with sharing comes thriving, with thriving comes joy.
the more we share, the more we enjoy.
the more we have the chance to thrive,
the less we worry about just trying to survive.
Our Core Values
given the inescapable reality that all of humanity is connected, nothing can be done alone.
given that each and every one of us is dependent on others to thrive (be it through providing services or producing goods), everything is exchanged in one way or another.
given the ever-growing limitations in resources, transport and disposal, the most efficient way to exchange with others is at the level of local community.
given that the highest form of exchange is the conscious sharing of resources, every community has the opportunity to create the most vibrant form of local living.
therefore, we envision...
a thriving community of people sharing, gifting and bartering which engenders an experience of conscious connection for everyone;
a vibrant community of citizens confident in their array of skills and resources sharing and bartering those skills with others;
a resilient community in which small, viable, local businesses and organizations are the norm rather than the exception;
a healthy community where everyone has greater access to resources, skills, services and locally produced products which creates real and lasting economic, health, social and environmental security
in which a great opportunity for mutual awakening is the natural outcome.
we believe this to be possible.
The mission of the Local Security Exchange is to provide an online and on-the-ground platform of connections, financial gifts and technical resources for the co-creation of viable projects and businesses to help generate and sustain real and lasting security for our community.
learn more about the Local Security Exchange…
sharing… supporting sustainable livelihood for everyone.
contribution… finding ways to participate and cooperate with others in activities and work which support and contribute to the health and well-being of all individuals, the community and the environment, we find that what we do and how we do it, in fact, make a difference.
inspiration… we are inspired when...
we nurture ourselves, others, our community and our environment
we share our time, our gifts and vulnerabilities and our energy with each other and within our communities
we are a contribution by being willing to roll up our sleeves to participate and cooperate for the health and resiliency of our communities
we experience our intrinsic beauty as a reflection of the beauty of Life
community… engendering collaborative, cooperative and co-creative relationships where all are welcomed, supported and honored.
resiliency… loving the earth and all her inhabitants as a whole, living organism.
service… being willing to choose the greater good of the whole (which includes ourselves) over our personal wants and comforts.
In April 2014, we were given the opportunity to share our passion and some ideas for creating positive change in our world at the Spirit/Mind/Body Expo in Sonora, CA. Toward the end of our talk, a couple stood up and shared that, although they wanted to divest from the funds in which they had been investing, they felt there was no place to invest locally that would provide real security for themselves. Although we had no pat answers for the couple, we were deeply moved by their heartfelt concern and began talking about what we could do to support them and others like them.
The more we thought about that conversation, the more we were inspired to see what we could do. Over time, we realized we could create a platform to help open up opportunities for people without financial resources but with solid community-based ideas to come together with people who have the resources to help them and, in turn, create broad-based security right here in our own community. Thus, the Local Security Exchange was born.
We are very excited to beta test the process with a couple of preliminary Innovators this summer. Then, after we’ve ironed out the wrinkles, we intend to launch the official crowdfunding platform and program of events this fall with our initial group of Innovators. If you are interested in attending one of our upcoming community events, please sign up for our newsletter so we can keep you posted on what’s brewing! If everything flows the way we intend, we hope the L.S.E. will become a model of whole-community development, social innovation and economic resiliency.
Jakob Jaggy MD is a Swiss born and trained physician who, early in medical school, realized that the best way to serve others is through holistic means. He furthered his education in the U.S. and became a Diplomat Founder of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. He started his practice in the Sierra foothills fifteen years ago, basing his approach on the Chinese principle that removing toxicities and correcting deficiencies through non-pharmacologial means leads to optimal health.
Knowing that physical and mental health are intrinsically connected, he focuses on correcting digestive imbalances as the basis of his work. He has observed how food can affect mood in many ways. He is committed to empower patients to attain their full potential by helping them understand how their choices affect their well-being and how that can be changed..
As a strong proponent of organic foods and good stewardship of the land, he is a firm believer in the connection between the health of the planet and the health of its inhabitants.
The Local Security Exchange is powered by an inspiring team of people
who are generous innovators in their own lives. Meet them here!
Erin Ross has been committed to bringing transformation and awakening to the world for over 25 years. As a workshop facilitator for Challenge Day and Café Gratitude, teacher, writer, life coach, mother and founder and co-CEO of Get That You Matter, Erin has inspired thousands of people to listen to their deepest wisdom and take positive action toward being the leaders they are here to be. She is committed to helping as many people as possible remember who they are, get that they matter and make their greatest contributions to the world.
In Erin's words:
I am deeply grateful for everything that has led me to this moment. As a workshop leader, coach, mother and teacher, I have been privileged to have been inspired – by my kids, students, colleagues and more – to take positive action toward living my life fully expressed and empowered. I hope that I have been able to give as much as I have received over the years, and that my deep love for humanity and our world has been as evident to others as I feel it inside.
Marguerite's personal search for inner healing has given her the opportunity to attend and participate in workshops with Sacred Commerce, Abounding River and Get That You Matter. Through these workshops, Marguerite has developed many important relationships and connections that have allowed her to begin her journey of healing and deep listening to self and spirit. Marguerite has embraced and accepted what she has learned through these workshops, which has now opened a pathway for her to inspire others. Marguerite has volunteered her time to support organizations such as FOAC (Friends of the Animal Community), Sierra Non-Profit Services through AmeriCorps Vista program, Give Every Child a Chance and the Tuolumne County Volunteers Annual Awards Luncheon. In addition, she accepted a position with the Advisory Board for Sierra Non-Profit Services in their continued support of the community. With this experience, Marguerite welcomes the opportunity to support and contribute to the Local Security Exchange.
Cheyenne Barr works with LSE in developing their image and website. She earned her Masters in Women’s Studies from SFSU and the equivalent of a Masters working with Cafe Gratitude as their Office Manager, holding the container of Sacred Commerce in their offices for five years. She worked with Yebuny Johnson and Erin Ross in their creation of Get That You Matter by creating their website, as well as personal work with Cafe Gratitude and Outer Aisle in developing their blogs. Her company, Deconstruction Crafts is a passion project that confronts the modern culture of disposability and promotes meaningful, conscious, and precious creation whilst dismanteling unworkable systems. She is currently working as an Executive Assistant with a non-profit in Oakland, Association Building Community in their Peace Practices curriculum, which teaches children and adults a whole body-mind reaction to conflict.