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From Extreme Technology-Focused Economies to Empathetic Online Branding

By: Alyson Wyers - Jan 7, 2015
These talks on currency challenge the status quo in a significant way by analyzing existing economic systems and suggesting alternative bases on which we should be managing value in society.

In an innovative speech on time and the social economy, David Russell explains the concept of time credits. He describes time as an equalizer and suggests a social currency that values love, passion, skills and giving. In a slightly similar vein, Jem Bendell discusses how our monetary system perpetuates inequality and proposes a world where "money is issued as a public utility and not issued as private profit." In another of the talks on currency, Anthony Cohen talks about a social network paradigm where information is given in exchange for goods and services.

Equality seems to be a running theme when people discuss alternate forms of currency.