In This Chapter
◆ Community barter focuses on social needs and self-reliance
◆ Case study: Ithaca Hours, the most successful of community barter groups
◆ Community currencies boost local economies
◆ Case study: Hour Exchange Portland, which trades time, not goods
Barter in any of its forms is an economic alternative. Yet community-based barter is also a social alternative. The chief goal is not so much to strengthen profit by preserving cash flow, but to strengthen the sense of bonds that support a village, a town, a neighborhood, a city.
Community barter seeks to improve the vitality of an area as a whole, even as it allows individuals to improve their own economic standing, and if necessary, get through hard times.