Wealth 1 WEALTH
Energy 2 ENERGY
Products 3 PRODUCTS
Homestead 4 HOMESTEAD
The Eight principles of Green Village Building
Culture 5 CULTURE
Organizing 6 ORGANIZED
Education 7 EDUCATION
Oasis 8 OASIS
The Green Village Builders

BIG’S PLATFORM

Vision
Self-sustaining black communities everywhere, and world peace through home economics.
Mission
Walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play villages.
Goals
Increase village income one household at a time; advance The Age of Climate Crisis with a grassroots
movement for “surthrival in a city of villages.”
Strategy
Reduce greenhouse gas levels via local living economies by increasing the rate at which neighbor-owned
businesses are created and sustained.
Tactics
The 8 Principles of Green-Village-Building.
Priorities
Healing-bonding-organizing, asset-mapping, time-banking, skill-building, and creation of a “green hub in the
‘hood” for sustainable business start-ups.
Values
What’s good for the African diaspora is good for everyone; and what’s bad for the African diaspora is bad for
everyone.
Beliefs
Conserve or collapse; help is not on the way; nothing trumps self-help; only a whole-system solution can
transform a whole-system problem.

BIG’S 8 PRINCIPLES OF GREEN-VILLAGE-BUILDING™

1- Micro-Saving/Lending Local Currency/Wealth 
Each village has its own measures, exchanges, and repositories of wealth.

2- Local Energy Production & Transportation
Each village produces its own energy for heat, light and transportation.

3- Shopping & Waste
Each village supplies all basic goods and services to neighbors, converting waste to wealth in the process.

4- Affordable Green Homes & Gardens
Each village is sustained through jobs-driven development without displacement, providing low-income housing and producing high-quality food through land trust CDC’s.

5- News & Networks Stories & Structures
Each village celebrates its past, present, and future culture through stories in print, digital, and theatrical forms.

6- Village Centers & Borders
Each village is a walkable, self-sustaining whole with perceptible borders, interdependent local ties, global context, organized and in action for self-interest.

7- Health, Education & Welfare
Each village fosters life-long learning through hubs, which are epicenters for green training, development and lifestyle transformation.

8- Green Jobs & Enterprise
Each village circulates its wealth through neighbor-owned businesses which invent, invest, manufacture, and merchandise locally.

BIG’S 12 PROPOSITIONS OF GRANNYNOMICS™

1- Everyone must work…
even the lilies of the field must draw water and harvest sun
2- All youngsters learn a trade…
by age 10 you’re an apprentice
3- Cash is often optional…
grow your own food, make your own clothes
4- Pay as you go…
use the catalog to dream big, spend small, and appreciate your possessions
5- Compete to improve…
 in raising hogs or in a spelling bee, be your best
6- Earn respect…
trade the Golden Rule
7- Define and regulate yourself…
your spouse’s boss’ wife cannot tell you what to do
8- Be courteous, honest, proud…
you can be certain your Creator – and others – are watching.
9-Clothe, feed, educate, and restrain your children and yourself…
adopt others’ children if they can’t
10- Keep yourself and your things beautiful and neat…
even your laundry on the line should shine
11- Eat well and rest…
take care of the goose that lays the golden eggs…
enjoy featherbeds and whole grains
12- Surround yourself with flowers…
 chicken poop makes great fertilizer

 

 

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