Ideas are just ideas until someone puts them into practice. (See our pilot  program for Puerto Rico here; program details here.)

Our decade long research program has been focused on what can be done, in a practical manner, to make the lives of citizens everywhere more prosperous, healthy and happy. And although we came up with a number of ways to pursue that broad goal, we found ourselves still butting our heads against the brick wall of the current monetary system, and how that system created constraints on what we and others could do.

That is, until we tackled the monetary system itself. And as futurist Buckminster Fuller was known to say “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

When we looked into the reality of money and how it is injected into society (See What Is Money?), we discovered that some past societies were more prosperous under a complementary monetary system, where an alternative currency is issued locally alongside a national currency (Alternative currencies are also known as complementary currencies, local currencies, or virtual currencies) . View some notable examples in Complementary Currencies in Use

Close examination of those systems gave us the key to unlock the new model Buckminster Fuller would have advocated. We formulated a plan to leverage alternative monetary systems into a new financial paradigm that could be implemented by the people just about anywhere, without support (or interference) by the current power players. See Creating Successful Alternatives followed by Implementing a Local Currency Program.

We then went back and examined our previous research and determined that tools we had developed for the current financial paradigm could be used to even greater benefit under our new proposed paradigm.

We were able to craft a comprehensive system for rapidly bootstrapping local economies everywhere based on this new financial paradigm. We call it the Sustainable Communities Framework.

The primary building blocks for implementing that system are described in the Vehicles section.

Our task now is to undertake a proof-of-concept project for our system. We concluded that the island of Puerto Rico represented a unique opportunity to radically improve people’s lives on the island while refining our system in a real world implementation.

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The Sustainable Communities Framework (SCF) tracks closely to the Green New Deal (GND), the key difference being that the proposed GND is a program authorized, administered and funded by the federal government.

By contrast, the SCF is a regionally managed, grassroots effort self-funded by money issued by the people themselves, known as complementary currency. Historically successful uses of complementary currency validate the SCF approach to fortifying local economies. 

Because the SCF is locally driven, any population can implement the SCF without government approval or funding, and thereby begin improving its economic, social and environmental quality of life. 

NCG is undertaking a robust promotional campaign to illuminate for local stakeholders that they needn’t wait while Congress debates the GND when their communities can immediately begin tapping the benefits of SCF programs simply by choosing to do so now.

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