... because you want a good life for everyone: your family, your friends, your world. A Common Good™ Economy shifts power from big government and big business back to communities, where we know and care more.
Common Good has the potential to fundamentally change the roots of our local economy, building a new economic system, one where we control the money. Thoreau said 'For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil there is one striking at the root.' I believe Common Good is making a strike for the root.
Imagine your community has plenty of money.
Together you might choose to fund sustainable agriculture and energy systems for local self-reliance. You might choose to ensure that everyone has healthy food, a home, healthcare, satisfying work, and a beautiful environment.
We call this vision a Common Good Economy.
At first glance, the Common Good system looks like a simple payment system. You put US Dollars into your Common Good Account and spend them using your Common Good Card.
Then come the Common Good Credits — electronic credits issued by your Common Good Community for your use, while your US Dollars sit in escrow. As the amount in escrow grows and steadies, you and other members can decide together to use some of those funds for grants and zero-interest loans to build local resilience and advance the common good.
This hybrid system gives us tomorrow's economy today — a human- and planet-friendly community-controlled economy, transforming our dysfunctional global economy to create a society that benefits everyone.
The Common Good concept evolved over the course of a decade and has been thoroughly tested for over three years in Greenfield, Massachusetts. In April 2015, Ann Arbor, Michigan became the second Common Good Community.
Over time, a growing network of Common Good Communities may collaborate for community-centered democratic control of our common destiny.
You can help make it happen, by signing up and inviting your friends to join you. All it takes to launch a Common Good Community is a few dozen members and a few food-related businesses such as grocers, restaurants, and farms. It could start with you.