|Do community currencies enhance sustainable quality of life?
|Mock, M.; Omann, I.; Rauschmayer, F.; Fuchs, D.
|UFZ Discussion Papers
Community currencies and their contribution to a sustainable development have been quite widely
discussed. In contrast, their potential to raise the personal quality of life of their members and
users has been less noted. Combining these two strands, we argue that community currencies enhance
an individual sustainable quality of life. We underpin this by analysing data of an online
survey of members and users of community currencies in Austria and Germany. The theoretical
foundation of our analysis is the Capability Approach and its notion of quality of life, saying
that a high quality of life is characterized by high freedom of choice of valuable doings and
beings. A sustainable high quality of life would then be characterized by a high freedom of choice
within the limits given by planetary boundaries and further sustainability criteria. This
perspective allows inferringthat community currencies do not just contribute to sustainable
development via their often emphasized effects in the field of regionalization and local value
added, but in a much more encompassing way.
|Persistent UFZ Identifier
|Mock, M., Omann, I., Rauschmayer, F., Fuchs, D. (2013):
Do community currencies enhance sustainable quality of life?
UFZ Discussion Papers 16/2013
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig, 22 pp.