Over five thousand alternative coins are circulating the world, from Brazil to Japan and from the USA to Europe. Created to contrast the economic crisis and complementary to official currencies, they are the local, self-managed answer to private and public conventional finance bottlenecks which advantageously connect the wealth produced locally to the territory. Another type of circular economy, you could say, coming full circle on the value chain which is still anchored to the place of production.  The USA’s most known case is the Ithaca Hour, launched in 1991, in the town of the same name hit by a serious economic depression after a factory closing. Merchants promoting the initiative began paying suppliers with the banknote worth 10 dollars (the hourly labour rate at...