CCIA connected the public and non-profit sectors as the biggest transnational collaboration project in the field of community currency design and implementation at the time.
Co-funded by the European Regional Development Program Interreg IVb, our project brings together the city of Amsterdam, the city of Nantes, the borough of Lambeth in London, two public and voluntary organisations in Belgium and Wales and three expert organisations in community currencies: Qoin, Spice and NEF.
We were pleased to be part of a much wider community of organisations, grassroots groups and researchers already working to develop currencies for social, local and environmental ends. Our international observer list reflects some of the key groups and individuals we have worked with so far, and we were also working to help cultivate sustained research in the field by co-hosting a forum for academic researchers.
We were a transnational partnership helping to lay the ground for cross-sectorial currency innovations designed for the common good.
Through providing a package of support structures to develop currency innovation across North West Europe based on learnings from our 6 pilots, we promoted community currencies as a credible vehicle for achieving positive social, environmental and local economic outcomes.
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By creating new ways to exchange time and goods, community currencies provide a valuable addition to conventional money and the narrowly profit orientated economies it supports. They allow people to build connections across their communities – whether SME networks or local neighbourhoods – that don’t depend on Euros or Pounds.
Complementary currencies have been utilised as an answer to local problems in communities all over the world, and thanks to advances in technology and a big increase in the awareness of the need to form sustainable communities, the practice of currency design is now entering mainstream policy debates. We hope our actions over the duration of this collaborative project have prompted further responses to the challenge of how money can be redesigned to better serve society’s needs.
As the pilots progressed, we also provided a package of support structures serving CC practitioners and those wanting to learn more about how similar schemes could work in their communities.
As a community of community currencies the CCIA project shared expertise across borders to strengthen the ground from which future currencies can be launched. We did this by providing models, frameworks and toolkits for the future implementation of CCs by businesses, local governments and community groups.
Our publications, research and guides will be free to download from our resources page.