How Green is Our Money? Mapping the Relationship between Monetary Systems and the Environment

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The causal link between economic growth and environmental degradation has received much attention in recent social science literature(s). Although such studies have generated key insights, the role of monetary systems – as central… Continue reading

IJCCR comes into my life – New Editorial Board

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Dear all, I feel a big responsibility on my shoulders. The work that Gill Seyfang and Noel Longhurst have been doing these years has set high standards and I hope I can live… Continue reading

IJCCR welcomes its new editor: Georgina Gomez

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It is with great pleasure that we announce that Georgina Gomez has become the new editor of IJCCR. Georgina is a Senior Lecturer in Institutions and Local Development, at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The… Continue reading

2015 Special Issue Introduction: Money and development 

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This special issue of the International Journal of Community Currency Research (IJCCR) includes 15 papers that their authors presented in their earlier versions at the 2nd International Conference on Complementary and Community Currency… Continue reading

Prices in parallel currency: The case of the exchange network of Chania, Crete

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This paper investigates the prices set within the Exchange Network of Chania and tries to examine what prices are attributed to which products and services, how those prices are set and what they… Continue reading

It’s the motivation, stupid! The influence of motivation of secondary currency initiators on the currencies’ success

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This paper attempts to explain the success of secondary currencies. Success is defined as the degree to which the initiators of these currencies manage to reach their original goals. In order to do… Continue reading

Validating and improving the Impact of Complementary Currency Systems through impact assessment frameworks

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Credibility and legitimacy are required to improve the design and implementation of complementary currency systems (CCS) and to engage with public institutions, while depending on sustained support from funders. It is hence necessary… Continue reading

Cooperation and Intertrade between Community Currencies: From fundamentals to rule-making and clearing systems

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Cooperation, interchange or intertrade of complementary currencies is not yet very common, perhaps of because the funding impulse of most complementary currencies does not cover the question of interchange and cooperation yet, or… Continue reading

Building trust: exploring the role of community exchange and reputation

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This paper identifies trust as a current crucial challenge for sustainability. Our increased reliance on exchange, specifically where the exchange involves ambivalent trust is a further aspect of this challenge. Ambivalent trust refers… Continue reading

Community Currency in Korea: How do we envision community currency?

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Community currency schemes were first introduced in Korea in 1998. Since then, there have been many efforts to use them but no report or academic research on the topic in Korea. Thus, we… Continue reading

Complementary Currencies for 
Sustainable Development in Kenya: 
The Case of the Bangla-Pesa

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This paper is a report on the development of a complementary currency system that allows Kenyans in informal settlements to trade goods and services and meet sustainable development objectives. The system in this… Continue reading

What kinds of volunteers become more motivated by community currency? 
Influence of perceptions of reward on motivation

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Local communities in Japan are struggling to increase the number of participants in volunteer activities in order to revitalize local life. To maintain the enthusiasm of active volunteers and entice new volunteers, a… Continue reading

On Velocity in Several Complementary Currencies

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We analyse the velocity of several complementary currencies, notably the WIR, RES, Chiemgauer, Sol, Berkshares dollars, and several other cases. Then we describe the diversity in their velocity of circulation, and seek potential… Continue reading

The Financing of Complementary Currencies: Problems and Perspectives

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Costs and cost coverage of complementary currencies has been neglected by researchers so far. This article provides an analysis of the different types of costs incurred and asks for appropriate means of financing… Continue reading

French complementary currency systems: exploring contributions to promote social currency in Argentina

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Since 2010 there has been an increasing proliferation of complementary currency systems (CCS) in France and other countries of Europe facing the Euro crisis. These CCS are shaped by the interest in a… Continue reading

Beyond growth: problematic relationships between the financial crisis, care and public economies, and alternative currencies

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Financing non-capitalist (public, solidarity and care) economies with current monetary resources raises many economic and environmental problems. This research focuses on the opportunities offered by alternative currencies as a possible solution and discusses… Continue reading

Price setting mechanisms in 
complementary currencies in Argentina’s Redes de Trueque

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Complementary currency systems are based on principles of solidarity and contestation of the regular currency systems, so their prices may differ from those in the regular economy. This study aims to explore that… Continue reading

Virtual social currencies for unemployed people: social networks and job market access

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Complementary currencies are developing all around the world, taking various forms (material or immaterial) and fulfilling various functions. They are frequently introduced in order to promote local economy development and to fight against… Continue reading

Territorial development and Community currencies: symbolic meanings in 
Brazilian Community development banks

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Brazilian community development banks (CDBs) have established various coordinated financial mechanisms aiming to restructure poor and peripheral local economies. Their development strategy includes an instrument to facilitate access to microfinance and a community… Continue reading