Steppin’ Out of Babylon: Podcast-Radio Interviews by Sue Supriano

“Babylon” is the “isms” and “schisms” not only within the system but within ourselves. Let's organize, unify and step out of Babylon.

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Sue Supriano’s Steppin’ Out of Babylon is a radio interview series covering a broad range of important issues in today’s world: peace and war, human and civil rights, communication, the media, the environment, food security, racism, globalization, immigration and matters of the spirit. Over 250 shows are available at this site!

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Paul Glover

Ithaca Hours: Local Currency and Community Development

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TRT: 28:12
Date: 2005-12-19

Paul Glover, founder of the local currency, Ithaca Hours (Yes, it's legal. It's not called "dollars"), has been a community organizer for the past 35 years. He has degrees in marketing and city mangagement and lived in Los Angeles for many years where he wrote a History of the Future about ecological urban development in Los Angeles. He agrees that the future will look very different than the past due to less availability of oil among other things, and continues to contribute greatly to how that future can be more in the hands of local grassroots, community folks who know best their own needs and preferences.

Glover has been in the small college town (15,000 residents, 13,000 students, 51,000 in metropolitan area) of Ithaca, New York since the early 1990's. There he has organized the successful Ithaca Hours local currency which has been the means of exchange for several millions of dollars in transactions. He goes into detail about how he and others organized this currency so that listeners can learn from the Ithaca experience and create more local currencies, thus keeping our wealth in our communities benefiting the well-being of our communities and their members since who makes the decisions on how the money gets spent remains local. Glover emphasizes keeping the overhead low and says that the Ithaca Hours were centered in his house for many years. Now the center is above a store where the owner is very supportive of the local currency. Ithaca Hours give interest free loans, it is used by 500 businesses of all kinds- to pay rent to landlords, garage sales, hardware stores, etc.. The currency is designed with pictures of waterfalls and children playing-- a change from pictures of financially powerful white men.

Since the private sector is taking less and less care of people, a health cooperative has recently been organized as well. It costs $100 per year for an adult and $50 per child. The care is done by licensed medical people who are paid by the coop.

Link: http://www.ithacahours.org

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December 26, 2015

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Sue, who lived an amazing life from 1938 - 2015.