Visions for LETS
from LLL's launch meeting on 25th October 1997
Many of you will have heard of 'visioning' as a participative
or community planning process. We used it at LLL's re-birth
meeting to focus our ideas. First, we took a quiet ten minutes
or so for everyone to think and write down what they would
like LLL to have achieved 20 years on, five years on, and
at the end of next year or as the next steps we need to take.
We pooled those ideas onto a flipchart at the front, drawing
together similar points. Finally, we asked for offers to make
the action happen - grateful thanks for the offers handed
in at the meeting. These are the ideas put forward:
In 20 years time:
- Dozens of neighbourhood LETS groups in each borough, with
local businesses, arts projects and theatres, and other
organisations among their members.
- Using LETS as normal and convenient as the Yellow Pages.
Maybe plastic swipe cards, so as convenient as credit cards.
- The LETS economy recognised as a pillar of the social
fabric, and having equal status with sterling (or ecu).
LETS as a working model for monetary reform.
- At least 10% of Londoners involved in LETS schemes.
- Tax on LETS credits payable in LETS into a 'community
benefit' account on every system.
- LLL as a thriving umbrella organisation ? or, LETS so
much part of normal life that LLL doesn"t need to exist
In 5 years time:
- LETS part of everyone's normal vocabulary.
- Bartering taught in schools; parents' groups forming/joining
- Organisations joining LETS schemes as part of showing
a responsible public profile, to show they are putting a
stake into the local community and economy.
- A thriving LETS system in every borough.
- LETS widely accepted as matching funding for Lottery
and other funding bids ¼ LETS credits disregarded for benefit,
and tax implications clarified.
- LLL has a team of 3-5 full-time (equivalent) staff, working
with a board elected by all LETS in London, and with active
working groups and teams on a range of projects.
- An active monthly newsletter, with a variety of contributors.
- LLL seen as a major green organisation, with good links
with other green organisations, and and influence on London
and national government.
Action this year:
- A play script and theatre group, as outreach to show
dramatically what LETS is and how it can help.
- Briefing on The Benefits of LETS, suitable for local authorities,
businesses, government, media, etc.
- Write to leader of every London borough.
- Identify a LETS contact person in each local authority
- Local LETS newsletters running reports on LLL activities.
- Draw together a training team/network, and run at least
one course. Identify training needs of local systems, and
design a training structure to meet them.
- Hold regular open meetings.
- Hold a well-attended AGM at the end of the year.
- Funding secured at least to employ 2-day-week coordinator
and run office. Budget combining sterling and LETS earnings
and spending drawn up.
- Effective Internet presence and connections, helping local
schemes to network.
- Produce a basic LLL leaflet.
- Draft a business plan, showing what LLL aims to achieve,
how, and how it will finance it - including showing what
the LETS economy can contribute.
- Draw up bids for funding, and contact shortlist of potential
- All London LETS schemes to pay subs to LLL.