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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.

Comment Wall

Comment by Sue McGann on May 23, 2011 at 11:09am

interesting new resource on concepts of global vs local economies here:


Comment by Debra Morrison on July 27, 2011 at 10:33pm
HI Folks, I would love to get together again, and am proposing August 3, 7 PM at my house again at 2021 NE 75th St. I'd like to plan for expanding the 4th Corner Exchange trading group and seeing what ideas people have for spreading the word. We can have a table at Planet Home and I'm sure there are other ideas you all have about your interest in this group.
Comment by Bill Aston on August 15, 2011 at 1:49pm
I know I wrote down the address of Wed.'s get together, but I forgot where
I put it. Could you post the place again!? I know it's at 7:00pm.

Bill Aston
Comment by Sue McGann on August 15, 2011 at 10:12pm


look at Debra's comment below (just prior to) yours..

you'll find your answer there..


Comment by Debra Morrison on August 17, 2011 at 10:20pm

Hello Local Economy  Members,

       I just "found" these links:  one to a Bellingham group, and one to a Port Townsend group, each of which is encouraging individual investment in local businesses as one alternative to investing in the stock market.  I thought we could think about this for Seattle!

       Hope to see you Wednesday, Aug 17, at the meeting at Debra's house.


Comment by Joann Kerr on October 10, 2011 at 3:14pm
Has this group discussed alternative investment possibilities like L.I.O.N.s in Local 20/20? Is that of interest to anyone? or how about Co-ops? The S.L.I.C.E. conference is in town the weekend of the 22nd.
Comment by Sue McGann on June 4, 2012 at 10:01pm

check out the post Christy made acouple of weeks ago on EMERGING ECONOMICS #1:

Comment by Ken Rieman on February 13, 2013 at 4:55pm

Hey folks,

I'm looking forward to connecting with some of you.  I'm a carpenter and I pastor the Olympic View Community Church in Maple Leaf.

Our study of sustainability and our desire to deepen our understanding of globalization for the global poor has inspired us to offer a cross-cultural immersion in Guatemala.  This April, participants will live and work in an indigenous village, study their innovative work at sustainable community design, build friendships and visit a nearby permaculture institute.  The foci of this trip are learning and friendship, not religious, so all are welcome.

I have a blog post with more information or you can visit our web-site at

I was glad to find this group, in part from learning of Ithaca, New York's currency, but also because the economy in this Guatemalan village is going through a major transition.  An influx of cash has commoditized a whole host of new goods and services.  The village leaders are very open to alternative economic models, but much of what is happening is outside their range of experience.  I'd love to help connect these villagers with creative, kindhearted, sustainability-minded folks from Seattle.


Comment by Debra Morrison on February 25, 2013 at 2:23pm

HEY EVERYONE, I JUST FOUND OUT THAT THE WORLD PREMIER OF "MONEY AND LIFE" WILL BE SHOWING AT THE UPTOWN THEATER THE SAME EVENING as our planned March 20th meeting, with all kinds of stories of local economy and local currencies from around the country,and the filmmaker, Katie Teague doing a Q&A afterwards. I have been waiting for it to come out for some time now, and I don't want to miss it. LET'S GO TOGETHER AND SHARE THE EXPERIENCE!! Meet at my house at 6 PM to carpool to Queen Anne. Here is the link to the website, and you can go onto Brown Paper Tickets to buy tickets. Let me know if you don't have the cash and I will buy you one and you can pay me in Life Dollars!

Comment by Bill Aston on February 25, 2013 at 3:51pm


This is great! I've got it down.  It should be a great follow up to Rob Hopkin's, "Transition 2.0" movie that I saw thru Wallingford's Meaningful Movies and their lending library. 

It's a nice offer to have you pay for tickets to the Uptown showing  out of your own Life Dollars, but this might be too generous at this point on your part?! Or, ... hmmm, .... am I missing something here in the potential of Life Dollars? 



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