alternative currency / columbia exchange circle / complementary currency / insoshi / open source

Columbia Exchange Circle on KOMU TV

The Columbia Exchange Circle was on TV yesterday… “The idea of the exchange circle is to connect community members and get people to share the skills and resources that they have in a way that does not rely on the current economy,” said Maggy Rhein, another organizer for the C.E.C. And members say that taking … Continue reading

complementary currency / screencast

Stupid Currency Tricks: Matching Unmet Needs with Available Resources

The previous five screencasts have been experimental. Anyone who knows Ruby on Rails can install the code and, since it is open source, anyone can make improvements to it. We have seen how the application programming interface (API) allowed for an independently developed killer app to be built. However, until today, to my knowledge, none … Continue reading

complementary currency / identica / twitter

Stupid Currency Tricks: Identica

In the last screencast, requests were posted to Twitter and members were automatically followed when they associated their Twitter ID with their OSCurrency account. In this episode, we see how minimal changes to the code allow us to do the same with instead of Twitter. Besides all the advantages of being open source, … Continue reading

complementary currency / screencast / twitter

Stupid Currency Tricks: Request Notifications with Twitter

Staying with the same theme as the previous screencasts, this one again shows how you don’t have to navigate back to the portal site to participate. Sometimes requests are very time sensitive so it’s important to contact others ASAP about a need. This is a perfect application for Twitter or When someone creates a … Continue reading

complementary currency / insoshi / oauth / screencast

Stupid Currency Tricks with OAuth

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program with a screencast for software developers. If you are not a software developer, the screencast may not be useful, but it’s good to understand why OAuth is critical to online complementary currency. When you buy something online, you don’t log into your bank’s website to do the transaction. You … Continue reading


An Improvement to Employee Discounts with Network Effects

At the Next Economy Workshop, Donald Jackson said he was interested in considering currency designs that would support small businesses since they are especially vulnerable during an economic crisis. Yesterday, Donald wrote Alternative Currencies and Independent Business Wages. In Donald’s analysis, a fundamental problem small businesses have is paying competitive wages compared to large corporate … Continue reading

Events / nexteconomy

Next Economy Potluck Lunch and Workshop

Next Economy Potluck Lunch and Workshop Saturday, December 13, 2008 10:30AM – 2:30PM Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin 78741 Register here: (free) The resilience needed to absorb hard times can be provided by regional loyalty currencies. Why isn’t anybody doing it, then? In fact, they are: – 300 businesses in Berkshire County, … Continue reading