Understanding Advantages of a Complementary
by Jerri-Jo Idanius
A currency transaction is an energy exchange, one that has become highly unconscious in our current society. When we buy products produced for the mass market, we generally donít know what we are really buying, by whom it was produced, or in what corporate coffers our dollars will end up. As a counterbalance hundreds of local currencies are cropping up in the United States and around the world. This is a statement of a universal desire for a more self-empowered, direct and meaningful exchange, in alignment with values we want to endorse.
Local currency has the potential to increase employment, local production, community self-reliance, safeguards to the local environment, and much more. The chart below can best be understood in the context of other articles in this issue.
By accepting a percentage of payment for goods and services in community dollars, you can help rebalance the flow of energy in and out of your community. Since basic shelter, warmth, food, health, transportation, and education are primary needs, the cooperation of landlords, utility companies, food, education and health providers, builders, repair people, accountants, and gardeners will help this system flourish. The broader our participation base, the greater the potential to infuse our local economy with vital and meaningful revenue trading dollars.