With current decreasing budgets, local governments stand for the challenge to build a civil society in which local stakeholders and citizens take their responsibility as well. In search for new instruments that fit this new reality, community currencies emerge as an instrument. A particular type of community currencies is “time banks”.
This conference seeks to discuss the social, economic and political potential of timebanking such as the Makkie for empowering civil society. Apart from three keynote speakers of renowned programmes in Amsterdam, London and New York, a series of workshops will introduce the phenomenon.
The conference is bilingual (English and Dutch), with workshops organised in both languages.
The conference is organised by stadsdeel Oost (municipality of Amsterdam), Qoin, Institute of Social Innovation (IMI) and Pakhuis de Zwijger. The conference is part of the EU Interreg VIb program Community currencies in action (CCIA).
Moderation: Bart Krull (Institute of Social Innovation)
Community Currencies really have taken off the ground in the whole of Europe. Below a commercial from Nantes, France.
Image: © Dadara