals and of the biosphere”

Jeremy Rifkin, creator of the Third Industrial Revolution

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“The contemporary world is a universe of energetic inequalities; despite of the technological progress, the number of poor and extremely poor people increases instead of decreasing. Hundreds of millions of people suffer from lack of food, of shelter, of energy; they are not able to protect their children in the first years of their lives, struggling to feed and raise them, the search for a decent life is a daily challenge, and they and their children are exposed to severe threats during the course of their life. Energetic poverty blocks access to education and limits the right to citizenship and expression of political will – even in a democratic State – due to illiteracy and lack of access to means of information; it also hinders the awareness of people’s own rights, making it difficult to defend them. Energetic poverty reduces life expectancy, the one true sacred right of every human being.”

Angelo Consoli, President of the Third Industrial Revolution European Society

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The native inhabitants of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest just need support to overcome the Second Industrial Revolution, and can not be dependent on oil – an unsustainable source of energy both for the environment and for their low per capita income; to overcome this problem without having to change their lifestyles, we have proposed to the Indians of the Tribe of Yaguas to produce vocatives bracelets with seeds of the trees of the Amazon – as per their tradition – to be shared around the world.

The bracelets of seeds will be of 2 types: about 70 will be simple models, while about 30 will be made of complex manufacture, with vocative knots and weavings fruit of the millennial tradition of these biosphere-respecting peoples; the bracelets will be exchanged with a LED lantern that we called TRILedLantern, produced in India specially for this initiative.

The lantern is made in India by PECS, a young start-up, with high quality, readily available materials and components; the lighting fixture is made with latest generation LED, storage batteries and a 5 Watts photovoltaic module. The container and the components of the shell can be 3D printed, and all the pieces are replaceable and repairable with great ease. Indios populations do not need oil, but need light for the night; thanks to the TRI LED Lantern they can transform the sun of the day in night light.

Marco Antonio Molino, Tommaso Ferraro, Prince Verna and Leonida Bombace.Francesco Antonio Parisi,Angelo Sicilia,Angelo Parisi,Luciano Manna, Elisa Ventura,Elio Bianchini Digital Natives 1X1 and international operators at the service of the biosphere and of the neglected.

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The Soledo, the empathic and shared currency that will save the biosphere and humanity.

There must be a clear change of course that brings both an energy revolution through democratic and sustainable sources of renewable energy, and the enhancement of local resources in the southern hemisphere.

The Third Industrial Revolution European Society and the Peruvian NGO Nuestro Horizonte Verde today put into practice the ideas of the biosphere economist Jeremy Rifkin, ideas that have inspired the empathic currency called Soledo that will be put in action through a Peruvian LETS (Local Exchange Trading System), which will transfer the value of local crafts in lamps powered by solar modules.

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The Soledo will represent for rural communities in the Southern Hemisphere the instrument to achieve full self-determination, both economic and social, through a process of individual and collective empowerment of those communities involved in the project.

The Soledo is an “empathic currency” which acquires its value following a proposal of barter between energy produced by photovoltaic systems and a basket of goods including handicrafts and/or services of hospitality, The Soledo is converted by CETRI in a relationship exchange of 1 Soledo to 1 Watt produced from renewable photovoltaic “stand alone” generators with accumulation systems.

1 SOLEDO = 1 RW (Renewable Watt)

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During the conversion processes various aspects are taken into account: the weighted average international cost of 1 Watt of photovoltaic technology; the work and time to make the product and technological artifacts or services of hospitality, always noting that worldwide the work / time ratio is a democratic value without geographical distinctions.

The Soledo interposes between this needs and the ability to use the sun as a democratic resource that belongs to all; it will represent for rural communities in the Southern Hemisphere the instrument to achieve full self-determination, both economic and social, through a process of individual and collective empowerment of those communities involved in the project.

The Soledo is an “empathic currency” which acquires its value following a proposal of barter between energy produced with renewable systems and a basket of goods including handicrafts, agricultural products, food and / or agreements for the provision of hospitality services, all through the operational coordination of the scientific committee of CETRI-TIRES and the guarantee of local institutions involved (municipalities) and the partner NGO Associations.

The economic evaluation for the production of the assets of the basket to be given in exchange for the technology is evaluated in hours / work, and is performed by the scientific committee of CETRI-TIRES while respecting the social, economic, cultural development of peoples and the sustainability of the work / energy costs ratio.

CETRI-TIRES proposes, therefore, a model of economic and social equity based on a conversion ENERGY / GOODS not set on hard currencies (EUR, USD) as a medium of exchange, but rather based on the correspondence in HOURS / WORK necessary for the production of the goods contained in a basket of reference (hospitality, local food, crafts etc.). This allows the construction of a new economic paradigm where social equality and human dignity are assets, not problems.

The Soledo is a coin-contract issued by CETRI through HUMANITARIAN ASSOCIATIONS – NGOs – ONLUS

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PRELIMINARY ENERGY AND SOCIAL PLAN

To achieve the application of these principles a careful study of the sociological and energy context object of the intervention will be carried out; design choices should take into account the study of the climate, solar radiation, logistics and organization of communities. The project will be designed to ensure that the construction and maintenance of the technology provided will be achieved making use of materials and local craftsmen. This will involve on the one hand the social and professional growth of the local workforce (engineers, craftsmen, farmers), and on the other the spread of photovoltaic technology to the bordering areas.

NGOs – ONLUS – HUMANITARIAN ASSOCIATION

Associations operating locally must
– Collect preliminary data for the optimal application of photovoltaic technology;
– Assess the human and material resources of the beneficiary administrations;
– Create a basket of goods (hospitality, local food, handicrafts etc.) tailored on the possibilities of the beneficiary reality, to be offered in return to photovoltaic technology and the power to be installed;
– Create paths of tourist hospitality involving the local population;
– Encourage the local handicrafts.
– Promote organic farming and conversion processes;
– Assess the value of goods and translate it into local barterable hours / labor applied to produce them (example: to produce 10 kg of bread takes 2 hours / work; sewing a bag in jute takes 1 hour / work etc.) These data will serve to Cetri-Tires to calculate the value of goods to be offered in exchange for photovoltaic technology.

We nourish ourselves with the Gandhian belief that nature is a limited and intrinsically valuable field of resources, to be guarded with care and not to be plundered; the life of every human being should be judged ultimately by the weight of its ecological footprint on our common biosphere!

The environment is a source of livelihood, and is reinforced by other values, such as the defense of the territorial rights of indigenous peoples, or the affirmation of the sacredness of particular elements of nature (a mountain, a forest, a tree).

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The environmentalism of the poor was born in that part of the world where often the forgotten are part of nature and fight for the preservation of it, against corporations and governments that do not allow neither the development of social justice, nor recognition to participate in decision making on the fate of resources.

The current expensive, polluting and outdated energy model will never allow to support the energy and economic development that is necessary to achieve human, social and democratic rights in developing countries. Most of the world population is not aware of the average energy consumption per capita that is needed each day to each individual.

The Amazon Indios use polluting – and for them highly expensive fuels such as diesel and gasoline to illuminate their homes and to power their boats; it is a necessary use, given the need to make movements along the rivers to have access to the goods necessary for the survival and welfare of the villages, and the need for the light necessary to protect themselves from the dangers of the night in difficult and isolated places.

We have the opportunity to act for a real change in the peculiar energy model of the Peruvian Amazonian populations and enable them to move from an expensive, noisy and polluting system to a solar, free, quiet and efficient one.

The idea is not to give away the necessary technologies to this change in an act of pure charity, but share and exchange these goods with local goods and services, in an innovative conversion system – the SOLEDO – that aims to break down the difference in energy costs between developed countries and developing ones using renewable energies, in a context of empathy and cooperation.

The natives will then have access to a solar-powered LED lantern, complete with a photovoltaic module, with features and simplified and efficient systems designed and manufactured with special attention to any feature that could enhance ease of maintenance and replacement of parts, reliability and usability .

The 22 hours of duration of the battery and the fast charging system represent, in addition to the light output, the strength of this solar product that could turn off thousands of generators in a place where, before the era of fossil energy, silence dominated and gave serene sleeps to these wonderful populations.

Special thanks go to extraordinary empathic NGO Nuestro Horizonte Verde Ong that in the Peruvian Amazon is turning into reality the dream of many activists around the world, and to the Secretary-General of NHV and CETRI TIRES Leonida Bombace, who went personally to the Amazon to study the principles of SOLEDO.

An Italian man, Marco Antonio Molino, director and founder of NHV, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, surrounded by the beautiful scenery and lush greens in a primordial nature, wild and unspoiled, is putting into practice many ideas shared and processed by NativiDigitali1X1 .

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In order to give a substantial contribution to the conservation of precious natural resources that benefit all living beings of the world, he brings together a group of people and scholars together for a Common Green Horizon, Nuestro Horizonte Verde.

NHV was born as an “Association for the preservation and sustainable use of the Amazonian environment” and is headquartered in Iquitos, a Peruvian city that is located next to the Amazon Rainforest.

Being aware that the main reasons for the degradation originate from insensitive and short-sighted men, the attention of Nuestro Horizonte Verde is given to local people, particularly children and adolescents, through activities and efforts to facilitate the education and the creation of a sensitivity to environmental issues affecting these peoples so closely.

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Energy poverty reduces life expectancy . The poor or very poor, exposed to dietary and environmental hygiene deficiencies, has less protection against illness, because it has no income to obtain medical care or medications.

Energy poverty is blocking access to education and limit the right of voice and citizenship, even in a democratic state, because of illiteracy and lack of access to the media.

The activities carried out are primarily

  • The contribution to the efforts for proper environmental management of the Amazon forest, aimed at improving the quality of life of the people located there
  • The promotion and realization of scientific investigation in any field relevant to the Amazon rainforest in its integrity as an ecosystem;
  • The moral, educational, economic, and material assistance to children, adolescents and adults with special attention to those with serious illnesses and disabilities
  • The organization and participation to “zero impact” programs whose aim is to spread awareness for the importance of reforestation, with activities of active reforestation
  • The participation to events sponsored by national and international volunteer associations centered in socio-environmental issues

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In these collaborative context Cetri-Tires has been carrying out for 2 years a close collaboration that has allowed the realization of unique cooperation projects of Third Industrial Revolution, empathically active and sustainable:

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Soledo

TRIledLantern

Solar School Adoptions

300 Guardians of Calipso

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All these projects aim at a Zero Marginal Cost society, and in order to allow a new process of “interactive” sharing a new and exciting project is born:

The #DigitalNatives1X1 presents the first solar and sustainable project of sharing between Asia, Europe and America, #seminterattivi (Interactive Seeds).

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Seminterattivi

Volevano sotterraci ma non sapevano che eravamo semi — Nos querían enterrar, pero no sabían que eramos semillas — They wanted to bury us but they did not know that we are seeds

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Cetri-Tires, Nuestro Horizonte Green NGO and Pecs International India are working to make all the operational projects in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest replicable and sustainable:

this will be done through the creation of workshops for adult men and women (over 20 years) using the TRILedlantern and school classrooms for workshops that take place in the evening; the coordination for the production of artistic bracelets is organized by the NGO Nuestro Horizonte Verde and, from Europe, by the Third Industrial Revolution European Society. This collaboration is made possible by a neural network of intelligent and interactive seeds.

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An empathic family of Ambassadors of the Sun, friends of the biosphere who work for small projects of immediate cooperation 1 to 1, where sharing and access are considered common goods and inviolable property of humanity.

The bracelets are beautiful, artistic and inspirational; they are manufactured in the Peruvian Amazon by Indios communities, with traditional methods of weaving and natural seeds of secular trees; they have complex and evocative shapes, and they are made in respect of mother Earth, of the traditions and of their proactive omens about the beauty of Nature around them.

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The Soledo, the empathic currency, allows them to transfrom an amount of the waived bracelets in a solar-rechargeable LED lantern, and allows them to turn off the smoky, noisy, polluting generators, to secure a sustainable and happy future.

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The TRI has arrived in the Amazon. The native inhabitants do not need oil. They need light for the night. And thanks to the TRI LED Lantern they can transform the Sun of the day in light for the night.

And soon they will also be able to pay for them by themselves through their work, thanks to a Peruvian LETS (Local Exchange Trading System), the Soledo, which will transfer the value of the local crafts in photovoltaics lamps.

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For the Yaguas that we interviewed, the future is not a place where we are going, but a place that we are creating; the route is not to be found, but it must be built, and the act of doing it changes for the better the one who seeks the destination.

The Yaguas community, stimulated by the many successful projects carried out by the NGO Nuestro Horizonte Verde, agreed to produce bracelets and exchange them.

The Yagua, Yahuna, Ñihamwo, Yihamwo, Nihamwo or Mishara are a native people who lives in the province of Mariscal Ramón Castilla , Loreto , Peru

In the village live around 4000 people; the language belongs to the strain of the Peba-Yagua languages . From immemorial time they live along the Rio Momon, a tributary of the Amazon ; before retreating into the jungle were part of the Pija Federation.

Subsequently this people has suffered the raids of Portuguese slave traders or Bandeirantes, to escape from which they chose to seek refuge in the Jesuit missions ; after the expulsion of the latter from the country, from 1773 gradually the Yaguas fell under the control of governors who have used them as labor force.

In 1933 there was a terrible outbreak of measles which eliminated a third of the Yagua population. After 1970, the Peruvian government has encouraged the settlement of the Yaguas in those places where they still live today.

They now bear the name of Comunidad Nativa Yaguas “Nueva Vida” – Rio Momon Punchana.

The Yagua personalities participating in the project on behalf of the population are three: they are 1) THE TRIBE CHIEF ANCELMO CAHUACHI FACHIN, DNI. 05309427 2) THE MUNICIPAL PRESIDENT RICARDO ROQUE PEÑA, DNI. 05791688 3)THE MUNICIPAL AGENT RIDER MACAHUACHI CURI, DNI. 80325279.

For Cetri-Tires the signatories are Angelo Consoli and Leonida Bombace.

For Nuestro Horizonte Verde Marco Antonio Molino and Tommaso Ferraro will sign.

Today is a great day for all of humanity: the first empathic coin in the World was born, the Soledo, which will bring joy and well-being and will overwhelm with light the fossil darkness.

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Today, March 11, 2015, it has been certified that a sustainable, shared and participated exchange has taken place in the Comunidad Nativa the Yaguas “Nueva Vida”; the Yaguas offered 60 bracelets with complex and vocatives waiving and 140 simple bracelets with shells of various seeds, and in return they have received 2 LED lanterns with photovoltaic charging, called TRILedLantern, produced in India by PECS International with an industrial project and active collaboration of the Scientific Committee of Cetri-Tires and Nuestro Horizonte Verde Peruvian NGO that takes care of the distribution.

Certifiers of the currency issued on April 11, 2015:

CETRI-TIRES Third Industrial Revolution European Society TAX CODE n° 10895091006 Via Tiburtina, 126 – 00185 Rome

NHV Nuestro Horizonte Verde Calle Las Magnolias N. B-16, Iquitos, Maynas, Perù Oficina: Calle Ricardo Palma N. 118 Iquitos (Maynas) Perù

YAGUAS Comunidad Nativa “Nueva Vida” Rio Momon Punchana Loreto Region Peru

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The Scientific Committee of CETRI-TIRES and its president Angelo Consoli dedicate the SOLEDO project to the distinguished economist Jeremy Rifkin , whose ideas have inspired their way of looking at the world; he himself shows how the only distinctive element among peoples is the attention and respect for the DIGNITY of individuals.

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need
but not enough to satisfy opne man’s greed”
Mahatma Gandhi
The views expressed in the technical tables do not necessarily reflect those of CETRI-TIRES

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