Fox Buisness - B.J. Lawson, president of the Board for N.C.'s Pittsboro Plenty, and Susan Witt, founder of BerkShares, on how dozens of communities across the country are taking the economy into their own hands.
The Fesno Bee - Bethany Clough - Something unusual is happening in the mountain town of North Fork: People
are printing their own money.
Hoping to boost the Madera County community's economy and keep all of its
wealth from rolling downhill to Fresno, a group of residents has created a
local currency. Organizers also hope the project will encourage neighbors to
become more engaged with one another.
Metroland Online - Chet Hardin - Susan Witt says that the collapse of global financial institutions might have changed some people’s views of banking and economies, but not hers. “It just so happens,” she says, “that it has brought us a lot more attention.”
NBC Chicago - B.J. Lutz, Phil Rodgers - If you like a locally-owned business if your community, patronize it. That's
the message the South West suburb of Lemont is actively promoting in an
effort to keep local money local.
Officials have asked the village's 17,000 residents to pick three local
businesses they would miss if they were gone and to spend at least $50 per
month there to help them to survive.
Whole Life Times - Maria Fotopoulos - In 1932, while the world struggled through the Great Depression, a small
Austrian town tried an economic experiment. To stimulate the local economy,
leadership in Wörgl created its own local currency, or scrip, known in
German as freigeld (literally, free money).
DNAinfo New York - Suzanne Ma - Students at the School of Visual Art's Communicating Design class
have taken on the task of designing local currencies for 18 Manhattan
Each student pulled a neighborhood out of a hat and went about researching
their assigned nabes to determine what characteristics should be represented
on its currency.
BBC - Marie Jackson - Can printing your own cash actually help revive a struggling economy? That's just what traders in one London shopping district are hoping for, as they begin accepting a new local currency.
Short on cash? Then why not make your own. There's no law against it, so long as you don't try to pass it off as sterling.
And you can use whatever you please to make your money, whether cigarettes, rabbit skins or paper notes.
El Puente de la Bruja - Ante la fuga de capitales de su región, una comunidad de Estados Unidos decidió implementar algo que podría parecer utópico pero que ya es ejemplo mundial de desarrollo sostenible. En Berkshires, un puñado de pueblos de Massachusetts, cercanos a Nueva York, el icónico centro de la economía global, empezaron a usar una moneda alternativa al dólar. Esta semana conversamos con una de las organizadoras.
LA Times - Nicholas Ricchardi - The stimulus for this mill town turned artist's colony arrived in the form of green bills bearing sketches of herons, turtles and trees.
A few dozen local businesses banded together this spring to distribute the Plenty -- a local currency intended to replace the dollar. Now 15,000 Plenties are in circulation here, used everywhere from the organic food co-op to the feed store to, starting this month, the Piggly Wiggly supermarket.
Burinlington Union - Bruce Coulter - It’s all about the benjamins. But for the past 18 months or so, consumers have been less willing to part with their hard-earned cash, whether that greenback has a picture of George Washington or Ben Franklin.
As national economies have stalled, so has the global economy. Americans have seen the housing markets slump, car manufacturers crash, and banks begging for bailouts.