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 […]
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 […]
Last week I was invited to talk about Bitcoin and the future of money at the Sibos conference in Boston, an annual get-together of the payment systems industry: the people working in between your bank account and that of anyone you buy from. This is a gigantic, profitable and globally established sector – but at […]
(Photo credit: Jonathan Combe) On currency, the vibrant Scottish independence debate has got stuck in a rut. Whether or not Britain will share the sterling is an emotive subject. But it also begs the question of why – in a creative, digitally advanced and regionally diverse society – the strength of an economy should […]
Evaluation the success of your community currency project. Written with my NEF colleague Susan Steed. Download the full PDF here. This handbook has been designed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), on behalf of the Community Currencies in Action (CCIA) EU Interreg IVB NWE Programme, project, to inspire community currency (CC) organisers and help them […]
Now four years old, Bitcoin is the celebrity of the complementary currencies world. It is currently trading at over $800 after two US senate committee fact-finding sessions heard last week. Political opinion is still divided, but for those investing in Bitcoin as an asset, any government recognition is good news. It perhaps says more about […]
Time banking, business-to-business currencies, local payment schemes: community currencies such as these are rapidly rising to prominence in the wake of the financial crisis, in Europe and elsewhere.
An introduction to energy currencies and accounting. Written by my future NEF colleagues Josh Ryan-Collins and Tony Greeham, and my colleague in Berlin at the time Ludwig Schuster. Download the full PDF here. Modern interest-bearing bank-debt money creates the illusion of exponentially growing wealth and an unceasing demand for economic growth and/or inflation. In return, […]