An interesting idea for interesting economic times… The town of Berkshire, Massachusetts decided in the Fall of 2006 to start printing their own form of currency. Berkshire Inc., a local non-profit organization, teamed up with local businesses, banks, and other non-profits to launch Berkshares. This genius idea has created a sense of empowerment for the community & possible economic independence for local businesses and merchants. Is it an option for Reno? We could call it “RenoBucks” , where the Buck stops here! Any thoughts? Check out the links below for more information in the BerkShare! http://www.berkshares.org/ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#30421140
A good community, as we know, insures itself by trust, by good faith and good will, by mutual help, A good community, in other words, is a good local economy.
-Wendell Berry, from “Work of Local Culture”
-dubbed a “great economic experiment” by the New York Times]]>