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Alternative Economics
Frugality
Financial
Alternative currencies
Alternative methods of investment
Cooperatives


Alternative Economics

Simplicity Institute
http://simplicityinstitute.org/

Community Wealth
http://www.community-wealth.org/
Strategies for community-based economic development.

The West Philly Tool Library
http://www.resilientcommunities.com/contagious-thrift-an-inside-look-at-the-west-philly-tool-library/

The Benefit Society
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benefit_society

Invest in Yourself: building personal economic resilience and community strength
http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-03-13/invest-yourself-building-personal-economic-resilience-community-strength
Chris Martenson and Michael Shuman, video chat

Occupy as a business model: the emerging open-source civilization
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/03/2012361233474499.html

The complete papers of John Ikerd – alternative economics and agriculture
http://web.missouri.edu/~ikerdj/papers/default.htm

Frugality

Callenbach, Ernest. Living Cheaply with Style: live better and spend less. Ronin Publishing. Read as Google Book at http://books.google.com/books/about/Living_Cheaply_with_Style.html?id=vFNpcwXlDT8C

Planet Green’s Thrifty Home articles
http://video.planetgreen.discovery.com/feature/eco-nomics/thrify-home.html

Planet Green’s Economics page
http://video.planetgreen.discovery.com/feature/eco-nomics/diy-eco-nomics.html

Sustainability Tips from the Great Depression
http://www.treehugger.com/economics/more-sustainability-lessons-great-depression.html

7 tips to get recession ready
http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/frugal-green-living-seven-tips-to-get-recession-ready.html

Top ten ways for living cheap
http://planetgreen.discovery.com/slideshows/tv/30-days/frugal-green-living-tips.html

Frugal living with style.
http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/frugal-living-life-style.htm

The New Frugality
http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/frugal-living-book-review.htm

Green your home for under $100
http://video.planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/cheap-green-home.html

Theodore Roosevelt on frugal living
http://video.planetgreen.discovery.com/work-connect/theodore-roosevelt-frugal-living.html


Financial

The Trouble with Money (Chris Martenson)
http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-04-17/trouble-money

Utopia of Usurers (Chesterton)
http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2134

Capitalist pigs: the wealth of nations and the wealth of farmers
http://www.medaille.com/capitalist%20pigs.pdf

Justice in economic history
http://www.medaille.com/a%20distributivist%20economic%20history.pdf 

The Capital Homestead Act (summary)
http://www.cesj.org/homestead/index.htm

The Capital Homestead Act (free ebook pdf)
http://www.cesj.org/homestead/capitalhomesteading-s.pdf

A comparison of capitalism, socialism, and the "Just Third Way"
http://www.cesj.org/thirdway/comparison3rdway.htm

More on the Just Third Way
http://www.cesj.org/thirdway/paradigmpapers/pressclub-nkmgdb-ppr.htm

Buddhist economics (Schumacher)
http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/pdf/buddhist_economics/english.pdf

Slow Money Principles
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6351/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1637

Facts about credit unions
http://www.ncua.gov/NewsPublications/Publications/PDF/brochures/FCUFacts/FactFedCreditUnion_A2.pdf

Chartering and field of membership information (NCUA)
http://www.ncua.gov/Resources/RegulationsOpinionsLaws/charter_manual/Chartering%20&%20Field%20of%20Membership%20Manual%20.pdf

Ten steps to starting a credit union
http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/cu/20000301a.asp

Alternative currencies

Local currencies: catalysts for sustainable regional economies
http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/publications/essay_currency.html

Ithaca Hours
http://www.ithacahours.com/

Resources to start your own currency (from the Ithaca Hours folks)
http://www.paulglover.org/hours.html

Fundamental principles of alternative currencies
http://beyondmoney.net/monographs/fundamentals-of-alternative-currencies-and-value-measurement/

Understanding and creating alternatives to "legal tender"
http://www.reinventingmoney.com/documents/MoneyEbook.pdf

A short review of the historical critique of usury
http://www.alastairmcintosh.com/articles/1998_usury.htm

Alternative methods of investment

Top ten crowd-sourced funding sites
http://dowser.org/top-ten-crowdsourced-funding-platforms/

How to do a Direct Public Offering
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/52818

Direct Public Offering FAQ
http://www.stocktransfer.com/index.cfm?action=companies.FAQ.dpo

Direct Public Offerings
http://www.enotes.com/direct-public-offerings-reference/direct-public-offerings

Financial Tools for Slow Money Investors
http://www.slowmoney.org/invest
National list of funds and groups investing in local enterprise.

Local dollars local sense
http://www.newdream.org/blog/local-dollars-local-sense

Democratic money ebook
Intro/chapter 1 http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/pdfs/DemMoneypart1.pdf
Chapter 2 http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/pdfs/DemMoneypart2.pdf
Chapter 3 http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/pdfs/DemMoneypart3.pdf
Chapter 4 http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/pdfs/DemMoneypart4.pdf
Chapter 5 http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/pdfs/DemMoneypart5.pdf

Cooperatives

Principles of the cooperative movement
http://www.ncba.coop/ncba/about-co-ops/co-op-principles

Worker cooperative toolbox
http://www.ncdf.coop/documents/worker_coop_toolbox.pdf

How to start a local food cooperative.
http://www.oklahomafood.coop/organizing.php

How to start a grocery cooperative.
http://www.cgin.coop/how_to_start

Steps to starting a worker coop
http://www.usworker.coop/public/documents/start_worker_coop.pdf

A technology freelancers guide to starting a worker cooperative
http://electricembers.net/pubs/TechCoopHOWTO.pdf

Converting your business to a cooperative
http://dept.kent.edu/oeoc/1042coopbrochure.pdf

A guide for new cooperative development
http://cooperatives.aem.cornell.edu/pdf/resources/eb0101.pdf

Coops 101
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/pub/cir55/c55text.pdf

Mondragon Cooperatives
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondragon_Corporation

Publications from the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
http://www.uwcc.wisc.edu/info/uwcc_pubs/bulletins.html
http://www.uwcc.wisc.edu/info/uwcc_pubs/staffpapers.html
http://www.uwcc.wisc.edu/info/uwcc_pubs/primer.html

Cooperatives: principles and practices in the 21st century
http://learningstore.uwex.edu/Assets/pdfs/A1457.pdf


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