Interview 638 – Paul Glover on How to Create a Community Currency

04/01/20137 Comments

Paul Glover of is an author, activist and community organizer who created the highly successful Ithaca Hours local community currency in Ithaca, New York in 1991. Today he joins us to discuss his experience creating the Ithaca Hours currency and how it can be (and in some cases has been) duplicated across the US and around the globe. We also talk about his books, including Hometown Money: How to Enrich Your Community with Local Currency.

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  1. di says:

    A while ago I tried to join the Edinburgh LETS community, which transacted with ‘Reekies’. A woman interviewed me by zoom, and asked me a lot of questions about my motives. She told me that a few years ago the whole UK network was effectively sabotaged by a woman who came in and charged a lot of money saying she would improve their network and website, and then she ruined it and fell out with everyone and then severed communication. The website no longer really operates and there is no trust. A sad story.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Thanks for you ANECDOTE. This anecdote is well worth noting, and probably an important point for us all to keep in mind.

      Both directly and indirectly, over the years, I have run across characters within my communities and organizations, who at first outward appearance portrayed a veneer of skill, but later it was found that they were an incredibly destructive element…extremely destructive. “Sabotage” is a good word. I’ve seen the devastation some of these characters can do to a good group of people.
      Now, I often cock an eye when someone over-sells their skill sets while demanding high sums of money, especially those touting administrative skills.

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