tmp_8487-serveimage(2)1786470446History has shown that there is an inverse relationship between the growth of alternative ‘currencies’ and the health of the conventional economy. When times are ‘good’ and the money is flowing, alternative currencies tend to take a back seat, but when money is scarce alternative forms of exchange become more attractive.

Before that happens, however, everyone becomes more desperate to find ways of keeping the money stream flowing. When the spring finally dries up people then start to seek other ways to obtain what money used to provide them. Might we be reaching such a point now?

Trade in the Exchange has been declining recently. Is this a sign that its users are no longer finding it useful, or is it because everyone is focussed on preventing the money spring from drying up?

Most of us view money as one of the items at the top of our hierarchy of essential needs, like air, food, water and shelter. Without these we cannot survive. It is thus understandable that people would avoid distractions if the supply of any of these becomes threatened.

But money itself can’t be an essential need; only what it can buy can be essential. So how can we obtain the essentials without having to obtain money first? This is what the CTTE is meant to do, but it won’t do that unless we advertise our offerings, keep them current and not demand money when a buyer responds.

Try to get off the ‘money grid’ now, before the financial storm hits. You will need to know how to use the lifeboat before the ship sinks!