Community-Currency.info is an online database of community currencies outlining the origins, aims, vocabulary and functions of both high-profile and lesser-known projects in the growing world of currency design.
Written in five languages (English, Dutch, French, German and Spanish) and pulling together articles covering the full breadth of existing models including Bitcoin, digital barter schemes, timebanks, and local currencies like the Brixton Pound, Community-Currency.info will be the go-to website for all currency design topics.
Bitcoin in five minutes: Blockchain technology will drastically change our lives. In the coming years, the technology behind crypto currencies such as Bitcoi...
Finally an easy video that shares the story of the potentials of bitcoin blockchain technology. Its a universe in itself! What I love is the capacity that it can enable for true democratic systems at a very wide scale.
Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost ...
Love it! I can begin to touch the potentials for our communities, for life in the planet and the use of resources. A solution that is shifting our ways to design, manufacture and distribute objects. The potential for the open source paradigm and the common good is immense. Might our technologies serve all sentient beings and the planet.
Two great trends are evident in the evolution of life on Earth: towards increasing diversification and towards increasing integration. Diversification has spread living processes across the planet, progressively increasing the range of environments and free energy sources exploited by life. Integration has proceeded through a stepwise process in which living entities at one level are integrated into cooperative groups that become larger-scale entities at the next level, and so on, producing cooperative organizations of increasing scale (for example, cooperative groups of simple cells gave rise to the more complex eukaryote cells, groups of these gave rise to multi-cellular organisms, and cooperative groups of these organisms produced animal societies). The trend towards increasing integration has continued during human evolution with the progressive increase in the scale of human groups and societies. The trends towards increasing diversification and integration are both driven by selection. An understanding of the trajectory and causal drivers of the trends suggests that they are likely to culminate in the emergence of a global entity. This entity would emerge from the integration of the living processes, matter, energy and technology of the planet into a global cooperative organization. Such an integration of the results of previous diversifications would enable the global entity to exploit the widest possible range of resources across the varied circumstances of the planet. This paper demonstrates that it's case for directionality meets the tests and criticisms that have proven fatal to previous claims for directionality in evolution.
The direction of evolution: The rise of cooperative organization John E. Stewart
"Work and leisure are complementary parts of the same living process and cannot be separated without destroying the joy of work and the blis
Lovely article about a vision for Economics which has the potentials of human spirit at the center. Its a practice and aspiration. If you think that economics is to complex, scientific and far from you, think twice. It is the harmony of our society. Its the relationship with matter, wealth and other.
Buddhist economics must be very different from the economics of modern materialism, since the Buddhist sees the essence of civilization not in a multiplication of wants but in the purification of human character. Character, at the same time, is formed primarily by a man’s work. And work, properly conducted in conditions of human dignity and freedom, blesses those who do it and equally their products.
VillageLab is moderating a community with the 'Next economics' topics. The content is leading edge thinking. We are a small community still yet we are already offering free hangouts and workshops of different sizes for communities worldwide.
What makes the FLOK Society report so significant is its informed analysis of global trends in the production of knowledge and culture -- and its bold attempt to reformulate state policies to assure maximum social benefits flow from them.
“We are just beginning to glimpse the bare outlines of an emerging new economic system--the collaborative commons,” explains economist Jeremy Rifkin, the New York Times bestselling author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society . In our new series on disruption, Rifkin discusses the forces shaping our ...
Very interesting perspective, historical context, data and grounded research. A lot to think about.
The SymGen.us platform is a news aggregation tool to find the latest information on the sharing economy, cooperative economy, social solidarity economy, green economy, new economy, as well as the types of enterprises and development strategies contained therein.
They seem to be beginning their website yet coming quite strong.
Our central resource hub offers a place to review existing solutions that individuals, organizations, businesses, and even large institutions like foundations, universities, city governments, and others can use in order to enhance their positive impact.
Image from OpenSource.com's article "Don't Build a Better Mousetrap. Change the Business Model."
Very informative article that offers a wide view of the potentials for humanity if we are to look closely to what ownership really means. We know we can have access to things without owning them. We also know that we can own different. Own together and be Response-able for what we own as a collective and individuals.
As part of this article you will find great models and projects.
Welcome to the Future of Money podcast Past Episodes On Stitcher On iTunes Recent episodes on Soundcloud Latest Episode Episode List Episode 8: Ferananda Ibarra on Invisible Economic Architectures Episode 7: Ray Podder on Trust and Resilience Episode 6: Tara...
Awesome Podcasts for the future of money and economics! Heather's work is very integral and is covering money from vast perspectives. Trust, Resilience, Reputation currencies, sharing economies, invisible architectures, social and individual behaviors. Its WOW!
Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future, edited by Samuel Alexander and Amanda McLeod. Below I have posted the 'Table of Contents' and
A while ago I posted about 'Buddhist economics' and the connection in between sufficiency and non violence. This site and book offer powerful resources and practice for those of us who want to live in a more caring, compassionate way. Simple living as a practice to create a more beautiful world together.
Here is a scary trend that will shape economics and already happening. The BOT REVOLUTION. In this video they demonstrate that Robots will replace low skilled job, white collar jobs and professional ones as well. Creativity rules? Yep...that too.
Do take a look at what is coming. Jobs where humans need not apply
Apart from being a currency, the underlying universal ledger technology of Bitcoin has potential to usher in a new era of more easy self-organisation, by enabling the possibility of smart contracts and software-driven ‘distributed autonomous organisation, as expressed by initiatives like Ethereum, Common Accord, and the crypto-equity experiment of Swarm. Though these developments and possibilities are not without danger, and though most of the current enthusiasm is utopian and mostly based on hopes and just a few budding experiments, this technology is potentially a game changer by bringing down the transaction cost for self-organization.
People's daily experiences and concerns differ enormously around the world. While a farmer in Angola prays for a good harvest, a manager in Greece worries about losing her job. And while a mother in Egypt comes to terms with life in a conflict zone, ...
Interesting subject. Measure happiness as an essential part of a country well-being and let be that metric a key driver in the design of our social systems.
Trend-altering change will take time, but potent forces are driving real-world efforts to democratize capital
The future is not foregone
Take participatory ownership. Even as union membership has trended steadily downward, for instance, the number of people involved in worker-owned firms has increased, from 250,000 in 1975 to about 11 million working in more than 11,000 firms today. Add to this approximately 130 million Americans who are members of some form of co-op, another type of democratized ownership; this number is increasing daily just beneath the surface of what our hollowed-out local newspapers are able to report on. Credit unions — member-owned one-person, one-vote banks — control more than $1.1 trillion in assets, as much as those of some of Wall Street’s largest financial institutions.
New insights about 'The Sharing economy' and the social dynamics and patterns as well as the good and the ugly.
Sharing economy boosters repeatedly call the whole thing “empowering.” For them, it certainly is. And in some iterations, it can be for all of us. In its full scope, including barter and gift transactions and nonprofit collectives and cooperatives, the sharing economy is decidedly not all bad. Enabling peer to peer commercial interactions can save us time and money; it can lessen our impact on the planet. And it can also replicate old social and economic patterns and further degrade worker and consumer protections.
The collaborative economy is no longer a shiny new model of commerce, but rather in that awkward, in-between, adolescent stage .
I really appreciate the 5 signs that Lisa points to. Which are:
1. The voice has changed
People are choosing to share rather than own. Emerging forces from the bottom up. Cost reduction. Integrated value chains turning products into platforms.
2. Peers are paramount
Collaborative economy hinges on the reputation and trust built between a set of peers. User-generated reputation which quantifie trust based on interactions within the community.
3. The elders get Fidgety
No more under the radar. If the most recent surveys of cities prevail, the cities that first embrace change and create transit and income generation options will win favor with a growing breed of urban dwellers. Mexico is among them.
4. Ecosystems are growing dense and diverse
As specific models and platforms gain market momentum, an entire ecosystem of commerce emerges. Secondary offerings validating the success of early brands.
5. Maturing brings power and responsibility
As the collaborative economy gains steam, it’s also gaining power, which can be measured in several ways: cultural capital, financial capital, and marketplace momentum
While the collaborative economy ventures have not yet hit their prime, they are clearly on their way. Whole new brands, teams, marketplace dynamics, investment in platforms, behaviors, and policies are evidence of the power in these models. With a bit more time, we’ll see the collaborative economy mature past that awkward, in-between stage into a full-fledged, trusted, and increasingly meaningful, global economic force.
Really recommend this article to understand why the 'Sharing economy' is not the holy grail that is illuminating the path towards an economic system that could regenerate the planet and our people.
I have been speaking a lot about this since more and more 'sharing economy' models are appearing every day. Lets remember that capitalism has been quite clever in adapting itself to the worldviews and values of the population. It happened in the 60s and its happening now. Don't get me wrong, its great, yet its not the answer but a small piece of the puzzle.
Another relevant piece is the distinction among collaborative and sharing economy. Stacco Tronocoso says 'the collaborative economy and sharing economy (or collaborative consumption) are not the same concept. The sharing economy is just one part of the collaborative economy, as is distributed production, P2P finance and the open source & knowledge movements. What these phenomena have in common is their reliance on horizontal networks and distributed power within communities, as opposed to competition between hierarchical organisations, which has dominated economic life since the second industrial revolution.
The author even prevents us from using the term 'sharing economy'. Curious? Read through.