Has anyone heard about the Bristol Pound initiative? My dissertation requires awareness research on this currency but I am unable to find anyone who knows about it other than the organizers. Any help is appreciated!!
Someonoe told me about it at work the other day - although it was a customer, rather than a manager telling me that we would be accepting it!
I suspect it will be modelled on the Totnes Pound (if that helps with your dissertation at all!) and there's plenty of info out there on that - when it was launched it received a fair bit of media attention.
Sorry if it's a bit late to help, but...
Look up a movement called 'Transition'.
Most big towns have a Transition group now; it's often similar people involved as Friends of the Earth/ Greenpeace networks, and has similar goals, but focuses more on local issues, and everyday sustainable living. Provision of allotments and cycle paths, local development projects, local businesses, are usual areas of concern.
I heard of the Bristol Pound a year or two ago through this network, and then recently read in the papers that it has been introduced (tbh I thought it already had been!). It's to the end of promoting local businesses and keeping money in the local economy, to counter the 'out of town shopping centre/24 hour Tesco' effect.
Bristol communities are quite active in protesting against the development of new chain stores and outlets of TNCs.
You probably have found much of this out by now- and maybe some things to add to/contradict me! Hope your dissertation is going well.