The Complementary Currencies Research Group is an academic network for researchers into complementary currencies and other sustainable exchange systems. The network sees itself as a platform for the exchange of information between academics, institutions and faculties, in order to shape research more directly, openly and collaboratively. The group was originally started by Stephen DeMeulenaere, founder […]

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The Dutch foundation STRO (Social Trade Organisation or Strohalm) was founded in 1970 by Henk van Arkel. Its original focus on environmental issues has shifted in the last twenty years ever more in the direction of activities in the area of alternative economics and particularly complementary currencies – always following the conviction that economic and […]

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The New Economics Foundation (NEF) is a British ‘think tank’, which promotes economic and ecological justice. NEF has been the UK’s leading research organisation for money, credit and complementary currencies since 1986. www.neweconomics.org

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Euro, Dollar, Pound and Yen are under fire from some critics: these currencies have lost their connection with the real economy and take no account of the scarcity of real resources or the distinctive features of particular regions. The necessity of growth and the maximization of profit are pre-programmed by the system of credit creation. […]

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Leander Bindewald gained a Diploma in Neurobiology (2007) and a Masters in Philosophy and Economics (2009) from the University of Freiburg and has since worked on the topic of currency diversity in various countries in Europe and North America. From 2012 to 2015 he was consultant on complementary currencies with the New Economics Foundation , […]

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Bernard Lietaer has been active in a wide variety of functions in the world of finance. At the Belgian Central Bank he was responsible for the introduction of the convergence mechanism for the single European currency system (ECU). After a period as president of the electronic payment system in Belgium he was cofounder and general […]

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Jens Martignoni, born 1963, trained as an engineer at the Technikum Winterthur, Switzerland and has an MBA in Nonprofit-Management from the Faculty of Economics and Sociology at the University of Freiburg. He is a lecturer in Innovation Management and Mathematics at various technical universities and has been working for many years on the development of […]

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Norbert Rost is a commercial IT specialist who leads the Office for Post-Fossil Regional Development in Dresden. He sees the region as the level where each person can have some influence. For him, regional currencies are a helpful tool for the creation of regional business networks and economic cycles. He shares his knowledge at the […]

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Ludwig Schuster, born 1975, is a project manager, consultant and speaker for sustainable development as well as an expert on complementary currencies and alternative money systems. He currently works in the ‘sinnwerkstatt Medienagentur GmbH’ in Berlin as a strategic consultant for eco-social enterprises. He has been advising start-up complementary currency systems in Germany and Europe […]

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The book People Powered Money is the result of the project Community Currencies in Action (CCIA), which ran between 2011 and 2015. CCIA, which was part-funded by the European Union through its Interreg program, was the largest transnational project in the area of complementary currencies. It brought together experts from north-west Europe and coordinated six […]

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