12 May 2009

Differences Between "Open Source" and "Open Currency"

in Open, Open Currency, Open Data, Open Source Software, Twollars

[Cross posted from New Currency Frontiers]
Alan’s last couple of posts have attempted to address confusion Openness and what we mean when we talk about that with respect to currencies or the new economy. Responses from various folks indicate that more clarification would be useful.

04 May 2009

We use currencies to keep records of currents...

in Currency, Currents, Flows

I originally posted this to the Complementary Currencies discussion group on Skype in response to a question from Christoph Hensch. But it probably merits inclusion here.

Christoph, I believe we are in the lazy habit of thinking that the flow of the currency itself is the one that matters instead of the actual flow of goods, services, resources, knowledge or participation which flows COUNTER to an exchange currency.

Those real-world currents shaped and enabled by currencies are what make them so valuable and powerful.

26 Apr 2009

Currencies as DNA of Social Organisms

in Currency, DNA

I just posted a reply to a post about currencies as the DNA of social organisms on New Currency Frontiers Blog and wanted to cross-post it here.

Many people seem to struggle with the "social organism" metaphor. I think that might be a function of two things: 1) loose boundaries which make it difficult to see social level organisms in the usual way we see "things" and 2) wanting to be individually more important than we are.

08 Apr 2009

Value, Values and the New Economy

in Currents, Flow, Industrial Age Economy, New Economy, Value

[Reposted from New Currency Frontiers]

 

Currently value is primarily associated with scarcity. Things like breathable air and drinkable water do not become valuable until they are scarce. This is clearly a problem if we want to have values which reflect the real value of things within a living system.

Also, our models of wealth are completely upside down. Real wealth (derived from "weal" referring to wellness) is not a function of how much stuff you can accumulate. This is like thinking that becoming as fat as possible is to be healthy, or that cancer is a model for healthy systems. (Cancer uses all of its resources to grow more cancer until it kills its host.)

21 Mar 2009

The Footprints of Flow

in Currency, Design, Flow, Intrinsic Integrity, MetaCurrency, Open Source Software

Alan’s most recent of posts (about P2P Currency and Currency Platforms) outline a trajectory that points in this direction, but I want to specifically spell out one thing that is so different about what we’re building than any other currency projects we’ve seen.

There are some fundamental shifts that must be made in currency infrastructure for us to break free of the constraints and dysfunctional patterns of the past, and I don’t believe that any prior platforms provide for these necessary shifts yet.

I’ll let Eric write about how MCP and SGFL are also a complete departure, but I’m writing about the one that has been consuming my attention: Intrinsic Data Integrity.

28 Jan 2009

Predictable Living Systems

in Currency, Living Systems, Money



A non-deterministic system is not quite the same as a non-predictable one. This is where probability comes into play and makes me think we're really on the right track with currencies as tools for expressing/modeling complex, living systems.



[BTW, I still can't post replies, so I'm making this a main blog post even though it started out as a reply to Alan's post "Do currencies describe living systems?"]


28 Jan 2009

Predictable Living Systems

in Currency, Living Systems, Predictability

A non-deterministic system is not quite the same as a non-predictable one. This is where probability comes into play and makes me think we're really on the right track with currencies as tools for expressing/modeling complex, living systems.

[BTW, I still can't post replies, so I'm making this a main blog post even though it started out as a reply to Alan's post "Do currencies describe living systems?"]

29 Oct 2008

Critical to expand perception of Currencies

in Currency, Design, DNA


On the Complementary Currency Skype channel we've got going, there was brief but old standard debate going on about fiat vs. mutual credit currencies.

I chimed in with:

        When you expand your perspective about currency beyond only medium of exchange / monetary currencies the need for fiat    currencies becomes clear.

        For example, debiting a University for granting a college degree as reputation currency starts sounding awfully silly. There are quite valid reasons for fiat currencies.

        However, if your goal is to create sustained monetary value, that form of issuance tends to be "bad tech." I think we might be able to transcend some of the dogmatic Mac/PC or Fiat/Mutual-Credit posturing if we consider these broader applications they create sharper contrasts and clearer hues so that we can learn which adjustments effect what outcomes.

08 Oct 2008

Triple Bottom Line Currency

in Currency, Design, Threebles, Triple Bottom Line

Inspired to action by the Google 10^100 proposal that I wrote, I created a new web site for engaging people in the design, implementation, promotion and launch of Threebles (from Triple Bottom Line Economics - 3ble).

Come learn more and join in the fun at Threebles.com

26 Apr 2008

A World Without Small Business

Ashley Kingsley originally posted this article and David Sandusky started some discussion of it here where I posted this response.



Some of us are actively doing something about this.


17 Apr 2006

On the passing of my father...

in Death, Family, Personal

There are too many feelings and too few words.  After two weeks, the tumultuous sea is subsiding.  I'm gaining some peace with what has happened and integrating the notion that I will not see my dad again on this earth.  Maybe it's time to write about it...

15 Nov 2004

Feminist Gift Economy Conference

in Currencies, Gift Economies

 

-- posting from the conference in Las Vegas --
 
I'm a little hesitant to write about this so frankly, because it is not my intention to be overly critical.  There were a lot of positive and interesting aspects to this conference, but there's a way that I feel kind of like I got on the feminist "short bus" this weekend.  Especially since I brought a friend and it was really her first introduction to feminism.
 
I'm pretty well-schooled and deeply steeped in feminism (having studied with hardcore, lesbian, separatist types like Marilyn Frye), and that may be why this weekend was such a disappointment.  It was the most patriarchally structured conference that I've been to in many years.  Largely academic presenters reading their papers from a stage in an auditorium.  Formal time for asking questions of the "experts" was set aside.  The conversation was carefully managed and controlled.  

Slideshow credits: Starlings over Gretna (Walter Baxter) / CC BY-SA 2.0 & Marshes pattern (Franco Folini) / CC BY-SA 2.0