IJCCR seeks new editorial team

The International Journal for Community Currency Research has an almost 20-year track record of publishing robust academic research on complementary and community currencies. It is an open-access online journal (www.ijccr.net), bridging the divide… Continue reading

2012 Special Issue: Thirty Years of Community and Complementary Currencies

Bringing together 17 new research papers from around the world, this special issue celebrates thirty years of community and complementary currencies, and assesses their impacts, potential and challenges. Edited by Jerome Blanc. View… Continue reading

The Community Currency Scene in Spain

This article maps the contours of the community currency scene in Spain. In so doing, it reveals a diverse and vibrant landscape of almost 400 currencies. These are made up of both tried… Continue reading

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Micro-Simulation Model of a LEDDA Community Currency-Dollar Economy

Results are presented for a first-in-class microsimulation model of a local-national currency system. The agent-based, stock-flow consistent model uses US Census income data as a starting point to project the evolution of local… Continue reading

A Counter-Hegemonic Discourse of Economic Difference: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Timebanking in the United States

Timebanking provides an empirical entry point into a better understanding of the discursive strategies used to legitimize alternative currencies. This study uses a post-Marxist perspective and a critical discourse analysis to examine the websites of 334 timebanks in the United States.

2014 Book reviews

Our round-up of the latest books on community currencies – we add to this section throughout the year. The Heretic’s Guide to the Future of Finance: Hacking the Future of Money by Brett… Continue reading

Complementary currency and its impact on the economy

The paper aims to show the impact that a complementary currency may have on a national economy from a theoretical point of view. A system dynamics model is created to describe the mechanics… Continue reading

Is A Global Virtual Currency With 
Universal Acceptance Feasible?

As digital goods and services become an integral part of modern day society, the demand for a standardized and ubiquitous form of digital currency increases. And it is not just about digital goods;… Continue reading

Taking Moneyless Exchange to Scale: Measuring and Maintaining the Health of a Credit Clearing System

Every day brings reports of new financial crises and financial malfeasance within the banking and financial establishment. In an effort to keep the banking system functioning, the largest banks and financial institutions have… Continue reading

Bitcoin: The Political ‘Virtual’ Of An Intangible Material Currency

This paper concerns the open source software project Bitcoin, which is often described as virtual cash. The paper investigates what ‘virtual’ signifies when applied to ‘cash’ and in turn what ‘virtual cash’ says… Continue reading

Improving Complementary Currency Interchange By A Regional Hub-Solution

Groups involved in complementary currencies (CC’s) that push for an interchange between their member-currencies are not yet a favourite subject in the existing CC-grassroots movement. One reason could be the existing doubts of… Continue reading

2013 Book review section

Our round-up of the latest books on community currencies. Added to throughout the year.
Equal Time, Equal Value by Collom et al.
People Money by Kennedy et al.

2012 Book review section

Our round-up of the latest books on community currencies.

Are Alternative Currencies A Substitute Or A Complement To Fiat Money? Evidence From Cross-Country Data

Damjan Pfajfar, Giovanni Sgro, and Wolf Wagner. This paper studies the determinants of usage of alternative currencies. We find evidence that these currencies, in contrast to their historical function, mainly act as a complement to fiat money.

Announcing the 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems, June 2013

2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems: Multiple moneys and development: making payments in diverse economies Organised by the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands… Continue reading

Japan’s Fureai Kippu Time-banking in 
Elderly Care: Origins, Development, 
Challenges and Impact

by Mayumi Hayashi. Japan’s Fureai Kippu (‘Ticket for a Caring Relationship’) is targeted at providing care for older people through exchanges of time credits. This has attracted increasing attention as a potential contribution to the ‘Big Society’ with an ageing population. However, there is little empirical research on this system. This article, using historical analysis and empirical evidence, seeks to address these gaps by examining the origins of Fureai Kippu, its early expansion, post-2000 slowdown and responses.