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What would a socially just, economically sustainable, low carbon Local Economy look like? How can we work towards this?
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Latest Activity: Apr 11, 2013

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The Sharing Project - 5 DAYS LEFT

Started by Chris Diplock Apr 10, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, Over the past week, The Sharing Project has gained a ton of major media support. From front page of the National Post, to Global TV's 6pm news, an interview on CKNW and CBC, it appears…Continue

Peak Oil Preparation - What *Else* To Think About

Started by Ross Moster Aug 15, 2012. 0 Replies

Time: August 19, 2012 from 5pm to 8pmLocation: Kitsilano, near beach, RSVP for…Continue

Volunteers needed for our Demo Community Village at Khatsalano Music + Art Festival this Saturday

Started by Ross Moster Jul 17, 2012. 0 Replies

Hi all,We're going to do a smallish community village (3 or 4 tents) at the Khatsalano street fest on Saturday, and need help with setting up (around 9:30-11am), tabling (noon-8pm), and breaking down…Continue

Have Your Say On Our Socio-Economic Future!

Started by Duric Aljosa May 16, 2012. 0 Replies

What is state, what is the difference between a man and a person and on what is relationship between a man and a state based on? What is currency, how does monetary system function and why is money…Continue

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Comment by Jordan B on May 10, 2012 at 6:21pm

‎"I was there when the currency that would forever change the way Vancouverites think about money was born."

Wouldn't you like to be able to say that one day, a few years hence? Now you have your chance!

We are super excited about May 16th at the HiVE! Not only do we get to tell you all about our plans to revolutionize local economics in Vancouver with the SeedStock community currency project, but we have some amazing local artists lined up to inspire and entertain you as well, including:
• Singer/songwriter Buckman Coe (
• Singer/songwriter Corrina Keeling (
• Actor/musician Zamir Dhanji (
• Local slam poetry champion Johnny MacRae (
• Artist/poet/filmmaker Hazel Bell-Koski (

Just a taste of what an enormous wealth our local artists represent for our community!

Have you reserved your ticket yet? If not – hurry, because seating is limited! It will be the best money you’ve ever changed.

Comment by Jordan B on February 26, 2012 at 10:48am

Open Money and LETSystem founder Michael Linton will be giving a talk at Eternal Abundance on Commercial Drive on March 5th at 8:30pm! This is a great opportunity to learn more about what money has to do with economic relocalisation - how it is the greatest obstacle, but redesigned can become one of its most powerful tools. More details at

Comment by Jordan B on January 20, 2012 at 8:29pm

An excellent article from Yes! Magazine about why our future is near-heavy, far-light:

Comment by Jordan B on October 31, 2011 at 8:02pm
Chris Martenson, author of the Crash Course, gave a great talk via teleconference hosted by Transition US on Oct. 25th, in which he discusses with great clarity what is happening now in terms of the global economy and energy situation, and talks about what he has been doing to build resilience into his life (which included quitting his high-paying executive job, selling his waterfront suburban home and moving to a farm in order to devote himself to making the transition, and helping others to do so as well. This 75-minute talk is well worth a listen and can be accessed at
Comment by Jordan B on October 7, 2011 at 9:22am


I would like to invite you all to join me for a Village Vancouver-sponsored workshop to explore the exciting possibility of creating a more local, just and sustainable food economy in Vancouver with the aid of a food-centred community currency!

This free workshop will take place on Thursday, October 20th from 7-9pm at the Strathcona Community Centre. Here is the workshop description:

Some of our economic system’s deepest flaws are lain bare in the vital matters of food production and distribution. Could a new form of money – community currency – help change the economics of food? Join us for an exploratory look at the possibilities for a more just, local and environmentally friendly food economy.

To learn more, please visit the Village Vancouver event posting at


Comment by Jordan B on April 26, 2011 at 10:09pm

Introducing "Give What You Can"  Admission $25 - $85 to The Great Turning, this Saturday, April 30! 
The Great Turning - Now More Accessible than Ever!
Tickets now available from $25 and up

The Great Turning requires the participation of people of all generations and income brackets, and we recognize that this un-conference needs to reflect the financial capacity of all interested delegates.


With love and faith, we have decided to offer a variety of new "give what you can" registration options at $25, $35, and $45, respectively. These tickets include admission to the full day event, coffee/tea, a fabulous lunch, a bread pudding snack, and free workshops following the un-conference.


Please note that all tickets at or above $55 now include admission to The Quickening as well, and the $75 and $85 "pay it forward" tickets come with charitable tax receipts for $10 and $20, respectively. Please click the button at the bottom of this page to register and ensure your space!


Navigating The Great Turning: An Unconference to Be The Change


Join hundreds of change agents and over 40 passionate community leaders to explore how we can create a sustainable future through action, innovation, and consciousness!


Engage with leaders from Greenpeace, Village Vancouver, Oxfam, and dozens of other leading organizations in a day of inspiring broad vision talks, intimate circle dialogues, artistic performances, and organic vegetarian lunch! (Learn More)


Saturday, April 30, Doors open at 8:00 am for choosing your Turning Talks, Yoga & Coffee. Event runs 9:00am to 5:30pm

Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

Comment by Jordan B on April 20, 2011 at 10:02pm
Hey, Tool Library Supporters! 

Welcome to the VTL mailing list, and first of all, thanks so much for your support so far. It's been a really rewarding process to see this list grow over the past few weeks and begin talking with the people who will eventually be the users of our tool library. As promised, we won't bug you with too many emails, but we will keep you posted on our progress towards opening the doors to our tool lending library and getting you involved. 

Today, we are so excited to share the news that news that we've found somewhere to set up shop! Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be moving into our new space at 3448 Commercial Street. We'll be posting photos of the shop to our blog and facebook page soon, so stay tuned. To celebrate this big step towards our launch date, we're holding an open house and fundraising event on Saturday, April 30th. We invite you all to come down to the VTL for...
  • $2 pancakes 'til noon, live music all day 
  • Membership signups: purchase your lifetime membership share ($20 cash) and pay your annual maintenance fee ($30 cash)
  • Tool donation station: put your spare or underutilized tools to use in your community by donating them to the tool library
  • Family-friendly activities: build a Mason Bee House to take home, bring a photo of yourself working on a tool-related project to contribute to our community collage project

Bring your friends, bring your neighbours, help us spread the word! A poster is attached if you want to pass on the information or post it up at one of your local haunts. 
See you there!

- Your friends at The VTL
Comment by Jordan B on April 5, 2011 at 10:05pm

The Great Turning: an Un-Conference to Be the Change
Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph St.)      

(Click here to view a map of the location)

SATURDAY APRIL 30th, 2011, 9:00am to 5:30pm

Yoga, coffee, and registration at 8:00am

Visit: The Great Turning Facebook Page!

Or our Website!


If you were at the first Great Turning, you'll remember how amazing it is to be brainstorming and connecting with hundreds of creative change agents. The Great Turning 2011 Un-Conference promises to be even better, bringing in 40 passionate community leaders to kick off circle dialogues.


The energy is electric, with inspiring broad-vision talks along with pragmatic small group dialogues, artistic performances and a delicious, organic, vegetarian lunch, with plenty of opportunities for speakers and participants to share insights and stay connected in neighbourhood Action Circles to support their interests in the months ahead.


The event was at capacity last time!



There are also some great volunteer opportunities to participate in creative ways. For more details contact


There are many pieces to the puzzle of our emerging future, and your role in this process is pivotal. Come join us and Be The Change at this year's Great Turning Un-Conference!

Comment by Jordan B on February 25, 2011 at 5:03pm

There is another upcoming event that may interest several people in this group:


This is the Canadian Community Economic Development Network Conference on March 3rd and 4th. Registration closes on March 1st, so hurry if you're interested!

Comment by Jordan B on February 7, 2011 at 10:36pm



Most of you will already have seen my email about the community currency presentation that I will be holding together with LETS and Community Way founder Michael Linton next Sunday, February 13th. This is a great opportunity to learn more about community currencies and how you can get involved in creating them right here in Vancouver, so I encourage as many people as possible to attend. You can find the event page here.


I would also like you to mark your calendars for February 18th and 19th, which is when Michael Linton returns to Vancouver in the company of his Community Way colleagues Pieter Vorster and Caila Holbrook to help us kick off our project to create a community currency for the Dunbar neighbourhood by sharing their valuable know-how with us. On the 18th we will be holding an informal get-together with the Comox Community Way team, followed by an intensive kick-off workshop on Saturday the 19th. Please see the event page to RSVP and for more details. This workshop is intended for those who are willing to commit to being a member of the Community Way project team, which I hope that a number of you are! This is the start of something great in Vancouver, and we can use contributions of all shapes and sizes to make it successful.


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