The Duties Contracted by Co-Stewards
An International Ecohumanitarian Organisation
Eco Pax Mundi Agora
'Joining Hands to Advance Life-Affirming Earth Regenerative Living'
The Duties Contracted by Co-stewards
The co-stewards that become members of Eco Pax Mundi Agora contract a number of duties as they gain their membership:
(A) Completion of Training: co-stewards commit themselves to completing the 12-week training arranged by Eco Pax Mundi Agora: eight weeks learning about regenerative organic agriculture, permaculture design and low-tech trades including artisanal food processing at either the steering bioregional agora or at a neighbouring ecosystem agora; four weeks learning about economic globalisation vs localisation at the steering bioregional agora. Co-stewards who fail to complete the training upon unjustified grounds will be obliged to pay for the cost of it.
The 12-week training is provided free of charge by Eco Pax Mundi Agora but seed co-stewards have to pay for the cost of accommodation and board, for which Eco Pax Mundi Agora makes arrangements so that this can be offered at an affordable cost.
(B) Setting Up the Seed Agora: The contract that co-stewards sign with Eco Pax Mundi Agora includes the legal duty to set up a seed agora and develop it into a seedling agora. This process is estimated to last four full years (48 months). Co-stewards receive financial advice from Eco Pax Mundi Agora as to how to make the best financial arrangements by way of competitive loans to support themselves during this time. Similarly, Eco Pax Mundi Agora is intent upon securing some funds from public bodies so that co-stewards can receive a monthly allowance to contribute to their sustenance.
After the four years of careful co-stewardship, the seed agora turns into a seedling agora and seed co-stewards upgrade their status to seedling co-stewards. Seedling co-stewards are not legally bound to the agora but it is precisely then when regular earnings are derived from it. This is the reason why the organisation expects the membership on the part of seedling co-stewards to be stable.
Only co-stewards who have received the 12-week training can be able to fill a seed or seedling co-steward vacancy.
If a co-steward quits before year four is completed, they terminate their contract with Eco Pax Mundi Agora with three consequences. First, they must pay in full the cost of their 12-week training. Second, co-stewards lose their usufruct rights over the agora they have stopped tending. Third, co-stewards lose the right to be registered in the municipality to which their seed agora is linked.
(C) Reviving the Local Economy: The agora is a hub of economic activity and social life, which assists in revitalising the local economy and restoring basic services including farmers' markets, creches and schools, and a general practice. Co-stewards must exhibit a proactive attitude towards this end.