Valor y Cambio: A Community Currency Project in Puerto Rico

Frances Negrón-Muntaner, a Columbia University professor in English and comparative literature, co-created “Valor y Cambio,” a community-based storytelling and community-building project about Puerto Rican values surrounding social and economic transformations in the midst of the Island’s current debt crisis. “It launched an island-wide conversation about what we value as a society,” said Negrón-Muntaner. “The currency could be used by marginalized communities that have little access to a formal economy to organize and exchange their resources and talents.” The currency is also an art project as, depicting in a colorful way historic Puerto Rican figures who represent aspects of the Island’s story as well as such themes as racial and gender equity.