Better Than Barter

A community where we exchange goods and services using mutual credit

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Spend and earn Units instead of $s

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Volunteers Wanted – Join Rob and the promotions team at Northey St City farm – Click here for more information

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Through BrisLETS you will also meet friendly, generous, caring people who value trading locally in just about anything.

Events

There are trade events every month across Brisbane, is there one near you? Check out our calendar to find a trading event in your area.

Events

Jul
21
Sun
Northey St City Farm Market Info Stall @ Northey Street City Farm Sunday Markets Corner of Northey and Victoria Streets Windsor
Jul 21 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

BrisLETS’ Sunday Market Information Stall at Northey Street City Farm

Volunteers are needed for the Northey Street City Farm Sunday Market Information Stall: The Markets Coordinator there, Simon Calcinai, says “It’ll be packed this weekend”. We have our equipment stored in the shed there (flyers, pull-up banner and computer), so setting up is very easy. This is a great location, venue and crowd for BrisLETS to spread the word. Members who live nearby; doing some shopping, socializing, having breakfast or lunch and putting in some time to do the Information Stall is a great way to spend Sunday morning. Willing to muck in with us? Comment below to add yourself to the roster. This is self-organising, as we currently have no Events Coordinator. Give a time and coordinate a roster via the comments below (give your BLCE# for contact information to protect your privacy).  First time to comment on this website? Can’t see your comment? That’s because it needs to be approved. Be patient – come back soon! And thank you!

NSCF has given us a great opportunity with a special deal because we’re a not-for-profit; a negligible charge for the space IN UNITS. This will change when it becomes a regular, weekly stall. How about making that come true!? NSCF Sunday Market customers are low-hanging fruit for LET/CES – there are lots of people there who understand it and just want to see it work for them well.  With more member-volunteers pitching in a little of your time, rotating set up and pack up each week, we can achieve an on-going presence there. We have a custom marquee-cover, flags, flyers and other marketing material in the pipeline. We may have WiFi there for Internet connection included. It rarely comes better than this for a LETS group.

People with some computer and smartphone skills will be a great help; showing customers how to use the software and joining them up online on the day. If you need training, think about joining a session Learning the Basics with Simon in the first week of every month at a convenient location – check this website calendar for the next session.

We have an URGENT need for an Event Coordinator. Please use the Contact page to get in touch and start straight away – it’s not a lot of work; only about 5 hours a month. The job description pdf is available under the Help tab in the Volunteers Opportunities Page.

Shared Lunch & Talks – July 2019 @ Albion Peace Hall, 102 Macdonald St Windsor
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

NOTE:  VENUE CHANGE – This event was advertised to be a Rob’s Place

Lunch @ 12pm

Bring something to share and join us for lunch.

It is a great chance to chat and get to know other members in the exchange. BrisLETS is more than just trading, it is about building community.

Visitors are welcome to attend.

COST:  $2 for a raffle ticket. Buy more than one and increase your chances! First prize – a brand new cast iron enameled saucepan.

 

Talk @ 1pm – Skills Lab & Storytelling

Skills Lab: Share your skills and wants with others.

Storytelling with Josephine Brown. This month’s theme: Never Again!

Come ready to tell your story in 5 minutes.

Community Market Trading Day – July 2019 @ Albion Peace Hall, 102 Macdonald St Windsor
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the community Market and Services day

TRADING @ 2pm – 4pm

SERVICES & GOODS:

Don’t forget if you can offer a Service at our Trading Days, let us know if you are coming and we can give you some free advertising in the events update email; please contact the events team at least 7 days before the date of the market.

HINT: Smart traders browse our lists of offers & wants in advance and arrange to meet the trader at the meeting to hand over the goods.

Workshop @ 3pm – Accommodation with Anne Tennock

Anne will facilitate a discussion about using Units to pay for some great accommodation offers out there and how we can make it even better.

COST:  $2 for a raffle ticket (if you didn’t buy one at the Shared Lunch). Buy more than one and increase your chances! First prize – a brand new cast iron enameled saucepan.

What to bring to this trading event:
Friends
Trading record sheet and pen or data-enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop to put through transactions immediately
Goods to trade
Promotional material of services you are offering
$20 joining fee if you don’t yet have a BrisLETS account, CLICK HERE to download a membership form.

BrisLETS is all about trading: buying and selling goods and services for LETS units rather than spending the Aussie Dollar. More information: www.brislets.com  or check out our facebook page.

Aug
2
Fri
BrisLETS & CES – Q&A @ State Library of Qld THE EDGE Window Bay 7
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Are you at a loss understanding the proposed changes to the T&Cs and Constitution? Need help trading?

Ever wondered about these questions?

  • What is the difference between brislets.com and communityexchange.net.au?
  • Can you can use your smartphone to do a transaction
  • When should you do mixed offerings ($s & Units)? How much should the $s be?
  • How do you decide to gift instead of trade?

To find out, book some free tuition, in person, from your CES Website Administrator, Simon Cole. Details below.

And did you know …?

  • …that you can see what new volunteer opportunities there are on the website? And get a full job description?
  • …that you can earn Units through volunteering?
  • …and find out exactly how volunteering is rewarded?
  • …that all the volunteers who are working to keep BrisLETS going (the admins, members of committees and teams) are all listed on the Committee page of the website, under About?

Bring your own questions and get them answered!

Where abouts?

Location is flexible (home visits are possible, too) and will be updated when two or more people respond. Time is negotiable. Bring your smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Every month you will see there’s a How to use BrisLETS and CES training session on somewhere in the city-wide area.

Please book now.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by commenting below. (First comment? Great! It’ll appear as soon as it’s approved. Come back soon.)

Aug
10
Sat
Think Tank & Learning Circle @ Meeting Rm 2B - State Library of Queensland
Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Think Tank & Learning Circle

BrisLETS’ think-tank for mutual credit aficionados – currently including Paul Wildman, Bianca Baptista, Simon Cole, Ishka McNulty and others will meet again and choose from the following topics to discuss:

  • strategic alliances in Brisbane: FoodConnect, NSCF & Albion Peace Hall
  • origins of LETS & CES; poverty alleviation and ambitions to do money better
  • is there an infinite supply of Units, or must they balance out? (we started discussing this in February)
  • how is mutual credit different to cryptos and fiat debt-based money?
  • managing a CES/LETS exchange (learning from other exchange organisers)
  • how is mutual credit valued and how do we make it valuable?
  • NENA (New Economy Network Australia) membership for BrisLETS – pros & cons

RSPV by commenting below or texting me (Simon). If fewer than 3 RSVPs are received, the event will be cancelled.

Location: Meeting Rm 2C – State Library of Queensland

Please read more about the Think Tank before joining a meeting. A full explanation and suggestions for basic research are here under our About menu.

The Think Tank meets bi-monthly. It has no power in any CES or LETS exchange and is informal so there is no record-keeping in this group. It compliments the CES Australia Administration group (Annette Loudon, Bel Moore and Tania Brookes) which takes care of Australia’s national web hosting and international relations with overseas exchanges (Tim Jenkins and Matthew Slater).

Aug
18
Sun
AGM – 2019 @ Albion Peace Hall, 102 Macdonald St Windsor
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Annual General Meeting @ 11amWhere: Main Hall

Agenda – To be completed:

  • Election of new Management Committee

# of trades YTD (2019)

Units traded YTD (2019)

as at 27/06/2019

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