The Submitted Projects
Virtual economic teamwork of unified enterprises.
The project ACV Compartienda combines business and economic traditions of the Indo-Mexican culture with contemporary communications technology through use of an auxiliary currency. It makes use of a unified economic method to combat growing levels of poverty due to capitalistic globalization.
This alternative economic model is based upon traditional trade, weekly markets, and communal teamwork. Compartiendas are themselves the participating enterprises which, like franchises, offer goods and services from regional producers both online and in stores.
All participating enterprises must meet the criteria for fair trade and prove that their production principles are in line with communal work as; local endeavors, a cooperative, or a family business. Distribution, shipment, and marketing of all goods takes place over the internet.
All participants obligate themselves through membership in the Compartienda Network to offer their products worldwide. A portion of the price (10% minimum) is calculated in an alternative currency called Ecosoles. Regional currencies such as Tialocs and Pencas will also be accepted. For ease of use and management, chip cards will also be used, through which all regional products are exchangeable.
For more information, please visit the virtual market place at www.aahora.org.
Attac is a member of a worldwide movement critical of globalization and is working to further the goals of a democratic and socially responsible economic environment. Attac is non-partisan and is committed to non-violence.
For more information visit www.attac.at/soak07
“Friendship begins with the Chiemgauer” is the motto of the Chiemgauer organization, a group working for sustainable economics. The Chiemgauer Voucher has been circulating since 2003 in the Bavarian region of
The currency has its roots in the example provided by the Wörgl independent currency movement and was founded by the
The number of Chiemgauer’s in circulation doubled to 1.5 million in 2006. Since the projects inception, 40,000 Chiemgauer have flowed to participating organizations. This growth dynamic is possible thanks to the participation of 110 organizations. These groups are supported by the exchange fee of five percent once Chiemgauer are traded for euros. Three percent of this exchange fee goes to an organization of the consumer’s choosing.
For more information, see www.Chiemgauer.info
Comic Book Project: Michael Unterguggenberger and “The Treasure of Wörgl.”
In honor of the independent currency project “Freigeldjahr,” Peter Zimmerman and Ulf Theis of the workgroup NWO Dresden in
“The year is 1932. All of
The story is told in a twenty four page comic that chronicles the independent money experiment with the city’s mayor in the role of the protagonist. After being story-boarded by the landscape artist Mamei (www.mamei.com), the drawings will be brought to life by the talented artist Andreas Wehrheim (www.andreas-wehrheim.de) of
For more information, please visit www.nwo-dresden.de
Community Development Voucher Currency System
In 2006, the Merapi Mulia Credit Union, with the financial backing of the Strohalm Foundation of
The voucher system is backed 100% for the exchange of goods and services. Members of the credit union can purchase the vouchers (the price of which flows into a reserve fund) or they may lend the vouchers interest free. The execution of monthly markets and regular public meetings are the responsibility of a market manager, who will facilitate business amongst the participants. By re-exchange of the vouchers, a fee of 15% must be paid. These fees supply a growing capital fund for lower interest loans for new businesses. The project’s long term goals include the education of participants in accountancy, entrepreneurship, and knowledge-transfer for sustainability and continued production of their agricultural products. The long term strategy also includes holding “creativity festivals” for children.
More info is available at www.appropriate-economics.org/asia/asia.html
De Pälzer fer die Pfalz
Students create regional currency
In 2006, the Citizen’s Endowment Pfalz initiated the creation of a regional currency based upon the “Chiemgauer” in Rhineland-Pfalz. The project’s implementation is due to the cooperation between the “De Pfälzer” Project Team of the Citizens Endowment and the organization Pälzer Regio, newly formed in March of 2007 and with two school practice firms. The first school firm, ProRegioSGmbH is located in Friedrich-Magnus-Gymnasium. The second school firm is called Regiogeld AG and is located in the Pamina Gymnasium in Herxheim.
The project began in fall of 2006 with the formation of the two school firms as well as the development of a pedagogical concept and the creation of an internet platform. A series of information evenings and info-events for entrepreneurs and businessmen and officials followed. Thereafter, on
Information is available online at www.paelzer-regio.de
Energy-Covered Regional Currency – The SWP Model
Rudo Grandits model for a socio-ecological economic partnership set in regional circumstances shows that a synthesis between money and energy politics is possible. With the help of a regional currency (which supports cooperative economics), the switch to renewable energy can be forced.
The switch is based upon three provisions. The first step is the introduction of a regional voucher system, which is complemented by electronic charging. Second, the profits from the voucher to euro exchange are administered by an ethics fund, the purpose of which will be to finance alternative energy projects. Finally, the community must accept the regional vouchers and receive regional currency interest free. The organization of the system must be voted upon according to the laws of the collective association. The regional currency will be supplemented through an exchange circle. This circle must be organized as decentralized, democratic, and based on demand oriented money accruement. Therefore, exchange circles are instruments of economic self-empowerment. This is because an (alternative) economic transaction is not possible with the existence of euros at the forefront.
Information Online at: www.neuesgeld.com
A free private school for kids aged 6-15 years old.
The Learning Workshop is a private school in Wörgl encompassing multiple school levels that works intensively with the Talent Network of Tirol.
The pedagogical philosophy of the school is based upon the philosophies of, among others, Jean Piaget Maria Montessori and Heinrich Jacoby, as well as Rebeca and Mauricio Wild, who together created a complementary currency system with the Sintral in Ecuadaor.
In addition to normal school fees, parents are expected to work a minimum of thirty hours per semester with the school. The Tirol Talent Network is responsible for tallying the accounting of this work time. This results in three advantages. The first advantage is that parents receive interest-free talent credit. Second, the Learning Workshop can pull from the entire talent network in
Information online at www.zauberwinkel.at
The Local Currency Micro-Credit-System
The STRO-Group, a network of organizations located in the
The initiative is based upon two STRO pilot projects in
The initiative of helping others help themselves has existed since 2005 and has also been successful in aiding consumers and producers within the alliance of CompRaS – an alliance within which all transactions are registered in an internal accountancy system. The internally accepted investments, or consumer credit, can be offered under extremely favorable conditions. These conditions are almost independent of the normal prices set by the local financial markets.
More information is available online at www.socialtrade.org
Styrrion – The Regional Currency of Styria
The “Styrrion” is a regional currency which links together the spending power of the region and supports non-profit projects. The regional vouchers are accepted at a ratio of one to one with the euro. This currency was first accepted in April of 2005 and is already being accepted at around 100 participating endeavors in
The current volume of Styrrion vouchers used to date is around 85,000 euro – 25,000 of which are currently in circulation. Conversion is the responsibility of two full time employees as well as students of the
As long as the Styrrion remains valid, it can be converted into euros with a deduction of five percent. Two percent of this deduction goes to the Styrrion organization to cover the costs for and creation and management of the regional vouchers. The other three percent go to partner organizations. Those persons wishing to support the Styrrion circulation for the long term can book a subscription at a minimum of 50 euro per month.
More information is available at www.styrrion.at (currently under construction)
“How does money work? – A Ten Point Plan to Effectively Make Use of a Planet.” A Cartoon by Max von Bock, DVD
Told from the perspective of an alien conqueror in a satirical manner, this short film attempts to explain the basics of money, banks and the credit system in ten easy to follow steps. The purpose of the film is to awaken interest a topic which is complex, often ignored, but important to all.
Max von Bock created this short film as a thesis project for the Polytechnic University of Aachen in the subject area of design. Van Bock was responsible for every aspect of the film – from concept and script to graphics and animation. The film is available online at YouTube.
The film can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/235m8k
Alternative links are also available at: (part one) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BrLrwbkQWQ
Information about the author: www.maxvonbock.de
Project ACV Compatienda
The Ten Commandments of a United Economy (EcoSol)
1) Abundance – A different economy, which replaces capitalism, is possible. “Una economia basada en el paradigma de la abundancia.” (An economy based upon the paradigm of abundance). The earth provides everything freely and generously. The job of the economy is to evenly and fairly distribute this bounty.
2) New word, new spirit – Words are power and when we consciously remember the words and concepts of these commandments, we can show this power in our daily lives.
3) Community building – Organized and collaborative teamwork is the best way to fairly create and compensate. This formula, in one from or another, intrinsically contains an inherent democracy of unified work.
4) Work in the network – Those organizations that belong to the unified economy work horizontally within the network. In this capacity, as a unified network, the exchange and cooperation of many sectors will be connected and supported.
5) Inclusion of local cultural values – Everything created by the network members retains local cultural values. In this way, all are enriched. Values will be included as creative techniques, processes, designs, etc.
6) Responsible production and consumption – I use that which is created in the network and produce that which is needed within the network. In this way, fair trade and the sharing of the fruits are of labor are supported.
7) Own exchange mechanisms – Members of the united economic network develop their own currency, for example, a community currency and exchange system which complements the community’s financial capital.
8) Upstanding consumption and production – We respect and serve nature and her prosperity is in our best interest. The unified economy uses natural resources with respect and in an eco-friendly manner.
9) Economic Democracy – Through the existence of communal democracy and through respect for the inherent diversity of organizations and networks, the goals political and communal democracy are advanced.
10) Humane and integrating globalization – the capitalistic economy is simplistic, specialized, divisive, and exploitive. It complicates unified economics, creates new problems, is backward and enriches the few. A different world is possible.
Übersetzung: Rick Bateman