Douglas Rushkoff thinks that the next step for open source is to create its own monetary currencies:
Open Source or, in more common parlance, "complementary" currencies are collaboratively established units representing hours of labor that can be traded for goods or services in lieu of centralized currency...Systematic favor trading == ironclad tax evasion!
It's what the Japanese did at the height of the recession. No, not the Japanese government, but unemployed Japanese people who couldn't afford to pay healthcare costs for their elder relatives in distant cities. They created a currency through which people could care for someone else's grandmother, and accrue credits for someone else to take care of theirs...
Turning currency into an collaborative phenomenon is the final frontier in the open source movement.
- Judith Harris, the independent-researching grandma who argues that peers, not parents, determine child development, claims she has not been refuted.
- Stewart Brand tells historians to make policy recommendations, pointing to the book Thinking In Time: The Uses of Hustory for Decision Makers.
- Phil Zimbardo says heroism is as banal as evil.
- Robert Schank says "Schools need to be replaced by safe places where children can go to learn how to do things that they are interested in learning how to do."
- Richard Nisbett says that we chronically misidentify the motivations for our own actions.
- Rudy Rucker endorses panpsychism, which I agree is the only convincing explanation for conciousness, however weird it sounds.
- Ali G's uncle suggests that we build a political culture that chooses politicians based on their ability to listen and empathize, not their confidence and hardheadedness. Actually, this is a pretty unrealistic, useless idea. But it's Ali G's uncle!
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