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‘Reject is a nice word. A bit like eject, isn’t it?’

book 1, beginning, week 3: Economics & Business


beginning, or drafting a town experiment, by Charlie Alice Raya, book series: seven years easy town, cover

beginning

or
drafting a town experiment

by
Charlie Alice Raya

Alice convinces Tom to build a town experiment. The aim of the experiment is to rethink everything.

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seven years easy town, book 2: travelling and We need to talk about sex, book cover, part 1

travelling

and we need to talk about sex,
part 1&2

by
Charlie Alice Raya

Travelling around the world to further a network for the project, Alice is faced with allies and villains.

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seven years easy town, book 2: travelling and We need to talk about sex, book cover, part 3-7

travelling

and we still need to talk about sex, part 3-7

by
Charlie Alice Raya

Travelling with them are the past, personal demons, prejudice and unwittingly the issue of sex.

Status: coming up
Pages: approx. 647
Format: ePub


book 1: beginning, or drafting a town experiment


About

book 1, beginning,
or drafting a town experiment

Alice Adler, a Berliner, sets out to convince Tom Holbon, the richest man on the planet, to build a town experiment. The aim of the experiment is to rethink — well, everything.

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Pages: 499, 133k
Format: ePub

At its core the Easy Town experiment is about being curious, about trying out visions, about exploring and playing around with ideas, testing the limits of the possible, daring to try out the unconventional, questioning the inevitable, allowing for complexity.

book 1, beginning, before

‘(…) —no use to guard everyone against everything. It’s like treating everyone like a potential idiot. And if we are constantly safeguarded, how are we going to learn how to protect ourselves?’

book 1, beginning, week 2: Health & Care

People will go on the barricades for worker’s rights infringement,’ John added half to himself. ‘But we won’t need worker’s rights if we don’t exploit people.’

book 1, beginning, week 3: Economics & Business

‘How about we set up a project which might turn the world upside down, in which case we could give it a good shake?’

book 1, beginning, The Letter

Alice stumbled onto the jetty.
This anger, this freaking anger! Why couldn’t she stop it? Why couldn’t she just …?
A creaking sound made her stop abruptly.

book 1, beginning, week 6: Admin & Society

Daria was a weird girluy. Which according to Daria meant that she was a girl with bits of a guy in the mix. He didn’t mind. Life was so much more interesting if you didn’t mind. In fact, the less you minded the more you could discover. And there was so much strange stuff going on in people’s heads. And outside their heads.

book 1, beginning, week 1: settling in
photo series: surfaces / 2020 / by Charlie Alice Raya
photo: Alice Raya

book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex


About

book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex

Travelling around the world, Alice and her team further an international network for the Easy Town Project. Travelling with them are the past, personal demons, prejudice and unwittingly the issue of sex.

more about book 2 >>>

Price: €7.77 (incl. VAT)
Pages: 464, 122k
Format: ePub

‘We can continue to whine about the state of the world, or we can employ our imagination and explore how to do better.’

book 2/1, travelling, Happy Flying

book 2/1: travelling

Book 2/1 covers the team’s journey from New York to Sydney via Brazil, Argentina and South Africa. It is also possible to purchase a single country chapter.

seagulls by Alice Raya

‘No, Leo. This whole fuss about our sexuality is one of the major things that screws with us. We have to dig in bluntly to unearth everything we humans have made weird.’

book 2/1, travelling, San Francisco

Often Alice had to fight with swarms of thoughts, all trying to get her attention. But not so now. The thoughts were there all right. But they kept in the background, some peering around a pillar, tentatively whispering: ‘Do you really want to say that?’

book 2/1, travelling, Argentina

‘Wiremu, who stayed with them after the tour, added: ‘This place gives me hope that we can come together if we build and create together, if our voices mingle rather than one voice drowning all others.’

book 2/1, travelling, Australia

‘I know that look. Something is puzzling you.’
Alice smiled vaguely, looking up at him. ‘It’s a slippery thought. I try to catch it, but it keeps eluding me.’
‘Maybe I can help?’
Alice chuckled. ‘Sure, if you want to talk about beauty.’
Jack blushed.

book 2/1, travelling, Australia, Time Off

‘Yah. Let them believe that I would be just as ballsy if you lot weren’t here or Security ready at the door.’

book 2/1, travelling, South Africa

Alice nearly burst out laughing when she stepped inside the sparsely lit room.

book 2/1: travelling, Rio de Janeiro

‘Are you worried about yourself?’ That was a slip-up. There should be an actual checkpoint for any and every thought, before they are allowed out.
Alice laughed. ‘Worried? Never and all the time.’

book 2/1, travelling, South Africa, Flight to Sydney

book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex


Prince Salar explained that the watcher was a reminder that humans will only progress if and when they strive to understand what it is they are doing, and when they ask themselves why they are doing it.

book 2/2, travelling, Otaon

book 2/2: travelling

Book 2/2 covers the team’s journey from Beijing to Berlin via Otaon, Romania and Russia. It is also possible to purchase a single country chapter.

About

book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex

Travelling around the world, Alice and her team further an international network for the Easy Town Project. Travelling with them are the past, personal demons, prejudice and unwittingly the issue of sex.

more about book 2 >>>

Book 2/2 will probably be published in February 2021. The first country chapters (China, Otaon and Romania) are likely to be published around the 20th of January 2021.

Price: TBA
Pages: approx 647
Format: ePub

seven years easy town, book 2: travelling and We need to talk about sex, book cover, part 3-7
photo: Alice Raya

Extracts from book 1&2


For impatient readers, several extracts collections are available.

The Hub, extracts

The Hub

Let’s build the Hub and be done with the tech giants

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This is a collection of extracts about the Hub — it’s both an idea for a business model and an idea for a new internet platform.

The Hub started out as the project’s own social media platform and has evolved into an internet within the internet.

The Hub features include everything social media has to offer, plus a search engine, a book library, a cinema, a bank and more.

[Jack] ‘(…) So what is the Hub?’
‘It’s all social media in one castle,’ Noel proclaimed with pride. ‘Without the advertising or data collecting. And you get to decide whether your castle is a simple two-dimensional space with just a phone booth to call your kids, or a three-dimensional palace with nearly endless rooms (…)’

(book 1, beginning, week 7)

Hub users pay an equivalent of one euro a month in return for ad-free online services, privacy, full control over features, algorithms and designs.

Noel stood up and declared solemnly: ‘This is the end of big brother. This is the restoration of our privacy and self-determination. This is us, getting our lives back.’

(book 1, beginning, week 1)

The Hub Stations maintain the Hub network and include facilities for education, health, art and businesses to support local communities.


  • Summary

Extracts from book 1

  • How it all began, week 1
  • The Hub Stations, week 2
  • The Hub weekend, week 7
  • Just before the conference, week 8
  • The Hub speech, conference
  • The Hub in town, conference
  • Catching on, conference
  • A nervous tech giant, conference
  • At the party, conference
  • Epilogue

Extracts from book 2/1

  • The Hub, Happy Flying
  • A site for the Hub in California, Happy Flying
  • Bits and pieces about the Hub, San Francisco
  • Politics in Rio
  • A chat with the Dono in Rio
  • The Hub Station in Buenos Aires
  • Big players are nervous about the Hub, Buenos Aires
  • The sex talk, Buenos Aires
  • At the Hub Station in Cape Town, South Africa
  • A clash, South Africa
  • A site for the Hub Station, South Africa
  • A meeting on the airliner
  • The Hub Cinema
  • The Hub Station in Sydney

Extracts from book 2/2

  • Updates on the Flight to Beijing
  • You haven’t come to China to do business?
  • Autonomy for the Hub, China
  • Nervous players again, China
  • The Hub in China
  • A Hub demonstration, Otaon
  • Prince Harun wants to know more, Otaon
  • The Hub in Romania
  • About dwarfs and giants, Romania
  • Hub Locations, Romania
  • Numbers, Russia
  • The Hub core transfer, Russia

Additional material

  • Hub principles (so far)

Pages: 195, 34k
Price: €2.91 (incl. VAT)

dot.international, extracts

dot.international

a business model for a fashion company

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PART I


main extracts and thoughts on dot.international

  • Brainstorming for town businesses, book 1, week 3
  • dot.international, book 2/1, Australia
  • dot. international principles

PART II


book 2/1, travelling

  • Urns, San Francisco
  • Hachiro, San Francisco
  • A show of respect, South Africa

book 2/2, travelling

  • Who do I want to be? China
  • dot. in China?
  • Otaon
  • Jesse, Australia & Romania
  • The prince and the queen, Russia
  • Berlin

PART III – additional material from book 1


  • Job shaking
  • Price per task

This collection includes the story of Princess Marlana.

Pages: 96, 20k
Price: €1.77 (incl. VAT)

digesting, coexisting, alive, extracts, book 2

digesting

A train of thoughts and a magic valley

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This collection includes two extracts from book 2, travelling


book 2/1, travelling, Flight to Sydney

digesting instead of blocking


book 2/2, travelling, China

Coexisting, a magic valley


Pages: 18, 4k
Price: €0.78 (incl. VAT)

extracts, book 1&2, modern slavery, rethinking business

The beauty of modern slavery

and rethinking business practices

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Content


  1. Foreword

book 1, beginning

  1. The beauty of modern slavery, at the conference
  2. Exploitation, week 3

book 2/1, travelling

  1. We are all for freedom, Brazil
  2. Racism, colonialism and the superiority complex, South Africa
  3. Slavery, South Africa
  4. White Africans, South Africa
  5. Raw materials, Flight to Sydney
  6. Cheers to all the bastards, Australia
  7. What’s best for humans, Australia
  8. Brexit, and the EU needs a rethink, Australia

book 2/2, travelling

  1. Balances, China
  2. Going in circles, China
  3. Refugees, Otaon
  4. The time of the dwarfs, Romania
  5. Second class humans, Romania
  6. We can do better, on a global scale, Romania

additional extracts

  1. Rethinking the way we do business, book 1
  2. The Hub, a business model, book 1&2
  3. dot.international, a business model, Australia
  4. The flare up, at the conference

If you don’t mind some spoilers, then this is an extracts collection to get a better idea of what this series is about.

The Hub and dot.international are introduced in this collection, for more details see the Let’s build the Hub and be done with the tech giants and dot.international.

Pages: 101, 20k
Price: €1.81 (incl. VAT)

We need to talk about sex, limping and other speculations by Charlie Alice Raya

We need to talk about sex, limping

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This is a collection of sex-related discussions and incidents from book 1, beginning and book 2/1, travelling.

‘You know,’ Alice said, suddenly somber. ‘I wish we could just face all the sex issues and then move on. So many things are more important than our sexuality. But our sexuality fucking fucks with us.’

book 2/2, travelling, Russia

Extracts from book 2, travelling, and we need to talk about sex


Prelude, US

  • Nudity

Happy Flying, US

  • We need to talk about sex

San Francisco, US

  • Urns
  • Property
  • Couple therapy for the body and the mind
  • Sex jokes
  • Perspectives
  • LGBTQ+
  • Homosexuality, an intrusion?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Copacabana Beach
    • What’s wrong with a girls night?
    • Hoping to be liked
    • So, what’s wrong with a girls night?
    • Traumatic run-ins with women
    • What’s the idea of a girls night?
    • Women prison and inferiority complex
    • A world run by women
    • I never wanted to be a woman
    • Trouble with the body
    • Limping
    • Boys night and penis length
    • Prejudice, unwelcome news, and news from the girls night
    • Evasive gender
  • This is Rio , best place for gays

Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • You have to fuck
  • Your dick is not a weapon
  • Abortion and the Catholic Church
  • Trustworthy men
  • Sex and populism
  • Sex talk, a journey
  • Exploring why we do stupid things
  • Why does fear smell?

South Africa

  • Friends
  • Colours of the skin, HIV and a priest
  • De-scandalising sex

Sydney, Australia

  • Outfits, and urns rebooted
  • Sexiness as weapon among women?

Time off, Australia

  • Beauty

Extracts from book 1, beginning, or drafting a town experiment

  • The vilification of the body
  • Porn
  • Happy parents
  • Why don’t you have children?
  • Pregnancy nightmare
  • Gendered outfits
  • Singledom
  • Losing it
  • Sexual orientation
  • One night stands, affairs, relationships and marriage
  • Who rescues who?
  • Jerks of my mother’s making
  • Role models
  • Abortion

Pages: 161, 30k
Price: €2.44 (incl. VAT)

We still need to talk about sex, extracts

The penis trauma

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About an hour later, Alice felt a rush of excitement.
Could this be an explanation? Of sorts?
She had to talk to someone. But who? Who would be open enough to even think about this?
Alice stared at the screen in front of her, then back at the notepad she had been scribbling on.
Leo. Of course. Leo.

book 2/2, travelling, Flight to Beijing

This collection includes extracts from both parts of book 2, travelling.

While the issues are very serious, there is also humour and some intriguing speculations.


book 2/2, travelling

  1. Domestic violence, Flight to Beijing
  2. The penis trauma, Flight to Beijing
  3. Bulges and urges, Russia
  4. Making each other, Otaon
  5. Is this how rape happens? Romania

book 2/1, travelling

  1. Your dick is not a weapon, your breasts are not a means to an end, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. Nku killed her, Cape Town, South Africa

Leo was silent. Alice heard that he opened a tap and let water run into a glass. Then she could hear his gulps. And then he gasped. ‘Alice,’ he said with panic in his voice. ‘You have to stay out of this.’
‘But Leo, this could be important.’
‘No! Yes, it could be. And that’s why you — a woman — have to stay out of it. If you want this theory to get the attention it might deserve and if you don’t want to repel men from actually giving it a thought, then this is a matter men should deal with on their own.’

book 2/2, travelling, Flight to Beijing

Pages: 43, 9k
Price: €1.13 (incl. VAT)

breaking the cycle, Charlie Alice Raya, extract

Breaking the Cycle

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While writing book 2, the topic of racism kept knocking on my door and kept finding ways to get into the story.

The extracts of this collection focus on the racism which is handed down from generation to generation.

The main piece, Breaking the Cycle, is a movie (so far only in the story), and it is retold by Jack Harris, a famous actor and one of the main characters in the book series.

The additional pieces, I am Walter Kunze and White Africans add thoughts about the guilt of our ancestors.

Content


  • Foreword

  • I am Walter Kunze, Argentina

Breaking the Cycle, South Africa

  • A few days earlier
  • Before Jack tells the story
  • Breaking the cycle

  • White Africans, South Africa

Pages: 19, 3k
Price: €0.75 (incl. VAT)

The invention of evil, extracts

The Invention of Evil

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Jack Harris, one of the main characters in the book series, is a famous actor. He splits his time between the town project and his movie career.
Some of his movies are just mentioned in the story, some are recounted by him and, in the case of the Invention of Evil, Jack and Alice watch his movie together.


The monk


The invention of evil


How would you tell your experiment succeeded?


Pages: 30, 6k
Price: €0.91 (incl. VAT)

Princess Marlana, extract, book 2/2, charlie alice raya

Princess Marlana

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Extracts from book 2/2, Otaon and some additional on the fictitious art of deep energies from several parts in book 2


As a child, I loved the stories of Sinbad and Ali Baba. And when I thought about the travelling team’s visit to the Middle East, I wanted to capture some of this magic, and allow a whiff of fairy tales into the story.
This is one of the reasons why I eventually decided to let the travelling team visit a fictional, ancient kingdom in the Middle East and, of course, I called it Otaon.


Content

Foreword


The story of Princess Marlana and her guards in black


The story of the hunters fountain and the observer


The story of the snake, the witch and the mountain


The library and the story of the philosopher’s study and a special mind


These are often short extracts, but they have a magic of their own.

Pages: 62, 12k
Price: €1.31 (incl. VAT)