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Gwendolyn Hallsmith

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Executive Director

Local Address: Montpelier, Vermont, United States
Public Banking Institute
P.O. Box 2195
Sonoma , California 95476
United States

Company Description: The Public Banking Institute (PBI) was formed in January 2011 as an educational non-profit organization. ts mission is to further the understanding, explore the...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Andover Newton Theological School
  • Master's degree , Public Policy
    Brown University
  • Master‘s degree , Public Policy
    Brown University
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Web References
Ellen Brown, Gwendolyn ...
www.publicbankinginstitute.org, 29 Jan 2015 [cached]
Ellen Brown, Gwendolyn Hallsmith and public banking were featured in her series of articles, "An Economy of Our Own," which won a National Newspaper Association award for "Best Investigative In-Depth Story Series" in 2012, citing her "atypical sources.
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Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Executive Director
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Gwen most recently made national headlines with her work in Vermont to ask Town Meetings to consider public banking. On March 4th, 18 cities and towns in Vermont voted to endorse a resolution directing the state legislators to create a State Bank for Vermont. Thanks to the media expertise of William Boardman and Matt Stannard, the national media has picked up on the story, and there have been now over 20 radio interviews, print stories, and starting this week we'll be on syndicated television with the story as well… Gwen has an interview with GritTV on Tuesday, and we understand that even bigger shows are working on the story - stay tuned.
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Gwen is the author of several books on sustainable communities and economic reform, including her most recent book with Bernard Lietaer called Creating Wealth: Growing Local Communities with Local Currencies.
Vermont Community Development Association » Events
www.vtcda.org, 15 June 2014 [cached]
Gwendolyn Hallsmith - Community Resilience
Global Community Initiatives -- People
www.global-community.org, 8 Jan 2013 [cached]
Gwendolyn Hallsmith,
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Gwendolyn Hallsmith
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Gwendolyn Hallsmith Executive Director
Global Community Initiatives
Gwendolyn Hallsmith, the Executive Director of GCI, has over 25 years of experience working with municipal, regional, and state government in the United States and internationally. She has served as a Municipal Manager, a Regional Planning Director, Senior Planner for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy Resources, the Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and as an international specialist on sustainable community development. Her international experience has included work with the United Nations Environmental Program, the United Nations Development Program, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the International City/County Management Association, the Academy for Educational Development, and Earth Charter International. For the past few years, she has been a divinity student at the Andover Newton Theological School, and has served as the pastor of the United Federated Church in Williamstown, Vermont. She is very interested in the links between our wisdom traditions, spirituality, and work on the community level.
The specific structure of a state ...
www.vermontbiz.com, 8 Oct 2013 [cached]
The specific structure of a state bank in Vermont, much less how it would be regulated, are far from answered, admits Gwen Hallsmith. As founder of consulting firm Global Community Initiatives, she's working with Vermonters for a New Economy, a group that's pressing the public banking issue. Hallsmith emphasized that her discussion of public banking stems solely from her role as a private citizen, not in relation to her work as director of planning and community development for the City of Montpelier.
"If the bill to study the idea of a public bank and its economic impact were actually done, instead of being blocked by the bank lobby, then we could answer those questions," Hallsmith said.
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Banks collateralize the deposits they hold, so smaller banks are by nature limited in the amount they're able to manage, Hallsmith said. By serving as a back-stop or capital lender for local entities, a state bank may help community banks both manage more money and extend more funds through retail loans, she suggested.
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In the meantime, Hallsmith said, a private study of a state bank's economic impacts is forthcoming. After a prior bill to create a study committee failed in the Legislature, she worked to commission one by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at University of Vermont and the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, with funding from the Donella Meadows Institute, where she holds a seat on the board.
SustainableCities.net - Our Advisors
www.SustainableCities.net, 13 July 2013 [cached]
Gwendolyn Hallsmith Global Community Initiatives
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Gwendolyn Hallsmith
Gwendolyn Hallsmith, the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Montpelier, is also the founder and Board Co-Chair of Global Community Initiatives and author of The Key to Sustainable Cities, Taking Action for Sustainability: the EarthCAT Guide to Community Development, and LASER: Local Action for Sustainable Economic Renewal. She has over 20 years of experience working with municipal, regional, and state government in the United States and internationally. She has served as the Municipal Manager of Randolph, Vermont, the Regional Planning Director in Franklin County, MA, a Senior Planner for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy Resources, the Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and for over fifteen years as an international specialist on sustainable community development.
Her international experience has included work with the United Nations Environment Program, the United Nations Development Program, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the International City/County Management Association, and Earth Charter International. She has a Master's degree in Public Policy from Brown University and has studied theology at the Andover Newton Theological School, exploring the links between our wisdom traditions, spirituality, and work on the community level.
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