The HAHO's Alternative Currency
Why they’re important and why we implement them!
Currencies are like social DNA, in that they prescribe how we interact with our economy and with our community. Right now we have a system, the U.S. Dollar, which is based on the premise that money is scarce and is hard to come by. This perceived scarcity leads to unemployment, because businesses are reluctant to part with the money they have. This doesn’t mean, however, that there is a lack of work or a lack of people willing to do work. If there is work needing to be done and people needing work, why can’t these people get to work?
How can we change this?
By creating complementary currencies (currencies to be used alongside the U.S. Dollar) we can create new social DNA that incentivizes us to act in different ways.
We need to create a currency (a new social DNA if you will) that:
Why use Denver Dough?
Denver Dough will:
Only HAHO vendors, registered small businesses and Denver Dough skill share participants can redeem Dough for U.S. Dollars. This ensures that HAHO members spend their money locally and helps keep supporting local vendors and businesses if they have left over Dough. You can also give Denver Dough as a gift.
Alternative Currency Articles:
Good Articles to get you started:
The Trouble With Money
by Thomas Greco
"What if... We Stopped Using Money" by Keith Farnish
"Dollars with Good Sense: DIY Cash" - Yes Magazine
"Beyond Greed and Scarcity" by Bernard Lietaer
"What is a Time Bank?" - TimeBank USA
Links to help you along:
- New Currency Frontier
- The MetaCurrency Project
- Denver TimeBank
- Join Denver's TimeBank!
A Good Book:
Local Money by Peter North
(we have a copy if you want to see this!)