The Common Good system is all about community-centered economic democracy. Here are the communities working toward that ideal, so far.
The world's first Common Good transaction was made Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Green Fields Market by Common Good Founder, William Spademan, using his personal Common Good Card. He bought a case of organic root beer to celebrate.
Through six months of testing, with just three participating businesses and a dozen members, we identified some needed improvements — most importantly, a dedicated smartphone app. We shut the system down for a month, to write the app and make a few other adjustments.
The Common Good system was relaunched on December 15, 2013 and has operated continuously ever since. As of December, 2014, all important features are present and functioning well. A membership celebration was held in January 2015.
To date, the Greenfield Common Good system has handled well over $1,000,000 in transactions and completed its first round of grants and loans in February 2017.
Want to know more or help out with Common Good in Greenfield? Email Greenfield organizer Emily Crehan at westernmass@CommonGood.earth or call 413-628-1723.
Washtenaw County Common Good launched April 1, 2015, under the leadership of software engineer Adam Konner and electrician Jim Bates. The staff at the People's Food Co-op is very supportive and has played a key role in the community's success.
In Goshen, Indiana a dedicated group has completed a successful "micro-trial" and has begun to bring in more businesses and members. For more information, contact John Glick at goshen@CommonGood.earth.
In Brattleboro and Putney, Vermont a group met meeting weekly for over a year. Known as "BENE" (Better Economics for Neighbors Everywhere), the group launched Common Good in Southeastern Vermont in November 2015. For more information, contact Jesse de la Rosa at sevt@CommonGood.earth.
If you live far from any of these communities, no worries. As more communities experience the power and abundance of Common Good, their excitement might just be exponentially contagious. So Common Good may come to your neighborhood sooner than you think.
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