In Chapter 4 of Deep Economy, Bill McKibben leaves the theoretical and starts offering some real examples of communities creating their own local economies -- whether it's through a radio station or a department store.
We were amazed by two of the examples:
1) The fantastic bus system that McKibben observes in Curitiba, Brazil -- the one that cuts through traffic in its own lane and sails through every intersection with coordinated green lights. We want one of those here in Berkeley!
2) And the concept of a local currency. McKibben gives the example of "Burlington Bread." Money that is only accepted and used locally. A path towards a local economy that we'd never even considered.
What did you think of Chapter 4?
Catch up: Deep Economy Chapter 3
For next week: Let's finish this thing
Monopoly money photo via jackdornothing; flickr.com