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A land backed currency issued by a Local Authority

A land backed currency issued by a Local Authority | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

This paper develops the case for a currency issued by a local authority and proposes a contract where a land levy is paid to council in exchange for local dollars to assist would-be purchasers to buy land. It addresses both land and money together. It argues for a currency that has a built-in incentive to circulate fast. It will supplement the existing interest-bearing monoculture of a national currency. It introduces a local Citizen’s Dividend. Local currencies need to shift up a gear. It describes the probable effects of such a marked change in the scale of complementary currencies, where they are issued in millions rather than hundreds of dollars. It argues that such a currency will stabilise the price of property, cause new prosperity, move business towards sustainability, stimulate new industry, create new jobs and move to a low carbon economy. The knock-on effects on the central government are discussed. It argues for a smooth gradual introduction of this dual currency system linked to land.

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Greek Town Develops Bartering System Without Euro

People are finally taking things into their own hands ....

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Alternative currencies, monetary systems | Comparison tables - SocialCompare

Alternative currencies, monetary systems | Comparison tables - SocialCompare | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Alternative currency is a term that refers to any currency used as an alternative to the dominant national or multinational currency systems (usually referred to as national or fiat money). Alternative currencies can be created by an individual, corporation, or organization, they can be created by national, state, or local governments, or they can arise naturally as people begin to use a certain commodity as a currency.
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When I grow up: a 6 year old's vision of a Gift Community

Social inventors Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan work at the forefront of the “Gift” movement, traveling the world learning and teaching the concepts and processes of Gift Community. After one of their seminar tours last year, they received this video clip of six-year-old Sabina talking about what it meant to her to attend a local Gift Circle. Posted on their blog and on YouTube, it has received more than 100,000 hits.

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Greek farmers offload crops at cost price

Greek farmers offload crops at cost price | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
KATERINI, Greece (AP) — Hammered by the financial crisis that has led to ever diminishing income, a group of residents in northern Greece have joined forces with potato farmers to slash consumer prices and ensure producers can get their crop to markets by cutting out the middle man.

Hundreds of families turned up Saturday in this northern Greek town to buy potatoes at massively reduced prices, sold directly by producers at cost price. They lined up in cars and with bicycles, on foot and with scooters to collect their bags of spuds from a truck that flung its doors wide open and was doing a roaring trade in the parking lot of a local courthouse.

 

Comment: Here is a practical application for the need to do economics differently ...

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Mimic This! San Francisco -- Bernal Heights Debit Cards

Mimic This! San Francisco -- Bernal Heights Debit Cards | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Unified by the coin of their realm
Insular Bernal Heights — 'this weird little borderline utopia,' as one resident calls it — has updated 'complementary currency' in the form of a debit card.

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Building the local food infrastructure

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Connecting food to the local economy can provide more people with greater access to local foods. Making it happen is another story since the necessary infrastructure was gradually dismantled over the past 70 years in favor of a national/global food system that promises low prices, year-round accessibility of products and convenience.

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Happiness Is The Ultimate Economic Indicator

Happiness Is The Ultimate Economic Indicator | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
One factor that is increasingly being cited as an important economic indicator is happiness. After all, what good is increased production and consumption if the result isn’t increased human satisfaction?
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Mimic This! California USA -- Local Money

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Local Money for the Buy Local Movement

With the economy in its current state, saving money is a top priority for many Californians—and there are plenty of ways to find a bargain. Fast food meals often cost less than five dollars. Mega retailers will sell you children’s toys and automotive parts in a single convenient location at rock bottom prices.
But increasingly, we’re finding out that these “bargains” aren’t the great deal they initially appear to be.

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The Economics of Sustainable Cities: Four Key Components | Sustainable Cities Collective

The Economics of Sustainable Cities: Four Key Components | Sustainable Cities Collective | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Four key trends emerging:

1. Communicating the economic benefits of sustainability

2. Leadership

3. Designing functional, sustainable cities

4. Retrofitting to create sustainable cities

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Warren Buffet Proves There's No Such Thing as Giving Too Much

Warren Buffet Proves There's No Such Thing as Giving Too Much | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In 2006 Warren Buffett announced he would donate 85% of his $44 billion fortune to charity, naming the Gates Foundation as the main recipients. Buffett had previously planned to make such a donation in his will, famously saying that he wanted to leave his children enough money so they could do something, but not so much that they could do nothing, and inviting comparisons to Andrew Carnegie, who liked to say that “the man who dies rich dies disgraced.”

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David Boyle - Is it time for spirituality in business? | the new economics foundation

David Boyle - Is it time for spirituality in business? | the new economics foundation | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The new economics is a kind of journey, asserting, putting into practice, dealing with the side-effects and moving on – and nowhere more than in the business of asserting that spirituality is also an economic concept.

That was one of those issues which united the diverse group of people who launched nef in 1986 – that simply asserting that people brought their values to their buying behaviour was not enough. Those values derived from somewhere. They weren’t just a peculiar blip among people looking for bargains. They came from people’s human aspirations at their highest.

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Econ4: Changing The Way We Look At Economics

Econ4: Changing The Way We Look At Economics | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
After a few years of getting a bad rap during the recession and the Occupy protests, a group of economics professors are fighting back with an organization devoted to promoting a "reality-based" study of money and market...
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AskShareGive

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Recently a new website AskShareGive was launched in New Zealand. AskShareGive is a not-for-profit website that allows people to share their time, skills, transport and old or unwanted goods. The website is the brain child of an Auckland business man who runs a software company. He felt inspired by the ideology of a gift economy – where goods and services flow through a community through sharing and without money changing hands. He felt that as a rule our homes are cluttered with an abundance of things and stuff and we have this trend of continuing to buy more rather than spread what we have amongst each other.

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Sacred Economics | Charles Eisenstein | Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition.

Sacred Economics | Charles Eisenstein | Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition. | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

Today, these trends have reached their extreme - but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.

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Debt and the Transition economy

Debt and the Transition economy | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

As we navigate The Great Turning, we must create a safety net or "backup plan" as the conventional growth-dependent economic system falters and crumbles. Ideally, that safety net will integrate threads which become the foundation for the new economy -- a post-carbon, post-petroleum, post-peak-everything, more socially just, necessarily degrowth economy.

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Differentiating The Anarchy Economy From The Sharing Economy

Differentiating The Anarchy Economy From The Sharing Economy | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

So which does your household participate in: the Anarchy economy, the Sharing economy, or both?

 

I'm not a big fan of the word Anarchy. It implies chaos and conjures images of masked mobs, smoke grenades, and police beat downs. But if our global financial system isn't in a state of chaos, just what state is it in then?

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Limits To Growth And Fractional Reserve Banking By John Scales Avery

Economists (with a few notable exceptions) have long behaved as though growth were synonymous with economic health. If the gross national product of a country increases steadily by 4 percent per year, most economists express approval and say that the economy is healthy. If the economy could be made to grow still faster (they maintain), it would be still more healthy. If the growth rate should fall, economic illness would be diagnosed. However, it is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.

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Strategies for a New Economy | New Economics Institute

Strategies for a New Economy | New Economics Institute | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The New Economics Institute is convening "Strategies for a New Economy," a conference June 8-10th at Bard College on the Hudson River in New York State. It will gather together what are often diverse and scattered efforts to reshape our economic system, place them under one tent, and raise the flag to announce that transitioning to a new economy will mean engaging politicians, researchers, media, educators, citizen activists, business leaders, financial experts, scientists, union workers, cultural leaders, advocates for the disenfranchised, and youth -- all working together to achieve a common goal.

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Uneconomics: a challenge to the power of the economics profession

Uneconomics: a challenge to the power of the economics profession | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

"It is time to acknowledge an uncomfortable truth about the public status of economics as an expert discipline: it has grown to be far more powerful as a tool of political rhetoric, blame avoidance and elite strategy than for the empirical representation of economic life. This is damaging to politics, for it enables value judgements and political agendas to be endlessly presented in ‘factual’ terms. But it is equally damaging to economics, which is losing the authority to describe reality in a credible, disinterested, Enlightenment fashion."

 

Brilliant analysis in Open Democracy on the perverse power of economic technocrats on our democratic institutions.


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Shareable: Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein [Interview]

Shareable: Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein [Interview] | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Charles Eisenstein is the author of two of my all time favorite books, the Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics. He graduated from Yale with a degree in Philosophy and Mathematics and now teaches at Goddard College. He is a well known speaker on the topics of culture, spirituality, economics, gifting, the money system and community currencies.

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Swap Shuffle Share Website is now active. | Blog | Transition Hobsons Bay | transitionhb.groupsite.com

Swap Shuffle Share Website is now active. | Blog | Transition Hobsons Bay | transitionhb.groupsite.com | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

http://swapshuffleshare.com/ 

An online community of people who are keen on locally grown food. Many of us grow our own food in our backyard, patio or community garden. This site provides a place to connect with other members and share information like recipes, gardening tips and details of local food events.

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5 Big Ideas For A New Economy

5 Big Ideas For A New Economy | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In the aftermath of the recession, we have the opportunity to truly change the system. From replacing outsourcing with insourcing to untying well-being from GDP, here is what the economy of the future might look like.

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The Pathology of Inequality

The Pathology of Inequality | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Inequality is a disease of society, a cancer growing out of control at one end of the body while the rest of it withers away.

It's not just about the money, although income and wealth inequality have never been worse in the United States. It's also the pathological adherence to free market principles that have not worked for most of the country. And a bizarre idolization of the 'innovators' who have rigged the financial system in their favor.

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A 375-Year-Old French Bank Forgives Debts of Paris' Poorest

A 375-Year-Old French Bank Forgives Debts of Paris' Poorest | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Just as France was being chastised for excessive national borrowing with a sovereign debt downgrade, thousands of lucky French people had their financial obligations forgiven after the country's oldest bank decided to simply wipe their slate clean.

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