Pollinator Enterprises: Growing Jobs and Prosperity

From the Local Economy Solution: By Michael Shuman

A “pollinator” is a self-financing enterprise committed to boosting local business.  Some pollinators are for-profit businesses, some are nonprofits, but all allow a community to undertake one or more of five key economic development functions — planning, purchasing, people, partnerships and purse — with far greater efficacy and at a substantially lower cost than typical, taxpayer-funded programs.  All of the following models deploy business frameworks that ultimately aim to avoid dependency on government grants or charitable contributions: 28 Models of Pollinator Enterprises

local-economy-solution-banner-300x182What Pollinator Enterprises are active (or in the works) in the Monadnock Region? Please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Here’s what we’ve gathered so far:

Planning Pollinators

Purchasing Pollinators

People Pollinators

Partnership Pollinators

Purse Pollinators

Local Investing Inspiration from Vermont

Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense

Michael Shuman

This is the first in what we hope will be a series of state-specific handbooks to spur local investment across the United States. Each handbook will be filled with local examples and information, modeled on this first edition focused on local investing in Vermont.

Monadnock Time Exchange Hosts Film “Time as Money”

From the Monadnock Time Exchange

time_as_money_posterOn Thursday, June 4, the Monadnock Time Exchange (MTX) will host the documentary Time as Money 6-9pm in the auditorium of the Keene Public Library, Winter Street in Keene, NH.

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Time banking began in this country in the 1980s while civil rights lawyer and former speechwriter for Robert Kennedy, Edgar Cahn, was lying in a hospital bed after a heart attack. This experience of feeling helpless, similar to the disenfranchised and unemployed, gave him the idea to adapt this system of money called ‘Time Dollars’ invented in post WWII Japan as a tool to connect people and neighbors.


“Time banking reinvents the means of getting what you need and want,” says MTX Membership Coordinator, Susan MacNeil.  “Becoming a time bank member creates an alternative avenue for reciprocal interaction with one another by removing the need for cash outlay, thus reinventing currency from dollars to hours, or time.  Need yard work done, rooms painted, transportation to medical appointments?  Want a massage, organic meal prep, advice on how to organize your life?  There is something for everyone when you’re a member of the Monadnock Time Exchange.”

The film screening is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served and a Q&A will follow.  For more information, email us or call 603.313.0052.

Community Well-Being in the Monadnock Region Report

Community well-being, quality of life – whatever phrase resonates with you – here is a report on our Local Living Economy summer reading list:

The goal of the community needs assessment conducted by New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies for the Monadnock United Way and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Monadnock Region was to provide community leaders with a firm understanding of the gaps between the current state of community well-being and what might be desirable in the region.