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Nighthawk Traders

There's perhaps no question I'm asked more often than "What about Local Currencies?" So I'm starting a study group on alternative forms of community trading. Register your interest! Soon we will begin building a prototype.

Group Type: Local Currencies & Trading
Members: 114
Latest Activity: Dec 29, 2013

Quick Start Overview of Local Currencies

See GLOBAL SIGHTINGS OF COMPLEMENTARY CURRENCIES below. The listing includes the 20 newest mentions of "complementary currencies" or "complementary currency" found anywhere on the web. The list is updated daily.


  1. Discussions: Contribute to a discussion on any of the following topics or start a new discussion on related topics.
  2. Doers vs. Talkers: If you are inclined to dump tons of endless paragraphs about these issues, particularly other websites where people talk, talk, talk, and talk about local currencies, think again! This space is for DOERS. Ask you neighbor if you can trade something of value without using cash currencies: Report the details and results here. Try out the babysitting example: Ask for something you want "in trade" before "volunteering" the next time. Report your experiences below.

A Few Talking Points

  • Baby sitting pool model case -- You take mine for the weekend; in turn, I take yours for another weekend -- win-win
  • Lawn mowers and lawn mowing -- My neighbor "borrows" my lawn mower and agrees to mow my lawn in exchange for his not having to purchase a mower.
  • Precondition: I have NEEDS. I have OFFERS. Ready to TRADE some of mine for some of yours.
  • Barter Exchanges -- Ancient model for trading needs and offers. Limited to two people or businesses.
  • Currency -- Exchange among MORE THAN TWO entities -- imagine the baby sitting pool with 60 couples -- Keeping track of kids and balances -- Oi!!!
  • Local Flow -- what goes around comes around -- Cf. Walmart, Home Depot, Starbucks -- Cash register payments go immediately out-of-state. Cf. Trade Local.
  • Local business incentives -- Local carpenter paid 40% alternative and 60% cash for painting local business establishment. Local business gets beautiful paint job. Painter redeems credits for meals for the family. Parties for Transitioners.
  • Local Tax Authorities -- how would you like to receive credit toward your real estate taxes with value you accumulate by working for Transition...
  • Electronic "banking" -- debits, credits, balances, negative balances, invoices, statements, accounting, IRS -- without "outsourcing" our record keeping to cash banks
  • Paper money -- Ithica dollars -- "In Ithica we trust"
  • IRS -- Accounting requirements for professional services vs. "volunteer" services

Sign up. We're establishing a mailing list at this point. Determining the scope of local interest. We have also set up an online trading account which will be used as a prototype -- sponsored by my community, Nighthawk Circle in Louisville. Sometime around mid-November we'll actually begin real local trading. When we're up to speed and your locality is ready, this group will assist to set up your own community exchange. Patience! There's groundwork to be laid.

Discussion Forum

Mile High Hours - Denver's Local Currency -

Started by Scarlet Begonia Jul 13, 2013. 0 Replies


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Global Sightings of Complementary Currencies

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Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on August 17, 2011 at 6:54am

Bernard Lietaer "Why this crisis? And what to do about it?" @ TEDx Berlin 11/30/09


Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on August 11, 2011 at 12:41pm

Top websites about opensource currency software money community --  Picked up by our daily GLOBAL SIGHTINGS on Nighthawk Traders.


Comment by David E Greenwald on August 8, 2011 at 7:31am

hi Les;

In keeping w your wanting this to be about "doing".....

the Sustainability Tour on Oct 2nd in Louisville: One idea that has been put on the table is to bring the Boulder County Resource Center TOOL LIBRARY to the Sustainability In Action demonstration tour stop at the Pavillion. I am a member of the Tool Library and have used a tool (elec chain saw) and talked to the founder - a cool guy. Their software system that runs the library seems to be excellent.



How about you, Les, take on this one task for the Tour? to talk w him about setting up a demonstration of his Tool Library at the Pavillion - and then to tie in your vision to that demo in a way that works for you:

Lawn mowers and lawn mowing -- My neighbor "borrows" my lawn mower and agrees to mow my lawn in exchange for his not having to purchase a mower.



Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on August 7, 2011 at 1:41pm
Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on August 3, 2011 at 6:41am
How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule --David Korten 

The report calls for building a money/banking/finance system of local financial institutions that are transparent, accountable, rooted in community and dedicated to funding activities that build community wealth and meet community needs. The proposed system will look quite similar to the one that existed in the United States before the wave of financial deregulation that began in the 1960s. The How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule report briefly traces that history, outlines its devastating consequences, and presents an agenda for corrective action to change the system rules, structure, and culture.

Participating organizations include Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, Capital Institute, Democracy Collaborative, Green America, Institute for Policy Studies, Living Economies Forum, New Economy Network, New Rules Project, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Public Banking Institute, RSF Social Finance, and YES! Magazine.
Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on August 2, 2011 at 7:21am

August 2011 Issue of Community Currency Magazine -- Interview with Ithaca hours founder, Paul Glover.  Back issues March 2009 - August 2011

This magazine exists to serve the whole community of innovators, implementers and users of complementary currencies. Contributions of stories and material support are invited.

Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on July 17, 2011 at 2:26am
Just added a new section --


The listing includes the 20 newest mentions of "complementary currencies" or "complementary currency" found anywhere on the web.  The list is updated daily.

Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on April 7, 2011 at 4:12pm


Chelsea Green Publishing has shipped us 20 copies of Tom's latest book. If you would like to have a chance to read EMFC before Tom's arrival next week, feel free to drop by 779 Nighthawk Circle, Louisville and pick up a copy.  $15.00.  If you'd like a copy reserved for one of our meetings next week, just let me know and I'll set one aside.

+1 303 926 5159.


See you next week.   -- Les Squires

Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on April 5, 2011 at 12:41pm


Meet Tom Greco
Local Currency Expert
Thomas H. Greco, Jr. -- one of two or three "fathers" of the rethinking of the role of our monetary system (local money, credit clearing, alternative and complementary currencies, local resilience, free money, free banking) -- will be guest in Kate's and my home April 13-19, 2011. All week -- we're available for public and private events, interviews, workshops, consulting, 1:1's, Rockies hikes.  Such a wonderful opportunity to learn about "money" -- what it is and what it isn't, how it serves you and how it exploits, new systems that focus on alternative ways of "offering" our skills and resources and meeting our "needs".  If you have ever "traded" or "bartered" with another person or family, and you like the result, you must meet Tom.  See brief bio below.


Three Scheduled Meetings Week of April 13-19 in Colorado USA


1. Open House in the Kelly-Squires Home.  779 Nighthawk Circle, Louisville Colorado. April 14 - 1:00-9:00p.m.  Drop by.  Bring a healthy snack.  And a friend.  Stay as long as you wish. If you like what you hear, you'll have plenty of time during the week to join us at breakfast, get copies of Tom's books, attend other meetings, and/or schedule some personal time with Tom.


2. Highland City Club in Boulder.  885 Arapahoe. 12:00-2:00. April 15.


Web address:

Please be aware that space is limited and that you must be on the guest list to attend.  Contact Chris Dwyer in advance  via email or phone to be put on the guest list., 303.494.1521.


3. Public Meeting at Louisville Library.  April 16.  10:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Louisville Library Main Floor Meeting Room, 951 Spruce St, Louisville, CO


Additional Special Meetings You May Want to Schedule

We are free on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as Monday, for this group to launch some informal events.  Anybody have suggestions?  Potluck dinner?  Small group discussions?  Take some hikes.  Watch some monetary movies together?



Thomas H. Greco, Jr. is a writer, networker, and consultant, specializing in cashless exchange systems and community economic development. A former engineer, entrepreneur, and tenured college professor, he is widely regarded as a leading authority on free-market approaches to monetary and financial innovation, and is a sought-after advisor and speaker at conferences internationally. He is the author of many articles and books, including The End of Money and the Future of Civilization (Chelsea Green, 2009) and Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender (Chelsea Green, 2001). His blog,, and website,, are valuable resources that provide detailed explanations and prescriptions for communities, businesses, and governments.


Les Squires

Louisville Colorado USA

Working Together for a Sustainable Futkure

Nighthawk Circle, Louisville


+1 303 926 5159

Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on March 29, 2011 at 12:28pm
Join us for a week-long conversation with Thomas H. Greco, Jr., April 13 - 19.  Contact me and request to be added to our skype coordination list. Tom will be located in Kate's and my home in Nighthawk Circle, Louisville. 303 926 5159 Contact me to come to our open houses, breakfast hikes, and/or to have Tom come to address your group. This is a super treat if you are even remotately interested in local currencies, local money, new monetary systems, etc.

Tom is a community and monetary economist, educator, writer, and consultant. He is a former tenured college teacher who has spent more than 30 years studying and writing about ways to achieve greater harmony, equity, and sustainability through business and economics.

His special expertise in monetary and financial structures has led to innovative designs for private community currencies and payment systems.

Among other books and articles, Tom is the author of, Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender.
Tom’s new book, The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, is now in print. It has been widely acclaimed and is attracting a great deal of attention.

Tom’s web site:

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