Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: February 12th, 2013
The U.S. Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) will hold its 2013 Conference on June 9-12 at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont. DMI is pleased to be a sponsor for the conference, which will be hosted by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. The event is organized around the theme of “Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: January 22nd, 2013
By Sarah Parkinson
Resources for understanding our financial system and our economic alternatives
I’ve learned a lot about the economy since the Donella Meadows Institute launched its Sustainable Economies program earlier this year. I’ve learned about problems with fractional reserve banking and our traditional economic model, and I’ve learned about alternatives like public banks, complementary currencies, and cooperative ownership models. But perhaps the piece [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: January 7th, 2013
Themes, Questions, and Next Steps from the Vermont’s New Economy Conference
Conference attendees discussing complementary currencies at one of the morning’s sessions
The Vermont’s New Economy Conference on December 7 brought together 110 individuals from across Vermont and its neighboring communities. Attendees included members of Vermont’s legislature, local business owners, educators, nonprofit employees, and others. After a keynote address by Ellen Brown [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: December 4th, 2012
By Sarah Parkinson
Join the New Economy discussion this Friday in Montpelier.
We all want vibrant, resilient economies that support our communities, but it’s becoming clear that our current economic system can’t deliver all that. Prices are unstable, resources are exploited, negative externalities aren’t factored into costs, and profits are shared very unevenly.
There are alternatives. Our economies can be better, healthier, and stronger. They [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: November 21st, 2012
Image credit: Olivia Alcock
In an effort to fill the gaps left by our financial institutions, many are searching for local alternatives to national currencies. Time banks are one option that promotes community self-reliance while withstanding the whims of a boom and bust economy.
Time banks are now operating in over 300 communities in 22 countries, providing individuals with the opportunity to [...]