Third, we need to network such successful models locally as well as globally to learn from each other, to discuss the subject matter in public and invite people’s attention not only to the situation but also to the alternative initiatives. This work is something yet to take shape and form. Ekta Parishad and Jai Jagat movement in India are taking initiatives at national, regional and international level to bring together like minded individuals and organizations towards this. In October, several international public discourses were organized virtually as part of that initiative including one in Nepal. This violent greed based economy may look too strong and big to transform or replace, and nonviolent alternatives may seem tiny and weak. Therefore, it is important for us to explore, share and discuss those initiatives; bring them together in network(s) and scale them up.
Fourth, local communities should take initiatives to protect themselves from the negative influences and encroachment of companies and advertisements. For example, some Indian villages have started prevention and promotion movements. Prevention includes stopping the harmful things like alcohol, Coca Cola and chemical fertilizer from entering into the village. Promotion includes developing cooperative farms and organic farming techniques, and establishing community funds and so on. The nonviolent economy will not come just by wishful thinking. For this, we have to wake up groups and villages. In case you want to know the dark side of the Coca Cola.
Fifth, we need to be aware of how and what we are consuming in our daily lives. We should ask several questions to ourselves: who is benefiting from my economic activities- already super rich multinational companies or small local producers? What is the carbon footprint of our consumption? Where is the source/origin of those products? Am I purchasing something because I need that or because my mind is washed for that by the advertisements I see everyday, everywhere?
peace and social activists want to reinvigorate the ideal and the practice of simple, self-reliant and dignified living among people to help communities begin to move towards a nonviolent economy. Self-reliance means learning to live a dignified and fulfilling life with the minimum possible means; it does not mean living a lavish life.