MoneyLab considers interventions in and experiments with digital economy. MoneyLab is a network of artists, activists, and geeks experimenting with forms of financial democratization.
The Arts-Economic Nexus
In a recent article on the World Policy Journal, Dette Glashouwer talks about her Money Project which you will be able to find out more about at the MoneyLab conference, where Dette will hold a theatrical performance. Read the article here.
Interview with Stephen Musoke on Mobile Money in Uganda
I met Stephen Musoke in the office of the i-network, a Ugandan ICT for development NGO in Kampala where he told me about his mobile money research. I am happy that he will present his insights at the MoneyLab event next week, here in Amsterdam. Stephan is a self-taught software engineer with experience in the [...]
Investment crowdfunding for film
While the long-established Kickstarter recently reached a record-breaking 1 billion $ in pledges, new crowdfunding platforms are just launching. A particularly interesting one is Passion First Funding Portal, addressing the film industry. What’s particular about it? It’s the first crowdfunding platform designed after the 2012 newly-voted regulation JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act) in [...]
MoneyLab program booklet
The MoneyLab program booklet has arrived, proudly conceived by our designers (VosBrenner.net) and team. Check out the conference program, sessions descriptions and speakers. Then, be sure to book your ticket for the conference.
Introducing MoneyLab speakers: Brett Scott on open source finance
Financial democracy requires bypassing large unaccountable institutions and reconnecting people to the reality of their money — by producing it ourselves. Brett Scott is a strong advocate of a participatory culture that would question and redesign current financial systems. He has an academic background in social and economic research and works as a consultant in alternative finance [...]
Alternative currencies become more popular in The Netherlands
Just at the end of last year, the Dutch government was alerting people against trusting alternative currencies such as bitcoin, citing their highly volatile exchange rates and no accountable issuing institution. Apart from the worldwide bitcoin success, local currencies are gaining more and more momentum. In the United Kingdom, London has the Brixton pound. In [...]
Crowdfunding: Determinants of Success and Failure
With popular crowdfunding platforms reporting millions of euros raised in just one year’s time, crowdfunding success might seem to come easy. Yet more than half of projects submitted on Kickstarter, one of the most prominent crowdfunding platforms, fail (Kickstarter stats). Why? Those who have crowdfunded know that to successfully raise the set amount of money is a [...]
Upcoming event: New Industries Conference by HMVK Dortmund
A growing number of inquiries are being made worldwide into the deeper roots of the financial crisis, as well as the the implications of technological developments in financial mechanisms for both the creative industry and society at large. This is the case with the New Industries Conference: Money and Debt in the Post-Industrial World , a four-day event [...]
M0N3Y AS AN 3RROR: ONLINE EXHIBITION
“M0N3Y AS AN 3RRROR | MON3Y.US“ is an online exhibition on the subject of Money & Error, organized and produced by M0US310n.net: an independent initiative, founded and directed by Bernardo Villar, for the promotion and support of Net.Art & Digital Art. M0N3Y AS AN 3RROR showcases a wide variety of works by both renown and [...]
Media narratives on Bitcoin: common arguments against the crypto-currency
Follow-up to the previous post on “7 Common arguments in favor of Bitcoins” in diverse media discourses, this post is dedicated to the other side of the (bit)coin: 7 most common arguments against it. 1. Bitcoins are not serious money as they have no legal tender Bitcoin’s disruptive and independent model does raise valid questions in [...]