The Community Exchange System is a community-based exchange system that provides the means for communities to trade and exchange their goods and services, both locally and remotely. It could also be described as a global complementary trading network that operates without money as it is commonly understood.

Unlike the conventional money-based exchange system, the CES has no physical currency. The idea that such a currency is necessary before any trading can take place is an ancient one and increasingly irrelevant in this day and age of computers and the Internet. Information can replace currencies and at the same time eliminate most of the problems associated with regular money.

In addition, the CES provides a range of exchange methods for exchanging goods and services: record keeping, organised bartering, swapping, gifting and sharing. This allows users to find the appropriate way to exchange what they have to offer, all without using regular money.

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