References on how to start a local currency

The theory, history, and practice of the Schumacher Society’s work with local currencies is detailed in Local Currencies: Catalysts for Sustainable Regional Economies. Additionally, Bob Swann, founder of the E. F. Schumacher society, wrote several clear, compelling essays on local currencies, which can be found here.

In June of 2004 the E.F. Schumacher Society convened the conference: Local Currencies in the 21st Century. The conference report and UTNE Reader online article provide details on this landmark event which Pete Seeger described as “the best conference he had ever attended.”

Reference materials for creating a local currency:

Transcribed lectures from the “Local Currencies in the 21st Century” conference:


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