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Building Strength: A Big Picture Look at the Complementary Currency Movement

Submitted by on January 30, 2011 – 2:13 pmOne Comment

In a recent interview with Tesa Silvestre for the Community Currency Magazine, I was asked to take a big picture look at the complementary currency movement, and answer the following questions:

  • What are the questions you would most want to explore with fellow movers and shakers in the complementary currency movement?
  • What recent developments in the field do you find most exciting?
  • What do you see as key challenges, obstacles or blind spots which hinder the movement’s success?
  • Where do you see untapped resources and unmet needs within the field of complementary currencies? And do you have any suggestions about how to bridge them?
  • Besides financial support, what would help the acceleration of the monetary shifts that are needed?
  • What could bring about a tipping point in the shift from a monopoly of bank debt money toward a monetary ecology? And is the idea of a “tipping point” the best way of thinking about that change?
  • People in the sustainability movement seem to be divided between those who feel we need to organize ourselves more efficiently (the way the right has done in the united states), and those who suggest we need to trust that our diversity is organizing us (or rather leading us to self-organize) in more resilient ways. Where do you stand on this question?
  • A lot of valuable community-building initiatives in this movement (including the publication of this magazine) are done by dedicated people, as a labor of love, but would often highly benefit from actual financial support. if you were given $10,000 to $50,000 to invest in strengthening the currency movement, how would you invest these funds?

If you would like to read my answers to these questions, please read the online interview on the Community Currency website.   I welcome your comments, and your own answers.

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