Over the past year I've been collecting information about Smarter City initiatives that seem to be repeatedly successful in cities and regions around the world, and describing them as "design patterns". The design pattern has a long history of use in both urban design and technology and, while it has its limitations, it seems a useful tool for sharing knowledge between these two domains that come together in Smarter Cities.
I've just posted a description on my blog of new pattern, "Local Currencies and Alternative Trading Systems". The pattern explores several systems of trading and exchange that have emerged amongst online communities and in local ecosystems that are exploring new ways to create sustainable regional economic and social improvement. Examples include the Bristol and Brixton pounds; the Droplet SmartPhone payment service; and Switzerland's complementary currency, the Wir.
The design pattern is described here:
The wider collection of design patterns, and the reasons for building it up, are described here:
Patterns work best when they are created collaboratively; I would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to contribute a pattern to my initiative; if you have comments on the patterns that I've described so far; or if there is a similar existing initiative that you think I should be aware of.