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New Great Lakes Commons Currency

Starting on August 1st we will start mailing 10 Great Lakes Commons currency notes to each of our Charter Declaration supporters.

Each note represents the act of giving gratitude or requesting action. Each note carries the most precious value: acts of thanks and care for the Great Lakes. Rather than based on dollars, the value of these notes is our collective agreement and intention to reward people for their water protection through past actions (saying “thanks”) or future actions (saying “please”). Because our current money systems only acknowledges economic utility and gain, our Great Lakes Commons currency needs a wildly different theory of value -- such as past/future actions for water care.

Let’s imagine that the people of the Great Lakes co-created their own currency to see and reproduce commons and ancestral values such as: gratitude, reciprocity, mutualism, trust, reverence, and friendship. This is a currency of respectful relationship, not exaction, accumulation, and coercion.

Learn more about the project and help make this new currency priceless. 

New Charter Toolkit

We are proud and excited to share news to all our Charter supporters about our fresh set of learning and organizing resources.

What actions can we take to bring about a Great Lakes commons?

A bundle of gifts is now ready to help answer this question and enliven the Great Lakes Commons Charter across the basin. With your energy fake, this Charter Toolkit can support more people, communities, and campaigns collaborating on the Great Lakes Commons vision. We welcome your feedback on how these resources can be adopted, improved, and expanded.

The Charter Toolkit currently includes:

  • the Charter Declaration in 5 Great Lakes languages
  • native and non-native water governance introductions
  • ways-of-knowing workshop outlines
  • a series of water-commons conversation starters and concepts
  • a set of community organizing practices.

Photo by Daphne Randall

Photo by Daphne Randall