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Are BerkShares and Other Local Currencies Effective?

METABOSTON - Local activists in the Berkshires created a local currency called BerkShares
to encourage the local economy. Tim Harford questions whether they do any
economic good but thinks they may build community ties:

"The real benefits, if they exist, are not economic but social, and best
explained not by an economist like me but by a sociologist such as Ed Collom
of the University of Southern Maine.

It's Like Money, but With No Dead Presidents

Slate Magazine - Tim Harford - I was recently invited to appear on radio to provide the economists'
perspective on the costs and benefits of local exchange trading schemes,
which are alternative currencies that circulate around a small community.
This made me scratch my head a bit. I could not think of any real benefits,
but then I could not really think of any serious costs, either.

They Don't Just Shop Local in Totnes - They Have Their Very Own Currency

The Independent - Rob Sharp - If you were to nip down to Devon's Totnes market on a Saturday looking to
buy some spelt flour pancakes, crêpes or falafels, then you might just
encounter Lou Brown, who is a remarkably fine cook. But she has another,
non-culinary distinction. Unlike most businesses in the country, Brown does
not deal in currency with a picture of the Queen's head on it. No, instead,
her change features an image much closer to home. The town where she lives.

The Latest in Money - Go Local

Santuary Magazine - Thomas Conuel -  Local currency has a long tradition in this country—though you would need a good memory to recall the days when any type of currency other than the US dollar floated through the southern Berkshires and Great Barrington, a town of 7,000 or so that serves as the region’s center.

Local Knowledge Sustainable Solutions from Communities Around the Country

Upstater - Jeff Golden - It's vital that we as individuals do all we can in our lives and homes to make sustainable choices.  Yet there are tremendous opportunities to leverage greater shifts by also working at the community level.  And that's just what's happening around the country.

This month, join me on an inspiring journey around the U.S. (and in Ireland) to learn about some of the coolest sustainable innovations happening at the community level.

Go Solar In Berkeley and the City Will Pick Up the Tab

Slow Money Revolution

New Consumer Magazine - Cliona O. Conaill - Money is so inextricably woven into the fabric of our lives that it has become fundamental to our survival in the West. It affects almost everything we do, and yet we actually know very little about it. However, understanding of the nature of money will empower us as consumers. Money is not an actual thing. It is only an agreement between businesses, banks, governments, communities and nations to treat something as though it has value.

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