“People Money – the Promise of Regional Currencies” is a comprehensive guide to the principles and practice of regional currencies. It shows how regional currencies can transform the lives and well-being of local communities, how they can sustain businesses, how local authorities can participate in their success and, consequently, why supporting regional currencies is of vital importance to the future of your community, region or country. It’s also a complete guide to the process of developing and implementing a regional currency.
“People Money is the single most useful and empowering book I have encountered for those wanting to get involved in the complementary currency movement. Its diverse real-life examples and insightful ‘how-tos’, embedded in deep theoretical understanding, will surely make it essential reading for activists, policy-makers, and economists interested in localization and sustainability.”
Charles Eisenstein, Author of Sacred Economics
The book, published in 2012, is a completely revised and updated edition of the 2003 German book “Regionalwährungen” by Margrit Kennedy and Bernard Lietaer, who invited local currency organizer/activist John Rogers to collaborate to create the first English edition.
Part One lays out the theory of regionalisation and makes the theoretical case for the introduction of complementary currencies at the regional level.
Part Two begins with the variety of reasons why people start local currency systems, introduces some key design principles for creating sustainable systems and then presents 16 profiles of leading systems based on interviews with organizers around the world. It also profiles support agencies in the field and finishes with some recommendations for action.
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