Our last blog post, from steering group member Stuart Bowles. Read on! – Karen Leach – chair – Birmingham Pound I first became engaged with the concept of the Birmingham Pound when the founders of the Birmingham Impact Hub ran a series of events back in 2015. At the event there was a speaker from … More The Birmingham Pound: Our final lessons and a new local economy scheme for the region
As you can read in previous posts, the Birmingham Pound group, coordinated by Localise West Midlands, has been meeting for two years now exploring the potential for a Birmingham Pound and as we’re now at a ‘watershed’ moment we thought it was a good time for an update. The idea of the project was simple; … More A change of direction for Birmingham Pound
– Invitation to an open meeting March 27th 5.30pm It’s a couple of years now since we first started exploring a local currency for Birmingham. We’ve had a brilliant, largely voluntary, team and great support from the Bristol Pound and the ‘Guild of Independent Currencies’ culminating in a Local Currencies day for the whole UK … More Birmingham Pound: the way forward!
By Stuart Bowles Every day of the week I make transactions that are supported by other organisations that I trust. Visa, Paypal, Apple Pay, the Bank of England, the Government, all support me to make purchases and send money. Blockchains are a digital system of trust that can enable me to make transactions, without needing … More Blockchain and Sustainable Communities Event, Cloughjordan, Ireland
On the 24th of October Birmingham Pound and The Guild of Independent Currencies organised a workshop day full of inspiration, innovation and information about how you can develop local currency projects in your own community. The event took place in The Impact Hub in Digbeth, Birmingham. We welcomed delegates from Bristol, Brixton, Exeter, Belgium, Liverpool and … More Developing Local Currencies Event
Over the past two years, a couple of socially–minded changemakers have been pondering the concept of a local pound, right here in Birmingham. Initially, the idea of an alternative pound is a foreign concept to the average person. Why would we need another pound, when our national pound, stamped with Lizzy, seems to work so … More Alternative Currencies around the UK
Monday the 11th, the Birmingham Pound team visited Brixton and our friends at Brixton Pound. We were welcomed in what will soon be their Brixton Pound café, a lovely space for a cuppa Joe and a chat. Tom, the manager, told us all about the development of the Brixton model. In Brixton there has been … More From the arches of Brixton to the streets of Birmingham
We’ve been busy taking what we’ve learnt from other groups at the currency conference to put together a pilot to test and pave the way to launch our currency. We’re following in the footsteps of Kingston Pound in a way. So at Kingston, they first had a trail with paper currency at a food festival … More Pilot!
By now you might have heard about our plans to create a local currency for Birmingham. But what is the point? What is the goal of creating a Birmingham Pound? A local currency will help small and independent businesses, and reduce corporate dependency. It will be a vehicle for people to become aware of the … More What’s the use of a local currency?
Birmingham Pound will have a presence at next week’s Sharing Cities event at Impact Hub on Thursday 12th May, 7pm. This will primarily feature the excellent speaker Julian Agyeman, discussing the theme of his new book “Sharing Cities: a case for truly smart and sustainable cities”. Julian combines the concept of “sharing” with smart technology … More Sharing Cities -event 12th May