1. Unlocking the Cage: Complementary Currencies in the UK

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    In the city of Bristol and in the Brixton area of London people have come up with alternatives to the usual way of paying for goods and services. Instead of pounds sterling, they are using privately developed substitutes called complementary currencies as a medium of exchange that functions alongside Britain’s national currency. In doing so, they fulfil a need that the sterling currency itself seemingly does not: raise the awareness of the state of their local economy.

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    • Unlocking the Cage: Complementary Currencies in the UK

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      In the city of Bristol and in the Brixton area of London people have come up with alternatives to the usual way of paying for goods and services. Instead of pounds sterling, they are using privately developed substitutes called complementary currencies as a medium of exchange that functions alongside Britain’s national currency. In doing so, they fulfil a need that the sterling currency itself seemingly does not: raise the awareness of the state of their local economy.

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      • Brixton-mockup

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        • Culture + Commerce: Money Talks

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          Culture + Commerce: Money Talks: Can We (Re)Design Economic Systems to Preserve the City as a Site of Experimentation? What if Shenzhen came to Soho? Can we develop measures to maintain the capital as an affordable place to live, work and experiment? Can the logic of markets be re-routed to help create an economic platform for alternative businesses? How can we make permanent the spirit of 'meanwhile' projects? Panel: Andrew Merrit & Paul Smyth, Something & Son Josh Ryan-Collins, Director, Brixton Pound / Senior Researcher, Monetary Reform, New Economics Foundation Chairperson: Dr. Fran Tonkiss, Director, Cities Programme, London School of Economics

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          • Phoenix Cafe

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            Soner from Phoenix Cafe wishing us a happy 4th birthday!

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            • Kaff Bar

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              Steve from Kaff wishing us a happy 4th birthday and encouraging you to spend B£s!

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              • Brixton Cornercopia

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                Anne from Brixton Cornercopia wishing us a happy 4th birthday!

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                • B£ Birthday Slideshow

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                  Short slide show to celebrate 4 years and say 'thank you!' to everyone who has made it possible to get this far!

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                  • Derrick Anderson Chief Executive of Lambeth uses the Brixton Pound pay-by-text at the Phoenix Cafe

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                    Payroll Local gives all Lambeth Council employees the chance of receiving a portion of their salary in electronic Brixton Pounds (B£e). Employees can then spend their B£e with local, independent businesses or donate to local charities and social enterprises. Employees who wish to be part of the scheme will receive an additional 10% on the proportion of salary they put into their online B£ account. This is excellent news for local, independent businesses who are likely to see increased trade as a result. It is also great news for our community, as more money will stick to Brixton, directly benefiting local residents. http://brixtonpound.org/2012/payroll-local-uk-first-for-local-currencies/ Production by “You and I Films” – http://www.youandifilms.com for Brixton Life http://www.brixtonlife.co.uk

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                    • Brixton Pound - Pay by Text

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                      The B£ will make money work for Brixton by supporting smaller shops and traders who are under threat from the recession and larger chains. It will stay in Brixton and circulate, increasing local trade and community connections. Money spent with independent businesses circulates within the local economy up to three times longer than when it’s spent with national chains, research by nef has shown. The B£ will encourage people to think about where their money is going and commit to spending a proportion of it locally. It will help to maintain the diversity and uniqueness of Brixton’s shops and market and build pride in Brixton. On the environmental front, the Brixton Pound group will support local businesses in sourcing more goods and services locally, reducing their carbon footprint. Brixton is the fourth transition town to have its own currency, following Totnes, Lewes and Stroud, which have been very successful and received national media coverage on television and in the broadsheet press. Brixton is the first urban centre in the UK to have its own currency Production by “You and I Films” – http://www.youandifilms.com for Brixton Life http://www.brixtonlife.co.uk

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