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Archive for August, 2009

My panel submission for SXSW10: “not-so-random acts of kindness”

Posted on August 26th, 2009

I submitted the following panel to SXSW10. Please vote for it if you would like to see it happening. Mobile technology makes the real world a massive real-time multi-player play ground. This is a unique opportunity to move away from “work and no play” or from the “this for that” of traditional money, towards motivating people to spontaneously provide good experiences, and collectively evolve towards more indirect forms of reciprocity. Questions Answered: 1. Do achievement badges influence behavior more than monetary rewards? 2. Do people donate more when their donations are publicized to their social networks? 3. Will gifts be taxable? 4. Is scarcity a myth? 5. Can supply and demand be matched in better ways than through the market? 6. What motivates people…

Funding public art with community currency?

Posted on August 15th, 2009

Last week, Interactive Architecture ran an article about the Singing-Ringing Tree sculpture in Burnley, Lancashire, UK. The video resonated very much with some of my recent thinking on how public art that is part of the commons can be at the heart of community economic development. First of all, it reminded me of an interview of Douglas Rushkoff about his latest book Life Inc where he tells the story of how Middle Age cathedrals were built: The Vatican and central Rome did NOT build the cathedrals. The funds came from local currency. They were what we would now call “demurrage” currencies that were earned into existence. Towns ended up creating more value than they knew what to do with! They started investing in their…