Adventures in mutual credit

Transition Town Conference 2010

I only attended for one day, but this is what i learned about currency initiatives within Transition Towns.

Correspondance with the Bank of England (ongoing)

I can't find the answer to this question.
I understand that the Bank of England is wholly owned by the government.
I understand that the National Debt is owed in large part to the Bank of England Does that mean that the National Debt is owed by the government to the government? Is there a paradox here?

The state of CC software, for IJCCR

This report briefly covers the field of non-commercial mutual credit software, discussing the issues and challenges they collectively face in meeting the needs of the movement. The author's purpose is to draw out some themes of collective concern to a few small, under-resourced, and disparate projects which are working along very similar lines, and to encourage discussion. The intention is not to make direct comparisons but to take a higher view, with concrete examples.

Disclaimer: The author is the developer of the Drupal module and Co-founder of Community Forge

Community Forge: Here's why we're going freemium

Community Forge hosts community web sites including a complementary currency payment system.

We're making a leap of faith.

Community Forge goes Fremium!

Ning recently announced that it would stop providing sites for free. Now Community Forge is bucking the trend by switching back to the Fremium model. Are we crazy? How will we survive - especially in this economic climate?

Mutual Guarantors

I read Thomas Greco's 'The end of money and the future of civilization'. He talked about mutual guarantor groups, which are common in microcredit loans. This idea had natural appeal because it's more about trust in people than arbitrary formulae, and it has predecessors in many cultures and works very well.

The situation in Auroville

Auroville in South India (population: 2000 ish), is a conscious experiment in building a model city of the future, in accordance with the ideals of the esteemed Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Work is going on here with energy, permaculture, transport, education, therapies, water treatment, art, development, (typically in the surrounding villages), spirituality and of course currencies.

To do, or at least, needs doing, 2010

Just for reference, here is the hopelessly bloated list of what I think needs to be done, as soon as possible in order to create change from below in the global financial system.

Community Forge

  • improve design of, so our poverty isn't so obvious.
  • employ a tech manager so I can get on with other things
  • draft a five year plan to apply for funding to allow them to work at a higher level.
  • map all the schemes in Western Europe, according to commitment made by Tim at summer camp 2009

A brand new currency for Worcester shoppers?

Response to Worcester Alliance's proposal for a Worcester Pound (document no longer online).

Some folks in Worcester are planning to introduce a local pound. I would like to offer an opinion during this design phase.

I would like you to consider a different local currency mechanism to the ones being used in Totnes, Lewis, Brixton, and Sussex.

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