Rethinking Money

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Published on February 3, 2009

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Rethinking money by Eric Harris-Braun

Rethinking Money

Goal: a brain flip in 30 minutes The Flip Money as medium of exchange in an economy of tradable wealth Currency as the language of flow in an ecology of healthy systems

Rethinking Geometry?

Parallel lines never meet: Parallel lines always meet: Axioms

What is wealth?

Levels of Wealth friendship, love, beauty, freedom, civility, culture Acknowledgeable Measurable health, diversity, education, attention, strength, vitality, productive capacity Tradable resources, goods, services, time

relationships between systems Acknowledgeable Measurable Systemics of Wealth properties of systems as a whole components, of systems (inputs & outputs)‏ Tradable

What is wealth? Systemic well-being at all levels

What is money?

Evolution of Writing to build: understanding we exchange: concepts real-time and face-to-face we call it: conversation/speaking over distance and time we encoded them with: shape/form which evolved: but there were problems: It's hard to encode abstract and non-material concepts with a shape. It’s hard to learn and must be managed carefully thus a dedicated elite develops. That elite becomes entrenched.

It's hard to encode abstract and non-material concepts with a shape.

It’s hard to learn and must be managed carefully thus a dedicated elite develops.

That elite becomes entrenched.

alphabet Wealth ideograms Evolution of Currency to build: understanding we exchange: concepts real-time and face-to-face we call it: conversation (speaking)‏ over distance and time we encoded them with: shape/form which evolved: but there were problems: Can’t handle all concepts Complexity creates elite Elite entrenched solving which requires a new encoding: wealth valuables barter (haggling)‏ relative scarcity It's hard to encode non-tradable wealth with scarcity. It’s hard to manage scarcity of information tokens thus a dedicated elite develops. That elite becomes entrenched. currency “alphabet” ?

Can’t handle all concepts

Complexity creates elite

Elite entrenched

It's hard to encode non-tradable wealth with scarcity.

It’s hard to manage scarcity of information tokens thus a dedicated elite develops.

That elite becomes entrenched.

Inputs Outputs Flow Flow Patterns

Currencies Regional Food Pleasure Rating

What is currency? Information tokens that help us see and interact with flows

Currencies LETS Time Dollars eBay Points Airline miles Buy 10 get 1 free card USDA Organic Grades: A,B,C,D,F Curitiba Trash Tokens Carbon Credits Berkshares Zagat’s Rating University Degree (PhD, MS, BS)‏ $ Credit Hours Postage Stamps Cupons

The Flip Currency as the language of flow in an ecology of healthy systems

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