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October 5, 2007

Freeconomy Site Launched

I just read about this new site http://www.justfortheloveofit.org for people to network and share.

The guy who started it is walking from Ireland to India with no money. Check it out: http://www.justfortheloveofit.org/p_story.php

April 6, 2007

Baby Sitting/Child Care Co-operatives

I ran into a friend of mine from college a few weeks ago. She told me about the child care cooperative she belongs to in Brooklyn. It's really simple. There are several families that share in child care. If one member needs a baby sitter, they send out an email to the other families on the list and then someone volunteers. They never have to pay for babysitting and the children in the network get to play together often, it's pretty awesome.

Here are some articles about this idea. It seems there are some formal ways to do it but it seems like the informal way works just as well.
http://web.uvic.ca/bcics/research/social/Child_Care/what.htm
http://parents.berkeley.edu/recommend/groups/coop.html
www.associatedcontent.com/article/160741/how_to_plan_and_start_a_babysitting.html
http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/baby/babychildcare/51.html

December 1, 2006

Community Economics and Beyond Capitalism

Bernard from the Berkeley-based worker-owned printshop Inkworks sent us these links to the alternative economic writing and research of J.K. Gibson-Graham:

Community Ecomomies

A review of Gibson-Graham's The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It)

October 5, 2006

Street Team in SF Financial District

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The Anti-Advertising Agency’s street team hit downtown San Francisco on Wednesday at noon to promote alternative economies. As part of the The Samaras Project, a series of postcards promoting worker owned co-operatives, gleaning, gift economies, open culture, and other economies were distributed to passersby.

September 24, 2006

Community Networks

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Community Networks

Ever rely on friends or family in times of need?

Without our friends, neighbors, and/or families it would be hard to get along in this world. From sharing a cup of sugar to checking in on a sick neighbor, we are constantly exchanging goods and services without expectation for material reward.

Although it goes unmeasured, each day more wealth may be shared through these community networks than is traded on the stock market floor.