29 Oct 2009

Critical reasons to expand our perception of Currencies

in Currencies, Money, Social 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:

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.