Stephen is the founder and coordinator of the Complementary Currency Resource Centre (CCRC), an information centre created for, and by, users, initiators and academics of community currencies (CC). The primary features of the CCRC include:
- The CC Database, which collects data on CC systems around the world
- The CC Library
Stephen learned about community currencies as a university student in 1990, and became an active member and then the Administrator of the Victoria Local Exchange Trading System in Canada from 1992-1997, and from 1994 coordinated a major research program sponsored by the International Development Research Council in Canada to implement CC Systems in the developing world context. He supported the initiation of the first CC System in Southeast Asia, the Bia Kud Chum CC System in Northeastern Thailand in 1998, and worked since then to implement and strengthen systems in Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Japan and in Mexico and Argentina until 2006. From 1995, he created a website to begin collaboration and sharing of resources for the implementation and understanding of CC Systems which grew into the CC Resource Center which was launched in 2002.
His work has been featured in “The Future of Money” by Bernard Lietaer, “The End of Money and the Future of Civilization” by Thomas Greco, and in “Healthy Money, Healthy Planet” by Diedre Kent. One of his more recent writings is a contribution on Bali’s ancient monetary system to Bernard Lietaer and Stephen Belgin’s “New Money for a New World”, and “Rethinking Money: How New Currencies turn Scarcity into Prosperity” by Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne, and “The Anti-Capitalism Reader: Imagining a Geography of Opposition” by Joel Schalt. 1
Stephen interviewed at the 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems (June 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XdG2KzT_Qs