Here is the page of Transition Towns Nederland about Local Money, lots of tips and links to further information. It provides a good number of tools for setting up additional economic systems yourself. The original page can be found at: http://transitiontowns.nl/de-handen/eigen-geld
In Totnes they use the Totnes Pound: a self-printed banknote accepted by local shops. Also in British places Lewes, Stroud and Brixton similar experiments have been started. Brochure 'The Lewes Pound' - A Transition Network 'How To' guide, by Oliver Dudok van Heel (free download)
Dutch translation of this brochure (free download)
30 minutes recording of an (English) introduction by Oliver Dudok van Heel on 'Local Currencies, Transition and the Lewes Pound', during Picnic 09 in September 2009 in Amsterdam. (click here >>>)
In many countries in the world, and also in the Netherlands, there are LETS circles, or Local Economic Transaction Systems. In addition, there are many other forms of complementary economy, such as Regiogeld. In the Netherlands, regional money has only been introduced in Gelderland (Gelre Trading Networks).
Guide to a Community Currency, publication of Netwerk Vlaanderen
Read more about various forms of local (exchange) economy
Local Money - How to make it happen in your community
The book was published in the spring of 2010 'Local Money - How to make it happen in your community' in the Transition Guides series from the publisher GreenBooks. This book, written by Peter North, a lecturer at Liverpool University, also offers several other forms of complementary economics, such as Local Exchange Trading System (LETS), Timebanks, Berkshares, regional money in Germany and the Ithaca 'hours'.
Also the movie 'In Transition' contains an item on the introduction of local money, with an explanation by Oliver Dudok van Heel.
Why do these systems exist? Normal money is the same, right?
No. The main reason is that when you buy something for ordinary money, the money usually disappears right away from you. Because the retailer buys something from another region. That way you never get a strong region off the ground.
A second important advantage is that regional money is interest-free. According to economic thinkers like Willem Hoogendijk interest gives you a kind of urge to grow. And we want to get rid of that.
Interest-free regional money: the Gelre
A comparable system is the Regiogeld, which is becoming increasingly known in Gelderland via Gelre trade networks. The 'Gelre' is - like LETS - a form of 'complementary money': money that circulates alongside the (supra) national currency. Where LETS is mainly intended to promote a sense of community through mutual services in a non-commercial sense, the Gelre is a fully-fledged payment method. De Gelre is covered by euros and is exchangeable. Gelres are for sale at a number of distribution points and can be spent with a large number of participants. Entrepreneurs who earn more Gelres than they can spend can convert them back into euros. In addition, they pay a 'malus' of 5%. When you buy Gelres you receive a 5% bonus, which can be donated to a good cause. Associations and charities thus receive extra income. Individuals can thus support the charity of their choice free of charge.
LETS: Local Exchange and Trading System
Nowadays you can also spend the LETS points from one local network with other networks. The prices of products and services often still resemble those of the prices in euros, even though the units are now called 'stars' or 'noppes'.
Overview of LETS groups in the Netherlands. Movie about LETS Maastricht. Movie about LETS Groningen.
New ideas for alternative money systems are constantly emerging. Such as the foundation Ander Geld (including interest-free fund and Tijd voor Elkaar), or the LETS-swap shops in Rotterdam, among others.
Of course you can also turn off any form of money or consideration, such as with Giveaway stores.
Solidarity Association is committed to a solidarity-based economy and the Project group Before the Change has collected a lot of information and organizes meetings about it regionalization as an alternative to neoliberal globalization.
Look for many more forms and backgrounds of local and regional money on the complementary economics homepage