I was looking for German examples of alternative currencies, since I´ve been talking about Spain, Greece, and US examples. I also know of Germany´s Heidemarie Schwermer from teaching with my ESL texts. The first article here mentions Germany, anyway.
I´ve heard of Transition Towns from research in getting my grad degree. This article mentions some interesting practices.
India´s SELCO sounds like it has had a bumpy start in finding its soul, but now is even connected to SEWA. I´d heard of SEWA recently when I was helping my wife with a university project. I´ve also heard of other solar projects, including especially Grameen Shakti, which was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2007, I think. They are spreading solar power and other RE technologies. I have also found two US based initiatives promoting solar power in Central America. I´ll have to check their names again.
Greek town creates its own alternative currency
Alternative currencies keep resources and economic systems close to home and have both a trickle-down and a ripple-out effect.
Transition Towns moves communities beyond sustainability to resiliency
The 320 Transition Town initiatives in 14 countries focus on urban agriculture, crowdfunding, and other social enterprises, using a 12-step model to organize a community toward a sustainable, resilient future.
In India, SELCO brings solar power to the people
SELCO founder Harish Hande set out to dispel the myths that poor people can't afford or maintain solar technologies.
2) Poor people cannot maintain sustainable technologies;
3) Social ventures cannot be run as commercial entities.