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London Borough of Lambeth CCIA Conference

London Borough of Lambeth

Friday, 24 April 2015 from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST)

London Borough of Lambeth CCIA Conference

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Community Currencies in Action is a transnational project comprising partners from five countries with the goal of laying the ground for currency innovations designed for the common good. Providing a package of support structures to develop initiatives across North West Europe, we are promoting community currencies as a credible vehicle for achieving positive social, environmental and local economic outcomes. 

As a partner in this project, Lambeth Council is hosting a conference which will focus on its famous community currency, the Brixton Pound, and explore various themes around it. We are delighted that we will be holding the event at the Black Cultural Archives, the founder of which, Len Garrison, is celebrated on the paper B£1.

Launched at Lambeth Town Hall in September 2009, the Brixton Pound has always been more than just a currency; we know that while it encourages people to buy locally, we also know that it makes Brixton feel ‘special’ and people are very proud of the artwork on the notes so it has a value as community art. What other values does it have? For example, by supporting it, does it help Lambeth be a co-operative council? Does it encourage citizens to participate in their local community or feel that they have a contribution to make? As a means of exchange does it build stronger bonds that make people feel more connected to the area?

These are just some of the questions that will be asked at the conference. Speakers include Nigel Dodd, author of The Social Life of Money, and Brett Scott, author of Hacking the Future of Money, as well as those with community currency experience from France, Holland, Belgium and Wales, Lambeth Council and Brixton Pound. If you are working on your own community currency or are interested in finding out more about how community currencies can work this is a great opportunity to network with others on a similar journey and ask your own questions. Likewise, if you are in Brixton and use the Brixton Pound, accept it in your business, or are someone who wants to find out more, this is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge, ask questions, and potentially get more involved. The Brixton Pound is looking to recruit new directors and will be using the afternoon session in particular to explain more about this process.

This conference is open to all and is free to attend. There are limited spaces so pre-registration is required via the link below.

Agenda is as follows

9.30: Arrivals

10.00-13.00: Morning session

10.00: Introduction to Co-Operative Council and community currency by Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Jobs & Growth, Lambeth Council

10.15: Introduction to Brixton Pound by Tom Shakhli, Brixton Pound

10.30: Introduction to CCIA by Leander Bindewald, New Economics Foundation

10.45: Brixton Regeneration by Tom Bridgman, Delivery Lead for Regeneration, Lambeth Council

11.00: Working co-operatively - Lambeth Council and the Brixton Pound by Sue Sheehan, Senior Policy & Equalities Officer, Lambeth Council

11.15-11.30: Coffee break

11.30-12.30: Presentation of early findings from Brixton Pound and Lambeth social value evaluation from Matthew Jackson, Centre for Local Economic Strategies

12.30: Talk by Brett Scott, author of Hacking the Future of Money - a walkthrough of alternative currencies across the world and where we might be heading

13.15-14.15: Lunch and networking for new/start-up currencies

14:15-16.30: Afternoon session

14.15: Keynote by Nigel Dodd, Professor of Sociology at LSE and author of The Social Life of Money

15.00: Breakout sessions - Presentations from:

- CCIA partners on currencies in NW Europe 

- Max Wakefield, Brixton Pound on the upcoming Brixton Bonus and Charlie Waterhouse, This Ain't Rock'N'Roll on making currency beautiful

16.00: Brixton Pound co-chair Binki Taylor on how to get involved with the Brixton Pound and shape its future development

16.30-17.30: Reception

Do you have questions about London Borough of Lambeth CCIA Conference? Contact London Borough of Lambeth

When & Where

Black Cultural Archives
1 Windrush Square
SW2 1EF London
United Kingdom

Friday, 24 April 2015 from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST)

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London Borough of Lambeth

Lambeth Council is a cooperative council. It is interested in understanding whether community currencies can contribute to better outcomes for people in the borough by keeping money local and supporting local jobs, as well as contributing to social value.

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