MIMIC THIS! When you get invited to events 3000 miles away (or 20 of them just across town), use COPY & PASTE with the really interesting events to seed your own community's plans for similar events. Why start from scratch.... Beg, borrow and mimic! More....
"Looking at your profile on your page, your commments in the section on "What you can teach, etc". That would work as a blog for me with a little revisit from you to check what you'd change, fine-tune, etc..........................."
"Hello Ellen, Thanks for your kind offer - I may indeed take you up on that. I have been away from the currency issue for a while, and am wondering if you are looking at the bnote.org page? If so, I'm afraid that page has not had much…"
"Hi, Jill. Welcome to Life Rules page. We share a similar view of currencies. You might enjoy that part of my book. Would you like to fine-tune the view you share in your profile as a post, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll run…"
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please have a look at my website www.suburbanpermaculture.org for some creative approaches to creating safer and more secure…"
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How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
I'd like to learn about building healthy communities. My two goals are to establish a vegetable garden in the Elementary/Middle school across the street from me, and work to foster a local currency that democratizes the credit commons for our region.
This year our school garden will partner with the neighborhood church so the kids can provide fresh vegetables for the local shelter.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I'm concerned about our economy, environment, and opportunities for young people in the community.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
My goal is to see a dialog about our economy that recognizes that money is not wealth, but simply the lubricant that helps people interact to build wealth. Real wealth lies in building healthy living systems, and healthy people both physically and spiritually. The economy is the most fundamental social dialog we have, and it's important to be aware of how our markets effect the choices we make and our behavior toward each other.
Monetary systems reflect specific values and real free market competition includes an opportunity for people to choose different values. Our usury based dollars value speculation too heavily at the expense of people who wish to pursue other goals. Those who enjoy the game of wealth building and leverage this currency, which is expected to grow in value and provide a positive rent/interest, are well served by this system. The problem is we are all captive to this winner take all game & the currency is rigged against those who would prefer to put their energies to other purposes (and hire the wrong financial adviser). There is a reason that 90% of the wealth has migrated into the hands of less than 5% of the people. This is because the money flows are set up to move the money to the people who receive more interest than they pay from the larger population of people who are paying more interest than they receive. As this money pools into fewer hands the velocity slows, particularly at times like this when large speculative bubbles need time to unwind. A currency with a small 'holding fee' (a demurrage fee, negative interest rate, or a 'flat tax on currency' - however you'd like to frame it) is designed to increase the velocity of money and diminish its value as a speculative instrument.
Money has been defined as having 3 functions:
- a unit of value
- a medium of exchange
- and a store of value
The last 2 functions have contradictory effects in how the money flows thru society & we need a currency that favors "medium of exchange" and will continue to flow in times like this when market bubbles burst. Having a currency designed specifically to address the function of 'medium of exchange' is an important part of the ecology of healthy economic exchange. One good example is the CHIEMGAUER (http://www.ijccr.net/IJCCR/2009_%2813%29_files/IJCCRvol13%282009%29pp61-75Gelleri.pdf) in Austria, which is a demurrage currency having a small 'holding fee' attached to boost the velocity of the money. If local governments issued demurrage currencies to fund the local bond issues people vote for, then they could spend the currency into circulation on the social infrastructure like teachers, police and fire departments. This democratizes the credit commons as Thomas Greco recommends (rather than borrowing dollars at interest). During the last depression this was tried very successfully in Worgl (see minute 2 of this 4 minute video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxdPIOUTd2k).
Money is a great invention - but our role in society changed when we evolved from an agrarian culture into modern urban life. With mass production of products and ever denser populations it's no longer possible for individuals to make most of the things required to survive in an urban environment. Economists have been clear about the value of this 'specialization of skills & knowledge' on the increased wealth in our society. But there has not been a fair bargain made for all the people who forfeit their self sufficiency to live in this interdependent culture. This is the reason that billions of dollars are paid to the financial leaders who make the investment instruments that take the world to the brink of collapse while the skilled tradesmen are a dying breed.
I think the challenge for our time is to balance our individual need to compete, and excel, in ways meaningful to each individual, while at the same time recognizing our responsibility to take care of each other and ensure our basic needs are met.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
Looking at your profile on your page, your commments in the section on "What you can teach, etc". That would work as a blog for me with a little revisit from you to check what you'd change, fine-tune, etc...........................
Hi, Jill. Welcome to Life Rules page. We share a similar view of currencies. You might enjoy that part of my book. Would you like to fine-tune the view you share in your profile as a post, email it to me at email@example.com, and I'll run it in my blog and include it in an upcoming Starting Point newsletter? And if you read my book and find it of value, I'll appreciate your recommending it to your colleagues and networks. And good luck with the schoolyard garden initiative!
Hey Jill, What I am proposing is while I am studying the issue myself I will be posting what I have learned for discussion which I think will help to educate myself and others. Wish you well in your travels.
Welcome Jill. Great to see your interest in Transition! Welcome to TRANSITION IN ACTION.
http://transitioninaction.com/group/linktransitionmarylandusa is your link to our new Transition page for your neighbors in Maryland. Feel free to join in the activities. Use the COMMENT WALL to say Hello to the others. Reinforce the good things they are doing. Mention something you're interested in. Ask a question. Start a discussion. Let me know if you would like to be an Admin on this page to help build and maintain your group's Resume. Have fun!
On the local scene, does Baltimore have a Transition-supporting website, or blog, or listserv, or Facebook, or Meetup? If so, it would be spot on for all our members if you would consider including a link to what's happening in Baltimore in our registry of organizations, localities, companies, products, services, Twitterers, Facebooks, Meetups, etc. supporting Transition and Sustainability. Here's the page to create the link -- http://transitioninaction.com/groups/group/new. I'll meet you at the door to help build and launch your link.