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‘Community Development Solutions’

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.

Relates to: Sustainability News, Wealth of Networks, Global Citizenship, Trendspotting, Reports You Need, Partners/links, EthicalMarkets.tv, Sustainability Research Group

Public Banks Are Key to Capitalism

"Kudos to Ethical Markets Advisory Board Ellen Brown for this wide reaching piece in the New York Times.”  EMM Editor To ask whether public banks would interfere with free markets assumes that we have free markets, which we don’t. Banking is heavily subsidized and is monopolized by Wall Street, which has effectively “bought” Congress. [...]

Modern Money Trees

By Ellie Winninghoff, member Ethical Markets Advisory Board Barrons, September 27, 2013 A new style of forestry fund is earning solid returns addressing one question: How do you profitably invest in a sustainably harvested forest--not just the wood in the trees but also in maintaining clean water, flood control, habitat for fish and [...]

Saving the Oceans by Mining for Oil – From the Plastics!

Saving the Oceans by Mining for Oil – From the Plastics!

  By Kelsey May, September 27, 2013 Photos by Ann Slothower   On September 24, 2013, at the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. in Vancouver, the Upcycle the Gyres Society hosted the first public demonstration of its goal: convert land and ocean plastic waste into profit.   In four hours, the Blest Be-h machine, invented by Akinori [...]

Video: What’s Minted in Berkshire County Stays There

Video: What’s Minted in Berkshire County Stays There

From PBS NewsHour "What's Minted in Berkshire County Stays There:  Finding Reward in Local Currency"    Berkshire County in Massachusetts has taken "buy local" to a whole new level by creating their own currency. The BerkShare is now accepted by some 400 businesses throughout that region. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores [...]

What We Could Do with a Postal Savings Bank: Infrastructure that Doesn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime

We at Ethical Markets  fully support    restoring this  savings bank function to  our US Post Office  and funding new infrastructure at no cost to taxpayers, as in many other countries in Europe and  in Japan . -  Hazel Henderson, editor  What We Could Do with a Postal Savings Bank: Infrastructure that Doesn’t Cost Taxpayers a [...]

Energy Self-Reliant States Weekly: Relative Energy Efficiency of Residential Building Energy Codes

Energy Self-Reliant States Weekly: Relative Energy Efficiency of Residential Building Energy Codes

Is your state lagging on its energy code for buildings?  This new graphic illustrates the relative energy efficiency of standard building energy codes and shows which states are lagging (and what that lag costs consumers on their energy bills). And in honor of the American Labor Day holiday this past weekend, an article from our Public Good [...]

Energizing local economies through “Creative De-construction”

Energizing local economies through   “Creative De-construction”

         My book is out! Surely you know someone who would enjoy it. Click here to order from Amazon.   Quick Links Website Contact Us Recent [...]

ILSR’s Energy Self-Reliant States: Minneapolis City Council Unanimously Votes for a Better Energy Future

ILSR’s Energy Self-Reliant States: Minneapolis City Council Unanimously Votes for a Better Energy Future

Grassroots pressure makes a difference, as Minneapolis' city council unanimously adopts a framework for advancing local energy goals thanks to work of the Minneapolis Energy Options campaign (ILSR a leading partner).  For more on the local energy effort, check outmy published commentary on the city of Minneapolis' flirtation with a municipal [...]

The St.Augustine Report: County distances itself from Mumford concert

The St.Augustine Report: County distances itself from Mumford concert

 Share your Report with friends on these  social networks Published by former Mayor George Gardner                      August 7 2013 The Report is an independent publication serving our community. Contributions are greatly appreciated.   Click or mail to  George [...]

Community-Wealth.org – The Democracy Collaborative, along with theResponsible Endowments Coalition, hosted awebinar on July 19 to announce our jointly published report Raising Student Voices: Student Action for University Community Investment.

Community-Wealth.org – The Democracy Collaborative, along with theResponsible Endowments Coalition, hosted awebinar on July 19 to announce our jointly published report Raising Student Voices: Student Action for University Community Investment.

  Dear Colleague, Welcome to our August www.Community-Wealth.orgnewsletter. This month’s features include:  The Democracy Collaborative, along with theResponsible Endowments Coalition, hosted awebinar on [...]

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