June 03, 2001

I've written an article for our next LETS newsletter about the importance of keeping accurate accounts. It's available as a zipped Word 97 file here. I'd appreciate any comments.

May 15, 2001

Intertrading - John Jenkins has written a concise overview of the intertrading relationship between Teifi Taf LETS and AberLETS.
There is no commission payable for inter-group trades, and members can trade with any member in Teifi Taf LETS just as if they were in the Aberystwyth group. The advantages are that members have access to a wider range of goods and services; nobody has to pay an additional fee; and increased contact between the two systems is healthy in itself (exchange of ideas, mutual support, and so on).
Of course we would always encourage members to keep LETS local, and trade within their own group wherever possible. But it might make sense for an Aber member living, say, in Lampeter to use a Teifi Taf LETS plumber in Newcastle Emlyn rather than one in Borth, which is further away!
I couldn't have put it better myself. Luckily, I don't have to, now. I [heart] the internet.

April 23, 2001

I'm going to put this site on ice for the time being. Since I'm the only one posting stuff here, and hardly anyone ever visits, it probably makes more sense to concentrate on the mailing list.

March 15, 2001

teifi taf dot org has a certain ring to it. Cheap top level domain names (.com, .net, .org) at Gandi. As well as registering the domain, they do free URL forwarding (so the Teifi Taf webpage hasn't actually moved - it's still with Freeserve) and email forwarding. So the new email address for our LETS is cyfle@teifitaf.org.

March 09, 2001

LETS and Older People - a Talking Point article from LETStalk. Also, a report on a recent seminar on the same topic.

March 07, 2001

NoLogo by Naomi Klein
The book is an extremely readable overview of the new corporate culture, its roots and increasingly shadowing branches. Klein is a snappy writer, and though there's nothing here that Noam Chomsky hasn't said a million times, Klein has the advantage over Uncle Noam in that she was brought up in the 'plastisified' world of Disney, MTV and the Cola Wars, and she remembers how important these things are to young people living in an ad-saturated world.

The website is still being tested, but looks interesting.

March 03, 2001

CYFLE Teifi Taf LETS Spring newsletter has left the building. Well, actually, it's still on my kitchen table, waiting for me to post it to Laura, who'll get it copied, pack it into envelopes, and send it out to the members.

If you'd subscribed to the Teifi Taf email list, you'd've already received a copy.

If you're interested, the text is here.
LETSblog Visitors' Book
Please leave a message by clicking in the 'discuss' link. (yes, I'm too lazy to set up a proper visitors' book ;-).
Treaty of Noordwijk aan Zee
Back in December of last year, a group of "experts and ‘outsiders’ from all over the world" gathered in a Dutch hotel and forged this hopeful document. The article which accompanies the Treaty is well worth a read, too.

February 27, 2001

bartable - an excellent collection of articles on LETS and links to other sites.

February 23, 2001

The End of Money - an article by Thomas Petzinger, Jr.

Link via Metafilter

February 21, 2001

Budgets & Accounting - an on-going conversation at econ-lets., which is providing lots of evidence that 'magic wand bookkeeping' just doesn't work in LETS. More on this later.
Inspired by Helen's photo albums, I've added a gallery to the Teifi Taf site. Now all it needs is some decent pictures.

February 20, 2001

Local Currency: In Each Other We Trust - a good overview of the Ithaca Hours system I mentioned a couple of days ago. It's from Whole Earth magazine, which older hippies readers will remember as the Whole Earth Catalogue/Review.
happy happy joy joyI'm still the only person posting to this site. I don't care. I got some Happy Monster glove puppets in the post today, thanks to our intertrading arrangement with Barry & Vale LETS and to Helen's magical crochet skills. You're never alone with a Happy Monster.

Looks like I'll be putting together the next Teifi Taf newsletter, so if you've got anything you'd like mentioned, drop me a line.

February 19, 2001

LETS Work - by Peter Lang. The best introduction to LETS, and pretty much required reading for anyone involved in LETS administration.

Which is why I circulated my copy among Teifi Taf members.

I wonder which of them donated it to Oxfam?

It's not the first time I've bought the same book twice, but it's definately the first time I've bought the same copy of the same book twice.

February 17, 2001

The Ecologist: Rethinking Basic Assumptions - the new issue of The Ecologist has a good article on local currencies, focussing on the exprience of the SEL scheme in France. The article isn't available on-line yet, but here's an article in French about the court case which was brought against three SEL members who were accussed of trying to undermine the national economy with their new-fangled 'grains of salt' currency.

(I've posted a BabelFish translation in the discussion box.)

February 16, 2001

Local Currency in the Service of Community - one of the most successful alternative currencies in the world is based in New York State. The Ithaca Hours website has the full story, plus advice on how to set up your own local currency on the HOURS model. Inspiring stuff.
Permaculture- A Beginner's Guide - more good stuff from Graham Burnett over there in South East Essex. The book of the website of the lifestyle of the bio-cultural revolution will be out soon.