New Guide Book: People Powered Money

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As the conventional monetary system foundered following the financial crisis in 2008, interest in new types of money and how they can be used positively within our society has surged. Projects like Bitcoin have hit the headlines. Less noted, however, are the communities around the world which have started to experiment with their own currencies... Read more

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Certified Course and Webinar


  The University of Cumbria offers the first certified course on Community Currencies as a residential module at their London campus March 18th-21st, 2015. The course will taught by Prof Jem Bendell of the Institute for Leadership an Sustainability (IFLAS), joined by Leander Bindewald from CCIA/NEF.   For more info and registration for this course,... Read more

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Fureai Kippu

Fureai Kippu

The Fureai Kippu (literally ‘ticket for a caring relationship’) refers to a variety of Japanese national schemes and networks of mutual support dedicated to providing elderly care through the exchange of a complementary currency Read more



Ripple is an online global payment network through which transactions can be made in any currency at low cost. Read more



In March 2007, the leading cell phone company in Kenya, Safaricom, launched M‐PESA, an SMS-based money transfer system that allows individuals and businesses to deposit, transfer, and withdraw funds using their cell phone to anyone with another phone. Read more

Complementary Currency


A Complementary Currency (CC) describes all currencies that are not legal tender and thus circulates as supplement to ordinary money. This terminology comprises a large array of exchange systems, scrips or currencies designed to operate in combination with ordinary money or other CCs. CCs can be valued, exchanged or related to ordinary money or may likewise act as a unit of account of their own and have their own pricing mechanism. Read more



Time Banking is the community currency concept in which time, typically hours, are used as unit of account. Read more

Mutual Credit


Mutual credit is a form of complementary currency that is created when a transaction takes place between traders who have previously agreed to use it as a medium of exchange. Read more



Cyclos is an open source online banking software used by microfinance institutions, local banks (in developing countries) and complementary currency systems like LETS, Barter networks and Time banks. Read more



In the context of community currencies money is mostly associated with legal tender and their physical denominations. Read more



The ‘eco-iris’ is a local currency introduced by the Brussels-Capital Region to promote environmentally sustainable behaviour and purchasing, boost the local economy and improve community conhesion. Read more


The is a commercial credit circuit that uses the Sardex as a complementary currency for transactions. This example of barter exchange (also known as trade exchange) was launched in 2009 in Sardinia, Italy as a way to revitalise local economic activity during the financial crisis. Read more

Bristol Pound


Introduction The Bristol Pound (£B) is a community currency in the city of Bristol, U.K. Launched in September 2012, it is the first city-wide instance of a Transition currency in the U.K. The scheme is a partnership between The Bristol Pound Community Interest Company (CIC) and Bristol Credit Union . The project garnered the support... Read more



Introduction Bangla-Pesa is a complementary currency launched in Bangladesh, an impoverished suburb of Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa. Introduced in May 2013 by Koru (a local NGO), it seeks to strengthen and stabilise the local economy. More than 200 local small businesses have joined the Bangladesh Business Network (BBN), through which they can make use... Read more