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 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


The impact of Spice time credits on the life of a primary school

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CCIA partner Spice runs time credit programmes with a range of partners, including thirty eight schools across England and Wales. Ms Ceri-Ann Gilbert, a teacher at Windsor Primary school, talks about the benefits.  “Time Credits have been a fantastic incentive not only for our pupils to do that little bit extra but for our parents too.   …Continue Reading


E-Portemonnee: interview with Leen Frensen, Sustainability Officer, Diepenbeek, Belgium

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The e-Portemonnee is an electronic reward system, giving people points in exchange for environmentally friendly behaviour which can then be spent on a range of sustainable products and service. To read more about the e-Portemonnee, click here. Leen Frensen, Sustainability Officer for Diepenbeek, talks about how the currency has incentivised environmentally sustainable behaviour: Solar panels   …Continue Reading


Brixton Pound: Alicia

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Having moved to Brixton from Jamaica in the 1980s, Alicia now supports her community by using the Brixton Pound.  Alicia Reynolds is a Senior HR Officer at Lambeth Council. When the Brixton Pound launched their “Pay by Text” system, the added convenience prompted her to request part of her salary in her local currency. In   …Continue Reading


Brixton Pound: Paul

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Using a local currency is a great way to be support local businesses and develop a sense of community. Paul shares his experience of using the Brixton Pound:  “When I was a kid living in Catford, my Dad knew every greengrocer, butcher and baker by name. As I grew up, many local shops closed; supermarkets   …Continue Reading


Brixton Pound: Francis

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When he’s not touring, Brixton resident and jazz saxophonist Francis Walden uses the Brixton Pound to support his local economy.  He first started using Brixton Pounds two years ago. As Francis remembers: “it was when you gave 10% extra with each top up… I bought £200’s worth in early December and was just running out   …Continue Reading


Makkies: on the road with Canta

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Canta Commission East is a community project using Makkies to help the elderly in their daily lives. For the elderly, small distances can become great obstacles. Now, those in Amsterdam’s Indian Neighbourhood can be driven with the Canta: a small vehicle designed for the disabled that does not fall under the rules of cars. Each journey costs   …Continue Reading


Makkies: Remy Staring, Amsterdam

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The Makkie makes sense not only for individuals, but for local businesses too.  Remy Staring is the manager of the Albert Heijn supermarket on Celebesstraat, part of Amsterdam’s Indian neighbourhood. About his business, Remy says that “the Albert Heijn supermarket likes to be involved with the community. Using the Makkie, we can offer local people a discount   …Continue Reading


Makkies: Jacqueline van Beers, Amsterdam

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Jacqueline van Beers has been busy earning Makkies. Like others, Jacqueline earns her Makkies through various projects run by community groups or partner businesses. So far, she has “cleaned  the windows at the Yoga studio Puur [Pure], lent a hand in the community vegetable garden and helped out at the Centre of Figurative Art [Centrum voor beeldende   …Continue Reading