London Borough of Lambeth CCIA Conference

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CCIA partners Lambeth Council and the Brixton Pound are hosting a conference on 24 April, 2015, at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton. Speaking about what the event will cover, Lambeth Council said:

“Launched at Lambeth Town Hall in September 2009, the Brixton Pound has always been more than just a currency; we know that while it encourages people to buy locally, we also know that it makes Brixton feel ‘special’ and people are very proud of the artwork on the notes so it has a value as community art. What other values does it have? For example, by supporting it, does it help Lambeth be a co-operative council? Does it encourage citizens to participate in their local community or feel that they have a contribution to make? As a means of exchange does it build stronger bonds that make people feel more connected to the area?”

These are some of the topics that will be discussed at the conference, which should be of interest to practitioners, researchers, journalists and local people and SMEs looking to get more involved with the Brixton Pound.

Tickets are free but limited, and places must be reserved.

The full agenda for the event is as follows:

9.30: Arrivals

10.00-12.30: Morning session

10.00: Introduction to Co-Operative Council and community currency by Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Jobs & Growth, Lambeth Council

10.15: Introduction to CCIA & Brixton Pound by Tom Shakhli, Brixton Pound

10.30: Introduction to Brixton Regeneration by Tom Bridgman, Delivery Lead for Regeneration, Lambeth Council

10.40: Plenary session on working co-operatively – Lambeth Council and the Brixton Pound by Sue Sheehan, Senior Policy & Equalities Officer, Lambeth Council

11.30: Plenary session by Brett Scott – a walkthrough of alternative currencies across the world and where we might be heading

12.30-13.30: Lunch and networking for new/start-up currencies

13:30-16.00: Afternoon session

13.30: Breakout sessions – Presentations from:

– CCIA partners on currencies in NW Europe

– Max Wakefield, Brixton Pound on the upcoming Brixton Bonus and Charlie Waterhouse, This Ain’t Rock’N’Roll on making currency beautiful

14.30: Presentation of early findings from Brixton Pound and Lambeth social value evaluation from Matthew Jackson, Centre for Local Economic Strategies

15.30: Brixton Pound co-chair Binki Taylor on how to get involved with the Brixton Pound and shape its future development

16.00-17.00: Reception and networking

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