Open Currency

21 Feb 2011

Gift Transactions vs. Commercial Transactions

in Gifts, New Economy, Open Currency

A lot of people seem to struggle with the concept of gift economies. Over the recent few hundred years, we have gotten so acculturated to market economies that we tend to project tit-for-tat exchange onto every interaction and into every motivation. However, I believe this is erroneous. My goal in this blog entry is to remind us of our deep familiarity with gift economies and to provide a clear contrast between them and market economies.

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.