Introducing “The Spark”

April 9, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – LocalOrg) – “The Spark“(Facebook/ Vimeo) is an interesting and ongoing grassroots project that fits in well with an older article featured on LocalOrg titled, “Decentralizing Big-Retail.”
The article illustrated the waste, disparity, and exploitation promoted
by the current “big-retail” monopolies and the consumerist paradigm
modern society is dependent on, and suggests as an alternative the
leveraging of technology to replace entirely this paradigm with local
solutions.

It featured a combination of projects from urban farming to
technological havens called “makerspaces” or “hackerspaces” working in
tandem to turn a city block into a sustainable, self-sufficient economic
unit driven by open source collaboration, technology, and local
entrepreneurship.

“The Spark” is a documentary covering real world examples of people doing just this. The documentary features the previously covered Open Source Ecology and their “Global Village Construction Set,” as well as urban gardeners attempting to change mindsets as well as their current food paradigm.

The similarities between each project’s philosophy illustrates that
while one is involved in building technology and the other in growing
food within their community, both can work together toward a common goal
– a future determined by us not at the ballot box or the local protest
rally, but by our own two hands. Another term the comes up frequently is
“post-scarcity,” or the creation of material abundance through the use
of technology that zeroes out resource scarcity.

This illustrates that the visions of those involved in “The Spark,” as
well as the solutions in “Decentralizing Big-Retail” are not communes
where people convince themselves to be happy with less, but the daring
dash forward into a future where politics and protests are replaced by
technological pragmatism and progress.

It will not happen overnight, and as those who view “The Spark” will
see, it will not be easy. But it will work – which is more than anyone
can say about the political hamster wheel humanity has been running on
century after long century.