Money isn’t required?

This interesting episode on Ideas discusses effecting change in the culture of stewardship and sustainability without having to use money (especially borrowed money).

The initial example, of the City of Curitiba in Brazil, is about how the former mayor (Jaime Lerner) used innovative social and educational programs to clean up the city’s slums, brought in sheep to weed the city and provide wool, and brought in a public/private partnership-based Bus-Rapid-Transit system to the city.

The other examples discussed in the episode…

In Japan there is a “caring relationship” currency, where good deeds are traded like money, a system that has provided quality care to the fastest growing elderly population in the world — all at no cost to the government. In Canada, there is a sharing hub at the Toronto Tool Library where sweat equity gives access to woodshop space and over 3,000 tools, again at low marginal cost.

Speaking of tool libraries, I think many cities have them now, and Ottawa is just getting started up.

3 thoughts on “Money isn’t required?

  1. I also caught the Ideas episode and it was really interesting. Trading bus or food tokens for collected garbage is genius! The poorest areas are now the cleanest.

  2. It’s a great idea, and I wish the concept of non-monetary compensation would be used more often and in more places to get past the pervasive idea that we always need money to implement things.

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