Defining Success

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  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

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A story about your day, in the future

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    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

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Ideas

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  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

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

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      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

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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-

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From Cash to Resourcing

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  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,

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Co-Created Customer Service

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  One of the issues I think a lot about is improving customer service. Customer service is knowing and meeting an expectation. ‘Customer Service’ is a little old and capitalism-y… a more modern synonym might be ‘Relationship Management’. Like the

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Connecting Ideas

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  Because it’s Friday and I’m winding down, I’m going to offer a number of tidbits that I’ve been reading, watching or thinking about.  The common thread is bringing together groups of people in new ways to create meaningful, disruptive

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User Experience

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A lot of what I do in convincing people to use another form of payment is making the economic argument: The Marketplace can improve cash flow by helping businesses turn their unsold excess capacity into purchasing power An additional form

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Getting the Words Right

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    As we’ve evolved over the last few years, one of the things I’m always looking to improve is how the Marketplace is communicated and perceived. Specifically, I am challenged over our language. A few days ago, I wrote

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