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  • Karen Eck
    I don t know anything except the content of this message that I am forwarding. Sounds like an awesome project! Karen For any questions, etc. the contact person
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      I don't know anything except the content of this message that I am forwarding.
      Sounds like an awesome project!
      Karen

      For any questions, etc. the contact person is
      Leah Maka Grey: 503-254-8113 leahmaka@...

      This email contains the text of 2 documents on The Adobe Project

      For further information regarding papercrete see:
      www.oikos.com/library/papercrete:
      Center for Alternative Building Studies, 480-968-4115, www.livinginpaper.com.

      To participate in The Adobe Project:
      Organizational Meeting: 7PM Thursday October 5, 2006
      St. Francis Catholic Church, 330 SE 11th Avenue, Portland OR (off Burnside)

      The Adobe Project Business Model


      Portland Adobe Cooperative Associates (PACA) is a worker-owned
      company located in Portland Oregon.

      It is the goal of Portland Adobe Cooperative Associates to develop a
      sustainable business providing papercrete to local individuals and
      businesses for building sustainable structures. This would include
      teaching, technical assistance, building blocks, developing
      architecture, providing information on construction etc.

      Portland Adobe Cooperative Associates will use the Solari economic
      model, which builds and keeps financial and economic assets at the
      local community level thus removing them from globalization. See
      solari.com for more information on this model.

      Communication and decision-making will be done using the Sociocracy
      model for business and Compassionate Communication tools to insure
      worker democracy. Both of these models are needs based and allow for
      everyone's participation in decision-making.

      Other micro businesses will spin off from the papercrete process
      providing further opportunity for local business development in the
      immediate community. This will contribute to economic shifts from
      global to local and thus keep assets in the community.

      How it works:
      1) Each share holder/family can purchase one share.
      2) A share costs $1000.
      3) With an initial payment of $50.00 the share holder/family is
      an "owner" in the company and entitled to full benefits of the Adobe Project.
      4) Each share holder/family makes payments of $4.00 each week or
      $20.00 per month to cover the remainder.
      5) Each share holder/family is part of the decision-making and
      ownership structure.
      6) Each share holder/family is entitled to a share of PACA's
      profits and participates in how those profits are distributed.
      7) Shares cannot be transferred.

      Goals:
      1) Create communities of place that recognize the interdependence
      of all Life. (David Korten "The Great Turning")
      2) To create a worker owned business providing very low cost or
      free building materials that build housing, shelter, schools,
      commercial buildings etc. that are sustainable, and available to everyone.
      3) Focus our energies from financial values to Life Values.
      4) Use the Sociocracy business model. www.twinoaks.org/clubs/sociocracy
      5) Use language of Compassionate Communication model as taught by
      Marshall B. Rosenberg.
      Proposal by: Leah Maka Grey BS, CCTA

      To participate in The Adobe Project:
      Organizational Meeting: 7PM Thursday October 5, 2006
      St. Francis Catholic Church, 330 SE 11th Avenue, Portland OR (off Burnside)

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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


      A House Made From Paper???

      Forget the old saying that people who live in glass houses
      shouldn't throw stones. Now you can live in a paper house that's so
      strong stones won't make a dent in it. With readily available raw
      materials and short construction times, interest is growing in the
      concept of turning trash paper and cardboard into inexpensive houses
      that are strong, well insulated and easily built.
      We face a growing crisis in affordable housing both
      locally and nationally. With an increasing homeless population; a
      middle class facing increasing financial stress; loss of traditional
      resources i.e. lumber, stone, concrete, brick etc; it is imperative
      that we find alternatives to current building practices.
      Papercrete is an alternative that is abundant, almost
      free, and available locally. Paper Adobe or Paper Crete is a mixture
      of Portland Cement, sand, and recycled newspapers/magazines and slick
      paper used in advertising, it is immediately available and in large
      part free just for carting it away. This material usually fills up
      our land fills, streets, vacant lots and household garbage cans.
      Paper Crete is strong (compressive strength of 260 psi)
      lightweight, holds its shape even when wet, and has a high insulation
      value (estimate but unverified of R 2.8 per inch) as well as an
      almost free resource for building.
      At Eve's Garden Organic Bed and Breakfast and Ecology Resource Center
      in Marathon, Texas, Kate Thayer and Clyde Curry showcase classical
      architectural designs made from paper. (E The Environmental Magazine
      Jan/Feb 2006)
      The Adobe Project is a way to create shelter/housing for the
      homeless population as well as others who are in need of affordable
      housing at costs that are a fraction of traditional construction
      costs. Papercrete can be constructed both quickly and easily by
      children or adults. The Adobe Project will incorporate food, warmth
      and shelter all under one roof. In addition, the project intends to
      create micro businesses that will generate financial and economic
      resources toward maintaining the current structures as well as
      providing for future building projects. The Adobe Project can
      generate financial resources by selling "adobe blocks"; by providing
      expertise, labor and intellectual resources to those who want to
      build their own structures.
      The Adobe Project offers not just shelter, but a sustainable
      life style that is available to anyone regardless of race, ethnic
      origin, gender, age or income.
      Grassroots economic organizing is about social, economic,
      cultural and spiritual change one person at a time. All over the
      world small groups, fed up with the "business as usual" attitude from
      government, both state and local, are creating the kinds of
      communities that benefit every one. Work place democracy and
      democracy in the work place are the focus of a global solidarity
      economic movement.

      For further information regarding papercrete see:
      www.oikos.com/library/papercrete:
      Center for Alternative Building Studies, 480-968-4115, www.livinginpaper.com.

      To participate in The Adobe Project:
      Organizational Meeting: 7PM Thursday October 5, 2006
      St. Francis Catholic Church, 330 SE 11th Avenue, Portland OR (off Burnside)
      Leah Maka Grey: 503-254-8113 leahmaka@...
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