Alternative economies?

Joe Mugford learns of two new initiatives at the forefront of ‘the new capitalism’

Launch poster | Photo: courtesy Brixton Pound

At the very beginning of this year, the Friend dedicated an entire issue to looking at ‘human economics’ or, in the words of the BBC’s Robert Peston, ‘the new capitalism’: that is, different attempts to experiment with ways in which economics operate on a human level. These attempts are gathering apace, the latest being the recent launch of the Brixton Pound – the first UK attempt to make a local currency work in an urban environment – and the first Quaker ‘Give or Take Day’ to be held at Malton Meeting House in North Yorkshire on 3 October as part of National Quaker Week.

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