The “Community Currencies in Action” project was a collaboration between English, French, Dutch and Belgian partner organizations between 2012 and 2015. Goals of CCIA The main aim was to promote different types of complementary currency and to bring together and expand the collective knowledge of participants, while making it accessible to others. One of its […]

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Regional currency promotes regional economic circuits and local voluntary organizations. The following regional currency networks in Germany have been active for several years, keeping buying power in the regions and enabling interest-free financing: Rosenheim and Traunstein region, Bavaria: Chiemgauer Berchtesgadener Land: Sterntaler Town and region of Freising: Bärling Regional currency is mostly seen in the […]

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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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  Ralf Becker, born 1966, is a graduate in Business Administration and Economic Science of Wilhelms University, Münster in Westfalen (1987-1993). He won a scholarship from the fund for gifted students of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to finance his studies. As co-founder of the debt forgiveness campaign erlassjahr.de and former advisor for the study “Sustainable […]

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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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The invented German word ‘Regiogeld’ is an abbreviation for the concept of ‘regional money’, a local medium of exchange similar to the Euro. Its main difference to the Euro is it is only valid in one region, which is usually designated by the name of the local initiative: Chiemgauer, Havelblüte, Elbtaler, Vorarlberger Talente. In the […]

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As a management consultant, Otmar Donnenberg is familiar with organizational development in the health and industrial sectors, through projects in the Netherlands (where he lived for 35 years), in Germany and in Austria. In his coaching for change – both personal and organizational coaching – he concentrates on learning strategies for change. He is an […]

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za:rt is an Austrian initiative for practical networking activities between complementary currencies and exchange systems. The association provides a platform for networking groups from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.  They are represented on the advisory board. At yearly meetings, the participating systems agree on joint rules, which are based on the governing Rules. Main activities of […]

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Heinz-Ulrich Eisner (born 1964) has had a varied career as an art therapist, a carpenter, a complementary therapist and Certified Rolfer®. He lives with his partner and son in an intentional community in Kassel, „Villa Locomuna” (www.villa-locomuna.de), which they helped co-found. He is currently a freelance body therapist and co-owner of the firm TrackCase. Since […]

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