Apparently the markets are going to crash tomorrow.
It should make for an interesting time at O’Reilly’s next conference Money:Tech – Where Web 2.0 meets Wall Street.
I have also been reading this week Fooled By Randomness. I very much enjoyed The Black Swan and would recommend both books.
The Crash is sort of depressing to think about – but so is the conventional money system that got us to this place in the first place. This weekend Raines shared this video about the Story of Stuff. Makes you think hard about the overall ecology of the system we are all living in.
Knowing that the economy was not doing so well I have been working with Chris Lindstrom on a conference that considers Money and value exchange in our economies.
It builds on a conference that Chris produced in 2004 about Local Currency (there are details about the topics covered in their Conference Report).
It will be an unconference about money. But not ‘regular money’ instead about these topics:
- Local Living Economies
- Complementary currencies
- Micro credit
- Time Banks
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Slow money
- Monetary systems theory
- Ecological accounting
We are going to have a special focus on digital tools and systems for mutual credit creation, value measurement and wealth acknowledgment.
Because it is about money – but not just ‘regular’ money – we are calling it the unMoney Convergence. (we haven’t even got our logo up yet but I thought I would announce it given the forthcoming events of tomorrow) It will be in Seattleon April 14-16 following the Green Festival.
The unMoney unConference would have been a silly name.