John C Turmel calls himself the ‘anti-poverty engineer’ and has been the most active ant-usury campaigner I have come across. He does not buy a book that doesn’t have ‘usury’ in its index, he says!
With the Gold Nugget Network he has developed a neat system that allows
- shops to save money when advertising with coupons
- buyers to save money by getting discounts.
Here is his home page.
Salt Spring Dollars are a community currency issued by the Salt Spring Island Monetary Foundation. The currency is used by both tourists and local residents of Salt Spring Island. “Salt Spring Dollars”. Salt Spring Island Monetary Foundation . . Retrieved 2011-04-27 . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Well, this is the least expected and most promising news I had in my inbox today:
I can’t even remember when it was that I started the first Local Exchange Trading System (LETS) in London, as the Green Money Network. It must have been in the 80s, when I had started Turning Points @ St. James’s which is still running as Alternatives. 80 members had signed up in no time, but they wouldn’t trade. So they needed meetings – which we made happen at the LSE – where people socialised and still wouldn’t trade.
It’s obviously a big difference whether my mum used her local currency in the former DDR in rural Brandenburg quite happily or whether Londoners should learn to change their ways of relating to each with their means of payment.
If only Bristol Pounds were available as an app and all town mayors were to follow Bristol sooner rather than later!
Posted in Barter, Barter currencies, Bristol, Challenging the Recession, Complementary currencies, Mutual credit, Private currencies, Towns
Tagged Brandenburg, Bristol, Christmas, George Ferguson, Local currency, Local Exchange Trading System, London, Mayor
Here’s the success story of people who organised themselves in the USA in 1932, when money was worthless.
Do things have to get much worse for people to do similar things here and now???
Ramesh Patel has been a long standing Indian friend whom I met because he had bought the crockery for his vegetarian restaurant for barter money in the US. He now called to ask whether I could write about it for a large Indian organisation of Yogis.
So I thought I’d share it here, too: Barter Rupees – A Proposal for Yogis
This article is about possibly the most effective regional currency put in circulation – juxtaposing it against the key thinkers and systems around: the right analysis, the right motivation and thus the right governance. May it succeed and serve as a model!
This article in USA TODAY summarizes nicely how people are helping themselves.
How bad does it have to get in Britain, one wonders… But LetsLink UK is inundated with requests for help!