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WHAT DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE?
We want this movie to reflect personal and group experiences, recorded all across Europe, that demonstrate that it is possible to live together in a fairer more humane and more sustainable way. We want to show experiences of people, companies and organisations promoting the common good as a value that is fundamental to economic, social and environmental relations. There are more examples of this than you might think.
Speaking with people and organisations around the world reveals that viable alternatives that refuse to conform with the basic logic and values imposed by the neoliberal economic system and the planned economy do exist, and they are in fact very successful. This is something that has been happening for many years now and cannot be pigeonholed under a single ideological banner
A group of intellectuals (lead by Christian Felber) has worked with people that embody this approach in their daily working lives. Together they have been able to extract the common characteristics of these practices. The resulting framework has been named the Economy for the Common Good, because every case analysed revealed that the majority of decisions taken on a daily basis were based on the collective wellbeing.
HOW WAS THIS JOURNEY BORN?
When we personally met Christian Felber in Freiburg, in August 2011, we felt something important was happening. So we decided to do some further research into his project and those involved in it: people and organisations that had decided to embark on a mission to change the values that govern their daily lives, people that wanted a different set of moral values from the model imposed by the neoliberal economic system.
We had just discovered a new more positive way of viewing the world we live in, and we saw that this could breathe life into many viable alternatives.
With huge numbers of people being forced to live through financial, economic, political, social and environmental crises, the ECG increasingly looks like the right answer. There is undoubtedly one element of this proposal that stands out from all the others: practice has proved that it works! There are companies, institutions and organisations from different European countries that implemented the fundamental aspects of the ECG before Felber and his team even wrote the book, before the Economy for the Common Good even had a name. You might ask how this is possible.
Well, the answer's simple: although Felber and his team did come up with a ground-breaking idea, in practice they actually did nothing more than examine a range of companies and organisations from different parts of the world. They focused on companies that not only based their operations on a philosophy that contravenes the central philosophies of neoliberal capitalism and the planned economy, but were also successful. Felber and his team used this research to extract a common set of systematic traits based around a key value, namely the 'common good' or a 'collective wellbeing'.
To state it in simple terms, we are all on the same boat and we all need to contribute to make sure it stays afloat.
The author of this holistic system – which has become known as the Economy of the Common Good but goes beyond labels – prefers to avoid an ideological approach. He advocates an open and participatory process. Whoever wants to form part of this system – farmers, professionals, entrepreneurs, etc. – will shape it through debate, coordinated work and experience. It will be guided by the Common Good at all points.
HOW CAN YOU JOIN OUR JOURNEY?
First and foremost, this film is about getting a message across. Please share or 'like' our page if you agree with these principles so others can hear about it and decide for themselves.
On a financial level, this film is entirely funded by voluntary donations from individuals and sponsors, and any financial support you can provide will help to pay for production costs. Despite a lot of voluntary work going into this project, its production will still cost about €60,000
You can collaborate and become a producer by donating through one of the three accredited systems on the left side of this website.
All producers will be recognised as such and their names will appear in the movie's credits. All contributors will also receive an e-mail on the day of the release with a link to download the documentary and its extra features.
If you would prefer to donate in the name of an organisation, then your organisation can become a sponsor of the film. Your company/organisation logo will appear in the sponsor section of the website and will be included in the credits of the documentary. You will also receive an e-mail on the day of release with a link to download the documentary and all its extra features.
HOW WILL WE INVEST THE MONEY RECEIVED?
We want to record relevant experiences with the ECG philosophy in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Spain, to obtain a global vision of how this system has developed. We have already travelled to Austria and Spain to investigate. We are now attempting to produce audiovisual material with the depth of analysis and professionalism that such an important subject deserves.
Making a documentary is a process that goes through various stages.
Pre-production: pre-research, pre-production trip to Austria, translation of the material recorded; design of the campaign, design of the project website, editing of the campaign spots; communication: project website, press work, managing social networks...; definition of a proto-structure and pre-script; planning of interviews; redaction of interviews…
Production: coordination with the interviewees in different countries; organising logistics for trips; trips to different countries; basic living expenses for the different trips for a total stay of 45 days.
Shooting: contracting technical staff for filming and human resources: a team of about 22 people including editors, translators, camera, light and sound operators, and staff specialised in production, editing and post production of images and sound, as well as other assistance.