Edgar Kampers

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I have been working as a Community Currency expert since 1993. I am co-founder and director of Qoin, a foundation that designs, implements and supports Community Currencies. We help to set up and manage Community Currencies ‘out of the box’, as well as tailor made Complementary Currencies. We also research the impact of Community Currencies and develop new tools and approaches to increase this impact.  Qoin is a Dutch not-for-profit organisation founded in 1998.

In the past I was the director of NU-spaarpas (NOW-incentive card), launched in Rotterdam in 2002 which used to be the first technologically advanced incentive system for sustainable behaviour and sustainable consumption. It was realized in an unique public/private collaboration between the Rotterdam Municipality, Rabobank, and Qoin. From 1993 – 1999, I worked for the Social Trade Organisation (STRO), mainly in research and development projects.

 

Community Currencies are social instruments

Money makes our world go around. Money is not given, but man made. We can reinvent and re-design it in a way that fits our purpose. Qoin introduces, implements, and manages professional Community Currencies throughout Europe. We assist authorities, SMEs and citizens to use Community Currencies to reach sustainable economic growth, ecological balance, and social progress. We do our work with a passionate team.

Current legal tender currency systems are very strong in developing high profits and building a globalised society. However, they have proved less effective in supporting regional economic development, stimulating ecological policy goals and behaviours and encouraging an active civil society. The current economic and financial crisis faced by many regions in Europe calls for new arrangements for communities to remain or become resilient.

Community Currencies (‘complementary currencies’, ‘alternative currencies’ or ‘social currencies’), are as monetary instruments that develop and implement specific social, environmental and commercial objectives. Throughout history, both in concept and in practise, a large variety of Community Currencies can be found. It can be challenging to distinguish the many programs from one other, making it hard to understand the best use, setup and impact. Many currencies are used properly, but quit often this is not the case. A key characteristic is that they all understand money as a socially and politically construction. Community Currencies offer a proven ‘toolbox’ for stimulating the creation of jobs at local level, re-localising production and consumption, supporting a vibrant SME (small and medium sized enterprise sector), building a strong and active civil society, stimulating innovation and the development of local solutions to global problems, e.g. oil-dependence.

 

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