Helping the Bristol Pound be more inclusive and diverse: what happened at the Members’ Meetup in January?

Last week, the Mild West room at Hamilton House was buzzing as 30 people came together to discuss inclusivity at the first Bristol Pound meet up. There was a lot of energy in the room and as usual, more ideas than we had time to explore. Thanks to all who came and offered their valuable ideas, opinions and experience. Here’s a round up of what we discussed and what we plan to do about it:

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Local Currencies: the Rebellious Act as it happened

An Annual Meeting with a differenceThis week the People’s Republic of Stoke’s Croft hosted ‘Local Currencies: the Rebellious Act’, a space to come together and reimagine our local currency in a wider context – as one of many local currencies acting together in open rebellion against a failing global money system.

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Debt hell is flip side of paradise papers

Don’t get distracted by naming and shaming: we need a systemic shift.

Deloittes, KPMG, Ernst and Young, and Price Waterhouse Cooper. The ‘big four’ all provide encouragement and services for the super rich and multinationals to take their money out of the working economy and to hide it from the tax authorities.

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From Panama to Paradise: break the cycle and change the system with Bristol Pounds

It seems nothing will prevent tax avoidance by the super-rich, but as Bristolians we can opt out of the system altogether.

It’s been 18 months since the scandal of the Panama Papers revealed the astonishing scale to which the super-rich hide their wealth, avoiding tax with the help of offshore law firms and accountants. As news breaks this morning of the leaked Paradise Papers, many in the UK will feel furious. Whilst ordinary people suffer crippling austerity, the rich pay huge amounts to lawyers and accountants willing to push the limits of every tax law to avoid paying the tax used for vital public services.

The Queen is embroiled in the latest tax avoidance scandal

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Birthday Treasure Hall of Winners

This week, we have lead you on a quest around the city to find treasure packets of Bristol Pounds in celebration of our 5th birthday. We hope our clues have lead you to explore the radical, alternative people and places that have helped to make Bristol such a special place to live. We tied it up last night when treasure seekers braved the rain to dig for £B100 in Castle Park. Thanks to all those who took part and congratulations to our lucky winners!

As we look to the future, we pledge to continue to be as innovative as the city we serve and to keep imagining a greener, fairer economy that serves people, not banks.

So thanks for playing Bristol – here’s the winners hall of fame:

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Bristol Pound launch city wide treasure hunt

Bristol’s local currency have this week unveiled plans to hide thirteen treasure troves containing Bristol’s money around the city. The treasure hunt, which is being held to celebrate the currency’s fifth birthday, will run from 12 – 18 September when daily clues will be released via social media to lead Bristolians to uncover prizes of up to £B100.

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