Bitcoin and Disruptive Currencies Ars Technica reported earlier this month that Bitcoin, the open source cryptographically secured alternate currency, was back to trading at 9 US dollars per bitcoin. The currency had experienced a bubble last year, trading as high as almost 30 USD before crashing spectacularly.
(Thomas Dishaw) Below is a comprehensive list of alternative currency systems from around the world. As the economy continues to be propped up by fiat currency and fake data numbers, more and more people are using alternative ways to buy sell and trade for services. Elite Forex Blog: Alternative Currency Systems and Open Source Banking
Innovation Pays, Currencies, Gold & Silver, The Alternative Way Currencies, The Alternative Way In the face of the cashless (digi-credits) system the technocrats want to bring in, within the EU/UK/USA and other parts of the world under the control of the anglosphere, there are some excellent examples of alternative systems and currencies that have sprung up in the last few years. Of course the age old money gold & silver is number 1 for numerous people, and in the traditional societies where it is a store of wealth as in India and Turkey, a family's gold is their savings Greece the worst affected country to date within the EU crisis zone, and suffering unbearable austerity,is developing new systems.Bartering is one, an age old way of exchanging goods, and also alternative currencies actually encouraged by some politicians.
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Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX)
Wayne Sharpe, ceo and founder, Carbon Trade Exchange 26th November 2010 Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) has announced that it will soon cease trading carbon. The US-based operation was only open to US businesses, implying that carbon trading in North America has ceased. With the US economy in trouble and hopes of a quick recovery now a distant memory, US commentators claim the downfall of CCX reflects that the world has cooled on the subject of global warming when faced with pertinent economic threats. Carbon trading | blog| CTE's Wayne Sharpe: why carbon trading has a place in chastened economic times
(8) Bitcoin: Is the cryptocurrency Bitcoin a good idea
Illustration: Martin Venezky In November 1, 2008, a man named Satoshi Nakamoto posted a research paper to an obscure cryptography listserv describing his design for a new digital currency that he called bitcoin.
Solid discussions of this piece on BoingBoing.net, Hacker News, Slashdot and Reddit. Rob Tercek has a follow up to this piece here. by Jason Calacanis and the LAUNCH team
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Local currencies the German way: the chiemgauer | Money It started as a school project by Christian Gelleri, an economics teacher in southern Germany who wanted to teach a group of 16-year-olds about finance in a novel way – by creating their own money, to be used in local shops and businesses. They called it the "chiemgauer" and eight years on, the project has turned into the world's most successful alternative currency. But this isn't a story about Germany's waning enthusiasm for the euro. It's about a growing number of chiemgauer users who see the currency as a great way of keeping money within the businesses and communities where it is generated and earned, rather than pouring it into the coffers of chain stores and globalised banks. Gelleri put his students in charge of designing the currency vouchers, as well as managing its accounts and administering the scheme.
Local Currency Local currencies value time, build community, and keep business moving even when credit dries up. posted Jun 05, 2009 Total dependence on one currency is like total dependence on one crop, or, for that matter, a single energy source: there’s always the risk that crop failure or a cutoff in supply will topple the whole system. This is the scenario we’re seeing now—credit has dried up and unemployment is soaring. In small pockets throughout the world, in rural areas and inner cities, and spots as far-flung as Bavaria and Thailand to Massachusetts and Michigan, people are responding by launching their own currencies.
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An acquisition by American Express in Septembergave it a piece of a business that analysts say other lenders should jump into: virtual currencies and virtual commerce. Virtual Currencies, Real Potential - Bank Technology News Article
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Eco-Pesa Programme - Ecological Money, local/micro Currency
The story of Curitiba in Brazil illustrates how the introduction of a complementary currency was able to help a developing and impoverished city leverage its untapped resources to creatively solve a host of challenges and support environmental clean up, job creation and city restoration. The Story of Curitiba in Brazil
Macon Money: A real world social game using a local currency
Fureai kippu (in Japanese ふれあい切符 :Caring Relationship Tickets) is a Japanese sectoral currency created in 1995 by the Sawayaka Welfare Foundation so that people could earn credits helping seniors in their community. The basic unit of account is an hour of service to an elderly person. Sometimes seniors help each other and earn the credits, other times family members in other communities earn credits and transfer them to their parents who live elsewhere. Fureai kippu
Monnaies complémentaires & alternatives - Future of money