People Powered Money: everything you need to know to set up a community currency

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  As CCIA draws to a close, we release a how-to guide on creating your own community currency. Covering everything from currency design to project management, People Powered Money is available for free download from the New Economics Foundation website.    As the conventional monetary system foundered following the financial crisis in 2008, interest in new types of   …Continue Reading


Community Currencies and Local Government

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  CCIA partners at Amsterdam East council have published a guide for local government on how to  best realise the potentials of community currencies. The guide focuses on four main areas: improving public services; supporting the SME economy; countering inequality and social exclusion; and addressing environmental impact. The full guide can be downloaded below:


CCIA final evaluation: Money with a purpose

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Since the 2008 financial crisis, more people are exploring alternative approaches to economics and money. In this context, community currencies – new types of money designed by communities to meet their specific needs – are coming to the fore. Complementing rather than replacing conventional money, these community currencies all seek to address economic, social and   …Continue Reading


No Small Change: how to evaluation your community currency

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This handbook (download below) has been designed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), on behalf of the Community Currencies in Action (CCIA) EU Interreg IVB NWE Programme, project, to inspire community currency (CC) organisers and help them gain the most from their currency project by learning more about project evaluation and impact assessment. Getting to   …Continue Reading


Lessons from 20 years of Business-to-Business Currencies

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Rob van Hilten from our Partner Qoin and Lotte Boonstra from our observer institution Erasmus University Rotterdam report on their findings during a trip to 5 pertinent business-to-business currency organisations in the USA earlier this year. They brought home some very intersting findings about the next generation of these currency operators: Cooperative Barter. This was   …Continue Reading


Community Currency Implementation Framework

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This Community Currency Implementation Framework (previously reffered to as “Community Currency Design Framework”) is a process guide to setting up, operating and improving community currencies, representing the combined experience of Qoin, Spice and nef. This framework is also the basis to our hand book “People Powered Money – designing, developing and delivering community currencies” a   …Continue Reading


Toolkit: Legal and compliance

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A detailed compliance report was generated for each of the 6 CCIA pilot currencies. A copy of the reports can be downloaded below:   The legal document focus on certain areas of law and analyse them from the perspective of generic currency model. Details about the areas of law covered and generic currency models can   …Continue Reading


Toolkit: ICT platform for community currencies

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Within the CCIA project, Qoin was responsible for developing the next generation of community currency software: QoinWare. The focus of this project was on creating an optimal user experience, using both web and smartphone interfaces. QoinWare is currently used by the CCIA pilot currencies TradeQoin, SoNantes and Brixton Pound. The QoinWare packages as used for TradeQoin and   …Continue Reading


Toolkit: Community Currency Implementation

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CCIA has produced a number of frameworks and resources for all those considering to start a new community currency. The most comprehensive publication is our hand book “People Powered Money – designing, developing and delivering community currencies” a how-to guide on creating your own community currency. The book was based on the CCIA implementation framework,   …Continue Reading


Toolkit: Evaluating a community currency

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  Measuring the impact of grassroots community currency projects is vital – our new handbook can help ‘No Small Change’ is a how-to guide for organisers looking to effectively evaluate the impact of a community currency project. The guide highlights the value of pausing to ask what your currency project is aiming to achieve, and   …Continue Reading