How to form an ongoing local economy & livelihood action group
Including smallmart revolution, local business thriving, local economy to realize self as viable entity
The other two subtopics are important aspects of this
With the local economy, how can we support a local infrastructure?
Take wealth-creation out of the tax system
What are the consequences?
How does a local, place-based system pick up the slack?
Social services: education, welfare
Follow-up of Session I: concept of alternative currencies
Application, action items
Terry, Jen, Kimberly, Claudette, Adam, Dick, Patty, Bernard, Roger, Adam W., Joe L., Domingo
Discussion & Recommendations
- What are assumptions behind strengthening a local economy
- We are a specialized society
- Goods & services that we don’t generate, we get elsewhere with money
- If we cannot provide the most basic services/goods, what are the implications
- We don’t provide for our own basic needs
- Having an awareness of the limits of our local economy
- We can bring external resources in & provide goods/services in exchange
- Establish links between needs & ways to meet those needs
- One group looking at our needs
o Food, energy, health, transportation, housing, currency/economy
- What is the structure in which these groups can exist?
- Competitive government agencies that accept community currencies
- Alternative currencies: any information form that facilitates exchange of goods & services, the environment, our health, our communities, public resources
- What is real wealth? We are deeply confused about wealth & money
- Gross National Happiness vs. Gross National Product
- Conceptual problems: war is peace
- We are so dependent on money & oil, we are highly vulnerable until we provide for our own needs, generating our own goods & services
- We know that the system is doomed, but we’re in denial
- Increase media presence of our projects
Alternative Currency Action Group: Adam, Terry, Patty, Claudette
- The group turned to discussing decriminalizing recreational marijuana as a way to keep local resources from flowing out of the community. The best paying cash crop in the US since the 60s.