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Sources and Resources

Contacts -- U.S. and Canada

P.O. Box 42663
Tucson, AZ 85733
CIRC can also be reached on-line via MCI mail:CIRC.
as well as with the e-mail address of: circ2 [at] mindspring [dot] com

Operating as a project of NEST, Inc., an Arizona non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, CIRC seeks to promote community health and positive change by supporting the emergence of mutual support structures, participatory democracy, local self-reliance, appropriate technology, sustainable living, and micro-enterprise.

CIRC is a networking hub, an information source, and a support organization. It provides organizing assistance, administrative support, instruction, access to computer and telecommunications technologies, opinion and market surveys, interdisciplinary research, and data analysis. Besides it regional activities, CIRC networks nationally and globally with groups concerned with intentional community, community economics, appropriate technology, right-livelihood, and sustainable living.

School of Living
RD 1, Box 185A
Cochranville, PA 19330

Since 1934, the School of Living has been promoting right-livelihood, decentralism, social justice, sustainable economics, communities, and cooperative self-reliance. It publishes a quarterly journal, the Green Revolution.

E.F. Schumacher Society
RD 3, Box 76
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Founded in memory of the author of Small is Beautiful, the Schumacher Society, like the School of Living, works to foster appropriate technology, human scale, and right-livelihood.

Ithaca MONEY
Box 6578
Ithaca, NY 14851

Ithaca MONEY is a tabloid newspaper which issues Ithaca HOUR notes to its advertisers. It provides information about local exchange and self-help options. Communities wishing to institute similar programs can obtain a "Home Town Money Starter Kit" for $25 or 2 1/2 Ithaca HOURS. The kit includes "all start-up and maintenance procedures, forms, laws, news articles, computer programs, updates and an Ithaca MONEY subscription.

Boulder Barter Network
P.O. Box 441
Boulder, CO 80306

Operates in a manner similar to Ithaca MONEY. Publishes a tabloid newspaper called the Boulder Barter Directory, and issues circulating Boulder HOUR notes.

Time Dollar Network
P.O. Box 42160
Washington, DC 20015
Tel.: (202) 686-5200

National clearinghouse for information about service credit/time dollar programs, including a directory and organizing assistance.

National Association of Community Development Loan Funds
P.O. Box 40085
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Provides information about and directory of Community Development Loan Funds.

Institute for Global Communications
18 De Boom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Tel.: (415) 442-0220

Provides facilities for telecommunications networking. If you have a personal computer and a modem, you have the world at your fingertips. EcoNet and PeaceNet provide access via electronic mail to subscribers of various networks around the world. It also maintains public conferences on hundreds of topics, which provide valuable information and discussion opportunities. EcoNet includes two conferences which provide on-going dialogue opportunities relating to LETS system developments. Can.lets and oz.lets focus on developments in Canada and Australia, respectively.

In Canada, these same conferences can be accessed through the WEB. Contact:
401 Richmond St. W., Suite 104
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8, Canada
Tel.: (416) 596-0212

1600 Embelton Cres.
Courtenay, BC V9N 6N8, Canada
Tel.: (604) 338-0213/0214

LANDSMAN is operated by Michael Linton, originator of LETS. This is the definitive source for information about LETS theory and operation. Michael is available to work with groups who wish to set-up a LETS system. He has developed a simulation game called "LETSPlay," as well as software needed for computerized operation of a LETsystem. New improved accounting software, called "NLETS," has recently been developed by Michael Linton and Richard Knights.

Greg Meadows
K-W LETSystem
Box 26008
Kitchener, ON N2G 4V8 Canada

Greg Meadows who runs the Kitchener-Waterloo LETSystem is perhaps the most active current LETS networker in North America. He is a valuable source of information for anyone wishing to start a LETS system. He has developed a simulation game and edits the K-W LETSystem newsletter. K-W offers "Founding Framework" documents and information package. User's and Administration manuals are available on 5 1/4 inch diskette for $20 (Canadian). K-W LETS also has a bibliography of magazine and newspaper clippings, popular and academic essays on LETS, and overseas LETS information.

Tim Inkpen
545 Sherbourne St., Apt. 1107
Toronto, ON M4X 1W5 Canada

Tim Inkpen is the communications coordinator and outreach person for LETS in Toronto. He is a valuable source of LETS information.

David Badke
Box 89
Silverton, BC V0G 2B0 Canada

Provides accounting software called LETSBase.

American Institute for Economic Research
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Provides an un-orthodox perspective on topics such as money and the economy.

International Reciprocal Trade Association
9513 Beach Mill Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
Tel.:(703) 759-1473

Trade association for the commercial barter industry.

Missouri Community Economic Development
628 Clark Hall, University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211.

Provides information and assistance on community economic development strategies.

Oregon Marketplace
1004 W. 23rd Ave., Suite 300
Portland, OR 97210.

Assists communities with "buy local" programs and import substitution.

Industrial Cooperative Association (ICA)
Community Economic Development Program
58 Day St., Suite 203
Somerville, MA 02144.

Provides information and assistance in forming cooperatives and community economic development.

Some Known LETS systems in the United States and Canada

Eugene LETS Network
Eugene, OR
(no address available)
(503) 688-6595

Eaglestar LETSystem
19655 Campbell Road
Black Forest, CO 80909

L.A. LETSystem
c/o CRSP
3551 White House Place
Los Angeles, CA 90004

LETS in Toronto
44 St. George St. #303
Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Guelph LETS
9 Macdonnell St.
Guelph, ON N1H 2Z2

Sudbury Employment and Trading System (SETS)
176 Larch St., Suite 302
Sudbury, ON P3E 1C6

Sangeen Trading Community
RR 3
Chesley, ON N0G 1L0

Victoria LETS
Box 5525, Stn. B
Victoria, BC V8R 6S4

Duncan LETS
c/o 5364 River
Bottom Road, RR #2
Duncan, BC V9L 1N9

Women's LETSystem
1660 Embelton Cres.
Courtenay, BC V9N
6N8 Canada

K-W LETSystem
Box 1731
Kitchener, ON N2G
4R3 Canada

Contacts -- Australia and New Zealand

John Zube
Libertarian Microfiche Publishing Company
7 Oxley St.
Berrima, NSW 2577 Australia

This is a unique and phenomenal source of material on free money, free banking, alternative exchange, and decentralism. Zube has converted to microfiche form more than 300,000 pages of material, much of which is primary resource material (letters, unpublished papers) which are hard to find or not available elsewhere.

P.O. Box 21140
Christchurch, New Zealand Tel.: (03) 661-992

GREEN$QUARTERLY provides a comprehensive assemblage of information collected from the various LETS systems operating in New Zealand (41 at last count). This source is a "must" for anyone wishing to keep up on LETS system developments and "mutual credit," in general. G$Q provides information about how actual operating systems have dealt with various problems and concerns. It also provides access to resource materials such as new software and a "Management Guide."

P.O. Box 1640
Armidale, NSW 2350

National publication for LETS organizers in Australia and overseas.

Blue Mountains LETS
P.O. Box 125
Katoomba 2780
Tel.:(047)82 3309, 82 6685.

Blue Mountains is one of the largest LETS systems in the world with over 1500 members.

Kevin O'Brien
157 Jackson St.
Petone, New Zealand

Offers LETS software called "Gnomes of Zurich."

John Lowe
Wai-iti Farms
RD 1
Hastings, New Zealand

Has developed updated LETS accounting software using D-BASE III.

John Croft
Dept. of State Development
P.O. Box 7234
Cloister's Square, Perth, Western Australia 6850

Offers LETS Training Manual for AUS$20.

Teranaki Green Dollars
P.O. Box 274
New Plymouth, New Zealand

Offers Green Dollar Management Guide for NZ$25.

Contacts -- United Kingdom

LETSLink UK Network
61 Woodcock Road
Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 9DH
Great Britain

A "network for the LETSystem, which keeps groups and individuals in touch with LETS developments around the country." Offers a variety of resources and documentation, including a newsletter, a LETS "STARTER PACK" (for £5), and a UK contact list (for 4 first class stamps).

Richard Knights
31D High Street
Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PH
Great Britain

Offers a new version of LETS accounting software and user's manual for £30 and £10, respectively.

Steve Watson
Brighton, Sussex
(no other address available)
Tel.: 011 44(273) 689 567

Offers Apple Mac LETS accounting software.

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