Dick Hanscomb forwarded this article about a tiny new barter currency being introduced in Kodiak, Alaska. -Editor There’s nothing funny about this money — unless, of course, you’re not a member.
Australian-born but longtime Kodiak resident David Cooper, 61, is the organizer and founder of the burgeoning New World Barter Group, a part classifieds, part money-saver, part community-builder exchange group. Members will create transactions of all types in the hopes of saving cash using the newly printed, not-so-funny-money Bart dollar.
After paying a $10 membership fee, members will receive 130 Barts, a subscription to the group newsletter, and access to the online classifieds listing of items and services members are offering. Interested parties make exchanges using a combination of dollars and Barts or even just Barts, hoping to save some George Washingtons in the process. But Cooper said the system can do more once it gets larger.
Though the group currently only has eight members, Cooper said once it has more participants, they may be able to purchase almost anything they might need using Barts instead of American currency, while also learning more about their neighbors.
“We don’t know what’s out there. We don’t even (fully) know what our friends have to offer. This is a way to get to know people.”
To read the complete article, see: Kodiak group to trade on local skills, merchandise with Bart currency > (http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/dec/13/
To visit the New World Barter Group web site, see: The New World Barter Group (http://thenewworldproject.books.officelive.com/default.aspx)
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