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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….

Starting from scratch

by Heather Moore

This is a thought exercise:

Imagine waking up in 2015 and all money has disappeared. All cash, credit cards and forms of currency, gone. Stock markets, kaput. A world without money.

What’s more, you can’t even remember that it had existed or that it had been important to you or the world.

All you have is yourself and…


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Some questions

by Nicolas Nova

One of the most important point in the picture I sketched in my other post is the cultural and geographical fragmentation of communities. Based mostly on ethnic and religious segmentation, this phenomena will be an acute driver of change. Why is that? simply because people from the same culture will be scattered in different countries,…


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Some other foresight scenarios

by Mark Vanderbeeken

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From now to 2015

by Nicolas Nova

Important, uncertain, uncontrollable. These are the 3 characteristics shared by the events we are looking for till 2015. Foresight is mostly about sketching and playing with the factors that will have an important influence on how we live, that we cannot be sure of and which we cannot always control.

10 years ahead, the big picture is…


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KashKlash 2015 A.D

by Bruce Sterling

KashKlash 2015 A.D

Is there any global currency?  The euro?  The amero?  The globo? What?

Is there any national currency powerful and influential enough to behave
rather like a global currency?  Dollar, pound, yen, yuan, euro, ruble, rupee?

Is there financial turmoil so severe that experimental kash-klash services
look attractive and inviting by comparison to the older status quo?

What happens if conventional…


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So let’s start: seriously!! :)

by Irene Cassarino

You know how the economic and cultural exchanges are organized to date. Of course you can see pros and cos. So focus on cos and try to imagine a better future - let’s say on 2015 - and the development trajectory toward it as well.

Think about things that will remain stable, changes (desirable, less desirable),…


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On line

by Irene Cassarino

The KashKlash is now online. The debate over a proper name is still underway…although we have been discussing it quite a bit ! If you want to contribute to choosing the name of the ‘baby’, let us know your thoughts. You’re more than welcome - we’re exhausted!:) So far, we are quite fascinated by Bruce’s proposal KashKlash , but…


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The last recession brought us punk. As much as I like The Clash, I hope this one will be kinder to music

by Régine Debatty

by Régine Debatty


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It is particularly challenging to be asked to reflect on the future of currency and economy in a time when credit crunch is expected to bloom into a full-scale recession. The financial crisis is going to have many consequences I’d rather not think about right now. But from what I can observe, the alarming forecasts are…


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Redemption and the value of words

by Heather Moore

Redemption - such a fascinating  word. It evokes fire and brimstone. And cashing-in.

The English language is brimming with  abstracted words related to money that are full of other meanings. The words still maintain connections to their original meanings, but our culture seems to have lost them.

Margaret Atwood’s new book ‘Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth’ addresses a few of…


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The near future of on-line bartering

by Nicolas Nova

by Nicolas Nova

The reason I enjoy reading science-fiction is not because it features MIT-inspired and glossy technological devices a la Minority Report. Instead, it’s how this genre enables the discussion of the implications of change, be they technological or sociological. For instance, to get back to the topic at hand - the future of value exchange. I find…


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Fungible currencies

by Joshua Klein

by Joshua Klein

Are digital economies going to be socio-local or geopolitical? Virtual economies are certainly being exploited by real-world ones; modern governments are concerned about online money-laundering, which is widespread and almost impossible to limit. The increase in pervasive mobile technologies means that geolocative relationships will be increasingly integrated into value chains that enter and exit…


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KashKlash

by Bruce Sterling

by Bruce Sterling

If the grip of conventional cash loosens, we can expect  some suppressed patterns of human behavior to re-emerge.

First and foremost, Western feudal society. Feudal society created the original, money-based, Western capitalism. Feudal traces are still clearly visible on the Western cultural landscape. For instance: modern women, selling sex-work for cash money, are still…


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Lets

by tomislav


[This graphic is built through http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/ service and property of IBM.]

A LETS is a locally initiated, democratically organized, not-for-profit  community enterprise which provides a community information service and records transactions of members exchanging goods and services by using the currency of locally created LETS Credits. The LETS Credit currency does not involve coins, paper money or tokens of any…


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The Days of Capitalism are Numbered

by Giorgio Ruffolo

by Giorgio Ruffolo (original title: A che serve la moneta?, in “Il capitalismo ha i secoli contati “, © Einaudi 2008, ISBN 8806188275 - translated by Katherine Margaret Clifton)

What is money for?

God and gold often make their appearance in literature. In Faust by Gounod Mephistopheles sings: «God of gold and lord of the world». According to a legend dating…


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Kash Klash project - the vision

by Irene Cassarino

We create our future as much as our past creates us. The relatively new digital world of the internet has offered us new methods of communicating, of discovering and of interacting. We have learned that we don’t have to simply copy familiar physical forms and adapt them to this new environment, but that we can…


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