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
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
On heading to the Guild Of Independent Currencies’ 2016 Conference in Liverpool, our thoughts were constrained with the enormity of creating a new complementary currency for the countries second biggest city; as wikipedia puts it ” the 9th most populous metropolitan area in Europe”. That is big – and that is scary! The conference had two days … More Local Currency Conference
We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic about creating a Birmingham Pound and excited to join us to make it a reality. The Birmingham Pound is a sterling-based local currency to be spent with or between local businesses. It keeps more spending power within the city, shares the city’s prosperity better, and celebrates our identity … More We seek new steering group members
Experience in other areas shows what a difference it makes to a local currency to have a supportive local authority. Happy to say that Birmingham has one! Well – nothing’s formally endorsed, we’re not at that stage yet – but Ridhi, Matt, Tom and I met with Jacqui Kennedy (acting Strategic Director of Place) and … More Local Authority
The Guild of Independent Currencies is organising a two day conference in April called ‘Tools for a Fairer Economy’. The Guild of Independent Currencies was set up by the Bristol Pound in order to help other groups launch a local currency and to support them through shared knowledge and technology, best practice and with anything … More Guild of Independent Currencies Liverpool Conference
Exciting news – we’ve applied to LoveBrum for funds, and they’ve done this great video of Ridhi explaining the Birmingham Pound idea and what it will do for our city. Please watch it, share it, and if you’re a LoveBrum member (always a good idea) consider giving us your vote! Thank you!
We are in the early stages of developing the Birmingham Pound. If you would like to be the first to hear all the latest news from Birmingham’s own local currency please click here We will soon be looking for people to pioneer the first stage of creating a local currency Thank you for showing your interest in … More Become one of the first to hear about the Birmingham Pound
The Bristol Pound has been leading the way in the UK for local currencies. Watch this video as it helps to explain what a ‘local currency’ is.