2017: IV International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies: Money, Awareness and Values for Social Change


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WHEN? 2017.05.10 to 2017.05.14 (if the EU economy not COMPLETELY collapsed until then and USA/NATO did NOT start WW3 with Russia/China yet)

WHERE? Parc Tecnològic Nou Barris, Marie Curie, 8-14, 08042 Barcelona, Spain.

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regular price is 180€!!! but you can apply for scholarship, deadline applications is 30th January 2017, and its resolution will take place on 15 February 2017. The award of 25 scholarships will be carried out according to the motivations and justifications submitted by applicants.

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Multiple moneys and development: making payments in diverse economies

2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems (CCS)

19 – 23 June 2013 – Netherlands

About the conference
Structure of the Conference
Registration, fees and important details
1. The academic conference
2. Policy makers and government officials conference

3. Practitioners, doers, grassroots organizations
ISS Organizing Committee

Papers and Presentations (in progress)

About the conference

The 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems will be held from the 19th to the 23rd of June 2013 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The conference will be hosted by ISS. (International Space Station? :-D)

The conference is bilingual (English and Spanish), with sessions organized in either language. It offers space to academics, local government officials and practitioners alike to organize panels, workshops, and other session formats that participants see fit to stimulate the exchange of ideas and experiences.

Community and complementary currency systems include initiatives like the LETS, time banks, the Argentine Redes de Trueque, the Ithaca Hours in the USA, the German Regiogeld, the Brasilian community banks with surrogate currencies, the SOL currency in France, the ‘Transition Towns’ in the UK, the RES in Belgium and the Wir in Switzerland, mobile-phone payment systems in Uganda and Kenya, and for digital remittances in El Salvador.

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Structure of the conference

The conference will get together academics, local government officials and other policy makers, practitioners and representatives of grassroots organisations related to Complementary Currency Systems. The conference will have three strands with special events for each one of these publics (more information on each one of them below)

  • Day 1 & Day 2 (June 19 and June 20) specialized events for academics. This strand of the conference is organized by the Civic Innovation Research Initiative at ISS. More information here.
  • Day 3 (June 21) specialized events for local government officials and policy-makers. This strand of the conference is organized by QOIN. More information here.
  • Day 4 & day 5 (June 22 and June 23) are open events for representatives of grassroots organisations, doers, practitioners and activists. More information here.


Attendance List (academics, government officials and practitioners)

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1. The Academic Conference

The 2nd International Conference on Complementary and Community Currency Systems invites you to explore the ways in which CCS and the multiplicity of monetary circuits affect local development, households’ welfare, governance and civil society organizations. It follows from the previous International Conference on Complementary and Community Currencies organised in Lyon in February 2011.

The concept of development has a variety of meanings to different social groups, including economic and environmental sustainability, community resilience after shocks, political autonomy, and culturally embedded economic systems. Moreover, the conference seeks to consolidate the practice of meeting every two years to share and discuss research in the area of CCS, the ontology of money and alternative economic systems with own means of payment. The conference seeks to advance knowledge on three aspects of CCS: 1) Their innovativeness; 2) Their viability, and 3) Their Impact. Papers will be arranged around these three aspects. The academic closing will summarize the collective learning achieved in them, which will later be reflected in the conference publications.

This event is fully booked and registration is closed.

Keynote speakers on the academic event:

 Katherine Gibson Professor Katherine Gibson, Institute of Culture and Society (ICS), University of Western Sydney, Human and Economic Geography, Australia


All over the world people are experimenting with different ways of organizing their economies such that the wellbeing of humans and non-humans alike is placed at the centre of concern. Given the challenges for development in a climate changing world in which inequality is not decreasing, it is incumbent on us to look seriously at these experiments and to work out ways of strengthening their capacity to achieve this goal. Complementary currencies are one such experiment. In this presentation I explore a range of ways that people are ‘taking back’ transactions as vehicles for ethical interconnection.  What kinds of encounters with distant and proximate others are possible as we seek to obtain what we need to live well that we can’t produce ourselves? Is it possible to enact an ethic of care in the process of exchange?  As we become more aware of the other with whom we are connected via transaction, our economic subjectivity shifts and it is possible to begin to think of inhabiting a community economy. I draw on the technologies of self-inventory and ethical exploration elaborated in my new co-authored book Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide For Transforming Our Communities (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013) to suggest how together, we might move towards a different vision of development in which wellbeing is a direct, rather than trickled down, outcome.

Akinobu Kuroda Akinobu Kuroda is professor of Financial History at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo

‘Locality of Money Ubiquitous through Human History’

The global history of money is full of local colour. Some communities, such as early modern England and Japan depended on communal credit to make transactions. And certain merchants, like those in traditional China, shared an accounting unit which was different from the one used outside their town or business. Some municipal governments or institutions, such as the chambers of commerce in USA in the midst of Great Depression, issued currencies acceptable within their spheres. Less grand-scale, but just as important schemes were set up by smaller communities. Currencies supplied by unofficial agents like a grocery or a liquor shop were often in circulation among locals, although they did not have any legal guarantees nor were they intrinsically valued. Local currencies appeared in varied forms, from cowry shells to paper notes. Some of them appeared as solutions to specific emergencies.However, the frequent emergence of currencies at the local level suggests that locality may be one of the necessary characteristics and basic preconditions for currencies to become generally acceptable, instead of just a temporary solution. The ubiquity of local currencies throughout history suggests that both state oriented perspectives on the acceptability of currencies (macro point of view) and individually based perspectives (micro) are inadequate to explain the emergence of money.

Professor Keith Hart is Centennial Professor of Economic Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Co-Director of the Human Economy Programme, University of Pretoria.

The euro crisis is a consequence of the neoliberal idea that politics can be banished from monetary policy, a dream shared by the techno-utopians who designed BitCoin. But it also represents the collapse of national capitalism as the dominant economic system of our times. This impasse ought to represent an opportunity for community currencies – and I once thought so – but many of them unconsciously retain the assumptions of national capitalism. Here I propose a strategy for a “human economy”. This must be informed by an economic vision capable of bridging the gap between everyday life (what people know) and humanity’s common predicament, which is inevitably impersonal and lies beyond the actor’s point of view (what they don’t know). Emergent world society is the new human universal – not an idea, but the fact of our shared occupation of the planet crying out for new principles of association. Small may be beautiful and a preference for initiatives grounded in local social realities is unchallengeable, but large-scale bureaucracies, whether governments or business corporations, are also essential if our aspirations for economic democracy are to embrace the movement of the world we live in. Money and markets should take forms that are more conducive to this end. It helps to recognize that they span the extremes of human experience. Money reflects our human potential to make universal society.

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Academic Panels: Papers and Presentations



Brainstorming session:

Article by A. Kuroda

Notes on future research areas


List of Papers, per panel:

Academic Panels A


Jérôme Blanc, Ludovic Desmedt, Laurent Le Maux, Jaime Marques-Pereira, Pepita Ould Ahmed, Bruno Théret “Monetary Plurality in Economic Theory”  Document  Presentation
    Bernard Lietaer “Learning from Nature: How Complementary Currencies stabilize the monetary system”  Document  Presentation

Peter Brass

“Complementary currencies and the global economy”  Document  Presentation
Szalay Zsuzsanna “From Braudel’s Triptych to the Closed Loop Economy”  Document  Presentation
Panel A2. COOPERATION       
Masahiro Mikami and Makoto Nishibe “Gaming Simulation using Electronic Community Currency: Behavioral Analysis of Self-versus-Community Consciousness”  Document  Presentation
Takayoshi Kusago and Makoto Nishibe “Community dock: a new policy approach for altering institutions”  Document  Presentation
Jens Martignoni “Aspects for the cooperation of currencies”  Document  Presentation
Panel A3. Exploring COMPLEMENTARITY   

Bruno Théret

“Monetary experiments of complementarity among state moneys in contemporary federal polities: some general principles and the case of the bocade of the Province of Tucuman in Argentina between 1984 and 2003”  Document  Presentation
Jérôme Blanc “Unpacking complementarity: a conceptual criticism of so-called complementary currencies”  Document  Presentation
Thomas Greco “Reinventing Money: How Complementary Currencies and Mutual Credit Clearing Can Create a Sustainable, Regenerative Economy”  Document  Presentation
Stephanie Rearick and Marc Brakken “Trophic economy part II”  Document  Presentation
Tim Jenkin “What Comes After Capitalism? – That is the Wrong Question”  Document  Presentation

Academic Panels B


Gill Seyfang and Noel Longhurst “What Influences Community Currency Growth and Spread? Understanding Grassroots Innovations for Sustainability”  Document  Presentation
Ken-Ichi Kurita, Masayuki Yoshida, Yoshihisa, Miyazaki  “Voluntary workers’ differing perceptions of community money”  Document  Presentation
Robin Krabbe “Reputation currencies – can they develop and spread sustainability macro-norms?”  Document  Presentation
Shigeto Kobayashi, Takashi Hashimoto, Ken-Ichi Kurita And Makoto Nishibe “Correlation between Currency Consciousness among Participants of Community Currency and Its Circulation”  Document  Presentation
Joey Renert “Increase Community Currency Circulation: Back It with Appropriate Core Resources”  Document  Presentation
Josep Peplluis de la Rosa I Esteva “On velocity in several complementary currencies”  Document  Presentation
Hugo Godschalk “CCS as subject to financial regulation in the EU”  Document  Presentation
  Georgina Gomez “Neither public nor private: CCS as club markets”  Document  Presentation
 Rolf F. H. Schroeder “The Financing of Complementary Currencies: Risks and Chances on the Path toward Sustainable Regional Economies”  Document  Presentation
Arjo Klamer, Lotte Boonstra, Aldo Do Carmo jr. and Eleftheria Karioti “Complementary Currency Systems: Social and Economic Effects of Complementary Currencies”  Document  Presentation
Marie Fare, Carlos de Freitas and Camille Meyer “Social Currencies in Brazilian Community Development Banks : What Role in Territorial Development ? The case of Banco Palmas”  Document  Presentation
Leander Bindewald, Christophe Place “Validating and improving the impact of complementary currency systems: proposition of an impact assessment process and scoreboard for social, environmental, economic and political development goals”  Document  Presentation
Thomas Kiesgen, Jan Stuckatz, Iona Summerson, Lukas Fesenfeld, Daniela Russ “It’s the founder, stupid! The influence of ideological alignment of regional currency initiators on the currencies’ development”  Document  Presentation
Andras Novoszath “Worth the money: the creation, measurement and management of economic value”  Document  Presentation

Academic Panels C


Mike Unrau “A Practitioners Guide to Cultivating and Developing Government and Institutional Support for a Complementary Currency”  Document  Presentation
Juliana Braz “Community Development and Social Currency: main effects and results of Banco Palmas”  Document  Presentation
Ruth Naughton-Doe “Time to get realistic: unmasking the myths to reveal the reality of time banking practice in England”  Document  Presentation

Baeg Eui Hong and Joonmo Kang

“The Perception of Community Currencies in Korea – Using Q methodology”  Document  Presentation
William O. Ruddick and Jem Bendell “Complementary Currencies for Sustainable Development in Kenya”  Document  Presentation
Marie Fare “Sustainable territorial development and monetary subsidiarity”  Document  Presentation
Yoshihisa, Miyazaki and Ken-ichi, Kurita “Possibilities and Issues of Community Currency towards the Endogenous Development in Hilly and Mountainous Areas: A Case Study of Forest Volunteer Activities in Japan”  Document  Presentation

Ricardo Orzi

“Las monedas complementarias en el norte y en el sur. Aportes diferenciales en la construcción de ‘otra economía’”  Document  Presentation

Enric Montesa and Yasuyuki Hirota

“Marketing strategies for a complementary currency system (CCS) – A mobile payment system project in Russafa and Gran Vía, Valencia (Spain)”  Document  Presentation
Irene Sotiropoulou “Prices in parallel currency: the case of the exchange network of Chania”  Document  Presentation

Miguel Puertas and Marcelo Gryckiewicz

“A la sombra del Arbolito”  Document  Presentation
Erick Brenes “Update on Complementary Currency Projects in Central America”  Document  Presentation
Lee Gregory “Co-option, Resilience or Resistance? Lessons for Community Currency Systems from the UK development of Time Banking”  Document  Presentation
Gábor Sárdi, József Varga and Anett Parádi-Dolgos “Comparative analysis of the Hungarian complementary currency systems”  Document  Presentation


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2. Policy makers and government officials conference

Today’s governments are confronted with enormous challenges: a pressing need to cut in public budget expenditures. Complementary currencies seem to be a potential instrument for governments that can be employed to realize specific social goals while saving on the expenses of (ordinary) money and public expenditures. Globally, a vast amount of diverse complementary currencies is in place. These programs try to solve very specific social issues within society.

Complementary currencies depart from the notion that money is essentially a human invention and instrument to influence the relations between citizens and organizations. A solid theoretical framework legitimizes this idea and in the past hundred years a lot of experimentation and experience was picked up with realizing social goals by the implementation of complementary currencies.

However, intelligence on complementary currencies is dispersed: there’s an abundance of authors, academics and experts that have published books, websites, articles and leaflets and organized seminars, congresses and workshops. Information is often insufficiently documented and on some relevant subjects sources seem to be contradictory. This body of knowledge aims for bringing understanding and clarity; it provides an overview of the most important complementary currencies that exist today. Its goal is to provide and disclose information in an impartial manner, making it easier to apply and integrate knowledge on complementary currencies to real issues.

This event is fully booked and registration is closed.

This strand of the conference is organized by www.qoin.org as part of the EU Interreg funded Community Currency in Action project.

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3. Practitioners, doers, grassroots organizations

Following the experiences and feedback of the first International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems in Lyon, February 2011, these two day following the academic and policy-makers orientated days oft he 2nd International Conference of Complementary Currency Systems are dedicated to practitioners, doers, organizers, advocates, networkers and activists in the field of complementary and community currencies.

Objectives and Programme

These two days will provide participants with an opportunity to meet, interact, exchange, collaborate, teach, train, learn, develop, work, plan, strategize and explore the present and future of the community currency “movement“ together.

In the spirit of true participation, this event will be organized in an “Open Space“ format, allowing the participants themselves to determine the topics and objectives of the individual sessions.

Prior to the event, registered participants will be invited to suggest topics and sessions in an on-line process.

The event will take place at the same venue as the the other meetings on preceding days, or within walking distance from there. Participation in these two days is free of charge, but registration is obligatory.

The working language of these two days will be English, but break-out session in other languages are welcome and impromptu translation for plenary sessions will be organized.

This event is fully booked and registration is closed.

The practitioners event is co-organized with the EU funded Community Currency in Action project represented by the New Economics Foundation in London, ccia@neweconomics.org,  the Banco Palmas Institute Europe and FMDV.


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ISS Organizing committee

Georgina GomezGeorgina M. Gómez Bert HelmsingAHJ (Bert) Helmsing
Rosalba Icaza GarzaRosalba Icaza Garza Kees BiekartKees Biekart

Conference email: ccsconf@iss.nl

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Registration, fees and important details

All participants are requested to register on-line for each one of the three strands of events. The relevant registration form can be found in the section for 1) academics, 2) local government officials and policy makers, or 3) practitioners and grassroots organisations.



Kortenaerkade 12
2518 AX The Hague
The Netherlands
+31 70 426 0460

Directions from the airport:

Participants arriving in The Netherlands will land at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam. The distance from the airport to The Hague is about 40 kilometres and the train provides the fastest and cheapest way to reach The Hague. The use of a taxi between Schiphol and The Hague is very expensive. Although ISS is part of Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the ISS is located in THE HAGUE. Please make sure that you take the train to DEN HAAG (Dutch for THE HAGUE) and not to Rotterdam. You can check the timetable at www.ns.nl

You should buy a one way train ticket to DEN HAAG and a one way ticket costs about 8 Euro. The train takes approximately 45 minutes to reach The Hague. The train usually leaves from platform 5, but please check this when you buy the ticket. The Hague has 2 train stations, ‘Den Haag Centraal Station'(CS) and ‘Den Haag Hollands Spoor’ (HS). Both are equally convenient.

Public transport in The Hague:

  • From Centraal Station (CS): Tram 17 or Bus 22 and 24 Stop: Mauritskade
  • From Hollands Spoor (HS): Tram 1 Stop: Mauritskade

At both stations you will also taxis. Ask the driver to take you to Kortenaerkade 12. The taxi ride will cost approximately 12 Euro.

Click here for directions with Google Maps


The registration fee does not include accomodation. Please find here information about hotels we have agreed a special rate for the conference.

For the CCS2013 participants, the Parkhotel Den Haag has made us a special group offer of Euro 100 for single rooms, Euro 120 for a double room with single occupancy, and 135 Euro for a double room with double occupancy. All prices include breakfast with organic products.

When making your reservation in the Park Hotel Den Haag or any of the other hotels mentioned, make sure to mention that you are a participant of the CCS Conference at the ISS.

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