2015 has been a remarkable year for the CCS researchers and scholars.
The highest point was perhaps the institutionalisation of our learning community during the 3rd International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, last October. A constitutional assembly of approx. 30 researchers gave birth to Ramics, the Research Association on Monetary Innovation and Complementary and Community Currency Systems. Immediately after, the first Managing Board was elected and made Prof. Jérôme Blanc (Trangle in Lyon, France) the first president of the association. For more details, please refer to http://www.ramics.org (website under construction). In the last months the Ramics’ Managing Board has been working on completing the legal requirements and bureaucratic procedures to establish the association. In turn, it has been working on its virtual presence with the support of Leander Bindewald and on securing initial funding to give life to the association. These first steps should be completed in a few weeks, when the organisation will be opened for membership.
For the IJCCR 2015 started hectic with the publication of a special issue and later slowed down. The busiest day of the year was March 12th with 361 views of the 2015 Special Issue: Multiple Moneys and Development. In April the IJCCR renewed its Editorial Board and Dr. Gill Seyfang was replaced by Georgina M. Gómez as Chief Editor. IJCCR now offers a total of 160 academic papers covering 20 years of CCS research. Throughout 2015 this blog was viewed about 29,000 times by readers in 142 countries.
It is time to start closing the 2015 book and head on to 2016 full of energy and new plans. The Editorial Board wishes the CCS learning community a New Year with peace, prosperity and happiness.
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 components of all modern economies – has been almost completely overlooked. This papers argue that monetary systems affect natural environments through the economic activities that particular monetary systems promote. It focuses on two specific aspects of any monetary system: governance and scale. With respect to the former, it shows how the rules that govern monetary systems can promote economic practices with environmental implications. With respect to the latter, the paper shows how the scale at which money is issued and/or circulates affects patterns and intensities of economic activity, both of which have clear environmental consequences. A corollary of the argument is that changing the governance and scale of monetary systems can alter economic activity in environmentally-harmful or -helpful ways.
Brooks, S. (2015) ‘How Green is Our Money? Mapping the Relationship between Mone- tary Systems and the Environment’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 19 (D) 12-18 <www.ijccr.net> ISSN 1325-9547
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 Systems, ‘Multiple moneys and development: making payments in diverse economies’. It was held at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague between 19th and 23rd June, 2013. It was organised as an event of the Civic Innovation Research Initiative in collaboration with the Qoin Foundation (Amsterdam), the think-tank New Economics Foundation (London), and the Palmas Institute (Brazil and Europe). The event was attended by almost 450 participants from 31 countries, including academics, practitioners, consultants, policy makers and representatives of grassroots organisations. This special issue seeks to reflect that diversity and includes articles on Complementary and Community Currency Systems from most corners of the world. Georgina M. Gómez
IJCCR 2015 Gomez intro Gómez, G. (2015) ‘Introduction: Money and Development’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 19 (D) 1-5 <www.ijccr.net> ISSN 1325-9547
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 reveal about the values of the goods offered. Moreover, the further aim of the paper is to explore the implications of those prices concerning the function of the scheme itself, within the context of the local economy of the Chania area. The data have been gathered during regular visits to the open markets of the scheme since January 2012. Therefore, the paper attempts to contribute original research findings concerning prices in parallel currency schemes and study several important issues which arise in multiple currency practice.
Sotiropoulou, I. (2015) ‘Prices in parallel currency: The case of the exchange network of Chania, Crete’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 19 (D) 128-136 <www.ijccr.net> ISSN 1325-9547