• Nov 15, 2019 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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  • Latest Activity: Nov 17, 2019

Money is like the operating system of our society, mediating our relationships, enabling and preventing our activities and redistributing resources. Many believe that our money system is the driver of economic growth and arguable the root cause of the climate crisis.

Matthew Slater has been working on alternatives to money since 2003, initially writing open source software and then later co-creating the Money & Society MOOC with Prof. Bendell. As Bendell's IFLAS publishes its Local Future Tax Credits proposal this Q&A will explore the monetary system and its potential as a lever for change.

Join Dorian and Matthew for this wide-ranging chat, and maybe you'll start to see money in a different way.


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  • Regarding the topic of trust and economics, I thought that the comment that compared trust to reputation was interesting. One difference between trust and reputation is that trust can be 'forward leaning' in that it could be created before there is evidence, whereas reputation relies on the past, so it is a product of the past and dependant on the past. 

    • Hm... I'm not sure about the idea of 'forward leaning' trust so I'm going to reflect on that :) Why would a mature person trust anybody in advance? Is there a connection between 'first impression' and trust? Etc. 

      See if this is interesting for you: Types of trust in high-trust Networks (of Community of Practice kind)

      Types of trust in high-trust Networks (of Community of Practice kind)
      If trust is the glue of a network we can’t have too many honest and authentic discussions about it — by Christine Capra of Greater than the…
    • Hi Nenad, I really did enjoy that reading on trust. Very interesting and with a lot to offer on the topic, and as stated in the article, much food for conversation and trust-building! 

      To answer your question, "Why would a mature person trust anybody in advance? Is there a connection between 'first impression' and trust?" I am referring to the concept that our beliefs will attract experience. So, I am not so much suggesting that we trust people that we actually don't feel are trustworthy or are giving off signals that they are not trustworthy. I agree that maturity involves discernment in this area. 

      What I am saying is that if we have a belief that "People are trustworthy", or some iteration of this, are we more likely to see the trustworthiness in others or even that the belief will filter our attention to more trustworthy people? 

      Likewise, if our belief (perhaps unconscious, or inspired by past bad experiences) is that 'People are untrustworthy" then what filters does that put on our attention? If we are trying to actuallly verify that belief, might it perhaps lead us to select less trustworthy people or the more untrustworthy aspects of a person to pay attention to? 

      Thanks for asking the question. It was phrased in such an inviting way! 


    • People are untrustworthy" would be too neat ;-) It would be more like "People are dangerous", often pre-verbal and impossible to translate into words without psychotherapy. This basically is a root belief of any human-induced trauma survivor. 

      Natural response to danger for any mammal, humans included? Fight, flight or freeze. That explans a lot of what's going on in human cultures.

      In a nutshell, trust can be cultivated, distrust healed, and that's all the work to be done. 

  •  Yes, that's the way to do it. If recording is shared on YouTube why not also embed it here? :) 

    • Dorian, you should look into formatting the conversations on here into podcasts as well. It would be great ! #podcastaddict. 

    • Maybe you could start a Task Group for that? :)

      Why come up with tasks for others, unless ther's clarity about being at the same work team? :) 

    • Hey Nenad, I got no skill in that yet, but if you know a thing or two about that, you can teach me and we start this task group  ;-)

    • Thank you but no thank you ;-) #notpodcastaddict 

    • I like the idea of turning our videos into podcasts, yes!

      ... Although right now time is a bit scarce, perhaps someone on the forum with the right skills will pop up.

      (I'm hoping we can implement some sort of "bulletin board" system to publicise needs and skills at some point - another technical component to investigate)


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