VBSR Marketplace Launches System Improvements

Update to Users: Thank you for your patience as the Marketplace continues its upgrades. We previously moved to an open source system. The best analogy is that we moved from a slick rental townhouse (old proprietary software) to a fixer

Posted in Updates and Upgrades ( Announcements About the Marketplace)

2014 Goals—Have You Set Yours Yet?

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”  Helen Keller Here at the Marketplace, it’s our members that keep our system strong. We are grateful for the 150 members that completed over 100 trades in 2013.

Posted in Get Involved! Opportunities to Help Us Build, Updates and Upgrades ( Announcements About the Marketplace)

Marketplace Profile: Marlboro College Graduate School

Making the Trade by Phayvanh Luekhamhan   “What I didn’t realize until I got involved was that as soon as you join the Marketplace, Amy works hard to put you in touch with people in the network who can meet

Posted in Success Stories (How People Like You Use the Marketplace)

8 Words


  I cam across this Seth Godin quote today and was reminded of Michael Pollan‘s words of wisdom: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” (7 Words) I decided to look at some Marketplace language as an exercise: The VBSR

Posted in Open Learning + Collaboration

Defining Success


  What is success? One of the things people who contact me to learn about the Marketplace tell me is, “I’m looking for an example of a successful currency that I can learn from.” Then I ask them how they

Posted in Community Designed Currency, Open Learning + Collaboration

A story about your day, in the future


    Wake up. Breakfast, social time with family and people you live with. You share, discuss projects around the house, hear stories of what people are learning and making. Make sure schedules sync on any trips that need to

Posted in Building the New Economy, Open Learning + Collaboration



  Community Designed Currency is working title for an idea that I’m trying to develop and articulate.  Most currencies programs and the software that run them are developed by lone entrepreneurs (or small teams) and then sold, product style, to

Posted in Community Designed Currency, Open Learning + Collaboration

How many clicks does it take to get to the center of a Marketplace?


      What is the intention of a trade network or time bank? Most likely it is to create new connections and transactions where none existed before because the old economy gives us no way or resources to facilitate

Posted in Community Designed Currency, Open Learning + Collaboration

Architecture for the people by the people > Money for the people by the people

This. This. This. This! Substitute “architecture” with “money” or “economics”. 1-In the old view, architecture is about building buildings>>> Money is about accumulating wealth. 2- In the old view, Mass architecture is about big >>> Economics is about big. 3-

Posted in Community Designed Currency, Open Learning + Collaboration

From Cash to Resourcing


  One of the things I do on a daily basis is help people surface their unmet needs. We’re trained to think “I need cash!” as the answer to all our problems. But what we really need are resources: goods,

Posted in Open Learning + Collaboration

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