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Funny Money - In Search of Alternative Cash (Paperback, New edition): David Boyle

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David Boyle

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Economics is not everyone's idea of interesting bedtime reading. But here a business journalist has taken an unlikely economic topic - that of alternative currencies - investigated it (mainly in the USA) in depth and created a lively review that both fascinates and informs. It may still be a few years before you are being paid in 'time dollars', but LETS (Local Exchange and Trading Systems) are well established and people deal in 'Strouds', 'Bobbins' and 'Olivers', among other things, to a surprising extent. This could change the way you think about money forever. (Kirkus UK)
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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Imprint: Flamingo
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: February 2000
Authors: David Boyle
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 228
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-653067-1
Categories: Books > Business & Economics > Economics
Books > Business & Economics > Finance & accounting
Books > Business & Economics > Economics > Economic systems
Books > Business & Economics > Finance & accounting > Finance
Books > Business & Economics > Economics > Economic systems > General
Books > Business & Economics > Finance & accounting > Finance > Credit & credit institutions
Books > Money & Finance > Credit & credit institutions
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LSN: 0-00-653067-2
Barcode: 9780006530671

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