[EU COST Proposal – AnDroMeDA Project] Assessment of Distributed Ledger Technology for Multi-Domain services Adoption: Hoax or Opportunity?

The Main Proposer Dr. Antonio Carnevale opens to RAMICS members for collaboration on AnDroMeDA project. The project is focused on Distributed Ledger Technologies and their applications, also for community development and monetary innovation. The proposal has been already submitted as EU COST project, but it is possible to contact Dr. Andrea Carnevale to be involved in it.

The aims of AnDroMeDA are (1) providing a map of the concepts and outlining a multidisciplinary vocabulary of DLTs  (Distributed Ledger Technologies) use; (2) stimulating and coordinating more specific research projects to compare current knowledge and real experiences about how DLTs can really find applications in different societal and strategic fields; (3) developing a pan-European network that can help Early Career Investigators (ECI) to grow up; (4) to release disseminative materials that synthetically illustrate criticalities and opportunities of DLTs.

Ledgers have been at the heart of commerce since ancient times. However, in all this time the only notable innovation has been computerization, which initially was simply a transfer from paper to bytes. Now, for the first time, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) enables the collaborative creation of digital ledgers with properties and capabilities that go far beyond traditional paper-based ledgers. Their tangible innovative character is that DLTs can operate smoothly and securely without the need of being controlled and administered by a central or third party. This makes DLT a potentially radical change in the future mentality and methods that lead both the governance and management of techno-science and the participation of people in decision-making processes. It is evident that, according to these premises, DLTs have been rapidly elected as the object of controversial debates: are they a real opportunity or only a promise?

For more information, please contact Dr. Antonio Carnevale at alephkaf@gmail.com.

Funded PhD on Local Currencies

Fully funded full time PhD on local currencies in stunning Cumbria, supervised Prof. Jem Bendell. Closing date: midnight 18 February 2018.

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The Lake District Pound (LD£) initiative is the context within which the research project will be carried out. This is an innovation in local currency that builds on the prior work and positive outcomes of other complimentary currency initiatives in the UK and globally. The LD£ will operate alongside sovereign Sterling currency with a more direct purpose to support the local rural economy.

This initiative will utilise a range of innovative methods to adapt and extend the idea of a ‘currency with a purpose’ to a rural context with a unique demographic including for the first time a National Park. A core aim of the initiative is to shift visitor spending from using large external businesses (e.g. online retailers and travel companies, remote delivery services, etc.) towards local companies and communities. The anticipated impact is to retain more wealth in the region to fund social and environmental projects and through the local focus and supply chains deliver measureable environmental benefits.
The LD£ initiative has a number of short and long-term aims, which will be greatly enabled through this research project. The aim of the research project is to provide a foundation and framework for measuring the success of the local currency initiative and from that measure, to identify optimum practice and future direction to improve such local currency initiatives.

The PhD research topic is the development of a framework for evaluation of the impact of the Lake District Pound and generation of data on that impact. This evaluation must include indicators of economic impacts, as well as social, cultural and environmental impacts. The evaluation needs to involve quantitative metrics, but can also include more qualitative assessments. It is a multidisciplinary study, with the candidate being able to draw upon a range of fields in consultation with the supervisor (for instance, potential insights from sociology, accounting, corporate sustainability, voluntary sector and organisation studies).

The PhD researcher will work with The Lakes Currency Project Ltd as well as conducting the research for the PhD – and will be based in the stunning Lake District National Park.

The Lakes Currency Project Ltd is the organisation behind the introduction and support of the ‘Lake District Pound’. It is incorporated as a private entity following the guidelines of a Community Interest Company to drive the LD£ initiative as a commercially sustainable project. The generation of revenue from the initiative will be directed in joint partnership with the Lake District Foundation to support vital sustainability projects in and around the National Park, and the Cumbria Community Foundation to support critical projects to help the poorer local communities. Their long-term aim is to develop an element of autonomy and economic resilience within the Lake District and surrounding communities in response to the continually increasing impact of global tourism that often serves to impoverish rural areas.

Benefits

Full-time PhD – annual tax-free stipend of £15,000 p.a. for 3 years
Tuition fees paid for by the industry sponsor (Home/EU fee)

The PhD is supported by the ERDF funded Eco-innovation Cumbria project led by the University of Cumbria.

Application process

To apply please visit the website for details of the entry requirements which must be met and to access the application form. Under the Research Proposal section of the form please summarise your approach to the proposed project outlined in this advert under the following headings: General Overview of Area, Identification of the Relevant Literature, Key Research Questions, Methodology, Timescale/Research Planning

Please include a covering letter telling us why you want to study for a PhD, what interests you about this project and highlight the skills and experience you will bring. Give the title of your research proposal as: “The Lake District Pound: Developing Local Sustainability through Economic Innovation in a Rural Context

For any queries relating to admissions please contact Research Student Admissions rsa@cumbria.ac.uk

If you wish to find out more about the project in the first instance please contact: Ken Royall, Chief Executive, The Lakes Currency Project Ltd. ken@lakedistrictpound.com or Dr David Murphy, Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, University of Cumbria david.murphy@cumbria.ac.uk

Closing date: midnight 18 February 2018.

Interviews to be conducted 26th February 2018 in Ambleside, Cumbria. Candidates will be required to give a short presentation on their approach to the research proposal. Strong candidates may be given the option for an interview by video conference.

Source: Prof. Jem Bendell’s Website

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Festival for New Economic Thinking (19-20 October 2017, Edinburgh, UK) – RAMICS will be there!

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The very first Festival for New Economic Thinking will take place on 19-20 Oct 2017 in Edinburgh (Scotland) prior to the INET 2017 Conference,  taking place from 21-23 Oct 2017.

The Festival brings together organizations and individuals that seek to improve the way economics is taught, studied, and practiced. It provides a forum to share ideas and resources with students, academics, and the wider public.

With content from many organizations within the same large event space, participants can explore exhibits, watch screenings, take part in workshops, and learn from inspiring speakers. Actively celebrating and embracing different perspectives and schools of economic thought, the Festival for New Economic Thinking aims to provide fertile ground for the future of economics.

RAMICS will be present at the first ‘Festival for New Economic Thinking’ at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 19-20 October 2017. If you have the chance, come and see us at stall 19.

Download the program here.

[IV International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies] – Closing Remarks

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The IV International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies was a big success. More than 300 scholars, students, and practitioners participated in this event in Barcelona. A detailed report will follow in our newsletter. The General Assembly of RAMICS confirmed the work of the previous Management Committee. All five members of this Committee were re-elected. In addition, August Corrons from Barcelona and Ricardo Orzi from Buenos Aires were elected too. Teodoro Criscione was confirmed as communication manager.

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Source: www.dineroyvalores.com 

Further information

Papers and Presentations

Videos

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Press

Social Currency Systems in Spain

List of Contacts 

Source: www.dineroyvalores.com 

 

[IV International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies – from 10th to 14th May 2017, Barcelona] – New dates for the Call of Papers

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On behalf of prof. August Corrons Giménez (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya – UOC), member of Organising Committee for the IV International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies we inform you about the new dates for the Call of Papers:

PROPOSALS or SUMMARIES: EXTENDED DEADLINE until 15th January 2017. Presentation of abstracts in English, Spanish (castellano), French or Portuguese. The maximum length will be 500 words and these abstracts will be submitted in the Word format, including the following information: authors’ complete names, proposal’s title and up to six keywords.

ACCEPTANCES: 31st January 2017. Resolution and notification of finally accepted works by the Scientific Committee.

ARTICLES or COMMUNICATIONS: up to 15th April 2017. Presentation of definitive articles in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese. The maximum length is 5,000 words and these articles or communications will be submitted in the Word format following the specifications of the template to be issued by the organization itself. On top of the article, the definitive version of the summary, up to 500 words, will be presented, which will be facilitated to the conference’s participants.

Please, register using this form and then upload your abstract following these instructions.

Sponsors and Partners

The 4th Conference Organizing Committee makes a call to organizations or initiatives who want to collaborate with us in sponsoring the event. Any contribution (in cash or in kind) that these organizations can donate, will be quite welcome. Our aim is to guarantee the best quality and to make the best use of these days in the conference. Would you like to contribute? For us, it is relevant to count with a network of collaborators and volunteers who, to some degree, want to get involved with the event’s organization, either during the previous stage or during the conference days. In any of these two scenarios cases, you can contact the 4th Conference Organizing Committee here through this web page.