Nothing is more convincing than a practical example. We have selected particularly impressive examples of research, advocacy and practice to illustrate the various reform proposals. Our collection does not claim to be complete. For profiles of 16 of the world’s leading community currency systems, read the text of “People Money – the Promise of Regional Currencies”, Chapter 7. If you think an initiative or project should be listed here, please contact us.

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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When talking about alternative money systems, the Fureai Kippu system in Japan is often mentioned as an example of how to deal with the challenge of an ageing society. It provides a ‘caring currency’, which one receives when one supports an older person or someone needing care with their everyday activities. Credits are units of […]

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WIR Bank serves small and medium sized companies across Switzerland with seven branches and two main businesses, which grew out of the self-help organization WIR Economic Circle, founded by Werner Zimmermann in 1934. What began as a network of 300 firms and private individuals today includes 50,000 small and medium sized enterprises, which, with the […]

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The JAK Members’ Bank (swedisch: JAK Medlemsbank) is the first bank in Sweden to create an interest-free banking system for its members, based on the JAK Bank model. The abbreviation JAK stands for the Swedish words Jord, Arbete und Kapital – land, work, capital. The bank was founded in 1965 as a cooperative savings and […]

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Fairventure is „an initiative and a network for ‘cultural-creative’ people to come together undogmatically and learn about each other“. The goal of Fairventure is to create an overview of the commonalities between various disciplines and specialisms and make them visible. The idea of Fairventure was substantially inspired by the ideas of Paul Hawken, who described […]

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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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The Common Good Economy is both an Idea and a movement. The Common Good Economy Movement wants, through a democratic, participatory and transparent process, to establish an economic system in which the common good has the highest priority. Money and economy should be means to an end rather than ends in themselves. Structure of the […]

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The politically independent Modernising Money Association (MoMo) and its board of prestigious advisors are committed to making the financial economy serve the real economy and the money system serve the needs of people. The association was founded in October 2011 and has the goal of stimulating a public discussion of the ‘100% money’ monetary reform […]

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In 2012, a group of citizens interested in reform of the money system got together and founded the organization “Verein Monetative e.V.” in Berlin (Constitution here). The organization demands a fundamental reform of the current monetary system. It sees the main problems as follows: the Central Bank only issues cash money whilst money for cashless […]

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The initiative TALENT Switzerland is an exchange ring with its own currency and offers “exchange with an alternative currency all over Switzerland”. TALENT is an interest-free exchange medium that offers a counterbalance to market globalization. TALENT was founded in 1993 by the Initiative for a Natural Economic Order. TALENT Switzerland has been an independently constituted […]

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