Published: 14th May 2019

Belfast will introduce a community currency later this year following a successful application by the city council to be part of a global currency challenge. Once launched, residents will be able to accumulate Belfast Coin in return for a range of activities – including shopping local, recycling, volunteering and taking part in civic activities. The initiative – a first for Northern Ireland – has been made possible thanks to Belfast’s membership of 100 Resilient Cities, a global network funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The city council has worked alongside the Tel Aviv and UK-based company, Colu, and shared best practice with several global cities as part of the challenge. Work is now underway to sign up a range of partners and build an eco-system of stakeholders before the currency is formally launched later this year. Grainia Long, Belfast Commissioner for Resilience, said: ‘Being selected to be part of the global … (To read the full article, subscribe below)