Agreements between LETSlink and Local Groups.
Our first installations of online systems
were for existing groups, and we have striven to accommodate
ourselves to their existing ways of doing things. However,
we have encountered varying levels of understanding of how
to run LETS. There are many new enquiries from people who
have no experience at all, and we are now in the process of
creating new organisations from scratch and providing training
in the basic concepts around community currencies, so it's
even more important to set up a critical path to success.
This is a first attempt to clarifying mutual expectations,
as a part of this process. The document refers to "the group",
but we will begin by communicating with a small group of founder-members,
who will take on the initial responsibility of setting up
the group and managing the website.
The group will familiarise themselves with, and adhere to
the standard Constitution and Guidelines/ Agreement/ Rules
for the operation of the LETS.
2. The group will give feedback to LETSlink about unclarities
or difficulties in implementing the recommended procedures,
and will communicate to LETSlink any changes in the wording
of documents that they would like to recommend.
3. LETS link will likewise consult the group about any changes
to documentation and procedures that are recommended by other
4. The group will ensure that core group members are properly
inducted into their roles and are able to carry them out between
5. LETSlink will set up and maintain the hosting of the website
using the software chosen by the group, and link to it from
the national website and other key sites.
6. LETSlink will provide technical and management training
as required to the group as a whole, and provide appropriate
support to individuals as required.
7. The group wlll maintain the website
in a literate, accurate, and timely fashion, referring to
documentation if needed, and will give feedback about its
operation and seek help when difficulties arise.
8. The group will back up their data on a regular basis.
9. The group will pay any initial agreed costs (whether from
existing funds, or from funding souces), plus annual hosting
and subscription fees, and/or a tithing of income promptly
10. In order to facillitate the above, the group will include
LETSlink in initial meetings about the project and the circulation
of committee papers, minutes, and email discussions.
11. The group
will keep LETSlink informed of contact details of all members
of the core group, and notify them of any changes of personnel
as they arise.
12. Having provided appropriate support,
if LETSlink finds that payments are not being made, that the
group is dysfunctional, or the system is not being maintained
adequately, reserves the right to contact other individuals
or members in general with a view to transferring to others
the responsibility of running the LETS.