I’ve been thinking all morning about Kung Fu and Knowaste: two tools which are locally produced and can help build community.
“Ski” is one of the founders of Knowaste, and a neighbor who helped me change a stuck lock on my Landlady’s front door: by taking the door off of the hinges. This community cooperation task gave me the opportunity to practice my out-of-use spinning back-kick on the door’s stubborn hinges while we worked together to dismount the door.
After initially refusing any sort of payment, Ski finally gave in to my insistence on paying him something, accepting payment in a local currency, as we’d spent a solid 5 hours or more working on the door. What local currency, you ask? In this case, it was a gift card from a local cooperative, which is now being made to circulate as a local medium of exchange. I described the benefits of this and other local currencies in my talk on Gandhi’s homespun and salt, last year at UNM. That talk, like working with Ski the other day, showed how locally issued currencies can build both trust, and sustainable local economies.
September 24th, 12017 HE