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Adventures in mutual credit
The Rolling Jubilee campaign is raising money to buy up cheap debt and forgive it.
I wrote to them asking
Why not a campaign of solidarity and support for debtors and people who default?
Bitcoin is a super way for frictionless transactions and for disassociating ourselves from the fraud, waste, and centralised control of commercial credit and legal tender monies. Most techies working on monetary solutions seem to think that the ideal currency is a globally uniform, frictionless unit in which transactions are quickly settled, with anonymity an arguably desirable trait.
As part of some discussions with other projects, and while I'm upgrading the Cforge drupal distribution to Drupal 7, I'm posting a full description of the architecture here....
In hope that this installation profile may be of use to others, I write here a description of the architecture of this profile. My hope is always to make discreet, reusable components that other developers can modify or build on. The architecture is deliberately simple because my first interest is module development more than site design. Also LETS groups are not very ambitious with technology.
In my capacity of voluntary open-source-money-=system engineer, I just returned from a month deep research in Valencia and Catalona, Spain, the country allegedly next in line after stricken Greece, for the proverbial chop.
Transition Network aims to make necessary, large-scale, pervasive changes to the infrastructure of our civilisation and to our society while appealing for funds from charitable organisations and grant-making bodies, much as a donkey sanctuary might.
In a period of capital squeeze, small business, local businesses have less access to captial than ever, because the monetary runes dictate that large, asset stripping organisations make better investments than local, productive, resilient, enterprises.
Had three very productive visits last week to actors in transition towns.
After 18 months developing (since Drupal 7 was released), I can't wait to put Community Accounting version 3 to reach production. The need for this software, I believe is more than ever, and awareness of it too, is growing. In four years dedication I've seen the competition fall away, and the main obstacles to implementing grass-roots exchange systems is no longer technical, but political.
Common Good Finance is developing a set of open source tools for local communities to create liquidity and investment capital, backed by their own productivity. It is looking for local economic actors such as chambers of commerce or Transition Towns who are ready to update the way they do business.
Transition towns gathered in London to advance their thinking on money and the economy, to continue their work with Transition Pounds.
The day opened with a presentation about the problems with the money supply, which was an excellent grounding for many delegates who were more interested in the economy or local economies. Positive Money and NEF are becoming very proficient at explaining these matters.