BALLE Pre-Conference

Complementary Currencies: Money for Local Living Economies

On Thursday, June 8, there was a conference, Complementary Currencies: Money for Local Living Economies organized by the Schumacher Center and held on the campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

Besides the keynote address by Bernard Lietaer, there were presentations by Krista Vardebash, Susan Witt, Annette Riggs, Paul Glover, Eric Harris-Braun, Arthur Brock, Julian Darley, and others.

This conference was preceded by three days of meetings of the Open Collective 2006 for the local currency community.

One of the attendees at both events was Phillip Dimitrov, a young project manager who is working with Daniel Evans of the XO barter software company in New Zealand. Phillip gave a presentation that described the XO software and its capabilities. It seems to be a very well designed and full featured program for managing credit clearing exchanges. XO is a proprietary product but it is being offered free of charge to non-profit organizations.