to the LETS Co-operate Conference
are invited to an Open Day for socialising, trading, learning
and debate on Local Exchange Trading Systems & Co-operative
event provides a shared "Open Space" to bring together all
those who are using and developing complementary currencies,
ie L.E.T.S. (Local Exchange Trading Systems, Time Money etc),
with others doing all sorts of co-operative work in their
own local communities.
will be * a central 'sterling-free' area to trade goods and
services for local currencies * an open 'market place of ideas',
where groups and individuals can display their work using
posters and leaflets and share ideas with one another * a
main circular 'forum space' where themed topics can be discussed
for fixed time slots * six workshop room spaces which can
be used for complementary therapies, parallel workshops and
rehearsals * an ongoing cafe/networking/ space * children's
creche area * a computer demonstration and tuition room *
cafe and main stage musical and light entertainment * performances
through to 11pm.
main themes have emerged, underpinning the conference:
SOCIALISING & TRADING: this will be an opportunity for LETS
members to renew old contacts and make new friends - for some
it will be an opportunity to trade. What goods, skills and
services would you like to offer that will enhance this trading
day? Join us in a giant trading exercise to launch London
"links" as our common currency....
STRUCTURAL & LEGAL: The LETS community has been divided in
the past on its vision of LETS as either a private enterprise
or a community association - the proposition is that a new
"middle way" can be found, based on cooperative principles,
the detailed workings of which will be explored.
ADMINISTRATIVE & TECHNICAL: Research has pointed to various
short-comings of LETS schemes, and some organisers have become
isolated with outmoded methods - this will be an opportunity
for those who want to upgrade their technologies to meet with
others who will bring demonstrations on computer of both standalone
and web-based systems. There will also be the opportunity
for organisers to share good practice, emphasising low-tech
methodologies to support locally-based LETS.
LOCAL CO-OPERATIVE PROJECTS: We hope to see examples of innovation
in the way LETS groups are outreaching by means of mutually
supportive partnerships with community groups and local businesses.
Other groups engaged in a variety of green/ sustainable/ local
activities are also invited to participate.
GLOBAL ECONOMIC ISSUES: How does LETS fit into the bigger
picture? Many have begun to realise that something is wrong
with "the global monetary system" but can we contribute any
solutions to the problem? This conference is an opportunity
to become acquainted with a rapidly growing field of enquiry.