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Food Coop Liechtenstein

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Vision

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  • Progressively, people are taking pride in living lives that are rich in time, and mindful in consumption. The cultivation of the art of living is gaining as a viable pathway to happiness and status.

  • Our strategy is to weave the existing and emerging diversity of organisations that shape the regional food economy into a nationwide cooperative venture framework – all of which align around a shared vision for the socio-ecological development of their community.

  • The venture cooperative leverages a blockchain-based framework to deliver key functions such as contribution accounting and decentralized payroll. These functions enable the aggregation of multiple forms of the capital where contributions can be represented in the form of digital tokens that allow for the generation and direct distribution of value to all shareholders involved, based on their contribution.

  • This aligns financial incentives among different actors across the system via transparent economic models that incentivize cooperation and build trust around a shared purpose defined by the members of the cooperative

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  • The stakeholders and platforms that form the local food network are the members of the cooperative, the Municipality, State or investors, the local food producers and the marketplace.

  • A collaboration with the local municipalities and other institutional investors would allow the venture cooperative to provide a complementary income for community members that wish to spend a certain percentage of their time contributing to the local food network. For example, by providing a basic income for every citizen for up to 20% of their time to work in the local food economy.

  • At the same time, this venture cooperative becomes an investment vehicle, allowing individuals and organizations to invest in the local food economy and the wellbeing of the community. The investor captures increasing value as the complementary economy grows and value of each token increases.

  • The digital tokens exchanged within the network have a representative value that can be exchanged for other currencies in the open market, serving the community as a complementary currency that gives value to the local food economy and ecology. These digital tokens are delivered algorithmically via the blockchain directly into the accounts of people and organizations via cryptographically secured digital wallets.

Local Impact

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Consulting

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  • As the program develops, a suite of environmental monitoring tools can be employed to track changes in forest cover, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and water quality as they relate to the well-being of human communities.

  • This system allows for an effective economic stimulus giving value and sustaining a thriving local food economy that benefits the long-term well-being of the whole system.

  • We are proposing a far-reaching, long-term solution that consolidates existing initiatives in the region towards the effective restoration of key ecological corridors essential for systemic well-being that opens up a pathway for effective replication and scale. The intended impact of our multi-stakeholder approach has long-term durability in its design and is conceived to increase local resilience as time goes on.

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  • We would like to start by establishing a prototype as the initial proof of concept in integrating a coalition of garden cooperatives.

  • This prototype then becomes the convener for the mapping of the local food network in the municipality, for the coordination of holistic land management, as well as for related research and educational activities.

Networking

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Timeline

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  • Feb – July 2022
    Phase 1: Set Up Initial Network
    Establish work plan, deepen community relationships, and coordinate learning across sites. Initiate multi-stakeholder mapping and scenario-planning process for the region.

  • Aug 2021 – July 2022
    Phase 2: Guided Development for Regeneration
    Accompany the implementation of solutions to inter-connect the multi-stakeholder network, including the implementation of holistic metrics for effective monitoring and evaluation of the development process.

  • Aug 2022 – Jan 2023
    Phase 3: Codify and Expand Solutions
    Adaption of the bioregional platform for coordinated exchange and investment, consolidating the region into a circular well-being economy. Track value creation and capital flow throughout the entire region in service to community resilience and ecological health.