This article was originally written for Issue 14 [https://www.stirtoaction.com/issues/issue-14] of STIR, the magazine for the new economy [https://www.stirtoaction.com/magazine/magazine]and was also published online at Co-operatives UK What if…? [https://www.uk.coop/what-if] blog that fed into the UK National
Back in May 2003 we started a wiki to ‘discuss monetary reform and democracy [https://web.archive.org/web/20030613112808/https://wiki.uniteddiversity.com/uniteddiversity] ‘, and I just posted Positive Money’s Banking 101 video course [https://uniteddiversity.coop/2013/08/01/banking-101-how-money-and-banking-actually-works/] , probably the best introduction to how money
This great little collection of videos is the clearest and most authoritative introduction to exactly how the monetary and banking system in the UK actually works. It is based on the excellent book ‘Where Does Money Come From [https://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/where-does-money-come-from]?’ published by the Positive Money
The WIR Bank [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WIR_Bank] in Switzerland has been successfully running for over 60 years. It was started in the 1930s in response to the great economic crises of the time. Studies have shown [https://library.uniteddiversity.coop/Money_and_Economics/Community_Currencies/WIR] that
The Co-opreative News [https://www.thenews.coop/] has reported [https://www.thenews.coop/article/financial-co-operatives-safe-bet-crisis] news about a study by the International Labour Organization [https://www.ilo.org/] calledResilience in a downturn: The power of financial cooperatives [https://www.ilo.org/empent/Publications/WCMS_207768/lang--en/index.htm]. You can
I published this on the P2P Foundation blog [https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/top-40-platforms-for-crowdfunding-social-change/2012/11/14] last week, but posting here too for good measure 🙂 Crowdfunding is a new word [https://www.technology-digital.com/web20/-oed-to-consider-adding-this-years-trending-tech-word] for an old idea. The Oxford English dictionary defines [https://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/
The last version of this film we posted [/must-see-film-inside-job-with-spanish-subtitles/] has since been removed so here it is again (this time with Greek subtitles). It is an important film well worth watching. You can also watch (and download) it on vimeo [https://vimeo.com/23086688], or download it via bittorrent [https:
The Money Fix [https://www.themoneyfix.org/], another must see documentary about money and the banking system. > “Money is at the intersection of nearly every aspect of modern life. Most of us take the monetary system for granted, but it has a profound and largely misunderstood influence on our lives.
NOTE: I’ve had a series [https://uniteddiversity.com/email-to-toby-hemenway-re-piracy/#comment-2996] of increasingly [https://uniteddiversity.com/email-to-toby-hemenway-re-piracy/#comment-3007] great [https://uniteddiversity.com/email-to-toby-hemenway-re-piracy/#comment-3030] responses [https://uniteddiversity.com/email-to-toby-hemenway-re-piracy/#comment-3033] from Toby – please see the comments Toby Hemenway [https://patternliteracy.com/], a leading permaculture author sent me a message w
by Leo Hickman Tomorrow the Transition Town movement launches a currency designed to boost local trade and bring communities closer together A Brixton market stallholder . . . ‘It’s Monopoly money,’ says one. ‘I won’t be having anything to do with it’. Photograph: Graeme Robertson It has all the makings of
Last night I attended a gathering of merchants, service providers and others who support local independent businesses in our town. It was a festive affair of about three dozen featuring a pot luck dinner, good conversation, and a few announcements about the emerging organization. From both a personal and professional
Sarkozy proposes measuring happiness. I’m starting to think that French President Sarkozy is a Sightline fan. Last week it was a killer carbon tax [https://www.worldchanging.com/resolveuid/c02e6bca6e3a3ec7631b2bb1214b8f48] proposal; now it’s something else near and dear to our hearts: a national measure of happiness [https://www.
One of the canards about open source is that it only produces hardcore hacker programs – dev tools, infrastructural stuff etc. – that have little to offer the general, non-technical, *normal* user. While that may have been true ten years ago, things have moved on. For example, here’s MakeHuman [https://www.
I’ve wondered how to best explain the advantages of the Diagonal Economy in confronting energy descent. I think that reference to an old post addressing “ anti-economies [https://www.jeffvail.net/2005/10/anti-economies.htm]” is perhaps the best framework.There, I discussed the classical sources of economic efficiency: economy
[https://4.bp.blogspot.com/_OOlW-1cKA6k/Sq0uYsA6GoI/AAAAAAAACkg/uz-B0ftFvdg/s1600-h/mark.jpg] Mark Lakeman stares down the new Bimini Street salamander [https://monsters.monstrous.com/salamander.htm]. Portland architect and activist Mark Lakeman, founder of the City Repair [https://http//cityrepair.org/] movement, is in Los Angeles for a week
Jeff Vail is starting [https://www.jeffvail.net/2009/08/diagonal-economy-1-overview.html] his long-awaited series on the next step for our post-meltdown political economies (see ToC [https://www.jeffvail.net/2009/08/rise-of-diagonal-economy-and-transition.html] for full project description): An excerpt on how this change may come about in the core