A New Language for Wealth

A New Language for Wealth

by Eric Harris-Braun
 

BUILDING SUSTAINABLE LOCAL ECONOMIES TRAINING SEMINAR
SCHUMACHER CENTER FOR A NEW ECONOMICS
MAY 21-25, 2008, GREAT BARRINGTON, MA

 

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The current interpretation of wealth includes only those goods that are tradable. Eric Harris-Braun argues for a new system of wealth acknowledgement that accounts for wealth in the realms of measurable and acknowledgeable wealth. He then explores how we can incorporate these two unrecognized forms of wealth with a new writing system of our exchanges, including a new system called Open Money.

 

 

 

Eric Harris-Braun designs and builds software infrastructure for the new economy. He is a co-founder of the MetaCurrency project, which is creating a platform for communities of all scales to design and deploy their own currencies.  He works closely with The Collective Intelligence Research Institute, a research and development group dedicated to understanding and developing new forms of collective intelligence.  Eric is the co-founder of Glass Bead Software, a provider of peer-to-peer networking applications, and of Harris-Braun Enterprises, a free-lance software development shop, which has created, among other things, complex data-collection websites for the health-care industry, an Android application for catch monitoring for the fishing industry, and the Online Writing Workshop, which it built and operates. In 1994 he published the Internet Directory ( Fawcett Columbine), which sold over 100,000 copies and went on to a second edition in 1996 before being made obsolete by Google. Eric received a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University. Currently he lives in rural New York, where he is part of a Quaker Intentional community, plays with his two kids, tends a vineyard, and lives in a straw-bale house.

 

 

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