Jordan Bober first became fascinated by community currencies while studying Economics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and ended up choosing them as the subject of his Master’s thesis in 2007. He was amazed to learn about the hundreds of communities all throughout history and around the world that have created their own currencies to cope with difficult economic times, build local economic resilience and a greater sense of community. A few years later, Jordan met modern community currency pioneer Michael Linton, reigniting his interest in the practical applications of community currency and Open Money to address financial poverty and economic instability. The idea for a community currency devoted primarily to the strengthening and integration of the local food economy, and based on Michael Linton’s Community Way model, first occurred to Jordan - the son of a farmer - in 2011 and was further developed into what is now the Seedstock Project. As an active member of the Village Vancouver Transition initiative, Jordan sees the relocalisation of community economies as a vital key to a more sustainable, just and resilient future.
When he is not trying to shift the monetary paradigm, Jordan can be found making perogies for his friends, practising foreign languages or criss-crossing the city by bicycle. Contact: [email protected]