As part of my research on the "permaculture of money", I have compiled this resource on a public wiki called appropedia.org
and I am looking for co-teachers to help create a matching moodle course on community currencies to be used as a complete online course OR as a component of a face-2-face or teleconferencing presentation on community currencies. If you are interested, please create an account for yourself on http://richmond2.ca/moodle and leave me a moodle message saying you want to help co-create that course.
The idea is to scale up the spread of this knowledge
"That is our goal: to create a currency that holds its value, as opposed to a currency like the dollar that's inflating constantly, and at that point people will want to use BerkShares. But they'll only use them within this region and then there'll be other regional currencies elsewhere, but the goal of BerkShares is to provide affordable and appropriate capital for businesses here in the region."
[9/6/2013 11:36:48 AM | Edited 11:41:28 AM] Michael Linton: @Chong - definitely abstract. A "concrete" analysis of BerkShares, Brixton, Bristol etc shows they achieve virtually nothing and cost the business that takes them more even than Visa/Amex/MCard who usually stay below 4%.
Jem and Tom, in their recent paper "Currencies of Transition: http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/content/pdfs/TNT_bendell.pdf" have made the case against this form of delusive (and apparently deluded) model. However the "complementary currency" conventional wisdom seems largely undisturbed by such analysis. For some the world will always be flat.
An excellent resource paper suggests
how businesses can participate in
Mutual credit clearing: moneyless trading (http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/content/pdfs/TNT_bendell.pdf)