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Social Money: Lever of the Economic Paradigm

Published in June 2001

This Proposal Paper is a summary of the work by the "Social Money as a Lever for the New Economic Paradigm" Workshop.

In the past two decades, a variety of experiences related to complementary currencies have been developed in different social and cultural contexts, in which the shortage or absence of money is met with creativity through distinct trading instruments. These initiatives run from neoliberal projects to projects with an ideological mark of resistance to neoliberal globalization. The SOCIAL MONEY workshop specifically addresses the study of those initiatives based on para-monetary instruments, which can be submitted to social oversight and demonstrate the possibilities of "another economy," initially complementary to formal economy but later capable of reinforcing solidarity economy. This could contribute to the institution of a new model of social organization capable of reverting the capitalist model of accumulation. A change in the monetary system - upwardly mobile, since the international financial institutions do not seem much interested in working in this direction - could bring us to new possibilities for building a world in which responsibility, plurality, and solidarity are the main values.

Coordinated by ...

- Françoise Wautiez


- Heloisa Primavera

Sociologist. Teacher of the Master’s Degree of Public Administration, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Buenos Aires University. Specialist in Constructivist Epistemology and in the domain of Social Management. Founder of the Promoter Group of the Global Switch Network. Founder of REDLASES (Latin American Network of Solidarity Socioeconomy)

Site - Red Latinoamericana de Socioeconomía Solidaria (REDLASES)


Topics Included

solidarity economy . currency . social currency . world

Workgroup Papers

Go ! Companies Beyond Profit?
Go ! Debt and Structural Adjustment
Go ! Economic Policies
Go ! Ethical Consumption
Go ! Fair Trade
Go ! Finance for the Common Good
Go ! From the WTO’s Setback in Seattle ... to the Conditions for Global Governance
Go ! Growth and Sustainable Development
Go ! Health and its Issues in the Twenty-first Century
Go ! How Can Companies Exercise Their Responsibilities?
Go ! Precarity and Exclusion
Go ! Production, Investment, and Technology
Go ! Red Card for Tourism?
Go ! Social Money: Lever of the Economic Paradigm
Go ! Solidarity Economy
Go ! Solidarity Finance
Go ! Tax Policies, Redistribution, and Social Welfare
Go ! The Trade-union Movement at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century
Go ! Women and the Economy
Go ! Work, Employment, and Activity
Go ! World Trade Organization

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