Alice Maggio, Executive Director of BerkShares, Inc. is interviewed by Josh Hallmark of the podcast "Our Americana" for a piece on the Berkshires and BerkShares, in which she synthesizes Berkshire history of local economy experiments, the current BerkShares program, and our plans for the future.
Aired on WAMC on Monday, September 26, 2016. Listen here. A local currency program in western Massachusetts is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Alice Maggio is the executive director of BerkShares Inc. based in Great Barrington.
Originally published here on September 23rd, 2016 by The Berkshire Eagle. GREAT BARRINGTON — BerkShares, a local currency for the Berkshire Region, was launched in 2006 with a message so simple it almost seems hokey now.
This year, we’re working to take “buy local” to the next level.
Since BerkShares were launched in 2006 we have focused on “keeping it local.” BerkShares have been a leading voice and shining example of the “buy local” movement, and consumers have become more aware of what they’re buying, and from where.
Representative Smitty Pignatelli featured our upcoming business planning course Entry to Entrepreneurship on his weekly radio progrm, Let's Talk. Smitty is paying the registration deposit for the first four people who register! So call us now to find out more, or to sign up! Contact Alice Maggio at 413 528 1737, or [email protected].
What’s paid in Barcelona stays in Barcelona in move to local currency
Nov 03, 2015
People don’t like it when they're asked to accept a new currency. It sounds too much like they’ll be stuck with a kind of Monopoly money, like the Patacones that were issued in Argentina when the economy collapsed in 2001.
By Dan Crane. Published in The New York Times on Sunday, August 9, 2015.
LONDON — Though paper money here typically bears the visage of Queen Elizabeth, the Brixton district of the city last month released a new 5-pound note designed by Jeremy Deller, an artist who won the prestigious Turner Prize in 2004. It features a fuzzy, psychedelic image of an androgynous face surrounded by rainbow clouds and coruscating, swirling etchings.
“I wanted something old-fashioned looking,” Mr. Deller said. “Something almost pre-currency.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 14, 2015
Media contact: Alice Maggio, BerkShares program coordinator
[email protected]; 413.528.1737
BERKSHARES EXCHANGE SERVICE BEGINS AT LENOX BRANCH OF LEE BANK – EXPANDING ACCESS FOR LENOX & PITTSFIELD AREA
Keith Girouard, regional director and senior business advisor at the Mass. Small Business Development Center Network, sat down with Alice Maggio, BerkShares Coordinator, to discuss BerkShares, the local currency for the Berkshire Region, as well as other strategies for supporting locally owned businesses and local production. His monthly radio show is called The Big on Small Business: Ideas, Trends and Tools for Small Business. You can listen in on the 1st Wednesday of every month – 10:00-10:30 a.m on WBRK – 1340 AM in the Berkshire region of Massachusetts.
Locking in the Promise to Buy Local
by Claire Greene
Communities & Banking - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Johnny Segalla of WSBS (860 AM, 94.1 FM) interviewed Alice Maggio and Rachel Moriarty about "Walk the Talk," the walking conversation being held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Great Barrington.
Audio from the April 28th interview can be found here