Think Globally Trade Locally

This week on Sea Change Radio we talk to two innovative thinkers, one who’s already had an impact on how most Americans live, work, and exchange goods, and another who hopes to revise how we conceptualize and apply currency. Our first guest is Craig Newmark, the founder of craigslist. We’ve all heard the adage, “one man’s treasure is another man’s trash,” but nothing illustrates the point more clearly than a perusal of the listings on craigslist, a website that may be the single greatest influence in getting people to reuse stuff instead of always buying it new.

We ask Craig if this sustainability angle was a part of his driving vision or more of a happy accident and learn about his latest project Craig Connects. Then, host Alex Wise talks with Matthew Slater, whose ambitious software initiative on Drupal strives to create alternative or complementary currencies that will keep commerce more local and reduce the carbon pricetag of everyday exchanges. And, here’s a link to Slater’s other project, Community Forge.