Monday, March 15, 2010

Coops and Currencies Unite at Conference

At the California Coop Conference in Santa Rosa, Friday April 9 from 1:20-3pm
For more info and registration:

“Local Currencies – Reclaiming Our Economic Power”

A workshop led by 3 leading local currency experts and innovators. We will evaluate local currency best practices using real existing and historical programs as examples, explore the potential of the cooperative structure for developing community trade networks, and highlight exciting innovations happening in the field.


Derek Huntington

Derek Huntington graduated from San Diego State University in 2005 as a Bachelor of Science in corporate finance with a minor in international politics. Since 2006, Derek has been researching and developing community-friendly credit and financing structures, culminating in the development of the Sustaining Capital model and the formation of Sustaining Technologies, LLC. He was one of the main organizers of the Sonoma County relocalization effort, and now serves as President of the Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative.

Sustaining Technologies has developed an integrated website, business directory, and rewards card system currently being piloted with the Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative. The platform will evolve into a social media and trading platform designed to strengthen relationships between individuals, businesses, and non-profits in communities. Visit to check it out.

Thomas H. Greco, Jr.

Tom Greco is a community and monetary economist, educator and former college professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a leading authority on cashless exchange systems, monetary history and theory, credit clearing systems, complementary currencies, statistical analysis, and community economic development. He is the author of several books, including Money and Debt: A Solution to the Global Crisis and The End of Money and the Future of Civilization.

Chris Lindstrom

Chris Lindstrom is a long time student of community economic development and community exchange systems. He worked for the E.F. Schumacher Society as staff and program developer from 2003 to 2008. He was a founding board member of the BerkShares, one of the most widely acclaimed local currencies located in the Southern Berkshire region of Massachusetts. In 2004, he organized a conference for the Schumacher Society titled Local Currencies in the Twenty-First Century: Understanding Money, Building Local Economies, Renewing Community.

Lindstrom is currently a student at Goddard College and is writing his senior thesis on the philosophy, theory, and spirituality of money. He serves as the advisor and consultant to a number of complementary currency projects through out North America including GETS Plus, an incubator for green business barter and exchange systems

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