Christopher Lindstrom is committed to his work to help transition the economy from a paradigm of extraction to one of regeneration.
He has had an interest in and passion for the area of alternative monetary systems and local currencies since 2002. In 2003 he became a volunteer staff member at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, where he organized a major international conference, called “Local Currencies in the 21st Century,” that involved roughly 300 participants from 17 countries in the discussion of a movement that was gaining recognition. In 2005 he helped launch a funders circle dedicated to raising awareness around money as an engineered system that can feasibly be re-engineered to introduce sustainability and social values into our economic system. In 2006 he co-founded BerkShares, a local currency for use in the southern Berkshires of western Massachusetts, which continues to receive international media attention and has served as a model for other communities interested in creating their own locally circulating currency.
Lindstrom has been active in the bioenergy sector as an investor and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Catalyst Bioenergy Group, has served on the Board of Directors of the Slow Money Institute, and currently serves as a director of the David Rockefeller Fund. He is also the co-founder of CyclEffect, a new model of cooperative investing and business incubation that enables companies in their early stages to own a stake in a growing ecosystem of mission-aligned businesses.
Christopher Lindstrom received an AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2001 and a BA in Integral Economics from Goddard College in 2009.