Adventures in mutual credit

team building

I'd like to introduce you to a new member of the team, jake (not his real name).

global and local moralities

For reasons buried deep in my psyche, I am attempting to maximise my personal effect on the world. This could be seen as a show of arrogance, insecurity or whatever you please. In any case, I think of this as an enlightened, noble, global morality. It looks at world as a complex system, and attempts to identify and work on the critical points, so as to nudge the world into a healthier state.

Who needs governance?

Mary Fee, of LETSlink UK points out that starting a new scheme is more than most people expect to do when they enquire where their nearest scheme is. They naturally expect that LETS has full UK coverage, but folded schemes have left a lot of holes in recent years. Starting a new scheme involves forming a group, opening a bank account, membership fees, electing a committee, making the rules of the currency, designing a web site, building a web site, setting up a load of spreadsheets and many more headaches of which I have no experience. The end result is an autonomous group with control over its currency and circulation.

two kinds of complementary currencies

As more and more attention is gradually turned to alternative currencies, a little more clarification would be helpful about the choice of mechanisms around, and how they vary.

Use of the word evil

As a theologian, I learned how moral and ethical language are necessarily relative to the society or speaker, and I quickly stopped using the terms 'good' and 'evil' which, it seemed to me, are usually used with an objective intent. In fact Nietzsche agreed with me when he wrote 'Beyond Good and Evil', so the matter was actually sorted out a hundred years ago, in my view.

Credit cards and freedom

As a seasoned budget traveller I hold it as a principle that if you are unprepared, under resourced, lost, unfamiliar, over burdened, or gullible you are at your most vulnerable in transport hubs and city streets.

Giving conspiracy theories a bad name

With the possible exception of the Kennedy assassination, a lot of sensible people give no credence to conspiracy theories. Once you go down that road, you start to mix with anarchists, holocaust deniers, UFOlogists and all sorts of undesirable types.

Drupal to support communities through recession

Many months of work culminated this week in a new module release, Complementary Currencies. This module is aimed at thousands of communities throughout the world who have been exchanging goods and services without money, sometimes for many years.

Drupal now running LETS

At last, my three year ambition is realised to build a web site for a community trading in complementary currencies. I parked myself in a cafe in Zadar, Croatia for December 2005 and coded matsLETS in php/mySQL.

Pipped to the post

I have been saying that I know of no complementary currency system based on a social networking platform apart from my own, marketplace, but all that changed this week.

Congratulations to Austin Time Exchange, who launched their site days before my first site. (watch this space).

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