Local Currency Resources

Resources Guide

Elderplan Inc.
6323 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
An HMO that issues service credits to seniors who help one another


Landsman Community Services Ltd.
1600 Embelton Cres.
Courtenay, BC V9N 6N8
contact: Michael Linton
email: Ics@mars.ark.com

A hub of LETS creativity E.F. Schumacher Society
140 Jug End Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
email: efssociety@aol.com

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
email: yeswecan@col.com

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

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

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
email: kt39@umail.umd.edu

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

Fosters the interests of the commercial barter industry.


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.