What if we could define what the world would look like if it worked? What would it look like for you, for your family, your community, your bioregion, your state, your country, and the world? And how can we then begin to work back from there? More to come...
We've been having a debate recently about whether our initiative should be called "A Possible New Jersey," "A Possible Jersey," or just "Possible Jersey." Each of these appears to have different connotations for different groups of New Jerseyans (and perhaps for others as well). For those familiar with Sustainable Jersey, Possible Jersey sounds like it's a knock-off, and maybe even a rip-off, trading on the name. As it happens, however, we're strong supporters of Sustainable Jersey, and have [Read more...]
It's possible to see our Possible Jersey challenge as a game, using Commons Credits and JerseyBucks™ as tokens. These tokens may eventually be able to be exchanged for conventional currency, or for goods and services within the communities that accept them, or may be donated or invested. Of course, it is more than a game. It's a game that's played in the real world, with other people (including people who may fail to recognize it as a game), and with other living beings on the planet [Read more...]
JerseyBucks™ are a form of local currency, expanded to the level of a state. The purpose of a local currency is to increase the recirculation of the money spent within the community; when members accept the currency, the same money is typically used more than four times before leaving the community, whereas using conventional currency the local circulation is only about one-and-a-half times. JerseyBucks™ are essentially credits, which we think of as Commons Credits, roughly equivalent to a [Read more...]