Conversation with Paul Glover on Local Currency and Health Care Self-Sufficiency

Starting today, I’m adding a mid-week feature to this blog. I will be sharing with you conversations I’ve had with people who inspire me, and who offer helpful insights for living a life without limitations.

Beginning in May of 2008, I was on the air with a syndicated radio program. This program was titled “Business Matters” for the first three years, and “From the Inside Out” thereafter.

Over the course of the next few months, I will offer interviews from these radio programs. If you want to further explore our archives, you can go to


I often stumble over the belief that one person’s actions don’t matter, particularly as it applies to changing the behavior of big institutions. On occasion, I come across someone who doesn’t have this belief. WOW, what change they cause!

In today’s interview, I speak with Paul Glover. We talk a lot in my community about keeping it local. Paul has been an enthusiastic supporter of this movement since the early 90’s. He saw that one of the ways to assist the exchange of local goods and services was the creation of a local “currency”. In 1991, Ithaca Hours was started. Today, over 900 participants publicly accept Ithaca Hours. Additionally, some local employers and employees have agreed to pay or receive partial wages in Ithaca Hours, further continuing the goal of keeping money local.

Paul’s contributions didn’t stop with Ithaca Hours. In 1997, he led a group in founding the Ithaca Health Alliance. The Ithaca Health Alliance is concerned with the problems in our healthcare system — especially the hardships faced by the uninsured. The mission of the Ithaca Health Alliance is to facilitate access to health care for all, and to improve the quality of health choices and knowledge available to community members.

Paul continues to bring his unlimited exuberance to urban challenges in his new home city of Philadelphia. Let me know how my conversation with Paul inspires you!

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Until tomorrow,

Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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