[COMM-ORG] query: local currency
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[ed: thanks to Amy, Jim, and Joshua for responding to LIsa's query.]
From: "Amy S. Mondloch" <amy at grassrootsleadershipcollege.org>
Here in Madison we have Madison Hours. It's a pretty long standing system
that has definitely had its ups and downs. There may be some good stuff to
learn from their experience. The website is http://www.madisonhours.org/
Our local timebank has taken off beyond anyone's expectations. It started
just a few years ago and is now up to about 1,000 members. They can be
found at www.danecountytimebank.org
I recall hearing recently 2 neighborhoods in Milwaukee just started local
currencies. Unfortunately, that's all I know. Maybe someone else has the
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From: Jim Powell <jamesdpowell at yahoo.com>
Madison Hours - http://www.madisonhours.org/
Dane County Timebank - http://www.danecountytimebank.org/
These are two very successful endeavors that operate separately (though
they share a common founder). The Timebank is getting close to its
From: Joshua Laskin <joshualaskin at yahoo.com>
You could look through the 'Monthly Labor Review' from the '30s,
published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reported on
various types of local self-help movements, including barter-systems.
I punched your zip-code into Worldcat; your best bet is the
business-library at Penn State, at University Park, on the 3rd floor of
Paterno; where there seems to be microfiche of the whole
publication--including a 1921-1940 subject-index.
Call the reference desk, 814-865-6369; maybe the librarian has tips on
additional historical sources.
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> Starting a local currency
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> "Lisa J. Marshall" <lisa at smartworkco.com>
> I’m thinking about starting a local currency (also known as a
> “complementary currency”) in my rural community. I know about Ithaca’s
> work in this area, but would love to hear from others who’ve done it.
> And I’ve heard that many communities tried it in the ‘30’s, but can’t
> seem to find any literature on it. Can anyone point me towards some?
> Lisa J. Marshall
> 145 Greenbriar Gap Rd.
> Spring Mills, PA 16875
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