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Learn kimchi, pickling, sauerkraut and sodas before Christmas

We’re about to embark on a series of workshops taking place at the Brixton Pound in the lead-up to Christmas. We’re obsessed with pickling and fermenting as active ways to extend the lifespan of fresh food, save money and help diversify diet, and we’re doing a bi-weekly workshop (Wednesdays 7-9pm) demonstrating different techniques.

Workshop dates

Wed Nov 7th – pickling
Wed Nov 21st – kimchi
Wed Dec 5th – sauerkraut
Wed Dec 19th – sodas

More workshop details

Pay-what-you-can (£20 suggested donation) All materials provided but bring your own jars. Book to avoid disappointment, group slots available Come learn some skills at a session or book Sean to run one at your house, studio or cafe.  Email Sean at kitchen@brixtonpound.org.

Free film night explores future of food production

Come along to our free film night at the Brixton Pound Cafe. The event is free but please consider giving us a donation to cover our costs.

In Our Hands

In Our Hands explores a quiet revolution that is transforming the way our food is produced and distributed. Our current industrial food system is a vast and wheezing giant that is only upheld by a stilted subsidy regime that pays out to landowners and leaves many farmers by the wayside.

But from the hedge-rows and by-roads, the fields and furrows can now be heard the stirring of change! Stories from the global South have inspired farmers and food workers in our snug little island, with the idea of food sovereignty and a global movement to take back control of the food system.

From the grazier reviving the art of pasture, to the grower erecting a poly-tunnel in the heart of East London or the farmer saving a handful of ancient grain, a new agricultural landscape is emerging. Here rural traditions meet modern innovations in a new food system that will bring back life to the soil, a fair wage to the farmer and a flavour to the tomato!

Throughout the tumultuous summer of the Brexit referendum the Landworkers’ Alliance joined forces with two film-makers, to unearth the farms and faces that are making this change happen.

We stand on the brink, the future is uncertain, but the seeds of a better food system are In Our Hands!

Event details

The film is being shown on Wednesday 3 October at 7pm at the Brixton Pound Cafe  at 77 Atlantic Road. One of the producers of In Our Hands, Holly Black, will be attending the event. Please donate what you can so that we can continue to run progressive film nights at the cafe. Please register for your free tickets.

What will blockchain mean for communities and the Brixton Pound?

Blockchain, the Brixton Pound and activism

Discover and discuss what the blockchain could mean for Brixton, community activism and the Brixton Pound. Blockchain promises a lot, but what is it, and what impact could it have socially and economically? Can it foster inclusion—and what will it mean for those who don’t participate?

Guy Davies, Blockchain Consultant for Blockpass IDN will share his experience of navigating the exploding blockchain ecosystem, and what mass adoption might mean for us all.

There will follow an open session chaired by the Brixton Pound on how blockchain might be adopted and positively applied in our community.

How to get tickets

Tickets are free for this event. You can get them via Eventbrite.

Brixton Design Trail

Designing Inclusion is part of a week of free radical, design- and Brixton-focused events called Brixton Design Trail 2018.

Brixton Fund spotlight: Brixton Design Trail Pressgang

At our Brixton Fund event last month we funded six awesome local projects.

One of those was the Brixton Design Trail Pressgang, a work experience project run by local youth employment enterprise Raw Talent. Founder Abigail believes that work experience is too often an uninspiring activity, and she’s on a mission to change that!

The BDT Pressgang is an example of how a week of work experience can become a transformative and inspirational experience – one that ultimately meets Raw Talent’s aims of helping  disadvantaged young people overcome the barriers to finding fulfilling work.

Teaming up with Brixton Design Trail, students responded to a specific brief: to research, develop and produce content to support the Design Trail in the leadup to Design Week in September.

Working on a specific project with clear outcomes helps students engage more wholly in work experience and gives them the chance to accomplish a real piece of work, developed as a project through the stages from conception to completion.

As a fully functioning media team, students went out into the streets of Brixton to conduct research, meeting businesses, artists and residents and taking photos, filming segments and conducting interviews.

Students visited Pop Brixton, amongst other places, to talk to the businesses there about their participation in Design Week. To supplement the project work, they also took part in mini CV writing, social media and events management workshops run for free by Pop businesses through the Community Investment Scheme.

The students really enjoyed their week, especially working in teams, meeting new people and writing the stories about the Brixton Design Trail. Linda Quinn, editor of our esteemed local newspaper the Brixton Bugle, was impressed with the quality of writing and is planning a spread for the September edition. Watch this space!

Are you a Brixton business who can help share your skills to with local young people by offering some work experience? Or are you a young person interested in finding meaningful work experience or participating in employment & careers-related workshops? Get in touch with Lucy (lucy @ brixtonpound.org).

Brixton Design Trail is a collaborative creative network that provides a platform for showcasing a wealth of homegrown talent during the London Design Festival, which will take place 16-24th September.

 

Did you catch it? Baytree Centre’s Point of View exhibition

Our latest exhibition was by a group of girls from the Baytree Centre, a local hub on Brixton Road where women and girls can access support through education, training and social programmes.

They worked with homeless people in Brixton to create an exhibition showcasing their perspectives, with support from the Brixton Soup Kitchen.

They showcased the pictures at a launch event at the Brixton Pound Cafe. You can read more about it here.

At the Brixton Pound we support local artists and creative projects by offering low cost exhibition space and studio facilities, either upstairs in our cafe or in our large basement. We’re always on the lookout for local artists to stage exhibitions at our cafe. If you’re interested, get in touch!

Photos credit Alan Slingsby

#yourpound: Celebration – Our 4th Birthday!

Doesn’t time fly! The Brixton Pound will be four years old at the end of September and we’d like you all to come and celebrate with us. Our existence has been marked by ever-increasing growth in the currency, as well as a commitment to innovation which makes us one of the most successful local currencies in the UK.

Four years and four great reasons to celebrate the Brixton Pound

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1) We are the first local currency in an urban area in the UK (and London!)

2) We are the first local currency to introduce an electronic pay-by-text version

3) We are the first local currency to launch a business rates scheme, allowing local businesses to pay their council tax in Brixton Pounds

4) We are the first local currency to pilot payroll local, which allows all council employees (and other businesses too) to receive part of their salary in Brixton Pounds.

None of this would have been without the ongoing commitment of local businesses, the loyalty of our users, and the enthusiasm of our supporters in Brixton and beyond. To say thank you and to mark four years of keeping Brixton’s economy vibrant, we are inviting you all to join us on Thursday 19 September from 6.30pm at the wonderful Seven at Brixton in Market Row. For early arrivals we’ll greet you with a complimentary glass of sangria, and we’ll also be rewarding our top 3 pay-by-text users, as well as giving out prizes.

It will also be a chance for you to hear about how the Brixton Pound is going, and find out a bit more about local currencies around the world – which is convenient as 16-20 September is International Local Currencies Week!

Get the date in your diary, let your friends know and be sure to RSVP – space is limited!

Here is a short slideshow celebrating 4 incredible years!

B£ Birthday Slideshow from Brixton Pound on Vimeo.

 

 

Project Manager's farewell to the Brixton Pound, and drinks, and more…

After some three years with the Brixton Pound, I have come to my last day today as Project Manager and this will be therefore my last post while on the job.

And as I reflect on these last few years, well there are many so exciting moments in our journey: the launch in 2009 (Oh my god it really is happening!), the 1st year anniversary (Oh my god we are still going!), the 2nd year relaunch, the new notes and our new Pay by Text service (Oh my god, it works!).

And many things I have loved, and still love, about being involved with the B£, including:  being part of such bold and visionary bunch of people who decided that it was high time we reclaimed some control over our money; the empowering feeling you get when you are able to decide where your money goes and who it benefits;  getting to know for the first time the community in which I have lived for many years, and the realisation of the amazing wealth of talent which is right on my doorstep! Discovering quirky new places and interesting businesses; seeing the evolution of some incredibly worthwhile social enterprises and community initiatives (e.g. Brixton Energy, Transition Town Brixton, Cycooldelic Revoutions, the Remakery, Velocal, IRMO, Makerhood, the Market Traders Federation, Brixton People’s Kitchen, the Vida Walsh Centre, to name only but a few) and ultimately feeling part of something important, bold and bigger than myself.

And I never cease to be amazed by the commitment and drive of the many people I have come into contact with through the Brixton Pound, and who often voluntarily embark on initiatives that seek to better the community in which they live, to create connections, to engage, to support local enterprise and skills, to help promote a more inclusive and sustainable way of life. Truly inspiring stuff, and necessary, and it is all happening right here! Times are achangin, and it’s not all doom and gloom.

So there is much to celebrate you see. I hope you’ll be able to join us on Thursday 3rd May for some drinks and also introductions of new B£ team members and to find out the latest exciting developments and partnerships ahead.

The venue: Kaff Bar, 64 Atlantic Road. The time: from 6pm till late. It is election day of course, so get your votes in and come join!

And if you can’t make it, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you all and I wish you the best of luck in all your pursuits.

With love, respect and admiration.

Annalisa

B£ awarded a Nomination at the D&AD Awards

 

B£ 2nd edition notes incl. David Bowie, Luol Deng, Len Garrison and Violette Szabo

This Ain't Rock'n'Roll creations and nominees of the D&AD Awards 2012

This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll, aka the designers behind the Brixton Pound’s new look, were last night recognised at  the D&AD’s Awards for their creative talents in the design of the the Brixton Pound second edition’s notes.

In case you are wondering, the D&AD are the creative industry Oscars, and a Nomination is the equivalent of a Silver.

Indeed the awards attract entrants from all over the world, including household names  agencies/clients with mega-budgets, so  MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS to This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll! This is no mean feast and we are absolutely thrilled for them!

And should you need yet another reason to love our notes, well there you have it: they are Oscars’ material, and they deserved to be seen.  Do circulate them, healthy glow guaranteed.

You can read more about the  D&AD awards here, here and here.