Overcoming Obstacles and Disincentives
to Climate Change Mitigation:
A cross-cutting approach by human and social sciences
Citizen initiatives of resources and objects mutualization: the “Local exchange trading systems” (LETS)
Local exchange trading systems (also called local employment and trading systems or local energy transfer systems, abbreviated LETS) are “locally initiated, democratically organized, not-for-profit community enterprise that provides a community information service and records transactions of members exchanging goods and services by using locally created currency” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_exchange_trading_system#cite_note-trainingpack-1).
LETS are networks in which members exchange (non-professional) services, know-how and lend or sell items (tools, etc.) to each other. Similar systems are the Community Exchange Systems, Mutual Credit trading systems, Clearing Circles, Trade Exchanges or Time Banks. They exist in many countries: The Wikipedia page on LETS proposes some examples (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_exchange_trading_system#Examples).
In France and French-speaking Belgium and Switzerland LETS take the name of « systèmes d’échange local » (or SEL). In France, they often are organized as associations (“loi 1901”). For information on LETS in France, see for example the “collectif des SEL”, https://collectifdessel.org/doku.php/accueil, “SEL’idaire” (https://selidaire.org/), and “Annuaire des SEL” (https://annuairedessel.org/)
Other initiatives in France :
In Belgium, see for ex. The « SEL Coup de pouce » (https://selcoupdepouce.be/home), the list of LETS in Flanders on https://www.letsvlaanderen.be/, and the website https://asblrcr.be/collectifs-citoyens/sel/ which offers a map of LETS/SEL and other citizen initiatives in the French-speaking part of Belgium (https://asblrcr.be/cartographie/).
Examples of car sharing non-profit in Norway :
Other European countries:
The list is not exhaustive and can be expanded.
Do you know of any other citizen initiatives?