"Community economic democracy is our best shot at ending poverty and climate change. Common Good gives us software and funding for that new economy, empowering people of all colors and circumstances to stand together and thrive."
"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)
"By joining Common Good, you have the opportunity to make every day choices to invest in building a solidarity economy. You get to support local businesses AND make decisions together about how we invest our collective wealth into improving our community."
"Sign up! Common Good is easy to use, saves local businesses from credit card fees, benefits the community and members get to make grant decisions. I use my CG card often, especially during COVID it is easy to transfer funds or make a payment from the safety of home. Try it out. "
— Mary L. (Ashfield, 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. (Shelburne Falls, MA)
"I believe in this system As I re-create my small business, I want to invest in myself and in my community in a conscious and sustainable way that is good for all. I believe in the ability to take back control of our lives in a way that is legitimate, necessary and for the common good of all."
"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)
"Participating in the Common Good program has been financially beneficial to the Wendell Country Store. We save on card processing fees and it's good to know that we are helping the community at the same time. It is simple and very user friendly. I feel that it has brought the store more business as well. As a business owner, I highly recommend this program."
— Patti Scutari (Owner, The Wendell Country Store)
"I was an early adopter of the Common Good system when it was born in Greenfield, Mass. It astounds me that I can be paid for my work in Common Good credits and then pay for goods and services from an array of local businesses such as my food co-op, my dentist, and my favorite farm stands and restaurants. The clincher for me is being able from our pooled resources to make grants to community projects like the Compost Co-op, a worker-owned cooperative that provides meaningful employment for people who are committed to racial justice and have experienced incarceration. If you are wondering if this is real, my answer is yes. I see it nearly every day in the faces of the people I know and the communities that I love. Delight is my main experience when I pull out my card and say, "I'm paying with Common Good.""
"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)
"Money shouldn't be solely in the hands of banks where only rich people profit. Instead I want my community to prosper and take care of each other. Power to the people!"
— Nina N. (Brattleboro, VT)
"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."
"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!"
"This is a great concept! I'm excited to now use Common Good to pay for my local farm share and weekly grocery shopping at Simple Gifts Farm. I'm looking forward to other ways to support our local economy. Please join me in signing up as a member, so we can decide together how to fund our community. "
— Anne D. (Amherst, 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."
"This is a great system to collectively build a stronger community."
— Sara C. (Greenfield, MA)
"Common Good puts my money where my values are. If you want to live in a society where people, the environment, love, kindness, and community thrive--become a community builder with Common Good."
— Leslie F. (Colrain, MA)
"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 Falbel (Head of Adult Services, Sunderland (MA) Public Library)
"Common Good protects our local economy, brings it under community control and supports great initiatives and goals."
"Sign up to strengthen our local economy."
— Keith Z. (Ashfield, MA)
"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)
"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."
"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)
"For us to have a true democracy we need the people to have a say in where their money goes."
— Catherine C. (Madison, WI)
"Local friends, Let's increase the reach of this free, simple, well-tested funding system for the Amherst area community. Our neighbors are struggling needlessly, for instance with access to healthy food in COVID times. Please sign up today!"
"Invest in your community! The best way to improve the environment in which you live is to give to it. Reciprocity is fundamental for community development. Be the change that you wish to see."
— Anna K. (Arlington, MA)
"I love the common good’s ability to empower communities to invest in themselves."
— Rachel H. (Amherst, MA)
"Signing up and using your Common Good Card helps our local economy in so many ways. "
— Laurie DiDonato (Wendell Energy Committee)
"To create a more beautiful world we know is possible."
"I like the idea of local control of our money, so that we can spend it in useful ways."
"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)
"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)
"Common Good is playing a vital role in the transformation from our current degenerative economy to a truly regenerative economy!"
— Bill Baue (Senior Director, r3.0
"Common Good benefits people and local economies instead of siphoning the benefits to Wall St bankers."
— Tonio E. (Middlesex, VT)
"Instead of credit card fees going to banks, I’d rather have as much money stay in local communities as possible. Common Good helps make that happen."
— Marc K. (Springfield, MA)
"Common Good is a beautiful way to keep your money local while also supporting the local economy and our community! Where Venmo, other money transferring softwares & even big banks have capitalist intentions at their core, Common Good comes in as an alternative way to share our collective resources with each other in positive ways 🙂 "
— Kyana F. (Greenfield, MA)
"When you sign up for Common Good, you increase the resiliency of your community and ultimately yourself."
— Joshua C. (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI)
"Common Good is easy to use, encourages me to spend dollars locally, and supports a vibrant local economy. I also like that it benefits the community through grants instead of having profit as its goal. I like to use my Common Good card to purchase local food, restaurants and cafes, and locally made beverages."
— Sarah B. (Greenfield, MA)
"We all know that our economy doesn't work well for many of us. By joining Lisa and me in participating in Common Good, you'll be part of creating a new economy that benefits all of us, one that brings power to the level of people rather than big banks and big business.
We love using our Common Good cards at places like A2Z Science and Learning, Atkins Farm, and Barts Ice Cream because we know it helps those local businesses more than using our credit card does, AND it grows real funds that can be invested in the common good of our communities. Will you sign up? It will be worth the time."
— J R. (Easthampton, MA)
"Keeping our money local is as important as keeping our business local! Using regular credit/debit cards sends 1-3% of our money to banks, when it should stay circulating in our community. Help your community, help your local stores, sign up for and use Common Good!"
"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!"
"Commerce has taken over a big part of our lives, and that removes power from our community. If we are to strengthen our community, we need to redirect our transactions into organizations like Common Good. It is not just about local investments a bank would never do. It is about our connection to each other and our empowering ourselves. "
— Gabor L. (Amherst, MA)
"You can be a part of the change you want to see in your community. This is an easy way to be part of that change for the better."
— Joseph M. (Madison, WI)
"We need to shift the stability of the economy so that locally we are okay even if/when things go badly with larger systems"
"By accepting and using Common Good credit, we can free up funding for the common good of our community."
— John W Glick (Common Good Goshen)
"Using Common Good rather than a credit or debit card benefits our community rather than some huge, international bank."
— Mary T. (Wendell, MA)
"Common Good seems too good to be true. It helps the community and doesn't cost me anything.."
— Alice S. (Amherst, MA)
"Common Good’s grants and loans have helped small businesses and organizations grow. By using the Common Good card it makes my trip to the store meaningful. "
— Julie C. (S Deerfield, MA)
"With my Common Good card in hand, I feel that I am a full partner in this powerful community vision."
"Please sign up. The more we buy from each other, the more services we provide to each other, the more benefit we will get for all of us. With each person joining, our circulation and our fund grows and we start to get additional benefits, such as financing some common projects. There are no fees and no risk."
— Victor G. (Oregon House, CA)
"Help the community"
— Marcus A. (Clovis, CA)
"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!"
"Common Good is aligned with the mission of Kola Nut Collaborative of weaving together different forms of local social infrastructure in mutually supportive, reciprocal, and beneficial relationships. We think multiple forms of participatory local currency should be in circulation to build an economic democracy."
"I want to support local and small businesses and keep my community economy going strong."
— Irina W. (North Andover, 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."
"To build local and regional strength and add cooperative values to cash."
— Jonathon R. (Shelburne Falls, MA)
"I want you to sign up as practice, stepping toward community wide matters of common good"
"Be a part! Sign-up and show support for your local farms, businesses, and community organizations."
"We need new economic systems that work for all people and provide freedom to pursue our true life purposes."
— Erika A. (Great Barrington, MA)
"Join to rebuild our economy for good."
— Karen S. (Shelburne Falls, MA)
"I believe in a strong local economy which means keeping money circulating locally. I appreciate that Common Good achieves this in a way that backs local food access initiatives and other local businesses, non-profits, and community members. "
— Annie Levine (Co-Coordinator, Great Falls Apple Corps)
"I believe building a local, democratic economy is our best hope toward sustainable and resilient society that supports both community and individual self realization."
— Timothy H. (Amherst, MA)
"keeps everyones money in contol of the community"
"We use common good to pay our bill for cheaper solar electricity, helping the environment, our pocketbook, and the community"
— Holly J. (Worcester, MA)
"I want a healthy local economy, where I am spending money in like minded businesses concerned about economic and social justice for all."
— Julia Godfrey (Salmon Falls Land Association)
"With Common Good your money goes to work for your neighbors in your community. In your conventional bank account it benefits mostly...the bank."
— Nicholas V. (Leverett, 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."
"I believe in localization and reclaiming the community from global institutions."
"Sign up to participate in Common Good which helps your dollars to do more for the local economy."
— Eric B. (Barre, VT)
"More than ever, Common Good can help participating businesses reduce their costs as they struggle to survive COVID-19."
— Katherine H. (Ann Arbor, MI)
"This is a no brainer. Everyone should be doing this."
— Eugene L. (Greenfield, MA)
"Social Justice movements often say the opposition has the money but we have the people. But Common Good adds the people's money to the struggle. "
"To keep our money local and in our hands instead of banks who have investors to make happy, we have funds available to help our community out!"
— Andrew S. (Ann Arbor, MI)
"Common Good is a payment system that allows people to spend their money as usual while simultaneously investing in their community. By signing up and shopping with Common Good businesses, you become a part of something bigger. You can fund the change you want to see and help communities become more resilient. "
— Julia Clohisy (Student, UMass Amherst)
"Common Good has a lot of potential in our community. I really would like to help get the word out more. My business uses it and I would like to see many more businesses using it. "
"I am excited to work with my neighbors, local businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations to nurture a Common Good economic and political ecology that recognizes that we are all connected to one another, that our individual well-being is connected to the well being of the community. "
"I'm very into this idea! This is the non-profit that is helping the free fridge project.
— Anna Meyer (Hart Farm)
"Signing up for Common Good spreads healing and liberation in our community. Join us! "
— Danielle L. (Longmeadow, MA)
"Common Good is a great way to "invest" in our local economy and help the communities around us grow."
— Dawn D. (Conway, MA)
"This could really help both the people of Brattleboro and the local economy."
— Rolf P. (Brattleboro, VT)
"Instead of capital accumulating at the top to benefit a few individuals, Common Good invests back into the community, in whatever ways its members decide. Common Good creates a truly democratic economy by using liquid democracy, where everyone gets to participate in any decisions they want to, or be represented by people they trust when they don't. The more people join, the more we keep money flowing back into our community instead of into the pockets of the mega-wealthy!"
"Such a good way to support local businesses as they rebound from Covid closings."
— Maureen F. (Northampton, MA)
"I believe in the 'triumph of the commons' !"
"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 Ussach (Operations Director, Common Good)
"Just as we try to buy local produce to support local growers, we can keep our money in our community by banking with Common Good. It's easy!"
— Mary K. (Colrain, MA)
"There is so much potential to evolve our broken economic model and create a new system that is local and empowers the people who contribute. "
"i found Common Good when i was looking for a way to utilize solar power without a solar collector on my house! I'm glad i found Common Good."
— Susan T. (Sunderland, MA)
"Triple postive...good for the community, good for the merchants, good for the members."
"I really love every thing about the Common Good system, it is definitely a win-win for everyone in our community, especially if more people join!"
— Nancy M. (Wendell, MA)
"This is a simple way to benefit local businesses and organizations by just shopping locally!"
— Louise A. (Greenfield, MA 01301, MA)
"We need to think globally and act locally in economics. The people need to take controll of the financial systems. This is a step in that direction."
— Nan R. (Wendell, MA)
"This makes sense for us all!"
— Judy S. (Greenfield, MA)
"While there may be advantages in alternative currencies for local economies, Common good has the potential to provide resources for direct social good."
— Gaia K. (Ann Arbor, MI)
"True democracy depends upon reclaiming our economy!"
— John P. (Madison, WI)
"To benefit the local community by keeping our $ in the community and to benefit the planet. We have to re establish the commons."
— Binda C. (Northampton, MA)
"Community currency systems can and should be an important part of community engagement. As traditional "systems" break down around us it will become more and more important for people to come together in local communities to support each other and ourselves."
"Common good can allow us to choose the economy we want to live in. If you want your community to be strong, if you believe we can organize our economic lives around something greater than selfishness, then sign up!"
— Miles D. (Swarthmore, PA)
"Keeping money circulating in a local community is important, and the power of a collective can be far reaching. Financial institutions have been using models like this to benefit those at the top for a long time; lets use it to benefit all of us."
— Dylan O. (Florence, MA)
"This is a direct, efficient way to create a safety net for one another."
— Nancy R. (Madison, WI)
"To help people in the community help themselves, each other, and the community"
— John M. (St Louis, MO)
"You can save money on your energy bills while helping to sustain the environment. "
— Carol T. (Longmeadow, MA)
"The more people sign up, the more local businesses will sign on, and that will be good for us and for our community!"
— Barbara H Partee (Professor Emeritus, UMass Amherst)
"Common Good helps us all. Why wouldn’t we want to do that? "
— Emily M. (Montague, MA)
"So that we can keep more of our money in our community and less in the pockets of large banks and credit card companies and to support local businesses."
— Elizabeth R. (Holyoke, MA)
"It's a great opportunity to keep funds in the community, and support actual local businesses."
— Casey H. (Madison, WI)
"Good for the vitality of our local region."
— Barbara G. (Hadley, MA)
"Big finance doesn't care about us."
— Angelica E. (Madison, WI)
"save small businesses"
— Judy R. (Leverett, MA)
"Common good keeps or money within our community and avoids sending a percentage away to the financial industry"
"Having a community currency-mutual credit system like Common Good is vital to creating a more equitable, regenerative and resilient local community. "
"Common Good is a great idea and has money and credit recycling locally."
— James M. (Amherst, MA)
"More people, more pooled funds available for the Common Good."
— Susan S. (White Riv Jct, VT)
"We need more local funding to support civic deficits. "
— Janet M. (Amherst, MA)
"Keeping money in the community by eliminating credit card fees seems like a no brainer. "
— Richard W. (Amherst, MA)
"Supporting alternative local community based economy especially in more than usual uncertain times "
"Our money goes in the hands of our small, local businesses instead of big box stores on Route 9."
— Lissa B. (Amherst, MA)
"Finding community resources you didn’t think were available."
— Evan B. (Ashfield, MA)
"To support local economy "
— Shahar C. (Oregon House, CA)
"Please sign up"
— Pat Spinelli (Waste management, Volunteer at Stone Soup Cafe in Greenfield)
"I love the idea of keeping money in our community! I'm also using this to teach my child about financial responsibility."
— Johanna R. (Greenfield, MA)
"Keeping money local benefits everyone in the community."
— Emily K. (Northfield, MA)
"Local is robust and humane where the larger dogs, players, politicians come and go with no reliable care for the little woman & man."
"local money helps local people and businesses"
— Joyce F. (Whately, MA)
"It can help transition to a stabler, more circular economy directly focused on the needs of people in the immediate community of the Common Good account holder."
— Brendan C. (Sacramento, CA)
"Sign up and participate in a system that keeps money local and empowers us to redistribute wealth to our neighbors."
— Andrew R. (Greenfield, MA)
"Common Good lets me be a contributing member of the commons."
— David R. (Wendell, MA)
— Martha J. (Amherst, MA)
"Let's keep money in our region instead it getting siphoned off to big companies!"
— Jacob B. (Leverett, MA)
"To help small businesses "
— Deborah T. (Wendell, MA)
"The money stays local and there's no bank fee"
— Philip C. (Brattleboro, VT)
"Sign up to keep money local and out of the pockets of big banks. "
— Sarah T. (Amherst, MA)
"I want our society to work well, for and with, each other. This pandemic is taking its toll, though we are strong and resilient. Personally I need help to purchase a home and get my family into a place where we are emotionally, mentally and physically healthy."
— Dorena C. (Portland, OR)
"for the common good of my family, neighbors, wider community, and planet."
— Jane J. (Amherst, MA)
"Keeping more of our spending dollars local adds more vibrancy and resiliency to our local communities."
— Michael A. (Anherst, MA)
"I'm glad to be supporting other businesses, organizations, and individuals in our community without spending $$$."
"Alternative is exploitative paypal"
— Phillip G. (New York, NY)
"I think it is important to explore all forms of sharing the wealth, of grounding our banking in our communities. Common Good is creative and guided by prioritizing community."
— Jennifer L. (Florence, MA)
"It is my understanding/opinion/immensity of feeling that the more we invest in eachother- our community- the happier we will all be. The more we empower ourselves to understand and envision solutions for our own problems, the more resilient we become. Systems like Common Good can help direct our money to the exact places and projects that supply the changes we want. The more we take direct action to resolve our communities problems- injustices, imbalances, inequities etc., the freer we all become to pursue our individual goals and realities because we are all mutually supported at the root. By using tools like Common Good we are empowering ourselves and eachother to reimagine and create alternative social and economic systems that serve all. "
— Brianna L. (Ashfield, MA)
"It is for the common good of our Western Mass community."
— Rosalie E. (Amherst, MA)
"Do something for the common good of our community. "
"We can strengthen local businesses! "
— Joya M. (Amherst, MA)
"Money stays in the community !"
— Ava F. (Amherst, MA)
"Let's keep our money in our community - so that we all benefit."
— Janet D. (Amherst, MA)
"We need new economic systems."
— Mattea K. (Amherst, MA)