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Funny Money: In Search of Alternative Cash

By (author) David Boyle





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Only our limited idea of money is keeping us poor. David Boyle introduces us to alternative cash and people who can conjure money - that is, spending power - out of nothing.Until recently, the growth of alternative cash had been the province of big business: phone cards, stamps, air miles and Tesco's clubcard points all have purchasing power, yet are not cash as we know it. Now, locally created money systems like `time dollars', `Womanshare' and `Ithaca hours' are being invented by communities for communities.With clarity and great humour, Boyle tells the story of this extraordinary revolution: he travels to the USA to visit the people behind local money systems; relates their vision of the future; and describes how to set up your own currency. This is no dry theoretical tome: Boyle writes about his subject in a way that is concrete, illuminating, often very funny and always highly readable.This paperback edition includes a new epilogue with an update on the latest alternative currency ideas: `You just have to cast doubt on the real existence of the money markets and they could just shrivel away. Anything could happen.'A revolution is underway now: this book tells the story of its leaders and the ideas that inspired them.

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Publisher | HarperCollins Publishers
Published date | 21 Feb 2000
Language |
Format | Paperback
Pages | 256
Dimensions | 198 x 129 x 14mm (L x W x H)
Weight | 120g
ISBN | 978-0-0065-3067-1
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BISAC | business & economics / economics / general


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