Meet the diversity

Community, social, mutual, complementary, local, regional, fiscal, special purposes, incentivising, clearing, caring and natural, and the ones yet to imagine and build together composes the realm of an ever-growing field of practice and expertise.

Our system is prone to systemic crisis 

We need diversity to increase the resilience of our complex social and economic systems.

Through experiences and social experiments - alternative currencies have demonstrated that they could fil in many social and economic needs.

Alternative currencies allow people to deal and exchange in renewed ways, sometimes out of standard and control ways, in a peer-to-peer fashion. Complementary currencies don’t challenge national currencies but offer an additional tool to value people’s time and energy. It can alleviate some poverty, rebuild communities, bring people together and give value to exchanges. They may brighten the lives of those who rarely can afford to.

​​MoDi emphasized the importance of monetary diversity in creating a fair, more sustainable and equitable global economy. It seems that relying solely on traditional, interest-based, bank-led currency systems leads to a concentration of wealth and perpetuates cycles of economic instability.

​In this view, the introduction of a variety of currencies, including local and complementary ones, can empower communities, encourage local development, and foster a more balanced economic environment.

​These alternative currencies, often interest-free and backed by local goods and services, are designed to circulate within a community, keeping wealth localized and supporting small businesses. But not only. Global alternative currency may also serve a purpose, for instance in incentivizing nature-preserving behaviours.

​This system can reduce the dependency on global financial markets, making economies more resilient to external shocks. Moreover, they may encourage a shift from competition to cooperation, fostering a sense of community and mutual support. 

Various diversities

Diversity of institutions

From Central Banking to community currencies, the various ways by which a "monetary system" can be organised have strong implications for individual users and society. 

Indeed, community-managed currencies engage citizens in decision-making processes and thus allow them to try out a monetary tool as an example of democratically induced economic governance.

Sociocratic practices, DAO's and other forms of decentralized, horizontal governance models help empower citizens and build transparent, equitable and inclusive monetary and payment systems. 

The diversity of institutions puts the focus on the democratic potential of alternative currency and their empowering capacities by fostering community engagement, inclusivity, innovation, and resilience but also global cooperation for more equitable, fair and sustainable monetary systems.

Diversity of Purposes

Why money? What functions does it serve and why do we use only the single currency to serve all our needs?

Alternative currencies have demonstrated that they could serve one or more monetary functions but also serve as a channel for additional purposes.

They can relocate economic activities (spending at least), value people's time outside of the market, help in food sustainability programs, and incentivise environmentally friendly behaviour. 

They can help reduce liquidity stress on businesses, and facilitate exchanges, 

Furthermore, they may serve as educational tools, challenging orthodox understanding of monetary systems and policies.

Many more purposes can be met and are at the very core our the MoDi initiative.

Diversity of design and properties

 The variation in design and properties of complementary currencies allows the system to be adapted to the specific needs of the community, thus fostering greater economic resilience and flexibility. The implementation design, features and overall fine-tuning of a system are crucial for its success.

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Diversity of scales & interconnectivity

 Alternative currencies vary in scale, ranging from local community systems within a neighbourhood, or across local villages or one large city to global networks. In between regional-scale currencies, oftentimes addressing broader economic issues may cover larger areas like counties, states, or provinces.

On the global scale, digital (CBDC for instance) or cryptocurrencies represent a significant leap forward and may serve either bad or good purposes while in the meantime current alternative already serves remittances, and international value storage and may in the future facilitate global exchanges.

All together, those initiatives may (or not) be interconnected and woven into a cosmo-local ecosystem that enhances their capacities for resilience and adaptability

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