Monday, 1 November 2010
Current Innovations for Sustainability
The Grassroots Innovations: Complementary Currency project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Dr Gill Seyfang (ENV), is exploring the diffusion and replication of complementary currency systems. These are alternative forms of money, such as the Brixton Pound, green loyalty reward cards, or volunteering ‘time banks’. The workshop at the UEA London offices bought together twenty representatives from a range of different currency schemes. Representatives discussed initiatives that were being implemented in various European countries as well as South America and Asia.
Senior Research Associate Noel Longhurst commented,
“The workshop was intended to serve two purposes. The first was to discuss the current developments in the complementary currency field, exploring the latest models and trends. The complementary currency field is fairly fragmented and it is difficult to get reliable data on the specifics of different systems. Many participants were unaware of the other systems that we bought together.
The second objective was for us to explore some of the conceptual framework with participants, before we engage in a stage of deeper empirical work. On both counts the workshop was a great success with both participants and ourselves benefiting from the exchange of information."
Visit the project website for more information