Research & Learning

Bristol Pound Resources

Community Currency Knowledge Gateway - found at - is a gateway to online resources, literature and general knowledge on community and complementary currencies. It is launched by the Community Currencies in Action (CCIA) EU Interreg project in 2014 and maintained by international partners and volunteer contributors.

In 2018, Sustainable Learning created free resources for primary school teachers to teach their students about sustainability and green issues. This resource includes lesson plans for teachers on Community Currencies, all based on the Bristol Pound. You can find a fantastic video Bristol Pound CIC helped them make in summer 2017, with children leading the way:
In June 2017, Susan Johnson and Helen Harvey-Wilson of the University of Bath published their final report on their research in 2016 using in-depth interviews with Bristol Pound members. The research is based on the understanding of a theory of change in terms of user adoption and use:  that for impact to be achieved, people must first join, then use and increase their use of the currency in order to achieve impacts.  It uses the approach of realist evaluation to give a much deeper insight into the reasoning that they give for their use (or non-use) of the B£.
In January 2017 Bristol Pound CIC conducted a members' survey asking the membership questions about Bristol Pound use (non-business).
From 2014, Dr. Jennifer Ferreira and Dr. Mark Perry of Brunel University London present some highlights generated by their research so far. The findings are based on the online Bristol Pound member survey and the member interviews. Details of each method are attached in the appendix. What follows are insights into the Bristol Pound community of users how they use the currency and their experiences as part of the community.


Published in 2001

Bernard Lietaer: The Future Of Money

 "The way money is created and administered in a given society makes a deep impression on values and relationships within that society. More specifically, the TYPE of currency used in a society encourages - or discourages - specific emotions and behaviour patterns."
A brilliantly clear-sighted analysis of how on-going money innovations in dozens of countries around the world are proving that they can resolve key societal problems such as: jobless growth, community breakdown,  the economic consequences of an aging society, the conflict between short-term financial thinking and long-term sustainability, and monetary instability itself. This book provides pragmatic solutions to each one of these issues.
Available to buy with £Bs from Arnolfini Bookshop >

Published in 2012

John Rogers et al: People Money

"Communities are full of underused resources: individuals with time and talents; businesses, voluntary associations and local authorities with spare capacity (hire cars, restaurant tables, printing services, theatre seats, underused buildings). Regional Currencies mobilize these resources without burdening taxpayers at the national or regional level."
People Money is a comprehensive guide to the principles and practice of regional currencies. More information >

Published February 27, 2013

NEF: Energising Money

The world is facing an ecological crisis. Our economic system fails to properly account for the natural resources on which human prosperity depends. But attempts to remedy the problem, for example through environmental taxation, fail to address an elephant lurking in the room: the monetary system. Energy-related money offers a means to improve the qualities of the monetary system, while also stimulating the low-carbon energy transition we urgently need. More information >

Published December 1, 2002

NEF: Plugging the Leaks

This handbook is a guide to a new approach to revitalising local econonomies. It can be used as a basic introduction to economics, as well as the starting point for a new involvement with your local area.
Since there is no such thing as a standard’ community, this handbook has been written in a way to be applicable to almost any location. We’ve also tried to make it appropriate to a very wide range of community organisations, including public sector bodies, voluntary organisations, business networks, regeneration bodies, religious groups and so on. More information 

First Published 2002 

 NEF: The Money Trail

LM3 has been tried and tested across the UK, from agriculture to social enterprise to local government procurement, to determine how money coming into your community is then spent and re-spent. The Money Trail shows you how to use LM3 to find out what’s really happening in your local economy, and how you can make it better. You can find supplementary materials and downloads on nef‘s Plugging the Leaks websiteThe Money Trail