The video of David Birch's Lift12 speech is online! Described at the Oxford Internet Institute as “one of Britain’s most acute observers of the internet and social networks”, David Birch is director of Consult Hyperion, an IT management consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions.
In his speech David draws different scenarios, among them one where the G20 got replaced by the C50, bringing together the 50 richest cities in the world. David further explores the implications of a world, in which nations have become more like football teams: you cherish and support them, but would not necessarily go to war for them.
At the end of the talk David discusses the fall of geographically determined currencies. As he predicted in this talk at Lift Asia 2008 in Korea, the cost of creating a new currency will collapse, therefore expect many different, new currencies to come in the future! Currencies such as for example bitcoin, that Adriana Jeffries presented more in detail in her Lift12 talk, "Peer-to-Peer Currencies: The Amazing (and True!) Story of Bitcoin".