April 2008

BerkShares - Local Money

LA Chronicle - Mark Herpel - "By accepting BerkShares merchants are helping to establish markets for
locally made products, providing an incentive for the growth of home-based
industries and creating opportunities for those underemployed and unemployed
to turn latent skills into business ventures." * www.berkshares.org

What are BerkShares?

Towns to Drive Local Economy with Own Currency

Western Mail - Steffan Rhys - It would be cash but not – quite – as we know it.  A group of Welsh towns is pushing to have its own currency as it tries to create a micro- economy, the Western Mail can reveal today.  The aim? To strengthen links between local businesses and consumers while reducing reliance on big business.