3 November: Local Economies

Think Globally Act Locally: Sometimes easier said than done.

Look at the 18 October: Empower Community Majorities Over Corporate Minorities
post on this Web site and get ready to take all your money out of the Big Banks because the 4th of November is the "Banking Holiday" when people let those Big Banks know that they can't make money off our hard earned dollars and they can't get away with charging the kind of fees they've been charging and, simply, they don't own us and can't enslave us to the debt.

Berkshire County, Massachusetts has worked out a system for spending local dollars in local establishments. BerkShares: Local currency for the Berkshires. The currency, beautifully designed and printed, is issued by a non-profit organization working in collaboration with other local businesses.

A good community insures itself by trust, by good faith and good will, by mutual help. A good community, in other words, is a good local economy.

Wendell Berry, from "Work of Local Culture"
[Quote taken from the BerkShares Web site]

It's a model that can be used by communities large and small everywhere. Check out their link, read it carefully, every page of the link, and talk to members of the community.


And be sure to follow the BerkShares Web site to "Resources from the E. F. Schumacher Society – Based in Great Barrington, the E. F. Schumacher Society is named after the author of Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, and works towards linking people, land and community by building local economies." [Also copies from the BerkShares Web site]