Our communities need to get back on their feet...
...just at a time when money is scarce,
businesses are struggling,
prices are high,
debt is even higher,
and good workers are unemployed.
When money is scarce
things that should happen, don’t.
Work worth doing, work that makes a difference
doesn't get done--or doesn't get paid for
although tools, materials and labour are at hand
...because there's no money for it.
The community’s value is in its actions—what people do for each other.
When cash and credit isn’t available to pay for much of that activity,
the community’s full activity and worth isn’t realized.
But we still do good things for each other
--because we want to, not because we're paid to.
“You don’t have to pay me for that. It’s a gift.”
When money is scarce, could we trade in good will alone?
If we could recognize and count the value of goodwill offerings, we could exchange them--not for cash, but for other gifts of good will.
But how can we trade equitably on acts of good will?
In 1982 a small group of citizens developed a trading system based solely on goodwill exchanges, with a rigorous accounting system and a formal legal basis.
It also allows the use of cash (when available) as a percentage of trade.
This system lets us recognize and honour each other’s promises
and helps anybody to work [in and] for the community.
Businesses, citizens and charities
can use it to significantly increase each other’s prosperity
in a durable relationship of [goodwill and benefit.] (?)