Alternative Currencies

    Great Scot!

    By David J Weston Recently, the Swedes sent a resounding ‘No’ regarding adopting the euro, and a correspondingly resounding ‘Yes’ to retaining their own currency, and controlling their own financial destiny. While the euro is largely a European issue, there is a message for others — that control of a country’s, or a region’s means […]

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    David J Weston – Money Reform Activist in Britain and Canada

    INTERVIEW David, please tell us a little about yourself. Born in Plymouth, Devon, and brought up and schooled in various parts of Britain, including Scotland, I emigrated to Canada many moons ago. I lived and worked in Ontario in accounting and in Adult Education (of which I’m a graduate from the University of Toronto), including […]

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    Creating a Local Currency: The Example of Salt Spring Island, Vancouver

    Salt Spring Island, off Vancouver, has a population of 10,000. On the 15 September 2001, Salt Spring Island Dollars were launched at the Island’s largest annual gathering, the Farmers Institute’s Fall Fair. They are the brainchild of the Sustainable Salt Spring Island Coalition which, in the fall of 2000, had been looking at ways to […]

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    Underground Economy: Financing the London Tube

    By David J Weston An alternate London currency could be issued which would help to raise money for London Transport. Along the lines of the Welsh Currency idea the currency would be sold at, say, a 10% discount, meaning that £1 will buy £1.10 worth of ‘£ondons’, or £100 would buy £110 worth of ‘£ondons’. […]

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    Green ‘Win-Win’ Economics: Tourist Exchange Punts in Wales

    By David J Weston Money is a marvellous invention, enabling people to exchange their labour and energy with others. When used with wisdom, it can enhance a community; used foolishly, it can destroy a community. Currencies reflect exchanges at different levels of society, and depending on how the currency is designed and used, can enhance […]

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