We may use money to buy goods and services, but as John Poling, organizer with the Cascadia Hour Exchange, points out, money is not the only way, or even the best way to get what you want. He and others at the Cascadia Hour Exchange have formed a network where each person offers their skills, such as house painting, graphic design, child care, or even legal advice. Each one hour block of time given entitles members to exchange their services the skills and time of any other person in the network. Poling believes that relying on non-monetary exchange systems both strengthen local economies as well as create a deeper sense of community.
On the February 7 Recovery Zone, host Stephanie Potter asks PSU Professor Toby Hemenway what's wrong with Agriculture? What's the fix? Hemenway is author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Homescale Permaculture. Hemenway describes how agriculture destroys our ecosystem and facilitates domination with the concentration of power. He recommends that we learn from the patterns in nature. Visit his website at Patternliteracy.com. Other sites he suggests for deepening the connection to a sense of place: Trackers NW and City Repair. For more writing