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Rob Laubacher

May 18, 2013
07:36

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There is another effort to use local currency in the western part of the U.S. state of Massachusetts: http://www.berkshares.org/ It might be helpful to cite this example, or even to invite someone from that effort to join as a contributor to your proposal.

Brent Ranalli

May 18, 2013
11:29

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Thanks. Berkshares is a great example of a well-established local currency, but I don't know if it necessarily has a climate component. I've reached out to their coordinator to invite them to read and participate. I also put links to directories of local currency projects and resources in the references section.

John Boik

May 19, 2013
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Thanks for reaching out to me, Branalli. I would like to add a bit more information about the Principled Societies Project and its potential to generate funds for climate change action. First, I would like to invite everyone to read 'Weathering Climate Change: The Role of Local Currencies,' which I wrote for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The address is http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/weathering_climate_change_the_role_of_local_currencies. A full list of my articles can be found at http://www.principledsocietiesproject.org/articles-by-john-boik/. Lastly, I am in the process of making substantial revisions to my book, which will come out under a new title in July/August. The new version (likely titled 'Economic Direct Democracy') provides a more detailed explanation of how a local currency system could generate funds for climate change action and other pressing issues. As a teaser, I note here that the impacts of the proposed system might be measured in the hundreds of millions of dollars for a large city. The proposal could provide the financial tool that cities need to lead the way forward in addressing climate change and other socio-economic and environmental problems. As with the current version, a free PDF copy of the book will be posted to the PSP website.

Brent Ranalli

May 20, 2013
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John, welcome! Thanks for the update about your work. Please do add more information and references to the proposal, and please modify the proposal with a free hand. The biggest deficiency of the proposal right now is a vision for what sort of _action_ might be taken. (How best to spend $10K in prize money on local currency education / support if the project were to win?) Any ideas you'd have would be especially welcome. Brent

James Greyson

May 21, 2013
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Added a related proposal from the previous contest. Hope it helps. James

Rob Laubacher

May 24, 2013
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Here's a link to the web site of the local currency effort in Western Massachusetts: http://berkshares.org/

Julia Panther

Jun 16, 2013
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Hi - I like this idea. We have been running a community currency system here in Durham for the last ten years, has stayed small but active, despite no funding or paid staff. Have been thinking about ways to use the social network created by the system to promulgate 'green' ideas... One thing we have done is invite speakers in to talk to members at the end of our regular monthly trading and social meetings, topics have included permaculture, composting, car share. We also pass on stuff to each other, which might otherwise have gone to landfill, eg. outgrown clothes, unwanted furniture. We also grow plants and seedlings and swop them with each other. Perhaps could be seen as a way to encourage development of a subculture with its own set of (low-carbon) norms?

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Jul 5, 2013
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A great proposal for increased resilience, but not as focused on carbon reduction for climate change.

Brent Ranalli

Jul 22, 2013
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Julia, thanks for the comment. Best of luck with your activities in Durham.
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