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Presentation by the HOUR Exchange at the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Quarterly Gathering on July 20, 2011

Presentation by the HOUR Exchange at the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Quarterly Gathering on July 20, 2011

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  • Anyone here find U.S. Dollars to easy to spend? Anywhere on Anything?
  • Along with issuing and circulating currency the HOUR exchange seeks to contribute to community dialogue and exploration of alternatives to Liberal Economic Policy. Grants: For every HOUR put into circulation 1/10th HOUR in grant fund to encourage community-based initiatives -Currently about 70 Hrs($7,000)
  • While our main goal is to get HOURs and bartering power into people’s pockets, whether members or not, we are a membership based Organization. Membership enables to show that local currency is a need and want in Corvallis enables us to draw in larger community businesses to accept HOURs, it also supports the logistical operation of the system. We are not attempting to replace the US dollar, but add value to our economy, allowing the human desire for fulfilling vocations to be supported and possible here.

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  • “ We need to make ourselves an environment for change, not an argument for change.” -Ram Dass
  • At the 2011 Sustainability Town Hall:
    • 400+ participants voted on a collective challenge :
    • BUY LOCAL FIRST
  • The HOUR Exchange View slide
  • We aspire to be a model for community based economic systems that promote local commerce, fair wages, environmental responsibility, regional self-sufficiency, and neighborliness. View slide
    • By printing and circulating
    • community money we can:
    • Help keep local businesses thriving
    • Support entrepreneurs, repairs-persons, and other people seeking fulfilling employment
    • Network within the community to share local goods, knowledge, subsistence & prosperity
    • Reshape our beliefs about money, value and worth
  • More local circulation = community interdependence & security More spending = more money for giants. Vs.
    • Fact: HOURs are not as easy to spend as money.
    • Fact: Using HOURs requires you to think.
      • When we spend HOURs we get to learn where, how, and who produces and provides
      • We can be sure that fair wages and sustainable practices are supported
  • That thinking and effort pays off.
    • As we increase prevalence, we build our local resilience and subsistence capacity
    • When you buy, barter, or trade locally today you create connections and relationships for the future .
    • -Build up index of our local capacity,
    • -Foster employment apprenticeships and community development.
    • The HOUR Exchange seeks to build an environment for change.
    • HOURs Members have been involved in the Coalition’s Economic Vitality Action Team from the beginning.
    • HOURs Community Grant Funds Available to individuals or organizations working to promote economic justice, ecological sustainability, community building, food security or diversity.
    • Coaltion’s “Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet” Book Club.
  • Wisdom from Tim Jackson and CASSE
    • “ Pr osperity.. is present in the strength of our relationships and our trust in the community. It is evidenced by our satisfaction at work and our sense of shared meaning and purpose. It hangs on our potential to participate fully in the life of society.”
    • Let’s evolve our behaviors to benefit our community.
    • Let’s invest our purchasing power and personal fulfillment in a thriving local community.
    • If we want credible alternatives we have to support and use them.
    Buy Local With Local Ask us how you can become a member of HOURs. Join our email or phone list.
  • Questions??
    • Call: 541-905-2111
    • Web: www.hourexchange.org
    • Facebook: Corvallis Hour Exchange
    • Or, contact me, Alana, directly at [email_address]
    “ We need to make ourselves an environment for change, not an argument for change. ” -Ram Dass
  • Special Thanks and/or Photo Credit
    • Annette Mills
    • Cheryl Good
    • Christina Calkins, Beth Russell, The HOURs Board
    • Tim Jackson
    • Christina Macpherson, Alana Kenagy, Raina Wickham, Sustainablecorvallis.org (Coalition website), Cheryl Good