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rethinking– well, everything

NEWS

The new websites

This easy town website got a bit overloaded over the last year, so I decided to give some of the main ideas, derived from the easy town story, their own website.

The new websites are shaping up fine and will have a lot of new material to explore.

Since it doesn’t make sense to keep this website up to date on subjects that will soon have a new home, quite a bit of content has been removed from this page. But it’s all coming back, only in different locations.

The new websites will be launched some time between June and July.

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OUT NOW

sex talk, volume 1&2

The sex talk

volume 1 & 2

Both sex talk collections are out now, covering sex-related dialogues, speculations and ideas from book 1 & 2.

This special bundle also includes The penis trauma.

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key quotes, volume 1

key quotes

volume 1 & 2

Dive straight into the heart of the town project ideas with the key quotes and key scenes collections.

This double pack includes volume 1 & 2 of the key quotes collections.

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Jack's movies

Jack’s movies

special edition

Jack’s movies are stories within the easy town story.

This special edition includes: Breaking the Cycle, The Invention of Evil, and the South Africa chapter of book 2, travelling.

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title tree, part 2, easy town books

About the book series

photo series, title images for book 1-12 and more, easy town books, by Charlie Alice Raya

The overall story of the easy town book series is simple: a town experiment is planned in several stages, the town is built, the town gets into trouble, and some of the main characters mess things up.

But eventually, the town emerges as an intriguing model on all counts: society, economy, environment and governance.

And the main characters? Well, they go through a lot.

While the book series tells the story of a town and of the characters involved in creating, building and running it, the stories within the story also include thought experiments.

In these thought experiments, the town serves as the playground, a playground where any question can be asked, and where any idea can be tested.

What I’d like to propose is to build a town from scratch and run it as an experiment. In the experiment, we would treat every aspect of life as a variable, as something we can put to the test, as something we can adjust until it makes more sense than our present systems. We would question every theory we know. We would question how we do business, how patients are treated, how the town is composed in terms of people, businesses, educational and cultural offers, or its layout. And we would try to find out whether we can’t do better if we use our imagination, and hang our complacency in the closet.’

book 1, beginning

easy town books website, title image, by Charlie Alice Raya

easy town books from the start

book 1, beginning

book 1, beginning

or drafting a town experiment

by Charlie Alice Raya

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

book 1, beginning, book cover
quotes book 1

‘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

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book 2, travelling

book 2,
travelling

and we (still) need to talk about sex

by Charlie Alice Raya

Travelling around the world, Alice and her team build an international network for the Easy Town Project.

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

As each country adds something new and unexpected to the journey, Alice eventually concedes that the encounters and challenges along the way will shape the future of the project. Besides, she enjoys most of the adventures, and her recklessness gets the occasional field day.

book 2/1, travelling, book cover

Book 2, travelling is published in two books.

quotes book 2/1

‘How is Alice?’ Anthony asked when he and Jazz went for a break in the morning, coffee cups and wrapped sandwiches in their hands.
‘I think she’ll be okay. She’s not afraid to talk, or to analyse what happened. That’s good. Though, she has more things to untangle from her past than I expected.’

book 2/1, travelling, San Francisco

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quotes from book 2/2, travelling

People kept referring to the project as some kind of community thing. But it wasn’t. Easy Town would be an opportunity thing. Hopefully. An offer. Not a way of life where everyone has to sing Kumbaya, or where everything is predestined or controlled, or the same for everyone. But a place that gives people the freedom to be themselves, in a framework of a minimum of rules. Just enough rules to keep everyone safe, to maintain justice, to keep out exploitation, and to give jerks a good kicking in their butts.

book 2/2, travelling, China

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book 3, shaping, or it could be so easy

book 3, shaping

or it could be so easy

by Charlie Alice Raya

After a journey around the world, Alice arrives at the new project base in London, and she is glad that from now on the town experiment takes centre stage again.
However, shortly after her arrival, Alice makes a discovery which throws her off balance, and when the international teams arrive, they bring truckloads of additional inspirations and irritations.

work in progress

book 3, shaping
quotes book 3

‘True power — if you think about God — true power is in creation, not in destruction, oppression or tyranny. A true and powerful leader will create not destroy.’

book 3, shaping

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quotes book 3

‘They can call you Ef too. They are good kids.’
‘We are not exactly kids,’ Noel protested quietly.
Roger laughed. ‘Did you hear that Ef? They say they aren’t kids.’
A little shudder went through the bent figure and a deep voice mumbled: ‘Voices like little kittens but not exactly kids.’ With another shudder, Ef slowly lifted his head.
Daria and Noel nearly recoiled.

book 3, shaping

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book 4/1, building, or the impossible happens

book 4/1, building

or the impossible happens

by Charlie Alice Raya

Tom is angry. Everyone acts as if building the town is a certainty even though so far they only have half a deal. Just a few days ago, he told Alice: ‘Don’t you know that you haven’t won yet? The town will never be built unless the government agrees, or unless you forego the experiment.’
‘I know.’
‘Then why are you keeping up the illusion that everything will work out? You say you don’t lie. But this here is a lie.’

work in progress

book 4/1, building
quotes book 4/1

‘You know how people tend to say: “But who will pay for all this?” I thought about it, and I came to the conclusion that from now on my response will be: “So long as you find the money for subsidies, state receptions, the entertainment industry, the military, or for bribes for political and economical gain, and for all the other kinds of ambiguous expenses, I will not think about this question again.” And I might add: “Probable fun fact: if we build our town and do a good job with our experiments, then many government expenses won’t be necessary any more.”’

notes for book 4/1, building

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easy town books – additional ideas

42 towns and counting

work in progress

42 towns and counting

42 towns and counting

ideas for thriving and inspiring towns

To be published: in summer 2022

42 towns and counting by Charlie Alice Raya is a collection of ideas for thriving and inspiring towns.

The town list for this collection is now complete and contains ideas for 77 towns.

It will take some more weeks to transcribe and edit all the notes and sketches for these towns. In the meantime, you can take a look at the accompanying graphics and teasers for each town. And you can

download the graphics & teaser collection for free

– a bit of food for thought for the road.

If you have any questions about a town idea, or if you would like to contribute to an idea, or challenge one of them,

get in touch.

WHY BUILD A TOWN AND NOT A CITY?
Alice: ‘We don’t want to put more people through an experiment than strictly necessary.’
Some in the auditorium laughed.
‘And it will be easier to make adjustments in a town. Also, large cities suffer from overpopulation, and small towns suffer from an exodus of people and jobs. If we discover how to run a town attractively, then our results will help cities and towns alike.’

book 1, beginning, conference

more about 42 towns & counting >

easy town books – collection

The Hub

work in progress

the hub, cover

The Hub

extracts collection plus additional material

This collection will be published on the new Hub website, this summer.

The Hub

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

by Charlie Alice Raya

with dialogues & scenes from book 1, beginning
& book 2, travelling

The idea for the Hub addresses a wide range of issues: rethinking business practices in general, rethinking online business practices, rethinking the internet including social media, communication, arts, entertainment and shopping, rethinking the digitalisation of services regarding health, town or city administrations, and tourist administrations, rethinking global business dominance, rethinking how to deal with profits, taking past and present injustices into account, and some other points.

With the support we propose for the Hub Stations, we demonstrate early on that we mean what we say, that we are not out to exploit, that we work to create not to pump dry, and that every human will be treated with respect in our businesses.

book 1, beginning, week 7

easy town books – collection

dot.international

work in progress

dot.international, cover

dot.international

a business model for a fashion company

This book will be published on the new dot.website, this summer.

dot.international

a business model for a fashion company

by Charlie Alice Raya

How to do business is one of the big questions in the easy town book series. With dot.international the town project presents an idea that could transform the fashion industry and provide a blueprint for other business sectors such as footwear, toys, publishing, photography, furniture and probably even beer.

At the core of this idea is the combination of creating locally, offering globally, and producing locally. Or in other words, dot.international would provide the framework for millions of small businesses to partake on the global market.

On top of this, with dot.international the project rethinks all aspects of fashion to ensure sustainable and respectful practises.

And there is more to it …

easy town books – special

views from around the universe

work in progress

views from around the universe, cover

Views from around the universe — the universe normally being more clever than the inhabitants of planet Earth. After all the universe came up with the big bang. Though on second thought, maybe that wasn’t such a clever idea.

This is a new collection, kind of random thoughts started and partly fuelled by my anger about the war in Ukraine, and about all other wars. The first entries include views on leaders, strongmen and war. By now, some more general views from around the universe have been added, including privilege, order, truth, victory and zebra.

So far, it’s all happening online and randomly, only roughly edited. But by late summer or autumn a more complete collection should become available: food for thought and for the occasional smile – even if it might be a grim smile.

With Roe v Wade big in the news, the universe has added a testimonial from one of its planets: abortion, a short essay >

take a look at some entries >

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