Humans of Solidarity Economy is a photographic and interview series of leaders and members of Solidarity Economy St. Louis that highlights the good work being done by individuals and organizations in the fields of alternative currency, food production and justice, gender equality, restorative justice, economic empowerment, creative land/housing use, and alternative health and wellness. Grab your copy at our upcoming events!
About the Author: Cowry Collective
We are a unique timebank whose name reflects the ancient practice of exchanging with currency that predates our current use of paper dollars and metal coins. Cowry shells were used as currency for centuries across the world throughout Africa and in China and continue to be used ceremonially among indigenous peoples of North America. By naming ourselves, The Cowry Collective, we give reference and reverence to these practices that have come before us and have paved the way for the alternative currency movement today. In our timebank, for every hour of service you do, you earn a cowry. (commonly referred to as a timedollar or time credit in the timebanking world).