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Paul Glover to discuss the Ithaca HOUR, an alternative form of money, during lecture at King’s

April 7, 2010 – Professor and grassroots activist Paul Glover will discuss the Ithaca HOUR, an alternative form of money that is backed by people and their labor, during a free public lecture at King’s College at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, located on North River Street.

Ithaca HOURS is a unique monetary system that has flourished among the citizens and businesses of Ithaca, New York. The “hour,” a $10 unit of currency named because it represented the average hourly wages in the area, has become a substitute for the dollar for those individuals who wanted to see their money stay in Ithaca. To date, more than 300 businesses, including hospitals and federal credit union use the currency.

Glover teaches metropolitan ecology at Temple University. He is founder of Ithaca HOURS local currency, Ithaca Health Alliance, Green Jobs Philly, Citizen Planners of Los Angeles, and many other groups. After 35 years of community organizing on behalf of grassroots economic development and ecological repair, he formed the consultant company, GreenPlanners.

He has written numerous books, including “Hometown Money,” “Health Democracy,” “Green Jobs Philly,” and “Los Angeles: A History of the Future.” Glover was a candidate in the 2004 Green Party Presidential primaries, earning delegates at the national convention. In 1978 he walked, entirely on foot, from Boston to San Diego, to study the impact of cities upon this continent.

For more information, please contact Dr. Valerie Kepner, assistant professor of economics, at (570) 208-5900, ext. 5256 or e-mail

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