Tao of Money

Seattle unMoney Convergence: April 14th-16th, 2008

I am in the middle of co-organizing an unconference (meaning it is organized by YOU) on money and credit systems to take place right after the Green Festival in Seattle, WA. The conference will bring together a broad range of cutting edge social-entrepreneurs, system changers, economists, philanthropists, academics and business people, to build collaboration regarding the true role and nature of money, its place in the grand scheme of things and how we can transform the system to build a more just, sustainable, and creative world.I am happy to announce that Hazel Henderson has agreed to give our keynote presentation.The conference is cosponsored by:

On the face of it money is a tool for measuring value. In today’s world it is ubiquitous throughout the entire world, in influencing the way people relate and work with one another. But money seems to be failing us on a number of fronts. The things most vital for the sustenance of life aren’t measured by money because they simply have no quantifiable value, and so they get left out (discounted). How do we turn this around? And furthermore, how do we optimize our “value measuring” systems to be accountable to the real wealth that is created and to the well being of all instead of making real wealth and real relationships beholden to the measure.The conference will be looking at these critical philosophical questions and the obscure world of monetary systems change: complementary currencies, micro credit, slow money and new ways of accounting and book keeping that maximize the amount of wealth creation, flow, collaboration and innovation to occur within and without business and non-profit organizations while accounting for the health of the environment and society. It will be exploring mysterious overlap between spirituality and money. There will be special talks on synergy between the technological space around mutual credit creation, value measurement and wealth acknowledgment. If you are a veteran or simply interested in learning more or getting involved, this conference is for you.I don’t know what will become of this gathering. My hope is that it will be a continuation of an emerging movement to penetrate into the Gordian Knot that is our monetary system. The last conference that I organized under the Schumacher Society I know was a life changing event for many of the people because it invoked in peope the sheer magnitude of this this issue. I expect that this upcoming conference in Seattle will be an appropriate follow up gathering for those who were present and for those who missed the conference at Bard College.For more information email unmoneyconvergence (at) gmail (dot) com

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  1. Dear Chris,

    I’m overjoyed by this convergence unconference, which is a crucial coming together of various constituencies.

    I have created quite a bit of documentation here at http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:Money , which could be useful to some of the attendees.

    In particular I have created a page listing people working on various open money infrastructures, here at

    If only they could get together to define some common open standards and interoperable modules!!

    I cannot attend, but if you could send any additional documentation my way, I’ll gladly included in our wiki, which can be used worldwide for interconnecting various initiatives, even after the conference,

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 4 months ago
  2. Hello Michel! Good to see your post here. I’ve been posting, as you may know, about changing the definition and perception of money since 2003-2004 and just gave a monetary literacy talk at the Public Library. I am happy to see this convergence, and I may not be able to attend due to other commitments. Yet this subject is of far reaching consequence and must be brought to the attention of socially engaged youth around the world somehow.

    People need to be educated where the dysfunctions of capitalism (blindspots) are coming from in order to create a holistic, self-secure and sustainable currency system. To get the fear out of the subject I started a discussion pod at Zaadz now gaia.com

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 3 months ago
  3. I found this convergence over google, and while I will not be able to attend this convergence because I am going to a similar convergence in Ashland, Oregon, I would like to inform all of you of the “open money” effort here in Portland, OR called Community Way-Portland. Our website is http://www.communityprosper.org. We are in process of developing a social networking site that will advance our “Community Way” efforts. To learn more about the Community Way system, please visit http://www.openmoney.org/cw/index.html.

    Good luck on your convergence and I encourage all of you to write me after Aug. 16th to let me know of your progresses. I will forward your link to my associates and friends in the Seattle area.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 9 months ago

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