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We are envisioning a new world where today’s aging, less useful and even dangerous financial systems
are replaced by or mixed with more disruptive innovations and exchanges. Imagine yourself deprived of all of today’s financial resources. Maybe you’re a refugee or stateless. Yet you still have your handset and laptop and Internet and a broadband cellphone connection….

Le quantitative easing

by David Birch

[Dave Birch] In John Cooleys book Currency Wars, he says at one point that there is a grey area actual counterfeiting and the deliberate over-issue of fiat currency. The quantitative easing policy of the British government is likely to be reduce (by inflation) the value of the pound Sterling far more effectively than Hitlers plans…


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The crazy cost of cash

by David Birch

[Dave Birch] I interviewed Professor Leo van Hove from the Free University of Brussles (VUB) for a podcast today. Hes starting work on a project trying to obtain a systematic and accurate estimate for the social cost of cash in the European Union. As always, his depth of knowledge and informed assessment of the situation…


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Principles for a digital social enterprise

by ToryD
Jolly conversationalist at Lift09

Jolly conversationalist at Lift09

Over the last few months, Franco and I have been thinking about what makes a project – a design or service design project, for instance -  fall into the camp of social and ethical design. From that we ended up thinking that those categories needed to be enriched further to consider the…


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Reaction and revolution

by David Birch

[Dave Birch] On 27 June 1693, the French Admiral Tourville’s combined Brest and Toulon squadrons ambushed the Smyrna convoy (a fleet of between 200–400 English and allied merchant vessels travelling under escort to the Mediterranean) as it rounded Cape St Vincent. The English and their allies lost nearly a hundred ships with a value of…


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kashklash: the game and the booklet

by Irene Cassarino

Get a digital copy of the kashklash booklet. If you need the high resolution version, just ask, well be happy to send it to you.


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In reserve

by David Birch

[Dave Birch] As is clear from the agenda for the Digital Money Forum from its earliest days, Ive been interested in the subject of alternative currencies for a very long time. In fact, since the days of the Mondex project, when we (Consult Hyperion) were approached by people who wanted to store their own currencies on…


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Exchanging the futures at LIFT09

by Irene Cassarino

Hello to kasklash fellows and thank you for animating and feeding the discussion about the future of exchanges with such amazing and passionate interventions.
lift It is my pleasure to announce you that kashklash is featured at the LIFT09 conference with a workshop and hopefully a dedicated talk. Enjoy the announcement and please consider to join it: you -…


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The Irish answer

by Michael Linton

The introduction - imagine yourself deprived of all of today’s financial resources - poses a hypothetical future thats worth serious attention. Sometime in the early 70s, a couple of bank strikes in different countries were resolved in quite different ways.

One, in France, was quite unremarkable.  The banks were closed, you couldnt get money, you couldnt deposit…


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Barter after the financial crisis

by Nicolas Nova

The bartering meme is spreading with interesting developments. This is clearly a favorite topic of mine, as attested by this introductory blogpost (or the presentation of this swiss platform). For several months, there is renewed interest in this topic as specialists aim at using bartering to fix issues related to the financial crisis.


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Super powers

by David Birch

[Dave Birch] A superpower is bogged down in a distant guerrilla war. The superpower must resupply its army, victorious for a generation, thousands of miles away from home and it’s become a very costly endeavour indeed. Support for the war at home is tentative, and is dividing both the people and the political leadership. The…


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Good as gold

by David Birch

[Dave Birch] Suppose that one of the longer-term results of the current economic crisis is that people begin to lose faith in government money (ie, national fiat currency) and start to search for alternatives. Then what (and who) will be best placed to provide the alternative? What I mean by this is that if a…


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Copying cash

by David Birch

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Money mashed-up

by David Birch

[Dave Birch] One of the functions of banks that has been changed forever by the Internet is what economists call the information function. People used to rely on banks to provide certain kinds of information into the market (eg, credit ratings) but a combination of technology-enabled business change and vanishing delivery costs has meant that…


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scientists and the klash

by Nik Baerten

John Brockmans Edge.org organized a round of reflection on the financial crisis with several scientists. Mike Brown, Stuart Kauffman, Zoe-Vonna Palmrose and Lee Smolin ask: Can science help to solve the economic crisis? Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Douglas Rushkoff, Larry Sanger, Mike Brown, George Dyson, Emanuel Derman, Michael Shermer, Paul Romer, Tor Nørretranders, Eric Weinstein and Brian Knutson respond.

Several interesting…

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seeing, believing, acting

by Nik Baerten

At the outbreak of any major crisis, there is always the question of why didnt we see this coming?. The financial crisis? Oh, many saw it coming alright yet few managed to make others believe a meltdown was not only possible, but most likely, and none managed to mobilize believers-decision-makers to act upon their belief…


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