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Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Schumacher Center for a New Economics has served as the research and development center for the BerkShares program. The mission of Schumacher Center for a New Economics is to educate the public about an economics that supports both people and the planet, through research, publications, practical applications, convening conferences and lectures, and conducting other compelling educational programs. The Schumacher Center is heir to the legacy programs of the E.F. Schumacher Society, which was founded in 1980, and has many years of experience with the theory and practice of implementing local currencies. The links below refer to specific sections on the Schumacher Center for a New Economics' website that relate to BerkShares and Local Currencies.

Essays by Bob Swan, founder of E.F. Schumacher Society

Legal issues surounding Local Currencies

Other organizations working with Local Curency

Order a BerkShares Educational Packet

Includes currency proofs, media coverage, user's guide, directory and more!


Global Transition Map

The Global Transition to a New Economy Map is a visual representation of local new economic projects from all over the world. Many of these projects are Local Currencies.


The Berkshire Visitor's Bureau

If BerkShares have excited you about the amazing local character of the Berkshires, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau offers a wealth of information to help you plan your visit, including a comprehensive website, a free Official Visitors’ Guide, area brochures and a lodging reservation service. The website does not yet identify businesses that accept BerkShares. Consult our directories for lists of these businesses. When choosing places to visit and businesses to frequent during your stay, we of course hope that you will choose locally-owned establishments and pay in BerkShares!

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