I just had a fantastic conversation with Eric Harris-Braun of
Open Money. I am really excited to share this with you. Eric has started talking about currencies in a new way. He talks about wealth acknowledgment.
Open Money is still in development on the tools (anyone want to help on this open source effort?). But soon to come will be a widget that can be put on any webpage that will be connected to a system tracking these acknowledgments–whether that is reputation or more traditional forms of transactions.
This is a critical piece we have been looking for–a tool independent of the particular implementation. So it doesn’t matter if you are using a Drupal site or anything else, you can use this system for tracking one or more currencies/acknowledgments. Also, this is a critical piece in the sense of explaining currencies in a way that is graspable to many. Eric said that after years of trying to explain currencies to people, he is finally able to get people to understand and, even better, get excited about using currencies/acknowledgments.
We are also talking about how acknowledgments help facilitate network weaving, helping make more dense networks.
I will be opening a conversation on Omidyar.net for open discussion of what they are doing. I will put it in Targeted Currencies group. (Arthur Brock and Eric are good friends of course.)
I would like to see two things come together, so let me know if you are interested in either or both extended conversation around this breakthrough or the development of the tools and implementation of them in spaces like AboutUs.org, Hooze.org, and CatComm.org among others.
Let me know if you are interested in continuing to learn about this powerful way of transforming our world together.