Mutual credit articles

Oct
17
2021
Dave Darby

Does ‘system change’ advocacy mean ‘anti-capitalism’?

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What I mean by system change is system replacement, rather than system tweaking (aka ‘prolonging the agony’). This raises (not begs – please, not begs) three questions:

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Oct
10
2021
Eloise Sentito

Craft production, prices and mutual credit: weaving

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This is the third and final part of an interview with weaver and mutual credit enthusiast Eloise Sentito of These Isles, in which we talk about the prices of craft produce, and how mutual credit can help. Part 1 contained advice for anyone considering a career as a weaver, and part 2 was about the sustainability of craft production.

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Aug
22
2021
Dave Darby

Where’s the problem – politics, economy or population?

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Below are some things that I believe, some that I don’t believe and some that I know. Do you believe similar things? If so, stay in touch. Alternatives are being built – change is coming. Nothing stays the same forever.

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Jul
18
2021
Jon Halle

Community energy, mutual credit and the mutualist economy

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This is the third part of an interview with Jon Halle of Sharenergy, about the prospects for keeping energy production local and mutualised. Here we talk about community energy, mutual credit and mutualisation of the economy. Read more …

Jun
27
2021
Shaila Agha

How ‘chamas’ and mutual credit are changing Africa: Shaila Agha of the Sarafu Network

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Today I’m talking with Shaila Agha of the Sarafu Network about ‘chamas’ and mutual credit, and how they’re changing Africa. Read more …

Jun
20
2021
Dave Darby

What kind of work do we want to do? Is working with our hands passé?

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There’s an approach to life that sees craft jobs, or smallholding and food production, including baking, brewing and beekeeping, as well as any kind of job that involves manual work and dexterity as somehow retrograde and passé, and that ‘work’ now means mainly putting on a suit and travelling to an office to do something-or-other in sectors such as finance, advertising, sales, fashion or PR. Read more …

Jun
13
2021
John Thackara

John Thackara: ‘Strange’ ideas don’t sound so strange in strange times

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This is part 2 of a conversation with John Thackara. In part 1 we talked about what the future might hold for humanity, and here we talk about what our responses might be. ‘Strange’ ideas might be required for strange times. Read more …

Jun
6
2021
Dave Darby

A brief history of money

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Here’s a quick and dirty history of money. Since I’ve been involved in the mutual credit world, I’ve been reading various ‘history of money’ texts, and so I thought I’d organise the notes I’ve taken into a blog article. It’s a half-hour read, to accompany our new ‘Low-impact money’ topic, and I think it gives a good overview of monetary history – but leaving out nonsense like ‘money evolved from barter’, or ‘Kings introduced coins so that their subjects could trade more easily’. If you think anything is wrong, missing or needs more explanation, do let me know in the comments. Read more …

May
26
2021
Dave Darby

Join our presentation: the Credit Commons protocol – tech agnostic, low-friction transactions for all

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You’re invited to join our presentation on the ‘Credit Commons’ – a protocol to connect and unite mutual credit groups globally – on Friday 4 June from 4-5.30pm. Sign up here. Read more …

May
23
2021
Dave Darby

‘Mutualism’ will supersede traditional left vs right politics

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Nature, democracy and community aren’t partisan issues. No-one sensible, of any political persuasion, speaks out against them. They’re essential for human well-being. But they’re being destroyed, and disunity wastes energy and prevents us from being able to do anything about it. Read more …

May
16
2021
Michael Linton

The new Open Money exchange system: Michael Linton, founder of LETSystems

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This is Part 2 of a conversation with Michael Linton – founder of LETS, the moneyless exchange system. In Part 1 we talked about LETSystems and why it didn’t grow in the way Michael would have liked, and in Part 2 we’re going to talk about his new idea – Open Money. Read more …

May
2
2021
Michael Linton

LETS – origins, and what happened next: Michael Linton of LETSystems & Open Money

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This is Part 1 of a conversation with Michael Linton – inventor of LETS, the moneyless exchange system. I want to talk about that, and he has a new idea called Open Money that we’ll talk about in Part 2. Read more …

Apr
18
2021
Will Ruddick

Mutual credit in Africa: interview with Will Ruddick of Grassroots Economics

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I’d like to introduce Will Ruddick, who set up the Grassroots Economics Foundation in Kenya around ten years ago, that runs a very successful mutual credit network (called the Sarafu Network) there. Read more …

Apr
4
2021
Dave Darby

Saving and investment in a mutual credit world

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Nothing we do to try to move to a sustainable, healthy and democratic society will work as long as we have the current money system, because money has two conflicting functions. It can be used to buy and sell things, and it can be used to store, hoard, accumulate and become wealthy with. As long as that’s the case, money will gravitate towards stored wealth, because money attracts money and gives access to the political system. Read more …

Mar
21
2021
Dave Darby

New money stories: the eleven dollar bill

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I’m writing a book – published by Chelsea Green next January – about the possibility of building a new economy around a moneyless, mutual credit core, at a time when money is going to be scarce. I’m often told that the best way to get new ideas across is with a story. Read more …

Mar
7
2021
Dave Darby

Incredible new research: how small businesses can be saved post-Covid

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It seems pretty obvious that there’s a giant economic slump on the way that’s going to sweep away millions of small and medium-sized businesses around the world, so that Amazon can step in to continue to try to take over the entire global economy. Read more …

Feb
21
2021
Brett Scott

The Future of Money (Part 2): with Brett Scott

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This is part 2 of a conversation with Brett Scott, author and specialist in the money system. Here’s his excellent YouTube channel, and I’ll add links to other things we talk about as well. Part 1 is here. Read more …

Feb
7
2021
Brett Scott

The Future of Money (Part 1): with Brett Scott

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Today I’m talking with Brett Scott, author and specialist in the money system. Here’s his excellent YouTube channel, and I’ll add links to other things we talk about as well. Read more …

Jan
24
2021
Dave Darby

Resources to accompany upcoming book on new economy built around mutual credit

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I have a contract to produce a book about growing a new economy, in communities, with mutual credit at the core. This article is a listing of key resources: video interviews I’ve done with relevant people whilst researching the book, plus articles and websites providing additional information. Read more …

Jan
10
2021
Sue Bell

What happened to LETS systems? Sue Bell of Mutual Credit Services

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Today I’m talking with Sue Bell, who was involved for many years in Brixton LETS and the Brixton Pound. She’s now part of a group called Mutual Credit Services (MCS), formed to build mutual credit clubs and to federate them together to build a new kind of moneyless trading system. I want to talk about LETS systems and mutual credit – the similarities and differences – and what happened to LETS systems. Read more …

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