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
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!
We are pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded a grant by the Wisdom Factory to continue the investigating that we’re doing. The money from The Wisdom Factory will help us to get down to Bristol and have a full day workshop on planning our launch strategy. It will also help us to continue our … More Wisdom Factory Grant!
We want to make sure that the Birmingham Pound is for every Brummie. That means we are carefully considering where to start, what payment options to use and how to approach the diversity of Birmingham. We are making use of the data from other local currencies on what works for them in their city. But … More What would you do with a Birmingham Pound?
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