💫 Our purpose with the Alliance
The 🌟 Community Currency Alliance (CCA) 🌟 was born during the COVID-19 pandemic in May of 2020. Gustav Friis and Julio Linares came together with the purpose of uniting the global community currency ecosystem. We have summoned an international coalition of more than 70 local & virtual community currency organizations and researchers all working together to enable:
- 🌱 Fair economic sustainability of all people in the world while regenerating the earth
- 👨❤️💋👨 Collaboration rather than competition between all the serious efforts to bring currencies with an inclusive purpose to the mainstream
- 🌍 Accessible currency ecosystem providing education & tooling to design, simulate, deploy, using, monitoring and / or governing community currencies
With help from the Commons Stack we put together a bi-weekly series of calls titled “Community Currencies NOW!” where we have showcased and discussed old and new ideas with 18 guests, featuring some of the greatest minds and projects in the community currency space.
Join the community currency livestream with this calendar invite here!
During the six calls we have featured people from around the globe - Kenya, Sardinia, South Africa, Berlin, London, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Geneva, Budapest, Rome, Copenhagen and Barcelona. The projects have also been quite diverse in terms of representing classic LETS systems, novel UBI schemes and some collateralized based hybrid systems. Guided by Brett Scott, we have also started bi-weekly open community calls as a way of bringing all interested to meet online to organize our ideas and resources.
🎯 The Accelerator targets the 3 biggest blockers of the community currency ecosystem
Based on the findings of our survey, we have identified education, infrastructure and framework to be the main blockers which today on an international scale hinders the community currency ecosystem from unleashing its full potential.
We are happy to announce that to address these challenges, we have received financial support to create the Community Currency Accelerator, kickstarting initiatives to bring forward sustainable collaboration in the community currency ecosystem. In launching a grant program to reward contributions, we are focusing on the following areas through a proposal process:
- About: The education track includes initiatives such as content like videos, podcasts, building of strategic narratives, tutorials or other educational resources which offer new comers, communities or other stakeholders an easy way to get started with community currencies.
- Ideas: Examples are a visual project overview of all communities in the world, a a P2P wikipedia partnership and various proposals on narratives and starting more content streams.
- About: The infrastructure track is mainly a software product focused track, developing open-source tools, applications or specifications on common components that are needed among community currency projects today. This can be new ideas for PoCs or support for ongoing product efforts.
- Ideas: A currency Potluck with the goal of developing a dedicated community currency for CCA. A non-custodial web wallet infrastructure for CICs hiding all the complexity of web3 for end-users.
- About: The framework track enables community currency projects and other stakeholders to get regulatory, tax and legal support. This can include workgroups, advisor networks, legal framework suggestion tools.
- Ideas: Create a legal and tax framework suggestion tool in the form of a web interface. Utilize a DAO to organize social backing and exercise governance such as creating and storing legal documents via a distributed advisor networks
💡Proposal and review process
- Submit a post with a brief overview of your proposal. A couple of model proposals can be found here and here.
- Assign an Education, Infrastructure or Framework label
- Join the CCA Chat, present yourself and share a link with your proposal.
Each proposal will be evaluated independently, and grants can be structured as needed for each project on a single event or ongoing basis. Our assessment of your proposal boils down to these three key questions:
- Is the proposal aligned with the collaborative purpose of the CCA?
- Is it addressing a need which upon completion, can be scaled to make it easier to learn about, design, setup, use and/or manage community currencies?
- Is it realistic and achievable with the stated team, resources and timeline?
🌟 We appreciate your feedback and support 🌟
We look forward to your participation, ideas and submissions and the further development of the Community Currency Alliance!