LE Book Shop

Our volunteer-managed bookshop is our primary source of funding, and it is also one way the Trust provides information on a wide range of topics including:

  • How our money system works
  • Complementary currency systems
  • Grassroots responses to interconnected economic, social, and ecological challenges
  • Building a just and equitable society that respects our planet and all who inhabit it
  • Energy, climate issues, systems change, permaculture, organic gardening ... and more!

Solutions: Economic Tools for Community Well-Being


The problem

In our global financial system, "normal" money (such as New Zealand Dollars) is created as interest-bearing debt. This exacerbates inequality, weakens community ties, and destroys the planet.



TimeBank members earn hours of credits by providing services and spend credits by receiving help from others.



Local Exchange Trading Systems are membership-based mutual credit system, where trades are made using points rather than money.


Local money

Local money--also known as local currency or complementary currency--is a way to promote local trade through a non-dollar alternative.


Savings pools

Also known as the genuine wealth system, savings pools are informal private groups where members support each other through interest-free savings and loans.



Co-operatives are businesses that are owned and run by and for members, using democratic processes to give all members a say.


Social enterprise

Social enterprises use a commercial model for the primary purpose of having a positive social and/or environmental impact.

Go Local


Local first

Supporting your local economy can have many advantages.


Local food

Local food increases community self-reliance, and there are often ecological and health benefits, too.

News articles


Living the Change

18 Mar 2018, 12:17

Happen Films' newest full-length documentary features Living Economies Trustees Phil Stevens and…

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LE Expo

2 Apr 2017, 12:17

Living Economies three-day Expo has been a great success.

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TimeBanks with Emma McGuirk

1 Aug 2012, 12:17

Rose Diamond, author of True Wealth, interviews NZ-based researcher Emma McGuirk about TimeBanks.

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Defending our patch: a local voucher approach

19 Jun 2012, 12:17

When local businesses issue a multi-party, reusable gift voucher (local money), they can help retain…

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Living Economies Educational Trust (LE) promotes exchange systems and investment models that build community strength and well-being, offer interest-free alternatives to 'business as usual', and respect both people and our living planet. Our network of volunteers can recommend resources and provide educational support for community initiatives. LE (CC 38114) is a registered educational charity, and we do not provide financial or legal advice.

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