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Free conference on money, society, and Brixton

Come talk money and community with us on Friday 24th April! We have invited some great, engaging speakers and there will be a delicious locally-sourced lunch for everyone, as well as an opportunity to network and socialise. The conference is open to all and free to attend, but as spaces are limited we highly recommend you REGISTER NOWhttp://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-borough-of-lambeth-ccia-conference-tickets-15926661072

Why should you come? If you are in Brixton and use the Brixton Pound, accept it in your business, or are someone who wants to find out more about it and community currencies, this is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge, ask questions, and get more involved.

The Brixton Pound has always been more than just a currency; we know that while it encourages people to buy locally, we also know that it makes Brixton feel ‘special’ and people are very proud of the artwork on the notes so it has a value as community art.

What other values does it have? Does it encourage citizens to participate in their local community or feel that they have a contribution to make? As a means of exchange does it build stronger bonds that make people feel more connected to the area?

These are just some of the questions that will be asked at the conference. Speakers include Nigel Dodd, author of The Social Life of Money, and Brett Scott, author of Hacking the Future of Money, Charlie Waterhouse, the designer of paper B£s, as well as those with community currency experience from France, Holland, Belgium and Wales, Lambeth Council and Brixton Pound.

For more information including a detailed agenda + free registration go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/london-borough-of-lambeth-ccia-conference-tickets-15926661072. Hope to see you there!

It is time to MOVE YOUR MONEY

The banking sector isn’t working for people, small business or wider society. Despite plunging the economy into the worst recession in living memory and enjoying the biggest tax-payer bailout in history, big banks continue to profit while public services and local economies starve.

These are very much the concerns of Move Your Money, a new campaign launched last week , at the onset of the banking bonus season.

Move Your Money UK seeks to use consumer power to both raise awareness around and support mutually owned, ethical and socially useful banking providers, such as credit unions, building societies, community development finance institutions. It wants to see a financial system that works for people and society, it seeks to engage the public with the financial system and to promote an open and constructive dialogue between the two.

The B£ is delighted to support the Move Your Money campaign, as it is very much in line with our own aims of empowering people to reclaim control over their money through their spending decisions (a local currency enables just that!), and through supporting ethical banking providers (such as the London Mutual Credit Union on Acre Lane) who will reinvest into local communities, small businesses, and those who are financially excluded.

You can check out the Move Your Money campaign here, and also see a very funny video about some high street performers…Lastly, you can read more about our Brixton based ethical bank, the London Mutual Credit Union, right here.  (Place your cursor over any of the bold text and a link will appear).

Will you move your money?