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The State of the Art of Complementary Currencies and its Open Source Software in 2010

photo of Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens
9th April 2011

“The International Journal of Community Currency Research (IJCCR) has produced a special edition which details some of the recent developments in the field of complementary currencies. It contains fifteen short papers which encompass discussions of the wider field, geographic reviews and reports on new forms of currency innovation. The edition highlights the growing range of experiments and contexts within which complementary currencies are being mobilised to solve economic, social and environmental problems.”

See here for the Table of Contents and access to the articles

Of particular interest for our community are:

* Complementary Currency Open Source Software in 2010, Matthew Slater, This report briefly covers the field of non-commercial mutual credit software

* A Report on the Vermont VBSR Marketplace, by Amy Kirschner, This paper describes and evaluates a peer to peer mutual credit system

* What Have Complementary Currencies in Japan Really Achieved? Yasuyuki Hirota, in which the author describes the decline of the field since 2003


One Response to “The State of the Art of Complementary Currencies and its Open Source Software in 2010”

  1. Tadit Anderson Says:

    We have been attempting to get a system established that is based upon modern monetary economics, ie the sort of monetary conventions that we need to be transiting toward, instead of creating a community currency version of a “free banking” era. It is all about being the change. Reproducing the same monetary conventions as have exploded, seems to be something less than state of the art. Please, give the CRX a read. http://www.economics.arawakcity.org/node/699

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