On March 12, 2009 about 75 people gathered in NYC to learn about alternatives to the faltering US dollar at The Future of Money: Keeping Wealth in Your Neighborhood. Some were drawn by the desire to escape the dollar and all it stands for, others were looking to build an exchange system that will withstand the ups and downs of the economy, and others were seeking to strengthen community bonds and infrastructure. The event was organized by a small group known as Thrive which is a transition town inspired group working within Evolver.net.
Paul Glover, one of the pioneers of time banking, spoke about the famous "Ithaca Hour" and his newer efforts. Sarah Hearn represented the E.F. Schumacher Society and talked about their work with their currency the Berkshares. RS' Charles Eisenstein asked all to re-imagine our fundamental relationship to money. Reverend Billy opened the night with a blessing and Jonathan Phillips, the community director of Reality Sandwich and Evolver.net, moderated the event.
You can see the video here (Parts 1-5):
Several groups have formed from that event and time banking is being put into practice here in new york. Those interested in joining in the efforts can do so by clicking here.