Though the tool of money is a social construct, the very form and nature of its current method of issue is rarely questioned when addressing the need to transform our economy to one that is more just and sustainable. What might be sound principles for monetary issue in a new economy? How might the process be more democratized? These are questions that will be discussed under this theme from both a theoretical and applied point of view. Panels will examine the nature of money, its origins, its status as a commodity, and its place in social relationship and language. Other panels will examine specific contemporary examples of regional currencies—including BerkShares in western Massachusertts, WIR in Switzerland, and Chiemgauer in Bavaria— as well as the potential offered by community-based electronic platforms to work alongside present currency systems.
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The Role of the Individual in Localizing Money Issue and Credit Creation by Christopher Houghton Budd
For me, money and credit are not the same thing. I see them as two separate worlds, and they should not be conflated. If they are, many problems arise. To put this into understandable terms, money is a reflection of the way we behave. It comes into being when people buy and sell things. This is pretty obvious in the example of a Local Exchange Trading System, known as LETS. In a LETS we issue money by buying something; moreover, when we buy and sell things, we’re meeting one another’s needs. This is rock solid economics: Money is related to meeting one another’s needs. And it is done through trade. ... Read More
Why We Need Alternative Currencies
by Gwendolyn Hallsmith
"Beyond Yes and No" (2003) by the New Economics Foundation
This is a report about the euro, but with a difference. It aims to apply the principles of the neweconomics to the vexed question of whether Britain should take part in European Monetary Union ... Read More
BerkShares Local Currency on BBC (2007)
on British Broadcasting Company
“Modern Greeks Return to Ancient System of Barter” on National Public Radio
Indeed, many in debt-ridden Greece—where radical austerity measures have led to soaring unemployment, business closures and a credit crunch—are doing just that: turning to a simpler form of commerce, bartering. ...Read More
“Money Makes People Less Socially Focused”
by the Stanford Graduate School of Business
Where Does Money Comes From? by the New Economics Foundation