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Elderplan Inc.
6323 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
718/921-7990
http://www.elderplan.org
An HMO that issues service credits to seniors who help one another


LETSystems

Landsman Community Services Ltd.
1600 Embelton Cres.
Courtenay, BC V9N 6N8
Canada
250/338-0213
contact: Michael Linton
email: Ics@mars.ark.com
http://www.gmlets.u-net.com


A hub of LETS creativity E.F. Schumacher Society
140 Jug End Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413/528-1737
email: efssociety@aol.com
http://www.localcurrency.org/

Many links to local currencies and community economics. Offerings include:
  • Local Currency News, a new quarterly to be co-edited by Paul Glover and SusanWitt $25/year
  • Local Currencies: Catalysts for Sustainable Regional Economicsby Robert Swannand Susan Witt $5
  • Second Annual Decentralist Conference, June 27-29, 1997 to be held inWilliamstown, MA, on community economics including local currencies.

Time Dollar Institute

P.O.Box 42160
Washington, D.C. 20015
202/686-5200
email: yeswecan@col.com
www.timedollar.org/

Time Dollars software available at this site Womanshare
680 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10025
212/662-9746 (ph. & fax)
http://www.womanshare.com/

Woman's skills exchange Other organizations: New Economics Foundation
1st Floor, Vine Court
112-116 Whitechapel Road
London E1 1JE, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 171 337 5696
email: info@neweconomics.org
http://www.neweconomics.org/

Offerings include:
  • LETS on Low Income, by Helen Barnes, Peter North and Perry Walker, the firstsystematic study of LETS in poor areas. £8.40 includes postage.
  • Community Works! A Guide to Community Economic Action, a detailed listing ofcommunity economic action initiatives in the UK, £3 postage paid.
Service Credit Program
Center on Aging
1240, HHP Building
College Park, MD 20742
301/405-2545
email: kt39@umail.umd.edu
http://www.hhp.umd.edu/AGING/

Provides technical assistance and materials on service and credit programs, including a free newsletter To Your Credit, and a directory of US service credit programs.

 International Reciprocal Trade Association
53 River St.
Milford, CT 06460
email: BNIRAY@aol.com
http://www.irta.com/

Fosters the interests of the commercial barter industry.

BOOKS:


Whole Life Economics: Revaluing Daily Life

by Barbara Brandt
New Society Publishers, 1995, $17 (paper)

A critique of "addictive" economics and a road map to an economy of whole people and communities.

Time Dollars

by Edgar Cahn & Jonathon Rowe
Rodale Press, 1992

Out of print but worth looking for -- on community-enhancing credit systems.

Short Circuit: Strengthening Local Economies for Security in an Unstable World

by Richard Douthwaite
Green Books, 1996, £15 (paper)

Comprehensive and insightful stories of the development of community-based economies.

New Money for Healthy Communities
and Money and Debt: A Solution to the Global Crisis
both by Thomas Greco, Jr.
$19 and $11 respectively, post-paid, order from:
PO Box 42663
Tucscon, AZ 85733

One of the true visionaries of new money critiques the global financial system and proposes a redesign. Interest and Inflation Free Money: Creating and Exhange Medium that Works for Everybody and Protects the Earth
by Margrit Kennedy, Declan Kennedy
New Society Publishers, 1995, $15 (paper)

Shows how interest leads to drive for exponential growth, concentrates wealth, and affects every purchase. Proposes a new equitable and sustainable monetary system. The Economic Renewal Guide: A Collaborative Process for Sustainable Community Development
by Michael J. Kinsley
Rocky Mountain Institute, 1997, $18 (paper)

A handbook for building sustainable local economies -- draws on RMI's hands-on work in communities throughout the US.

Invested in the Common Good
by Susan Meeker-Lowry
New Society Publishers, 1995, $17 (paper)

Communities respond to globalization and economics-as-usual through activism and creating alternatives.

Get A Life! How to Make A Good Buck, Dance Around the Dinosaurs and Save the World While You're At It

by Wayne Roberts and Susan Brandrom
Get A Life Publishers, 1995, $20 (paper)
2255B Queen St. East, #127
Toronto, Ontario, M4E 1G3

Practical, inspiring guide to creating a living in harmony with the Earth and your self. Email Signup
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