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.
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2015
Contact: Rachel Moriarty, BerkShares, Inc.
[email protected], 413-528-1737
“WALK THE TALK” TOUR AND DISCUSSION TO BE HELD IN DOWNTOWN GREAT BARRINGTON MAY 2nd AT 10 AM.
PLANTING SEEDS FOR LOCAL YOUTH-DRIVEN ENTERPRISE
Growing up in south county, you are more likely to meet up with your friends at an independent cinema and go for a locally made ice cream than you are to hang out at the mall. Your summer job is probably with a small nonprofit, local retail shop, farm or restaurant. You are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a strong culture of independent businesses and a robust network of community banks.
BERKSHARES EXCHANGE SERVICE BEGINS AT GREAT BARRINGTON BRANCH OF SALISBURY BANK AND TRUST COMPANY
BerkShares, Inc. is pleased to announce that, starting on April 1st, participants in the local economy can exchange their dollars for BerkShares at the Great Barrington branch of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company. Salisbury Bank and Trust Company has been a long-time partner of BerkShares, Inc., and its Sheffield and South Egremont branches were among the first banks to start offering BerkShares exchange services in September of 2006.
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM BEGINS TRADING IN BERKSHARES
BerkShares, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Berkshire Museum, among the region’s oldest cultural institutions, has begun using the region’s newest currency, BerkShares.