We CAN: Porirua’s Cannons Creek gets its own wellbeing currency

A brand new foreign money is being trialled in Porirua’s Cannons Creek aimed toward bettering neighborhood wellbeing.

The brainchild of not-for-profit organisation The Wellbeing Protocol, Cannon Coin (CAN) is being trialled in a six-week pilot programme developed in partnership with Wesley Neighborhood Motion.

The pilot has seen native individuals issued 50 CAN to spend on fruit and greens on the Hauora Kai Co-Op, use them to commerce amongst themselves, or to place in direction of neighborhood initiatives they wish to see realised, all utilizing a digital pockets on their smartphone.

The Wellbeing Protocol developer Benjamin Alder with the Cannon Coin app which allows Cannons Creek participants to trade, purchase items or put towards community initiatives.

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The Wellbeing Protocol developer Benjamin Alder with the Cannon Coin app which permits Cannons Creek individuals to commerce, buy objects or put in direction of neighborhood initiatives.

Neighborhood liaison Lisa Tagaloa​ stated one of the crucial engaging facets of the mission was that every one the cash remained within the Cannons Creek neighborhood.

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“If we can keep having those personal interactions, as well as the shops and the big projects that the community fund, then that’s exciting because the community get power over that. They get to say what happens to that money – they do, not somebody else,” Tagaloa stated.

The app made it simpler for individuals to maintain monitor of their spending, a activity tougher when dealing solely with money, she added. Virtually 30 individuals had signed up, with the aim to draw 50 to the pilot programme.

At current, the co-op is the one organisation promoting merchandise utilizing the CAN, nonetheless The Wellbeing Protocol developer Benjamin Alder​ hoped extra native companies would come on board to take part within the micro-economy.

“The way we explain it to people is that if you take a note, and put it in your phone, it’s essentially the same thing. It enables people to transact. The app is like trading cash to other people … it’s similar to online shopping. You click on the shop and the item and then click ‘buy’,” Alder stated.

Lynda Pine, left and Ashleigh Crawshaw at Haoura Kai Co-Op at Wesley House after using the digital wallet to buy a fruit and vegetable box.

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Lynda Pine, left and Ashleigh Crawshaw at Haoura Kai Co-Op at Wesley Home after utilizing the digital pockets to purchase a fruit and vegetable field.

As a result of it’s constructed on a digital platform, the idea will have the ability to be replicated to different locations at little price, with curiosity already being acquired from different Wellington communities, in addition to Raglan.

For every CAN minted, NZ$1 is held in a checking account. Anybody who donates to the mission by way of its crowdfunding web page will see the identical worth minted in CAN (for instance, NZ$100 = CAN 100).

“The unique part about the app is that people outside the community are able to donate to our crowdfunding campaign to stimulate the economy, to give the community more resource to fund wellbeing projects,” Alder stated.

A small group from the neighborhood will come collectively and award CANs from the neighborhood fund based mostly on the preferred wellbeing tasks. These CANs can be utilized to make their tasks come to life.

An area biking mission, a deep listening meditation help programme, and serving to at an area resthome had been among the many checklist of tasks being voted on, The Wellbeing Protocol founder Mark Pascall​ stated.

Tagaloa had a powerful perception the pilot could be successful story for Cannons Creek, notably as a result of Wesley Neighborhood Motion was concerned and “already knew everyone” locally.

“It’s taking the usual top-down model of government, social services and the community [which] creates a dependency cycle because of the way it works, to technology, social services and community where it’s about innovation and growing together, because each group works together.

“There’s strength in that model already …. it’s exciting. Once you learn how to do it, you can see the potential in terms of what you can do with it. It’s like the sky’s the limit, really,” Tagaloa stated.

Pascall stated there was “a general feeling of excitement about what this might become”.