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Values and Morality in Global Finance

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Deli Dollars drawing

Lunch deferred: Patrons in the southern Berkshires of Massachusetts paid for their neighborhood deli's move to a new location by purchasing "Deli Dollars" they could redeem later.

Credit: Martha Shaw, used courtesy of the E.F. Schumacher Society, www.smallisbeautiful.org.


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a collage of HOURS

A collage of HOURS: First issued in 1991, the local script of Ithaca, New York, is printed with serial numbers, heat-sensitive ink and high-rag-content paper to make counterfeiting more difficult.

Credit: ithacahours.org


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Religious currency

Religious currency: The Koin Emas OHN (visible, upper right, in original packaging) is an alternative currency that Indonesian Muslims use to save for the pilgrimage to Mecca. The OHN began circulating briskly in 1999-2000, according to anthropologist William Maurer.

Credit: © 2004, Princeton University Press, from forthcoming book by Bill Maurer, MUTUAL LIFE LIMITED: Islamic Banking, Alternative Currencies, Lateral Reason.


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