15 Sep '12, 2pm

In Spain They Swap Money for Time

In Spain They Swap Money for Time

Babysitting services in exchange for French or Spanish lessons? This barter/exchange system worked perfectly for my friends and I, a group of new moms with not much money, when our kids were toddlers. We thought we were being innovative, but the country of Spain has taken our idea to a whole new level. At a time when the future of the euro is in doubt and a bailout seems inevitable, alternative forms of exchange and survival are springing up in the cracks of capitalism, allowing people to exchange, barter, and live outside of failing currencies. These experiments aim to take communities back to a time when goods and services were bartered, before things such as interest rates, market speculation and derivatives complicated the financial world. From The Guardian : Psychologist Angels Corcoles recently taught a seminar about self-empowerment for women, and when she finished ...

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