“Complementary Currency Systems Bridging Communities” 27-29 October 2022, Sofia, Bulgaria Organised by University of National and Word Economy: Institute of Economics and Politics (UNWE, Sofia, Bulgaria) Monetary and Economic Research Center (UNWE, Sofia, Bulgaria) Research Association on Monetary Innovation and Community and Complementary Currency Systems (RAMICS) New Bulgarian University (NBU, Sofia, Bulgaria) VUZF’s Laboratory for Applied […]

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Special Issue “Monetary Plurality and Crisis” in the Journal of Risk and Financial Management (JRFM)   In addition to our commitment to the implementation of innovative currency ideas and the ongoing educational work on money and monetary reforms, it is above all the academic treatment of these two fields of activity that will ultimately pave […]

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“The other day you said on the phone: Give me a problem and I’ll develop a complementary currency with which you can solve it. And I have to tell you this: Your imagination, your inexhaustible ideas on how to design, invent and transform money, simply amaze me every time. ”  Margrit Kennedy in a letter […]

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At a time of uncertainty about the future and increased precarity in the present, we at RAMICS believe that complementary and community currencies have become and even more relevant tool to build community resilience and hopefully help us transition towards a more sustainable future.

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I gave this article that title on submitting it, on May 5, 2020 – 20 days before the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the subsequent steps to both revolution and violent crackdown. I can no longer say something that light, but I can say that current circumstances make it all the more […]

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Today, with a new financial crisis on the horizon, the need to understand and rethink money and banking seems more important than ever. In line with an increasing number of politicians and economists, we acknowledge the urgency of understanding the deficiencies of the current money system and the need to examine monetary reforms and alternative forms of money as means to create a more stable and sustainable future.

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For more than two decades now, various forms of complementary currencies emerged all over the world, aiming at “taking back local economies” (North 2014). CCs are commonly understood as media of exchange (Hallsmith/Lietaer 2011) or accounting systems (Fare/Ould- Ahmed 2017) that are used within a particular group of users. Responding to broader debates on our […]

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