"Perhaps one way forward would be to provide an easy way for people signed up to OAC to find a) people they actually already know, who are also members, and b) people who are working in very similar areas, who they really need to get to know!…"
"Good - that's a relief! Nor do I... I agree that local indigenous systems are necessary for resource management. Makes me think of the work of Elinor Ostrom about how scarce resources can be managed by local people, rather than…"
"That article was fascinating, Kathryn... but horrifying. What would people say if thet world's financial markets were being decided by the outcomes of a group of teenage boys playing on video games?? How is this really any…"
"Given Keith's gloomy conclusion that politicians are unlikely to take the necessary steps to restore national currency, short of a major crisis such as a world war, perhaps we should put our energies into designing all sorts of alternative…"
"Hi - while I think electronic communication can really help keep the flow of currency going in between times, my experience is that people also need to meet each other face to face...
In our own community currency group, people who…"
"Hi Julia - alternative currencies seems a tough row to hoe. there are so many ways now to tweak a pound/dollar/rupi... barter, your coop group, , point systems on credit cards, coupons, groupons ... with the latter now supplied via…"
"Yes. I think nodal people exist in many places. It is more illuminating, I think, to find them in more open source systems, especially those bounded or defined by natural resource systems. This is how large scale civilizations…"
"A thought stimulated by Kathryn's remark: "farmer/mediator/priest" points us to the primitive/traditional in which anthropology is historically rooted. It might be an interesting exercise to look for nodal people in modern contexts…"
"To replly to Geoff Chesshire:
"nodal people" appear to be very important in creating and maintaining complex networks. they act as both integration and switching points. they usually have characteristics with strong credibility…"
"Julia Panther: if we all worked 4 days (however this was paid), I think many people would have healthier family lives
Jct: Agreed. If the Middle no-usury Ages could have half of their days holidays, and we take into account our higher robot…"
"Well, I know there is a lot of work to be done and agree it is ridiculous to limit this because of lack of currency and that alternative currencies can be a useful tool in this respect. However, my point more about work-life balance. To…"