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"For many years now, it has been clear that our economy needs to be smaller and more localized. And much more transparent. That's precisely what Common Good accomplishes. Years ago, Leopold Kohr stated, "When something is wrong, it means something is too big." His student E.F. schumacher put it even more succinctly: "Small is beautiful." Commond Good has the potential to right the wrong and make it beautiful. Wouldn't you like to be a part of this effort?"
— Aaron F. (Sunderland, MA)
"This is a great system to collectively build a stronger community."
— Sara C. (Greenfield, MA)
"Common Good is so amazing. It is seamless and reliable. This system has the possibility of anchoring the local economy the way few other things could."
— Lynn B. (Shelburne Falls, MA)
"Common Good has proven to be a simple and dynamic way to achieve economic growth and resiliency at the community level, successfully generating thousands of dollars for community projects, providing grants and low interest loans, and providing direct aid to help businesses and families survive emergencies, like the pandemic! Please join us!"
— Linda B. (Amherst, MA)
"Triple postive...good for the community, good for the merchants, good for the members."
— Susan W. (Greenfield, MA)
"Common Good is a way for us to build stronger, more resilient communities that ensure everyone has what they need. We need something like this in order to build community connections and collaborations that actually benefit the people in the places where we live. Common Good is real way to make meaningful change locally."
— Andrea C. (Ashfield, MA)
"We can create a community-based economy that supports US, benefits US, is rooted in our neighborhoods, small businesses, social enterprises and nonprofits. To do that, we need a critical mass of residents, businesses, enterprises to become members of Common Good. Interested? Sign up!"
— Judith D. (Worcester, MA)
"I don't understand why people aren't signing up in droves. It's easier than getting a credit card and costs nothing when you use it and it saves money for our local businesses AND it supports great projects in our community."
— David G. (Colrain, MA)
"Common Good protects our local economy, brings it under community control and supports great initiatives and goals."
— Sam M. (Granby, MA)
"I highly recommend signing up for Common Good. It is rooted in building stronger, more resilient communities. It benefits local people, businesses and towns for the common good of the greater local community and economy."
— Cosmo L. (Savoy, MA)
"Let's all sign up for Common Good so that we can rebuild our community to be even better, through supporting local businesses and exciting projects in extremely tangible and meaningful ways!"
— Tona W. (Madison, WI)
"Join to rebuild our economy for good."
— Karen S. (Shelburne Falls, MA)
"keeps everyones money in contol of the community"
— Jeffrey C. (Greenfield, MA)
"Control the money, you control what happens in the world. Common Good shifts control to communities, where we see what's needed and care enough to make that a priority, giving everyone a real voice in what we fund together."
— William S. (Ashfield, MA)
"Who controls our money? If we want to create change we have to start here. Join Common Good and come use your card at the new Upinngil Farm Bakery!"
— Sorrel H. (Gill, MA)
"For us to have a true democracy we need the people to have a say in where their money goes."
— Catherine C. (Madison, WI)
"By participating in Common Good we are generating money to help our neighbors and creating financial protections for ourselves and our community businesses. We can save our local business thousands of dollars in credit card fees. Those savings stay in the community and allow those business to use that money for other community projects rather than going off to distant credit card companies. It's the same idea as "Buy Local Food" only it's "Use Local Money""
— Gary S. (Hatfield, MA)
"I like the idea of local control of our money, so that we can spend it in useful ways."
— John R. (Greenfield, MA)
"We need to shift the stability of the economy so that locally we are okay even if/when things go badly with larger systems"
— Stephanie K. (Belchertown, MA)
"This is a simple way to benefit local businesses and organizations by just shopping locally!"
— Louise A. (Greenfield, MA 01301, MA)
"Common Good benefits people and local economies instead of siphoning the benefits to Wall St bankers."
— Tonio E. (Middlesex, VT)
"Common Good is playing a vital role in the transformation from our current degenerative economy to a truly regenerative economy!"
— Bill B. (Mansfield, CT)
"With my Common Good card in hand, I feel that I am a full partner in this powerful community vision."
— Carol L. (Greenfield, MA)
"I believe in localization and reclaiming the community from global institutions."
— Hannah B. (Turners Falls, MA)
"This makes sense for us all!"
— Judy S. (Greenfield, MA)
"Common Good exemplifies the concept of acting locally while thinking globally. As a member, I know the money I spend at member businesses is supporting an organization who believes in some of the same values as I do."
— Peg H. (Greenfield, MA)
"I believe in the 'triumph of the commons' !"
— Frank F. (East Lyme, CT)
"I want you to sign up as practice, stepping toward community wide matters of common good"
— John S. (Elkhart, IN)
"Using and expanding Common Good is a way of making money work for us, not just for bankers. Give it a try- it doesn't have a cost, and lots of benefit."
— Janet C. (Ann Arbor, MI)
"To create a more beautiful world we know is possible."
— Nicole T. (Greenfield, MA)
"Using Common Good rather than a credit or debit card benefits our community rather than some huge, international bank."
— Mary T. (Wendell, MA)
"By accepting and using Common Good credit, we can free up funding for the common good of our community."
— John G. (Goshen, IN)
"This is local economic empowerment, by the people for the people. Local business development must be integral to community stability. By keeping money circulating in a community as long as possible, local businesses are bolstered, and local improvement projects become possible, improving quality of life in the community."
— Brian L. (Monroe Township, NJ)
"A simple shift to paying this way allows each of us to shift an entire dynamic - one that enables us to leverage our daily transactions toward benefits the entire community of life deserve."
— Timothy J. (Madison, WI)
"To build local and regional strength and add cooperative values to cash."
— Jonathon R. (Shelburne Falls, MA)
"The existing banking system is riddled with exorbitant fees, racism, and leaves many people unbanked. Using Common Good is democratic and available to anyone who signs up."
— Darrell D. (Washington, DC)
"We live in a special place. There is great effort to 'buy local' and support our local economy. How special it is to have a local payment system that saves all businesses from bank fees and at the same time is able to provide financial support towards community projects and helping others. I really don't understand why all businesses are not participating. This service is 100% fluid and convertible to cash at any time. It's a no brainer people!"
— Mark W. (Greenfield, MA)
"More than ever, Common Good can help participating businesses reduce their costs as they struggle to survive COVID-19."
— Katherine H. (Ann Arbor, MI)
"Such a good way to support local businesses as they rebound from Covid closings."
— Maureen F. (Northampton, MA)
"Be a part! Sign-up and show support for your local farms, businesses, and community organizations."
— Deborah S. (West Whately, MA)
"Common Good offers individuals and communities the very real opportunity to wield economic and political power based on local needs and wisdom, undiluted by Big Government and Big Banking."
— Ivan U. (Warwick, MA)
"We've had too many examples in the last few months of why our communities need to develop and grow locally-controlled funds. We need to develop self-sufficient economic networks, and sociocratically managed pools to offset community threats such as unemployment, COVID closures, flood closures, and riot closures. By participating in Common Good we are generating money to help our neighbors and creating financial protections for ourselves and our community businesses."
— Lisa N. (Madison, WI)
"It's a great opportunity to keep funds in the community, and support actual local businesses."
— Casey H. (Madison, WI)
"Big finance doesn't care about us."
— Angelica E. (Madison, WI)
"Alternative is exploitative paypal"
— Phillip G. (New York, NY)
"Please sign up"
— Pat S. (Greenfield, MA)
"Finding community resources you didn’t think were available."
— Evan B. (Ashfield, MA)
"The money stays local and there's no bank fee"
— Philip C. (Brattleboro, VT)
"Sign up and participate in a system that keeps money local and empowers us to redistribute wealth to our neighbors."
— Andrew R. (Greenfield, MA)
"Local is robust and humane where the larger dogs, players, politicians come and go with no reliable care for the little woman & man."
— Stefan T. (Shelburne Falls, MA)

Big Money, Free Card

A lot of money in the right places can make a big difference for everything you care about in the world. Including helping people who need help the most.

  • Support renewable energy, small business, food systems, social justice, arts, and basic needs every time you use your card – at no cost to you.
  • Save your local businesses thousands (or millions) in credit card fees.
  • You decide as a community what to invest in and what to fund.

"Common Good is so amazing. It is seamless and reliable. This system has the possibility of anchoring the local economy the way few other things could."

Lynn Benander
Co-op Power (MA)

"I am part of a community of like-minded people who share a common vision for strengthening and improving the quality of life at the community level."

member Ivan Usaach

"We're excited to be involved with Common Good because it benefits the community in such a concrete way. So many people are working to make our community a good place to live, and this is one more way to be a part of that."

Jesse Sensenig
Goshen Brewing Company (IN)

"Thinking about joining? I’d say get on the diving board and jump off."

Myron Bontrager
The Electric Brew (IN)

"If every business in our region were to take the leap of faith and commit to staying local as much as possible, everyone would benefit. It's all about diversifying and resiliency. Invest in your neighbors!"

Mik Muller
Montague WebWorks (MA)

"We believe in strong regional economies that benefit our local communities, co-operative ownership, and democratic decision-making."

Brendan Flannelly-King
Real Pickles (MA)

"As a growing local business, we feel it’s important to bring camaraderie back, working closely with our customers to create the perfect promotional concepts to represent your business."

Susan Brulotte
All About the Promo (MA)

"It’s beyond buying local. It is the goal of a community investment."

member Megan McDonough

"I love the Common Good card. It saves me all the credit card fees."

Bill Baker
Baker Office Supply (MA)

"We really like being tied in with the community. What makes us successful is Greenfield being what it is — a great mix of people in the community. Common Good supporting that is a hit with us."

Seth Lustig
manager, Greenfield Games (MA)

"We feel grateful to be growing low-bush blueberries for our community and being part of Common Good is just an extension of the volition we have to contribute to our region's local economy."

Meredith Wecker
The Benson Place (MA)

"I’m ethically aligned with it and the power it has. What it stands for philosophically is a really good thing."

member Aric Savage

"It works!"

Gary Schaefer
former owner, Snow's Ice Cream (MA)

"I absolutely love the concept."

member Kirk Westphal

"As an early adopter — We LOVE Common Good!"

Jason and Matthew Dean
Foster's Supermarket (MA)

"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."

Sorrel Hatch
Upinngil Farm (MA)

"Common Good is a great way to be part of the community and help—it’s for a good cause. You can’t go wrong!"

Sonny Magar
Namaste Restaurant (MA)

"We joined to propel Common Good's mission."

Hannah McDonald
manager, Red Fire North (MA)

"I applaud the Common Good founders and staff for their dedication and hard work towards constant improvement and clarification of how and why this alternative system for local transactions makes sense here and most anywhere."

Alden Booth
The People's Pint (MA)

"It's faster than a chip card! And I feel good every time I use my Common Good card."

member David Nelson
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