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
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
“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 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 …Continue Reading
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
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
One of CCIA’s partner currencies, the Brixton Pound, has been getting plenty of attention over Christmas for its new “Tap and Pay” contactless payment system. Read the full article on theregister.co.uk here.
The Brixton Pound’s new “Tap and Pay” system has been receiving some media attention. Read the Brixton Buzz article here or check out CCIA’s own article.
Last weekend, Brixton hosted its second annual Small Business Saturday event. Everyone using Brixton Pounds got 20% off a range of products from local businesses, but Paul Melbourne got even more bang for his Brixton bucks, winning B£250 by getting friends to sign up for a free B£ pay-by-text account. To see what he spent …Continue Reading
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