With banks unwilling to keep money circulating, can people and organisations
stay afloat by means of barter and complementary currency? CHALLENGING
THE RECESSION brings together a wide range of experts to show that
they can, and how. Complementary currencies have been around for
a long time, and have taken various guises. Even before the current
economic collapse, major businesses used barter for international
and local transactions. At the individual level, Local Exchange
Trading Systems (LETS) have enabled people to trade without cash,
both on- and off-line.
The current economic crisis shows a loss of confidence in political
and financial institutions. CHALLENGING THE RECESSION will show
how large, small and medium sized businesses, NGOs and individuals
can find confidence by organising better means of exchange among
The organisers of CHALLENGING THE RECESSION have extensive experience
in creating events that form flourishing networks both on- and off-line.
The conference speakers include: Lord Sudeley, Austin Mitchell MP,
Derek Wyatt MP, Michael Grimsdale ACIB (Associate of the Chartered
Institute of Bankers), and Abdallah Homouda, political scientist,
respected journalist and TV commentator.
Others who will share their experiences include representatives
of commercial and retail barter companies, as well as LETS groups.
The programme will offer opportunities to connect off-line and learn
about a variety of solutions. Participants will gain a deeper understanding
of the economic crisis, and come away with a variety of options
for getting ahead in spite of it.
Sabine McNeill, Forum
for Stable Currencies,
Paul Bower, London
Sponsors: Bartercard, the worlds largest trade exchange
LETSlink, the UK's national LETS development agency.
Venue - Grand Committee Room, House of Commons.