FYI: Trading Without Money

What: Trading Without Money – an open discussion on complementary currencies

When: Wednesday 6th November 2013 at 6.30 pm

Where: Uusi Ylioppilastalo (Mannerheimintie 5 A, Helsinki)

The World Politics Discussion Group from the University of Helsinki invites you to attend a discussion on complementary currencies and Community Exchange Systems. We will be hosting a guest from the Helsinki Time Bank (Stadin Aikapankki), Ruby van der Wekken and a Master’s student from the University of Helsinki, Marianthi Antonaki, who is doing her research on complementary currency schemes in Greece.

We will talk about the implications of non-monetary and non-commercial trade on shifting community dynamics and the modes of production. We will explore what role do community-based economies play at times of economic crisis, and how have they provided an opportunity for social and economic inclusion to individuals who have fallen outside of formal markets?

This discussion is a good opportunity to expand our knowledge on the topic and exchange ideas and insights with those who are directly involved in these networks. We will also explore the possibility of starting up a university branch for students to exchange services without money.

Below are some suggested background readings. You will also find some useful information on the Helsinki Time Bank website and the Community Exchange Systems website

Blanc, Jérôme and Fare Marie, “Understanding the Role of Governments and Administrations in the Implementation of Community and Complementary Currencies”, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Volume 84, Issue 1, pages 63–81, March 2013,

Seyfang, Gill, “Tackling social exclusion with community currencies: learning from LETS to Time Banks”, International Journal of Community Currency Research, Volume 6, 2002,

Community Currency Guide,


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