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News on local, regional efforts by communities, NGOs, local businesses, banks, governments, to become more self-reliant and less dependent on global financial casinos, big banks and Wall Street. Covers local currencies, farmers markets, co-housing, Transition Towns movements, new bioregional urban re-developments and small communities.

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What’s Next? Local Investing by Don Shaffer of RSF Social Finance

(from GreenMoney Journal - Spring 2010 issue) Thankfully, we are saying goodbye to the Steroid Years, brought to you by executives of Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, who sold mortgage-backed securities at the same time betting they would fall in value. Other stars included AOL/Time Warner, Enron, and Bernie Madoff. [...]

SlowMoneyAlliance.org: More fun than an earthworm in a garlic bed

We salute Woody Tasch for This Growing "SLOW MONEY " Initiative! - Hazel Henderson, Editor On New Year's Eve, BusinessWeek reporter John Tozzi set the bar very high for us: he cited Slow Money as one of the "big ideas for 2010."  This capped a year in which NPR had previously called us a movement and ACRES USA had called us a [...]

Get US Senate Cosponsors for Energy Bill

We support this important effort to make sure that solar energy policy includes support for small scale producers. - Hazel Henderson, Editor Click here to download the letter (PDF)

Green Chip Review: Solar Financing – A New Way To Profit

By Nick Hodge | Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 It's once again time to take a look at the other side of solar. Wall Street generally gives more attention to global companies providing cells and modules, but mounting policy advantages in certain states are making regional installers increasingly attractive. Read more...

Eastside Community Bank Now Home to Center to Empower Latino Students

Pan American Bank and non-profit partner to produce programs to highlight the path to a higher education. By Paul Aranda Jr, EGP Staff Writer On a cold and rainy Friday night in East Los Angeles, local civic leaders gathered under a covered tent at Pan American Bank headquarters to honor a Montebello High School teacher’s effort’s to [...]

Harmonic Humanity has a new idea…and it’s working

Harmonic Humanity has a new idea…and it’s working

By guest blogger Joseph Jacques www.harmonichumanity.org They stand in front of the grocery store and on highway entrances. They are our nation’s homeless population. Over the last twenty years, homelessness has increased significantly in the US. On any given night, approximately 750,000 men, women, and children are homeless, many of them [...]


Ellen Brown February 17, 2010 www.webofdebt.com/articles While bank bailouts fatten Wall Street, states continue to battle the credit crisis. In the search for innovative solutions, some political candidates are proposing that states generate their own credit by setting up their own banks. (more…)

John Rogers and Value for People offer quick start training for establishing local currencies

Webinars: http://valueforpeople.co.uk/letsmakemoney Powerpoint: http://valueforpeople.co.uk/letsmakemoneyintroduction

Ecocities Emerging: February 2010 Issue

Greetings, Welcome to the February 2010 edition of Ecocities Emerging, an initiative of Ecocity Builders and the International Ecocity Conference Series. As the consequences of climate change and resource depletion manifest themselves more and more clearly, the way we have built our cities, particularly in the past half-century, has come [...]

CDCUs to Gain Access to “TARP” Capital

(February 4, 2010 - Washington, DC) At a meeting with key leaders of community development credit unions (CDCUs) and community development banks, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced yesterday a major capital investment program for depositories certified as community development financial institutions (CDFIs).  The CDCU movement was [...]

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