We believe that:
- The way forward is to create alternatives to current systems rather than trying to reform them.
- The past does not determine the future – the choice is much wider than the binary of capitalism vs socialism, (e.g. a collaborative commons.)
- Local communities can create their own alternatives without having to defer to external expertise or ‘authority’.
- Local communities can become more adaptable, self-reliant, and less dependent on money, large corporations or centralized governments.
- The focus should be on local production for local needs.
- Everyone has a voice and should be able to contribute to decisions affecting their lives.
- To build on the strengths that exist in neighbourhoods and communities is more productive than labelling them in terms of their needs and deficiencies.
- Equitable opportunities should exist for all individuals to reach their potential regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, social class, or religion.