3. Complementary Currencies

Complementary .. How?

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Re-designing money (& understanding how money IS designed, always) is one of the great essential tasks of these crucial times of transition.

Creating Our Own Money: Introduction

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And the Complementary Currencies Movement is one of the great expanding edges of our time, which has been experimenting with lots of different designs for money, for decades now.

Creating Our Own Money: Examples

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Here we explore some of that wonderful history, to learn about an essential tool we need to be fluent with if we want to be empowered  to re-design thriving local economies. 

The potential of Complementary Currencies

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by Bernard Lietaer, also see his page in this e-book

Thirty Years of CCs

International Journal of

Community Currency Research

Volume 16 (2012) Special issue




Making Money - Greece

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Ahead of audit ECB tells Greece to stop reform dithering

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While political parties bitterly debate Greece's future in the eurozone, locals are finding their own solutions - one that doesn't rely on the Euro at all. Could the people of Volos have found the answer?

In response to salary cuts and 20% unemployment, enterprising Greeks in Volos have developed a new community currency - the TEM. It's based on exchanging goods and services for TEM, which can then be spent locally to keep the city's economy, and community, moving. The ethos is solidarity, not profit, and in a time when Euros are short, it's proving a lifeline. "It's as if a world of abundance has opened up", says one woman. What started out with a handful of activists has grown to a network of more than 900 people."It is a very liberating feeling to see ourselves able to do this." There are now more than a dozen similar schemes in Greece, and with a big question mark hanging over the future, could grassroots initiatives like this be a realistic answer? 

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July 2012