On Saturday, 18th of March 2017, we hopefully reached to the 6th Autonomous Street Market, which are regularly organized by the Integral Cooperative of Heraklion (I.C.Her) at Georgiadi’s park. A project that is constantly strengthened and has come to serve some basic needs of those who actively show that they want and intend to disengage from the competitive and alienating market. Step by step, we cover more and more categories of products and services that are offered through our alternative currencies, Kouki and FairCoin. We want these coins to form the basis of the local solidarity economy that we propose, with the participation of more and more members, achieving a satisfactory level of self-sufficiency.
Specifically, in this sixth autonomous street market, we were able to see in practice the operation of the new FairPay cards, facilitating better transactions with FairCoin, making use of a computer or a smart phone unnecessary. Although still in testing mode, several participants created an account at fairtoearth platform and made their purchases using this very practical, direct and easy way. Each FairPay card is connected to a web account, where you can have a complete picture of your balance and your transactions; even convert your FairCoin directly in Euros or Bitcoins if needed. This is a radical alternative banking that will soon be offering full financial coverage for each case and our every need, without any intermediary fee or subscription. The purpose of this service is our emancipation from banks and the usual market credit / debit cards, which are a monopoly of exploitation.
Specifically for shops and merchants that accept FairCoin transactions, the related FairPay app for smart phones and tablets can provide a complete order management system, working also as a contactless POS device for FairPay cards. More practical things can be explained in person, as the FairCoop Local Node of Heraklion, which manages these cards and the service at the local level, meets up every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 5-8 pm, at the Da self-organized social space.
All the above are not only limited to trade and commercial activity, as we keep stressing the solidarity and anti-systemic character they carry. The ultimate goal is the political act and the consolidation of our collective autonomy and self-management. An act which visualizes a post-capitalist reality of people released from the deadlock and destructive current situation. The co-shaping of this framework and the involvement of more and more individuals and groups towards this, is our first goal. This is a liberating process, first for ourselves and then gradually for the whole society.
More informations about I.C.Her http://heraklion.cooperativas.gr
Contact us by e-mail heraklion (at) cooperativas.gr
We take our life on our hands through self-management!