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Local Economy/ Local Currency


Local Economy/ Local Currency

How does money work in our current dominator paradigm and how can we learn to use it to create a sustainable partnership community paradigm? Get together with others to educate ourselves and take action!

Location: Lake City - Ravenna - Wedgewood
Members: 39
Latest Activity: May 18, 2017

Local Economy/Local Currency Links

Local Investing Resources Center

Creating a Community Investment Fund - A Local Food Approach


City of Seattle Urban Agriculture Publications

WA State Cottage Food Operation Application

More information on Cottage Food Operations


Fourth Corner Exchange:

"Money as Debt" video (47 minutes):

 "The Money Fix" video (80 minutes):

Joann Poyourow's blogpost "Economic Resilience #5. A multiplicity of Financial Vehicles":

Charles Eisenstein's online book "Sacred Economy":

Discussion Forum

Local Investing Network Q&A 5 Replies

Some SusNE members have come together to explore the idea of forming a Local Investment Opportunity Network, and I am opening this discussion page as a place people can post their questions and…Continue

Started by Debra Morrison. Last reply by Debra Morrison Dec 17, 2013.

Local Investing: Answers! to some questions 2 Replies

If you've been participating in the discussions about local investing, or would like to know more, I'd recommend an informative blog post by Rebecca Ryan of the Madison WI LION group.  It's a report…Continue

Started by Dave Wall. Last reply by Dave Wall Oct 1, 2013.

The Local Economy/Local Currency group wants your ideas!

At our General Membership meeting on June 20 we are asking the group these questions. For those of you who could not attend, or have more ideas, we invite your thoughts about these questions:What do…Continue

Started by Debra Morrison Jun 20, 2013.

Local investment club? 4 Replies

So, who is super-interested in making something tangible and soon related to this?  Easiest thing would be a group like in Bellingham to individually loan to businesses through a mailing list.Myself,…Continue

Started by Jesse Card. Last reply by Susan Gregory Apr 21, 2012.

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Comment by Debra Morrison on March 20, 2015 at 6:58pm

Members of The Local Investing Opportunity Network of NE Seattle (LIONNES), have made their first loans to Cloud City Coffee, on 88th NE and Roosevelt Way NE in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Next time you are in for great coffee and wonderful food be sure to check out the new service counters built with loans from local investors. If you’ve never been to Cloud City this is a great time to check out their wonderful coffee shop. And while you’re enjoying that Capuccino and scone, think about other businesses in our area that may need small loans from local investors who want to create the kind of community we want for the future!

Comment by Debra Morrison on December 15, 2014 at 8:42pm

Hey LE/LC Members,

Recently there was an excellent forum on Public Banking that some of us attended. Nick Licata is sponsoring a bill in the council to study the feasibility of a public bank for the City of Seattle, and needs your support to convince other councilmembers to support a study. Please write to your city council people to express your support, and check out the video of the forum if you missed it.

Here is a link

Mike McCormick of talkingstick and KEXP has posted the Wednesday evening Forum, A Seattle Municipal Public YouTube:

Comment by Debra Morrison on November 4, 2014 at 9:11pm

Hey everyone, apologies for multiple postings, but this is an important event coming up that could be fabulous for enhancing our city economy.

Please pass the word.

Seattle Public Municipal Bank Forum

December 10, 2014 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

University Temple United Methodist Church

1415 NE 43rd, Seattle, WA 98105


Panel Discussion: Why Does Seattle Need a Municipal Bank?

Panel Moderator: Wayne Lau, Retired Banker, Executive Director of Rainier Valley Fund.

Panel Discussants:

Mr. Nick Licata, Seattle City Councilmember, Chair of Finance and Budget Committees

Dr. Thomas Keidel, Federation of German Banks, Board Representative

Dr. Karl Beitel, Author, Political Economist, UC Davis

Ms. Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Executive Director, Public Banking Institute, M.A. Public Policy


Seattle could have a public bank for public lending. Once the city capitalizes the bank, it can act like any bank by creating for local needs.

1. Public banks can lend for local needs at rates that the Wall Street banks are unlikely to find attractive.

2. A public bank can reduce a city’s reliance on expensive private , reducing the costs of capital projects by 30-40%.

3. A city government can finance its projects through its own bank. The city earns interest, making more projects possible or lowering the reliance on taxation.

4. A public bank as it grows, can partner with community banks and to support with lending at reasonable rates.



Seattle Public Bank Coalition

Public Banking Institute

University Temple, United Methodist Church

Comment by Debra Morrison on May 22, 2014 at 9:16am

HEY FOLKS, it is really happening - after about 5 months of getting it all ready we are now accepting applications to our Local Investing Network of NE Seattle (LIONNES), and we'd love you all to join. It doesn't cost anything, and you have no obligation to invest, but we are all trying to get educated and prepare ourselves for making the jump to putting our money where our hearts are. Come check it out! See our upcoming meetings listed on the Events page at this site.

Comment by Sue McGann on January 15, 2014 at 12:16am

just added a few more links on the Local Investing Resources page (located just below the members list on the right)

Comment by Bill Aston on December 16, 2013 at 9:58pm

I was curious to see if there was any follow up or traction to Alex Mondau's  Community Sourced Capital presentation a few weeks back at Dave & Brita's place?  Is there a small SuSNE business that could use this kind of financing?

Comment by Debra Morrison on October 28, 2013 at 9:44pm

thanks, Leo, this looks like a really worthwhile resource. I will try to read it before our next meeting!

Comment by Leo Brodie on October 28, 2013 at 11:08am

Creating a Community Investment Fund: A Local Food Approach

Comment by Debra Morrison on September 18, 2013 at 9:22pm

THANKS, Jesse! this is great information. Our next 3 meetings are set for Oct 15, Nov 19 and Dec 17. Hope you can make it to one of them.

Comment by Jesse Card on September 18, 2013 at 10:41am

Saw this today and thought it'd be worth sharing:


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