The „Tauschkreis“ Kaesch is a project of the Vieannese neighbourhood - workers of the Bassena on the Schöpfwerk. In it, services or goods can be offered or inquired and they will be accounted through the virtual currency by the same name – Kaesch. All participating members receive an account with limited credit and asset. This should guarantee active swapping between the members. The dissertation at hand by the title “Warum tauschen? Über die Motivation am Tauschkreis Kaesch der GemeinwesenarbeiterInnen der Bassena Wien teilzuhaben.” focuses on the motives for participating in a “Tauschkreis”. The first of the two major parts is the literature based theoretical part, in which we deal with theoretical foundations exchanging circles in
general, and more specifically the exchange circuit Kaesch. Furthermore, we are concerned with happiness as a science with which we are able to explore the questions underlying characteristics to measure peoples needs for happiness and whether the theoretical findings of this research may be able to conform with the theoretical framework in which subjective reasons of the individuals are embedded.
The second part, which is based on our interviews with participants of Kaesch, is our empirical part. The interviews are qualitatively analysed in regard to the research questions. Doing so, initial motivation, social aspects, criticism of the market and system as well as financial aspects are reviewed.