Commoncoin, Faircoin and Bank of the Commons: these three projects could represent a set of socio-political alternatives based on cooperation and mutual aid. I’ll draw out the development of these projects from the perspective of somebody situated within the community of Macao, center for art and research. They work on the local and micro-political levels and at the same time integrate with the international and global movement. They empower autonomous ecosystems, and at the same time do not give up the struggle for a welfare state and public services. They use participatory democracy and alternative cooperative platforms in order to attack the superpowers of capitalistic financial accumulation. This raises the central issue: How can we create human organizations that are able to discuss and design their machine, and how can the machine, the infrastructure of the society, become a space for empowering human relations, instead of generating alienation, exploitation, and violence.