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!
- Mayor to take salary in Bristol pounds (guardian.co.uk)
- Local Money Sets Its Own Stamp (ipsnews.net)