How to Start a Community Currency

“Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies...The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." - Thomas Jefferson

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.” - Banker Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Grey Areas in Peer Rental Insurance Begin to Clarify

Liz Fong-Jones joined car sharing program Relay Rides because her car was sitting parked most of the time. An environmentally-minded M.I.T student and one-time Google employee, she saw that by renting it out, she could maximize the car’s use and potentially lessen the number of cars on the road. What she didn’t see was that she was about to become the subject of a debate about insurance and liability in the sharing economy.

What is the Informal Economy & Why Should You Care?

The “informal economy” is shorthand for a host of different under-the-radar, non-recognized, untracked, unsanctioned, disregarded, and often disparaged commercial activities taking place all around the world, in both emerging and developed markets. This includes everything from street vending to P2P networks to DIY exchanges, alternative currencies, and ad-hoc entrepreneurship. It is the fastest growing part of the global economy. If the informal economy were a country, it would have the world's second largest GDP.

How to Make a Party Box to Share with Neighbors

It all started because my pesky kids have birthdays 17 days apart. Faced with the prospect of buying and chucking two stacks of disposable plates, cups, and silverware, I hit on a new plan: I would head to the Salvation Army and stock up on cheap, unbreakable dishware that I could reuse for both parties. No guilt, no waste, no muss, no fuss.

A Life of Abundance Without Money

Daniel Suelo, 51, has spent the morning gorging himself on young green shoots of tumbleweed and fixing a rack to the back of his new (gifted) bike with a spool of bailing wire. His last bike, disguised as a flock of flamingos and lent to friends whenever he left his cave in the canyons of Utah, finally bit the dust last week after years of service.

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