CCIA partner SoNantes holds conference

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  The initiative to launch a community currency, SoNantes, for the French city of Nantes is holding a conference at the Renaissance hotel in Brussels (19 rue du Parnasse) on 23 February 2015. The conference, ‘A community currency to boost the local economy: SoNantes, what is the role of local public services’, will celebrate the   …Continue Reading


CCIA launches online database of community currencies

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Community-Currency.info launches today – an online database of complementary currencies outlining the origins, aims, vocabulary and functions of both high-profile and lesser-known projects in the growing world of currency design. www.community-currency.info The site is written in five languages (English, Dutch, French, German and Spanish) and brings together articles on the full range of existing models   …Continue Reading


SoNantes Announces Launch

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  The SoNantes community currency for the French city of Nantes will be launched in the spring of this year. The launch follows the completion of consultations with the Banque de France in December, 2014. The currency, which will run alongside the euro, is open to both businesses and the general public. It is a result   …Continue Reading


Christmas comes early to Brixton with Small Business Saturday

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  Last Saturday saw Brixton’s second Small Business Saturday – an annual event run by a grassroots campaign encouraging people to shop in local, small, independent businesses across the country.  Among the hundreds of shoppers, Paul Melbourne undoubtedly got the most bang for his Brixton bucks, having won B£250 for signing up the most people to the currency’s “pay-by-text”   …Continue Reading


Brixton Pound Announce New Electronic Payment System for 2015

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CCIA partners the Brixton Pound have announced that they will be launching new electronic payment technology in 2015. “Tap and Pay” will implement contactless payment terminals for B£ businesses and traders, making it faster and more convenient for users to pay in their local currency. “Tap and Pay” will complement the existing paper currency and text-payment systems, encouraging   …Continue Reading


Local currencies learn from young communities

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  Last month staff from the Lambeth Pound took part in a workshop with the Young Lambeth Cooperative exploring how the YLC could be made most attractive to young people and community members in Lambeth. Lambeth council recognise that local people want more say in how money is spent and how services are run and   …Continue Reading


Edgar Kahn visits Spice timebanks in Wales

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Earlier this month our timebanking partner Spice was very excited to welcome Professor Edgar Kahn to a meeting held at the Church of the Resurrection Hall in Ely, Cardiff, Wales. On the day Edgar visited the Timeplace project in Ely-Caerau, itself a notable example of ‘Cahnian’ principles and values in action, with over 820 members giving   …Continue Reading