The Local Dollar

The Local Dollar

What’s good, ya’!? In today’s ever-changing economic landscape, communities are looking for new ways to explore autonomy and resilience, and they’re finding it in a solidarity economy. The creation of local dollars is an important component of this new economy, and so I wanted to share some ideas with you. If you’re not familiar, local dollars are community-owned currency, whether physical or digital, that can be exchanged for more mainstream currency but is used to keep those dollars in the hands of the community. This makes it extremely difficult for corporations to extract wealth from your community. Here, I want to introduce how we can utilize local dollars while simultaneously empowering grassroots economies through cutting-edge technologies and community-driven initiatives.

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First off, Ethereum 2.0 represents a significant advancement in blockchain technology, offering enhanced scalability and sustainability through proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus and second-layer solutions. By leveraging these advancements, communities can explore new avenues for economic empowerment and financial inclusion while acknowledging a lower footprint on the environment. A promising strategy for engaging local economies is the tokenization of community assets using non-fungible tokens (NFTs). By digitizing assets, such as art, music, and cultural heritage, on the Ethereum 2.0 network, communities can create new revenue streams and attract investment from a global audience. This innovative approach not only preserves the uniqueness of local assets, but it also shifts the perception of artistic success away from commercialization and viral fame in favor of raw talent and authentic expression that reflect the artist and their community rather than conforming to capitalistic norms.

A key aspect of creating local dollars involves converting proceeds from NFT sales into tangible resources for community development. By partnering with credit unions and decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms, communities can seamlessly convert digital assets into local currencies, stimulating economic activity and supporting community initiatives. When an NFT is sold, the proceeds are converted into USDs, facilitating the initial exchange of value. From there, these funds are further transformed into local dollars through partnerships with credit unions, ensuring accessibility and circulation within the community. This conversion process not only provides immediate liquidity but also establishes a localized economic system that amplifies community wealth and resilience. The issuance of debit cards linked to local dollar accounts provides community members with convenient access to these funds, empowering them to participate in local commerce and initiatives while laying the groundwork for a pre-UBI (Universal Basic Income). The value of local currency rises as NFT-represented digital art continues to sell and generate royalties, reflecting the neighborhood’s economic development and prosperity. This virtuous cycle of circulation and reinvestment fosters sustainable development and collective well-being, embodying the principles of solidarity economics and community empowerment.

Our mission is to ensure equitable access to fundamental resources such as food, shelter, water, clothing, and transportation, while also fostering community empowerment through a diverse array of educational programs. From workshops on skill enhancement to self-defense training and sessions on political literacy, we strive to provide comprehensive support that addresses the multifaceted needs of our community members. Moreover, we offer resources for resume building, policy comprehension, and various tools for personal and professional development, empowering individuals to flourish and actively contribute to our collective well-being. We encourage economic growth and social prosperity at the grassroots level.

The creation of local dollars represents a powerful tool for building solidarity economies and empowering communities. By leveraging technologies like Ethereum 2.0 and NFTs, communities can unlock new pathways to economic autonomy, resilience, and social justice. Through strategic partnerships and community-driven initiatives, the journey towards a more equitable and sustainable future begins at the local level.



Vic Stizzi

Community Strategist / Creative Director

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