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The CC Open Collective

September 26, 2010 – 2:02 pm |
Les Squires

The CC Open Collective is an online forum (skype chat) for complementary currency practitioners, researchers and advocates.   It is about 6 years old, and currently includes 120 people from around the world.  Members share their …

Is a Community Currency Just Another Welfare System?

September 17, 2010 – 4:26 am |

To many people, anything that helps the poor is a welfare system.   While that is indeed the case in most programs, community currencies are an exception.
Let us consider a practical example from a city …

Community Currencies: The Story of Banco Palmas in Brazil

May 19, 2010 – 11:53 pm |

The story of Banco Palmas in Brazil is a great example of how local currencies can stimulate the local economy.  With the help of NGOs, people in Palmeiras, an impoverished district in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil …

Community Solutions: An Overview

March 17, 2010 – 8:44 pm |

To understand why the introduction of complementary local currencies is essential to community revitalization and sustainable development, it is critical to first understand the monetary underpinnings of pervasive community challenges such as unemployment, lack of …

Examples and Case Studies

March 15, 2010 – 9:02 am |

There are numerous examples of successful community currencies.

Time Dollars whose purpose is to “reweave community” is a currency which is now applied in several hundred communities in the United States and around the world.   Time …

Learn More: Community Links and Resources

March 13, 2010 – 9:46 am | Comments Off on Learn More: Community Links and Resources

Implementing Community Currencies
If you are considering introducing complementary currencies in your community, take a look at the Community Currency Guide. This is a workbook co-authored by Bernard Lietaer and Gwendolyn Hallsmith from Global Community Initiatives.  …

“Natural Savings: How to Save Forests with Savings for and by the Poor?”

January 26, 2010 – 1:50 pm | One Comment

“Natural Savings: A New Microsavings Product for Inflationary Environments. How to Save Forests with Savings for and by the Poor?” Co-authored by Bernard Lietaer and Marek Hudon (Centre Emile Bernheim, Solvay Business School, Brussels).   …

Complementary Currencies in Japan Today

January 10, 2010 – 10:27 pm |

Since 1995 the number of experiments with complementary currencies in Japan has exploded. Not only is Japan the country in the world with the most systems in operation today, but also the nation with the …

Sustaining Cultural Vitality in a Globalizing World: the Balinese Example

December 27, 2009 – 4:58 am |

Abstract –  It is generally accepted that massive tourism and a vibrant indigenous culture are mutually exclusive. Bali has so far proven to be an exception to this rule. This article explores a hitherto overlooked …

Community Currency Guide

December 18, 2009 – 11:40 pm | One Comment

Developed by Global Community Initiatives in partnership with Bernard Lietaer, this local guide to community currency is designed to help community leaders identify the kinds of complementary currencies that might be appropriate for …