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Help by Giving Time

Time is money – so the saying goes. Now you can donate and even exchange your time to help people.

WIR Currency – Reinventing Social Exchange

The Swiss WIR (“We” in German) is the longest surviving social or community currency, sometimes called a complementary currency.

Helsinki Timebank: Currency as a Commons

In October 2009, while expecting another futile climate summit in nearby Copenhagen, a small group of friends in the Kumpula neighborhood of Helsinki got together to discuss practical alternatives.

Decrypting Cryptocurrency  

Do digital currencies like Bitcoin have the ability to change the global economic order?

What if: ATMs Issued Local Currencies?

Banks. We can't live with them, we can't live without them. Yet.

Beyond Crisis

Community currencies created by groups in Spain in response to the economic crisis alter fundamental aspects of the economic system and favor a more just society.

Money Without Exploitation

Writing for Roar magazine back in 2014, Jerome Roos pointed out that money is a social relation, not a real thing.

The Strange Idea of Negative Interest

The basic idea of interest is simple. It’s a special type of rent.

Telling the Story of the Bristol Pound

Prosperity Parade, funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, includes eight tales about the new entrepreneurial spirit, where people are finding ways of kickstarting their local economic engines, often in very poor areas, and by doing so increasing their independence from central and local government.

Fork the Economy

I've given up on fixing the economy. The economy is not broken. It's simply unjust. There's a difference.

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