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Complementary Currencies Conference report-back w/Stephanie Rearick of Madison

At the Complementary Currencies conference at The Hague last month, we connected with Stephanie Rearick, a Madison, Wisconsin-based activist, community organizer, and musician who's coming to the Bay Area next month, with a matinee performance right across the street from our EBCOHO clubhouse.

So we're putting together a brunch & conversation circles in advance of her 4 PM musical performance Sunday 8/4 at The Starry Plough. We've invited her and SF-based Bay Bucks organizer Chong Kee Tan, who was also at the conference, to share about international and domestic innovations in time-banking, complementary currencies, and other tools that help people and groups collaborate and build their own community economies.

In the spirit of encouraging complementary currencies and thinking diferently about money, we are offering several different ways to pay, including cash donations, work-trade, in-kind hours (including coordinated cooking and outreach and helping EBCOHO organize), Bay Area Community Exchange (BACE) hours, and barter. Note, this is not a free event, as we are investing together to provide a place for Stephanie to stay and in the food and the space, and want to be able to share with her the bounty of the Bay Area.

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Stephanie Rearick is founder and Co-Director of the Dane County TimeBank, a 2075-member time exchange, and Project Coordinator of Time For the World. In addition to her work in timebanking and promoting ground-up economic and community regeneration, Rearick is co-owner of Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. Rearick worked for Greenpeace for six years of young adulthood, helped launch Madison Hours local currency in 1995 and served for several years on the steering committee of independent local political party Progressive Dane. Rearick also works as a musician; we'll link to her show details when available.

Bay Bucks organizer Chong Kee Tan has been a social activist since 1994 when he founded (while a PhD student at Stanford) a website to break through the Singapore government's monopoly on mass media. The global financial crisis made him realize we must fix our monetary system now.

We're cross-listing this event with Bay Area Community Exchange; BACE members, please also RSVP there to help spread the word in that community:

As well as on the Bay Area Complementary Currencies MeetUp group.

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  • Susan

    I wish I could have stayed for the whole time. I was inspired and eager to create more connections in my neighborhood. This was an exciting presentaion.

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • Josephine W.

    Excellent presentation by Stephanie, with sides from Betsy. Informative, inspiring, hopeful.

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Raines C.

    Chong Kee Tan will not be joining us today, but YOU are most cordially invited. Come on down and be part of the conversation, learning about time banks, complementary currencies, and more.

    August 4, 2013

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