Complementary and Alternative Currencies
The database includes systems worldwide and can be searched or browsed.
Includes a slideshow with introductory information about complementary currencies, as well as a list of links.
“The Access Foundation is an international, educational, non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of mankind through the understanding and use of complementary monetary innovations.”
An international complementary currency for use in the online marketplace. Piloted in six countries.
BerkShares are a local currency for the Berkshire region.
Local Exchange Trading System directory with introductory materials.
A history of forms of alternative currencies in the United States, based on an essay by E.F. Schumacher which focused on the need for economic focus at the local level. A focus on the history and implementation of BerkShares and Ithaca Hours, and suggestions from the Schumacher Society regarding policies for local currency initiatives.
Time banks use the “time dollar” where one hour is the unit of currency. Unlike hOURS, LETS, and many local currencies, the time spent is the only factor for credits and debits.
The Philadelphia and Boston hOURS website.
The international council of credit union associations.
“A community development credit union (CDCU) is a credit union with a specialized mission of serving low- and moderate-income people and communities.”
Information about fair trade certification, with links to national organizations.
“The most comprehensive online collection of Fair Trade publications, where researchers convene for Fair Trade.”
The AFL-CIO Union Label and Service Trades Department.
A database of local food, including community supported agriculture, farmers markets, and other projects.
Information about organic food as it applies to the United States.
Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) is an accreditation agency founded to accredit and monitor organizations as certifiers of compliance with social standards, including the Social Accountability 8000 standard for ethical working conditions.
“Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) integrates environmental, social and governance factors into investment decisions.”
“INAISE is a global network of socially and environmentally oriented financial institutions.”
“A nonprofit organization that supports participatory budgeting in North America.”
Questions can be asked of experts with emailed and posted replies.
Examines the case of Porto Alegre, including the particular history of the city, the institutions of a participatory budget, the development of participatory budgeting in Porto Alegre, and evaluation of its success.
“The purpose of the group is to facilitate information exchange, discussion, and collaboration between people working with or interested in PB.”
Newspaper article about a restaurant with pay-what-you-can pricing.
Community Development Finance Institutions