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In Times of Crisis, Why Not Create Your Own Currency?

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In light of the Greek referendum and the “No” vote, Greece’s financial system is uncertain to say the least. 11 million people face, at best, a highly volatile period until the banking and financial system is consolidated and can establish a clear direction as to what currency and system of exchange will be used. While we wait and see whether the European Central Bank will be forthcoming with emergency aid to Greek banks, it is worth exploring alternatives to the current situation. In times of crisis such as this people start to reassess current models and mediums of exchange, as national currencies either become worthless or redundant. When a currency completely fails and people lose faith and trust in national currencies, alternative currencies come into their own.

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Alternative Currencies to the Rescue

Alternative currencies, also known as community or complimentary currencies, are mediums of exchange used as an alternative to national or multinational currency systems. They can be created by an individual, corporation, or organizations, and used either in conjunction with or as a substitute for local, state, or national currencies. Most complementary currencies are developed as local currencies and are limited to certain regions. Throughout history there have been numerous alternative currencies, globally today it is estimated there are at least 4,000 in use. (1)

The idea behind local currencies is to facilitate trade, keeping the flow of money within local communities. This helps establish an internal trade barrier, as the currencies are useless outside the city or region of issue. Local currencies are not backed by national governments and are strictly intended for use in a specific geographic area. Bitcoin is an example of an alternative currency which allows owners to make transactions without going through a financial intermediary such as a bank. As well as no (or minimal) transaction fees, Bitcoins can be used to purchase goods and services anonymously through various merchandisers without being tied to any currency. Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement, suggests the current monetary system is dependent on constant economic growth: “Instability and loss of faith in national currencies could lead to economic paralysis, potential resources and labour going to waste simply because of a lack of reliable trading systems. Local currencies can provide solutions while stimulating local trade and re-localization efforts.” (2)

Berkshares – A Real World Example of an Alternative Currency

Dubbed a “great economic experiment” by The New York Times, BerkShares are a local currency for the Berkshire region of Massachusetts. Federal currency is exchanged for BerkShares at seven branch offices of four local banks and spent at more than 400 locally owned participating businesses. The circulation of BerkShares encourages money to remain within the region, building a greater affinity between the local business community and its citizens. BerkShares serve as a tool for community economic empowerment and development toward regional self-reliance. The currency distinguishes between the local businesses which accept the currency from those that do not, fostering stronger relationships between the responsible business community and the citizens of the region.

Anyone in the Berkshire Region may spend BerkShares or accept BerkShares for payment. BerkShares can be obtained at participating bank branches in exchange for U.S. dollars at a rate of 95 cents per BerkShare. These federal dollars remain on deposit at the BerkShares Exchange Banks in order to allow citizens to redeem them for dollars at the same exchange rate. For example, 95 dollars yield 100 BerkShares and 100 BerkShares yield 95 dollars. BerkShares can be spent at face value to pay for the goods or services offered by participating businesses—for example, 10 BerkShares can be used for a $10 purchase. Every business listed in the BerkShares Directory and displaying the “BerkShares Accepted Here” sign has committed to taking full or partial payment in BerkShares. (3) The circulation of BerkShares encourages money to remain within the region, building a greater affinity between the local business community and its citizens. BerkShares serve as a tool for community economic empowerment and development toward regional self-reliance.

Alternative Currencies Keep Money Circulating in Local Economies

Under the current high energy, long supply chain globalized model of economics, we see an outflow of funds from local communities to centralized hubs where wealth is concentrated. This centralization results in loss of circulation of funds within local communities and a further concentration of wealth to a few. Liquidity escapes from the local system by means of debt funding. When debt is repaid, often to larger centralized financial intermediaries controlled by shareholders, this creates a vacuum. Funds are removed from local economies and distributed to remote lenders who usually have little or no connection and involvement in the local community.

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Re-localization is often cited as a primary objective of local currencies. The Bristol Pound, launched in 2012, states their key objectives as supporting local independent traders (“keep our High Street diverse and distinct”), and boosting the local economy, since “spending Bristol Pounds stops money leaking from the area.” These are objectives shared by all local economies (and arguably by any sub-economy with an identifiable identity such as a developing country). (4)

Decentralization of Currency

Unlike traditional currencies issued by governments or central banks, the potential advantages of this kind of alternative currency is in its decentralization. The lack of faith in both central banks and financial institutions will help promote a gradual shift in the way we manage and store value, hence it is likely we will see more local and alternative currencies popping up.  There are currently thousands of local currencies in circulation around the world outside the national money supply, from Africa, through Asia to Oceania, to Europe to North America. Various communities have taken a stand and established successfully working local currencies. Other communities are experimenting with the idea to help exert greater control over their economies. Local currencies help build support, community, and resilience by fostering re-localization. While alternative currencies are not a cure all, they do enable local communities to continue to exchange and transact when national currencies fail.

Article compiled by Andrew Martin, editor of onenesspublishing  and author of Rethink…Your world, Your future.

RethinkcoverCE2Source: excerpts from Rethink…Your world, Your future.

(1) http://www.hillsdale.edu/document.doc?id=1987

(2) http://www.resilience.org/stories/2006-01-30/local-energy-local-currency-local-power

(3) http://www.berkshares.org/how_to_spend

(4) http://www.resilience.org/stories/2012-02-17/challenge-re-localisation

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Why I Haven’t Paid Much Attention To “Q Anon”

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We are living in some very interesting times. Amidst all of the mass brainwashing we’ve received from establishment mouthpieces (mainstream media), the birth of alternative media brought to light information that simply wasn’t being presented by the mainstream media. Prior to the mass popularity that alternative media garnered, global media was completely owned by a handful of corporations. It still remains a vital tool for this small group of powerful people to completely control the perception of millions of people across the world.

The owners of these outlets did not like how their viewers were wandering off to alternative media, so they’ve used their power to create massive amounts of censorship, but the truth can’t really be stopped. This is why we’ve seen the persecution of Wikileaks, for example, and the demonization of alternative media outlets simply because their beliefs don’t fit the accepted framework of knowledge. Alternative media outlets have been demonetized and censored, and multiple award-winning mainstream media journalists have called out mainstream media and how these networks are slaves to their masters–their masters being big corporations, governments, and intelligence agencies.

Truth doesn’t come from mainstream media, so it’s no mystery why millions have flocked to other sources of information that provide evidence instead of a news anchor simply talking, since these networks do nothing but push propaganda and put out false information.

Our world is and has been experiencing a shift in consciousness for a very long time, and a big reason the global elite started to deem certain information and credible sources as ‘fake news’ and subject them to extreme amounts of censorship was simply due to the fact that this type of information is extremely threatening to several corporate, political and elitists agendas, so much so that freedom of information and speech continues to be censored.

In the midst of all this, along came “Q Anon.” For reasons I am completely unaware of, I never took an interest in Q Anon, and still haven’t. Perhaps it was the predictions being made that didn’t come to light, although many did, or perhaps it’s the fact that it could be anyone speaking. Nevertheless, I simply don’t know why I never took an interest.

The thought crossed my mind that collective consciousness has shifted so much, and so many people have awakened to so many different things, that the only way to capture and deceive this segment of people, who represent the majority in my opinion, would be to develop a character like Q. I don’t really believe this, it was just a thought that crossed my mind.

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The thought also crossed my mind that Q could be legit, given the fact that they’ve put out information and predictions that have come to light. Q has a good track record for that and appears to be a team of people who are in or have access to the “inside.” In this sense, Q seems very legit at times.

Furthermore, Q could represent Donald Trump and another faction of the ‘Deep State.’ I believe there are governments within governments, and they are constantly fighting for power, but always remain at the top. This is evident by the fact that all presidents and politicians always followed the will of their masters, they’ve all had ties and close relationships with corporations and the elite and made policies that benefited certain corporate interests and elitist agendas.

What turns me away from Q is its religious-like following. What Q preaches is never questioned by them, and a lot of information and claims are put out there simply based on nothing. Q is not really needed, there are more than enough whistleblowers, documentation, etc. to really seek out the truth and present it in a credible way that will reach the masses.

That being said, Q has no doubt been an awakening trigger forcing and encouraging people to think for themselves, connect the dots, and do their own research.

Trump is also not questioned by many and is seen as a saviour in some cases. People are giving away their own critical thinking, they’re giving away their own brain to another entity without questioning it. Regardless of whether or not Q is legit, or represents another side of the ‘deep state’ or not, this is dangerous.

There have also been some shady claims, just as there have been some legit claims made by Q. One of them was when Q claimed the arrest of Julian Assange was to free him from his poor conditions, and that we should simply just “trust the plan.” This was far from the truth, and this is one of multiple examples that raised red flags about Q in my mind. At the same time, there are many things Q has put out that have been credible and that suggest Q is part of or has deep connections to the inside.

I don’t think that this is a larper… This is way beyond, this is someone who is, I don’t think it’s possible to say the things that Q has been saying without being a true insider. So it’s someone that is real, it’s someone that truly believes that Trump is working against the deep state for the good of the American people, that’s their perspective. The real question is how accurate are they, and I don’t really have an answer to that. – Richard Dolan (source)

When it comes to Trump, it’s quite clear and easy to see, in my opinion, that he represented a disturbance to some very powerful elite that use people like Hillary Clinton to represent them. Trump represented, and still does in many ways, an ‘outsider.’ Looking at politics with no opinion or bias and without a “republican” or “democrat” point of view, it’s easy to see how, during Trump’s campaign, the powerful elite did everything possible to ensure a victory for Clinton. This included not only swaying the Democratic party (which previously played dirty pool against Bernie Sanders), but the entire mainstream media machine, the financial community, the EU, and even the Republican party itself.

Since Trump’s campaign, we have been told that Trump is a racist, sexist, xenophobe, liar, cheat, and narcissist. It’s reminiscent of the concerted media attack against Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff, which culminated earlier in 2016 in her impeachment and removal from power. It’s important to understand why Trump is demonized, and that’s because he is a disruptor, and his disruption falls squarely against the two key pillars of the American ruling elite’s ideology: neoliberalism and neoconservatism.

During Trump’s campaign, he was quite vocal about pharmaceutical corruption, the US government funding terrorist organizations, vaccine safety, and he even called out Bill Clinton and his relationship to Jeffrey Epstein. Now, in some instances, he seems to have changed his views on a few matters, which goes to show that he could have been compromised by the deep state, or the other side of the deep state, if you will.

“So a person is elected, he comes with his ideas. Then people with briefcases come to visit him, well dressed, in dark suits, kind of like mine. Except instead of a red tie it’s black or navy. And then they explain what to do, and the whole rhetoric changes, you see? This happens from one administration to the next.”  – Vladimir Putin, providing one of many examples of politicians around the world and within the US speaking up about this hidden power that controls the presidency. (source)

I’d like to leave you with this thought-provoking quote from Catherine Austin Fitts, former Commissioner of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, who recently said:

“In the Red Button Problem, everybody wants their check and they want to pretend that they are good. So it’s very important that politicians come up with this story of ‘good’. The story of ‘I’m good,’ doesn’t have to make sense, but it has to be good enough so that I can just take my check and feel good and not have to do anything. It’s a way of being free to stay on my couch and do the things that I love instead of being bothered with the responsibility of being a citizen.”

So Q is the new story of, ‘I am good,’ because, ‘I can just trust the plan, and these covert operators are going to get their thing done.’ So I’ve been nice because I know some very intelligent, capable people who buy this whole thing hook, line, and sinker. It has been really frustrating for you and me. I took FASAB 56 to these Q believers, and they said, ‘You need to trust the plan.'”

The Takeaway

It appears that people are becoming too engaged with the Q narrative that it is blinding them from the truth of what Q is actually representing. Instead of viewing Q as right or wrong, what steps does it represent in our awakening process? Is the narrative truly creating a world where humanity thrives? Or is it perhaps only taking us a step forward, if at all?

We can’t let Q do all thinking, we must continue to do what got is here in the first place, that’s think for ourselves. It’s ok to peak and take a look at Q, but to hang on to and live and die by everything Q says, and to constantly push the idea that whatever Q says is correct is a little troublesome to me.

Related CE Article: Is The Q Narrative Providing False Hope? Catherine Austin Fitts Weights In

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Couple Builds A Stunning Tiny Home & Escapes City Life (Video)

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  • The Facts:

    One of the recent episodes on "Living Big In A Tiny House" featured a former full time writer here at Collective Evolution, Jeff Roberts, and his partner Derek. What they've built is amazing and will no doubt inspire many to do the same.

  • Reflect On:

    The tiny home trend has and is increasing in popularity, why do you think people are finding that it increases their quality of life?

Tiny Homes have been a growing trend for a number of years for multiple reasons. It’s definitely more affordable to buy or to build a tiny home compared to living in a modern day home. It’s also much more environmentally friendly, and perhaps the best part is that it’s mobile. It must really make those who live in one realize that a full sized home and all of the troubles that can come with it are unnecessary, and that living in a tiny home doesn’t decrease the enjoyment of your home and instead, probably increases it. Perhaps the best part about living in a tiny home is that they are mobile, you are not ‘stuck’ in one spot and can relocate with low cost and ease when ever you choose to do so compared to a regular home and going through the process of finding a new one.

Obviously, there are many examples of tiny homes floating around out there, but the story about the one below is special because one of the gentleman you see in the video below, Jeff Roberts, is a former full time writer here at Collective Evolution and a friend, he still contributes every now and then with regards to providing us with content.

If you’re interested, you can read his articles here.

For Jeff and his partner Derek, the tiny house build started out as a fun design project with the idea of parking the house in the driveway of their Victoria, BC home and renting it out as an Air BnB. Eventually, they fell in love with it and decided to move in and rent out their larger home instead. The feature was done by “Living Big In A Tiny House.” You can access their Youtube channel here to see some more examples of people living in tiny homes

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Everything You Need To Know About 5G & The Solutions To Stop It – Free Summit

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  • The Facts:

    The 5G Crisis: Awareness & Accountability Summit kicks off soon and will bring together the top experts in the space who can help make sense of the 5G issue and bring together solutions to stop it.

  • Reflect On:

    Should we really be unveiling a technology that is not safety tested? Should we listen to the thousands of scientists showing concern? Sign up to this summit so you don't miss the latest in what's unfolding with 5G.

We get more emails and questions from people seeking information and solutions to 5G than we do anything else, and it totally makes sense because this is a global health crisis that truly affects us all.

Coming up soon is the 5G Crisis: Awareness & Accountability SummitIt’s an online summit with a ton of incredible speakers that will inform you on the latest information regarding 5G, what’s going on and the solutions that are coming to the table.

I did an interview for this summit and it gave me an opportunity to talk about what I feel is going on with 5G and the consciousness implications of it…

I also talked about:

  • Analysis of Trump, Q Anon, and other “narrative” storylines in pushing 5G
  • How to bring people closer together
  • Empowering the conscious meta-shift that’s underway

As always, the approach I took to my interview was exploring the world events taking place and understanding the metaphysics of it as it’s within the metaphysics that we understand how to create the change and not move forward in fear.

–>> Save your spot and learn more about the dangers of 5G wireless when you attend this free, online event.

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If you’re not all that aware of why people are concerned about 5G it boils down to a few key facts. The telecom industry HAS NOT shown 5G to be safe for your health or privacy — yet THOUSANDS of peer-reviewed, independent studies show otherwise — and they’re building it anyway.

Hundreds of scientists from 40 different countries have reached out to the United Nations and the FCC, asking them to consider health risks and environmental issues before rapidly deploying 5G — because these researchers have studies that show adverse biological and health effects from EMF sources.

5G uses a higher frequency in its transmission and therefore travels shorter distances than our current wireless signals, this means the frequency has to be A LOT more powerful than what we are used to.

To make up for the short distance travel capability, millions more signal transmitters need to be installed around cities and neighbourhoods to get coverage. Each tower will emit radiation at levels known to cause cancer, sterility, DNA damage and other harm… especially to our children, who are most at risk.

It may be concerning, and that’s because it is a really bad idea… but we can stop it…

Join us at the 5G Crisis summit to discover:

● My awesome interview! 😉
● 5G defined: research, facts and awareness
● Science about the dangers of 5G and EMF radiation
● Sources of wireless radiation and “dirty electricity” in your home
● Link between 5G, Al and global surveillance
● How groups and individuals are successfully opposing 5G
● Simple, empowering actions you can take, here and now
● Individual solutions and safer, revolutionary technologies
● And more!

My two good friends, whom I’ve been speaking with about 5G for months now, Josh del Sol and Sayer Ji are the hosts for this event.

If you’re hungry for cutting-edge information with life-saving consequences, and want to be part of a movement dedicated to empowering ourselves and humanity, join us for this event!

—>>I’ll see you online at The 5G Crisis Summit when you register today!

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