Tag Archives: Makkie

People Powered Money: everything you need to know to set up a community currency

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  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


CCIA final evaluation: Money with a purpose

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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


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 partner Makkie opens community shop

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A shop and activity centre using the community currency, the Makkie, has been opened in the Makassarsquare district of Amsterdam. The centre is highlighting the range of community currency projects that are being undertaken in the city under the European Union Interreg IV project, Community Currencies in Action (CCIA)*. Donated by the local housing authority, the centre   …Continue Reading


A Day with the Makkie

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On Wednesday 21st January, CCIA partners had the chance to see the work that one of our currencies – the Makkie – is doing first hand.  Based in the long-neglected Makassarsquare district in East Amsterdam, the Makkie aims to empower local people, encourage them to participate in community projects and improve residents’ quality of life. For   …Continue Reading


“Money that Matters”: CCIA partners Makkie and Qoin gains media attention

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Good to see that two of our partners, Makkie and Qoin, are turning heads in the media. If you want to the full article (and if you speak Dutch), click here. The Makkie is a time-based currency for the citizens of East Amsterdam. It aims to empower residents and address social exclusion and inequality. People   …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


Makkies: Jenny Elmont, Amsterdam

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Jenny Elmont is one of a growing number of Amsterdam residents earning Makkies through community work.  In Jenny’s case, this involves accompanying the elderly to the doctor or supermarket: “in this way”, she says, “they feel safer in the street”. Jenny also helps out with needle work activities in a local retirement home. She saves   …Continue Reading