What is the point of a local currency? As someone who works for the Bristol Pound, the UK’s largest independent currency, I come up against this question quite a lot.
People seem sure that if they are shopping in independent, small businesses they can do nothing more to support the local economy.
Using Bristol Pounds is much more than a commitment to spending in local businesses. It is a way for people to consciously take money out of the global market and to invest it in building local relationships and livelihoods. Here’s how:
Not only has the Bristol Pound generated a lot of national and international interest, it has also inspired and encouraged other cities to follow suit, from Brixton to Barcelona. The Independent Money Alliance is a group of people from different local currencies in the UK who pool resources, technology and ideas to keep the local currency movement growing, and Bristol is at the forefront. By supporting the Bristol Pound, residents of Bristol are strengthening a project which will, in turn, support other cities to create their own local currencies.
If you’re already on board -well done! You’re changing money and changing the world. If not, join us. Visit: bristolpound.org
Laurie King – Community Liaison Manager