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TradeQoin: Piter Mandemaker

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  CCIA pilot currency the TradeQoin is a business-to-business trading schemes seeking to develop a strong network of local SMEs and boost members’ income. Through Qoinware, an online system developed by Dutch social enterprise Qoin, participating businesses use TradeQoin to exchange goods and service. TradeQoin provides members with additional liquidity and members can also draw interest-free   …Continue Reading


CCIA gets a mention in Wall Street Journal

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  As a coalition of left-leaning parties in Barcelona considers creating a community currency, the Wall Street Journal asks CCIA what that would mean…click here to read more.


CCIA final conference – review

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“We’ve been stuck on the carousel of our money system for three hundred years. It’s time to get off”. This was the major theme of Bernard Lietaer‘s keynote speech at CCIA’s final conference, held in Brussels on 19th May, 2015. Surveying the evolution of that system throughout human history, he argued that its major purpose has   …Continue Reading


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


CCIA partner Spice teams up with Wales Millenium Centre

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On Wednesday 26th April, CCIA partner Spice launched a collaboration with Wales Millenium Centre by taking 260 school children to see a stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  Cantonian School (in Fairwater), Woodlands High School (in Ely) and Hawthorn High School (in Pontypridd), as well as 80 community members from Llanelli,   …Continue Reading


Adventures in Community Currencies: CCIA and Brixton Pound hold event

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“Nobody can really say they’ve run a truly successful community currency. And none of us can really say that we know what we’re doing” – this was how Tom Shakhli, manager of the Brixton Pound, opened CCIA’s conference last Friday, 24th April. While this may seem a strange way to welcome fellow enthusiasts and prospective converts, Tom’s   …Continue Reading


CCIA interim evaluation report

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One of the objectives of CCIA is to develop the community currency field into a more systemic discipline. In order to do this, we need to address the relative lack of proper evaluation of community currency projects. This interim report presents some preliminary findings from our six pilot currencies across for main areas: – democratising   …Continue Reading