The International Journal of Community Currency Research has published a peer-reviewed article on the implementation of SamenDoen, a community currency programme in the Dutch Municipalities of Tholen and Bergen op Zoom. Written by Lydwien Batterink, Judith van der Veer and Edgar Kampers.
In the article they take SamenDoen, or Do it Together! (DiT) as an interesting example to show how action research with actual projects in the field can add greatly to the development and proliferation of CCs. They argue that action research, collaborative learning and actively sharing the lessons learned from the experiences can help CCs become sustainable and attractive models for use as valuable social (policy) tools in the future.
They do so by first describing how the participating organisations and businesses in DiT design and implement a social currency that binds the efforts of their different policies and strategies into a unified framework. Through this co-creative design process, the partners support one another in achieving their own objectives through rewarding desired behaviours of citizens and customers.
Secondly, they identify challenges at different levels – micro, meso, and macro – to which the project partners have found several creative solutions. These strategies stem from a broad range of disciplines, bringing psychological, organisational, and institutional theories together in the design process and the resulting currency program.
Finally, they assert that reflection on the dynamics and underlying mechanisms of these experiences and processes through action research can enrich a comprehensive understanding and improvement of CCs.
Read the full article in the IJCCR’s Vol 21 Winter Issue.