Monies, economies and democracy: cultivating ambivalence in the co-design of digital currencies

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Systematised collaborative design of complementary currencies is still a largely unexplored area that offers underutilised opportunities for supporting a fair and sustainable sharing economy. Future currency design necessitates attention to the systemic factors and the social particularities in which new monetary alternatives, i.e. ‘monies’, and the technological solutions that serve these alternatives, are created. This paper argues for a socially and contextually sensitive design of complementary currency innovation. It considers the technological conditions and the tendencies to exploitation from contemporary capitalism. Based on the literature review, we propose collaborative design of complementary currencies with particularist and inclusive approaches. New directions for open-ended economic innovation are explored in finding opportunities in the future-oriented Transition Design, supported by an empathic and ambivalent design mindset.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-242
Number of pages15
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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  • Ambivalence, collaborative design, community currencies, empathy, inclusion, transformation design 

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