The Great Currency Debate – With awesome guests

Google+ hangout was hosted by Caroline Smalley, 14th July, 2014. Living Bridges Planet facilitation team was proud to support with some pointing the event.

Find also at the bottom of page: RELATED STUFF / BONUS TRACKS


Thank you Caroline for the in depth preperation, mindful moderation. And thank you for the texutal info, that we have copied from your description here:


During this debate, we’ll take a look at the different types of currencies asking our panel what they each mean to them.

1. Time Banking
2. Cryptocurrencies
3. Barter Systems
4. Community Currencies

What are the challenges they seek to address? What are their limitations? How can the limitations be overcome?

What are their common goals and intentions? Will they continue to operate as separate entities, or will they merge into one?

Finally, what about issues that relate to security? How can we ‘bank’ them for larger investments, such as buying a home? Is there a role for locally produced alternative energy in this? If so, how far off is this and what steps are required?

Michel Bauwens: P2P
Michel Bauwens is a Belgian Peer-to-Peer theorist and an active writer, researcher and conference speaker on the subject of technology, culture and business innovation. Founder of the Foundation of Peer-to-Peer Alternatives, he works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property.

Edgar Kampers: Qoin
Edgar Kampers is Co-Founder of Qoin. A Dutch not-for-profit focused on setting up and managing both ‘out of the box’ and tailor made currencies, Qoin’s ongoing research helps them to develop new tools and approaches for increasing the impact alternative currencies can create. Edgar has been working as a Community Currency expert since 1993. He is specialised in sustainable economic development, corporate social responsibility, and changing consumer behaviour. Edgar has an MSc degree in Political Science, and worked as Director of NU-spaarpas, researcher at Social Trade organisation (STRO), and manager of the Climate and Economy team at SNM.

Leander Bindewald:
Leander Bindewald who manages the international Community Currencies in Action (CCIA) project for the Finance and Business Team. Part of this work is managed through UK based, which aims to establish greater coherence in theory and practice across this fast developing field of socio-economic tools, support the dissemination and innovation of currency solutions in the public and third sector across Europe, develop an evaluation framework for Complementary and Community Currencies and provide support and training for existing and new currency initiatives.

Scott Nelson:
Founder of ‘Mindful crowd funding for artists, authors, and activists’,, when it comes to alternative currencies, Scott Nelson’s expertise rests in the crypto kind. Think Bitcoin.

Matthew Slater
Matthew Slater has been working in community currency accounting systems for six years, and by living as a nomad, has come to know many monetary activists around the world. As co-founder of Community Forge, he helps to maintain nearly 100 LETS and Timebanking web sites.

Caroline Smalley: Co-Founder,
Moving finance to sustainable economies, The Citizens Media® (CM) is a Global Investment Co-operative that connects and helps fund people and communities designing products and services for increasing their own livelihoods.

Thank you Caroline for the preperation, moderation and the info, that we have copied from here:

Date: 14th July, 2014
Time: 9am PST; 5pm GMT.
Location (G+ hangout):

Announcement video




Michel Bauwens – good read: Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy – P2P Foundation


Bitcoin for Good: A Digital Currencies 101 for the Social Sector


Near Future Education Lab – Bridging Education & Commons

Some Living Bridges facilitators have been supportive and participatory in the process of Near Future Education Lab. Here is the beginning of the blogpost from

Some days have passed since the Education is a Commons event, and a summary is needed to be able to have an overview of the scenario which is opening up before our eyes, and about the single most important fact which emerged fro the whole event:Now is the Time to start re-thinking the education system!

First of all: participation. People from 5 continents joined in for an entire week of discussion, representing individuals, organizations, universities, companies, associations, activist groups and, obviously, education hackers from all over the planet.

the final hangout:

Here are some useful links:



Please read the other parts of the blogpost here: 




Education hackathon in Brno – Eduhack14#2, June 2014

Local hackathon of Brno edu hackers. – Happy bridging! Living Bridges Planet folks have been active in bridging the networks, orga and online facilitation of the education hackathon, second edtion!

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We did it!

The first Czech edition has been organised by the performing artist Giulia Buvoli (Italy) and Veronika Klimesova from Lead a Change, and Lea Mentlikova from and The workshop took place at Y Soft corporation, a.s., our sponsor partner.


Happiness – and the educational system

We’ve invited students, activists and figures from the Czech educational scene and organised our program several blocks. We’ve opened the event with Giulia’s art performance “Random”, which questioned our own feeling of happiness and what ‘being happy’ means to us. We draw, acted and wrote. After that we all gathered for brainstorming sessions during which we discussed the reality of the educational system today and the ideal state we imagine.

Theater of the Oppressed

After the brainstorming, Giulia introduced “Theater of the Oppressed”, which through games allows to simulate any possible social situation to better…

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First edition of eduhack14 was a great start with a lot of local action and inspiring hangouts connecting the international locations.

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How many times have we heard that question? In many places around the world. 1 month ago nobody had a clear picture what it would be. But on March 14th/15th and 16th 12 brave local communities took on the adventure to find it out – together. In 12 countries on 4 continents – connected via Facebook, Twitter Google and Skype.

All with the same vision: Getting in shape for the 21st century and transforming our education systems. Hacking existing systems. Meaning finding disruptive solutions for a systemic change in a world that has changed tremendiously. For 24 hours 12 learning communities bonded within their region with local networks and shared their results and experience globally. The results were breath taking. Here are some stories.


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recording from hangout_5 – wrap-up + byebye

The last of five public hangouts during the 24h hackthon eduhack14. Good experience, nice bridging of cultures and locations. Even new projects and skills emerging. The online facilitators of Living Bridges Planet are glad to be part of it with enabling the glocal “inter-space” connecting the wisdom and energies 🙂

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Channels, tools and spaces – Ready to go!

The online facilitators of Living Bridges Planet have move some bits and bytes to create a global-local space for connecting and exchange between the folks of globally distributed locations during the “education hackathon” eduhack14. We are happy to support this glocal event. Also a great opportunity to learn which tools and channels work best.

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Please watch to get the most of the tools.

Slide presentation of the eduhack14 online structure 

For better readability click here to access the presentation full screen: (Best view with presentation mode)

The online facilitators of the Living Bridges Planet network did some moves to create spaces,  that enable the connection and collaboration in an easy way during the 24 hours of the #eduhack14.

Mind map – eduhack14 online

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GATESENSE Hackathon @ International Open Data Day

Hangout to the GATESENSE Hackathon

The hackathon happened 21 and 22 February 2014, Copenhagen

Find more information about the hackathon here:

Find some links to attendees of the hangout and projects/organisations on our facebook group:

Are you looking for the first hackathon, that happened last year? Here you go: Gatesense Hackathon 2013

Outlook 2014 – Technology, Social Networks & Social Capital

Reposted from IOTPEOPLE blog – – published 13 February 2014 – Author: Joachim Lohkamp

Outlook 2014 – Technology, Social Networks & Social Capital

Are new Technologies a blessing or curse… what really will matter in 2014 and beyond are the individual and cultural mindsets with which we are creating and using technologies.

So, what would be closer then looking at Human Capital. Human Capital is not only the key source of sustainable economic value but also the key source for social innovation and cultural development.

Technologies that are helping us to grow Human Capital into Social Capital are centered around communication in it’s broadest sense. Applications running on the internet infrastructure help us connecting, sharing, inspiring and understanding our peers and our environments and conquer new terrain to elevate living standards around the world.

Challenge as Chance
The challenge we are facing right now could be actually discovered as huge chance… as a chance to cultivate a liquid, more flexibly structured social network dynamic throughout society. Remember… Human Capital is the key source for sustainable economic value and social innovation… so if the current structure of Social Capital will be conquered by fresh expressions of Human Capital and unfolds… this will have direct implications on value creation globally through internet technology and its extensive periphery.

The polarity that opens the realm of Social Capital to conquer and expand into spans between the structural and organizational strength of companies, institutions and governments… which include discipline, training and standardization of processes that are providing scalability and reliability on one side. On the other side we find the abundant diversity of independent professionals, innovators and agile open communities.

The strength of the well established organizational side is also their weakest point… ever shortening innovation cycles and the need for new solutions demand a much higher degree of flexibility and a cultural understanding of innovation as an ongoing process. The weaknesses of the one are exactly mirroring the strength of the others… and vice versa.

Social innovators who need to make up for their lack of structure, standardization, scalability and resources are forced to be flexible and innovative all the time.

The great chance that arises here comes from the strong polarities. In fact we need the capabilities of both sides to define our next stage of social abundance and well-being. Human Capital has been the fuel for the development of our social structures all along.
The urge for change also roots in our longing for personal growth… which automatically comes with an elevation of awareness… which inevitably includes more mutual social and ecological responsibility… a state which we could call Resilience!

The space that has been opened through the internet, the social networks, communication and peer technologies helped us to reveal our current social and economic structures and behaviors. We now have the opportunity to observe a continuous chain of cultural changes… they are undeniable and accessible to a broader part of society then ever before… in 2013 we saw this movement peaking not least through the revelations of Snowden on the NSA, and the continuing waves crashing to the shore of public dismay.
In 2014 we probably see more of the initiatives that are aiming towards a transformation of our global culture into more collaborative states. Shared values and the development of trust relationships are key elements of Social Capital to drive this transformational process and to enable social innovation.

Technology will play an important role… from sensors to applications, from databases to 3D printing… we will see peer design becoming a vital part in our future… opening the door for new social business and value models.

Tags: Social Capital, IoT, Innovation, Communication, Collaboration, Co-Working

Up-coming Events:
Gatesense/IoTPeople Hackathon, Copenhagen
IoTPeople Hackathon, Berlin
Living Bridges Planet Open Day, Berlin
GGG Tour, Africa and Europe
IoT Week, London

Where peer design and technologies will be seen in 2014:
– 3D Printers, IoT (Internet of Things) and IoTPeople
sensors and wearable computers, bluetooth low energy beacons (iBeacons)
applications to support the collaborative and sharing economy
systems of networked peer mini-platforms will pick up to cannibalize mega platforms
contextual communication, real-time meta data and visualization
new business and value models, networks of trust
parallel networks: open web based and private peer based information flows
data security and privacy, Node.js on the rise, NoSQL on the test
growing number of social trademarks in an ocean of fading corporate trademarks

Interesting links on Social Innovation, Social Capital and Technology for 2014:
IoT Forum
Social Capital Markets
Agora Coworking
P2P Foundation
Lauth Transmedia
Bare Conductive
DiY Days
Social Innovation Camp Asia
Make Change TV
ASAP Island