New community currency for France: SoNantes launches

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On Tuesday, 28th April, 2o15, a new community currency was born, as CCIA pilot currency SoNantes announced its official launch. Speakers at the event included Johanna Roland, Mayor of Nantes and President of Nantes Metropole, Jacques Stern, Director of the Credit Municipal de Nantes and Philippe Magnen, Vice President of the Network for Regional Solidarity Economy   …Continue Reading


CCIA partner SoNantes holds conference

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  The initiative to launch a community currency, SoNantes, for the French city of Nantes is holding a conference at the Renaissance hotel in Brussels (19 rue du Parnasse) on 23 February 2015. The conference, ‘A community currency to boost the local economy: SoNantes, what is the role of local public services’, will celebrate the   …Continue Reading


CCIA partner Makkie opens community shop

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A shop and activity centre using the community currency, the Makkie, has been opened in the Makassarsquare district of Amsterdam. The centre is highlighting the range of community currency projects that are being undertaken in the city under the European Union Interreg IV project, Community Currencies in Action (CCIA)*. Donated by the local housing authority, the centre   …Continue Reading


CCIA launches online database of community currencies

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Community-Currency.info launches today – an online database of complementary currencies outlining the origins, aims, vocabulary and functions of both high-profile and lesser-known projects in the growing world of currency design. www.community-currency.info The site is written in five languages (English, Dutch, French, German and Spanish) and brings together articles on the full range of existing models   …Continue Reading


SoNantes Announces Launch

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  The SoNantes community currency for the French city of Nantes will be launched in the spring of this year. The launch follows the completion of consultations with the Banque de France in December, 2014. The currency, which will run alongside the euro, is open to both businesses and the general public. It is a result   …Continue Reading


Christmas comes early to Brixton with Small Business Saturday

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  Last Saturday saw Brixton’s second Small Business Saturday – an annual event run by a grassroots campaign encouraging people to shop in local, small, independent businesses across the country.  Among the hundreds of shoppers, Paul Melbourne undoubtedly got the most bang for his Brixton bucks, having won B£250 for signing up the most people to the currency’s “pay-by-text”   …Continue Reading


Brixton Pound Announce New Electronic Payment System for 2015

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CCIA partners the Brixton Pound have announced that they will be launching new electronic payment technology in 2015. “Tap and Pay” will implement contactless payment terminals for B£ businesses and traders, making it faster and more convenient for users to pay in their local currency. “Tap and Pay” will complement the existing paper currency and text-payment systems, encouraging   …Continue Reading


Workshop: Next steps for the Lewes Pound

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Event: October 6th 2014, Lewes, UK Next month the New Economics Foundation will host a workshop in Lewes for SMEs and residents keen to bolster their local economy. As part of the transnational Community Currencies in Action (CCIA) project, supported and co funded by the EU, the workshop will stimulate discussion and ideas on how   …Continue Reading


Event: Currencies say yes to recycling

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Event: 18th & 19th Sept 2014, Hasselt, Belgium Next month Belgian currency pilot E-Portmonnee will host our Nantais colleagues and representatives from 6 other European cities to discuss how currencies can be designed to facilitate better sustainable waste management systems. This meeting has been possible through CCIA linking up with the EcoWas project who are   …Continue Reading


EU brings new dimension to the Brixton Pound

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  We are pleased to announce that the Brixton Pound will working with our transnational coalition of complementary currencies –  strengthening bonds between monetary innovations across Europe. With this move the Brixton Pound (B£) has become part of a wider international movement that links up currency initiatives across 4 countries: the UK, France, Belgium &   …Continue Reading