The importance of words – for economics, education & evaluation

  “Zero is where the real fun starts” is a think piece written for the TEESnet conference 2016 in Liverpool – by Katie Carr (CDEC) and myself. Download the article as part of the conference proceedings, pages 49-60, here. …from the introduction: In this paper, we propose that the dominance of quantifiable measurable phenomena over […]

The Guardian – You need never use a bank again. Here’s why

  This article of mine was published in the Guardian Sustainable Business Section on July 15th 2015, read the original article here. The emergence of peer-to-peer lending, fintech and new forms of currencies mean people and businesses can act on their dissatisfaction with the big banks. Dissatisfaction with the banking sector over the last decade […]

CCIA Book: People Powered Money

Designing, developing & delivering community currencies Written together with my New Economics Foundation colleagues Alice Martin and Duncan McCann. Money holds many mysteries. Where does it come from? How did it evolve? Who creates it and controls it? Why do we never seem to have enough? People Powered Money helps to unravel the mysteries behind […]

NEF Research: Money with a Purpose

Community currencies achieving social, environmental and economic impact. Written with my NEF colleague Susan Steed. Download full PDF here. Since the financial crisis, interest in new types of money has surged. Projects like Bitcoin have hit the headlines as communities around the world experiment with their own currencies and methods of exchange. In this new […]

Research: IJCCR – Impact Assessment of CCs

Validating and improving the Impact of Complementary Currency Systems through impact assessment frameworks by Christophe Place and Leander Bindewald Credibility and legitimacy are required to improve the design and implementation of complementary currency systems (CCS) and to engage with public institutions, while depending on sustained support from funders.

Interview: Cash&Treasury Management File

Complementary currencies: money as a social technology are emerging world-wide “Currencies are unit systems that facilitate collaboration in a community,” according to Leander Bindewald project manager of the EU Interreg project Community Currencies in Action (

CC Knowledge Gateway

The Community Currency Knowledge Gateway was build for the Community Currencies in Action (CCIA) project. As the project manager of CCIA for the New Economics Foundation, I developed the strategy, content architecture and layout of the website, procured and liaised with the web-developers (WordPress with WPML) and authored and edited large parts of the initial […]