MoneyLab #11: Disaster Capitalism

Program of MoneyLab #11, organised and hosted by Supermarkt, Berlin, online event only, March 26-28, 2021.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

4:00 – 4.30pm
Welcome to MoneyLab Berlin: Thoughts on Disaster Capitalism
by Ela Kagel, initiator of MoneyLab Berlin & managing partner of SUPERMARKT and Geert Lovink, initiator of MoneyLab and founder of the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam. Host: Ela Kagel.

4:30pm – 5:00pm
Welcome by the MoneyLab board: Short statements by its members Denise Thwaites, Max Haiven, Nate Tkacz, Geert Lovink, Akseli Virtanen and Ela Kagel.


5:00pm – 5:45pm
DAO, DGOV, DIWO, DECAL – a roundup of shared experiences with empowering self-organised collectives through distributed forms of governance and technology. A conversation with Ruth Catlow, co-founder of Furtherfield and Decentralized Art Lab (DECAL) & Ela Kagel (SUPERMARKT).

6:00pm – 7:00pm
The Essentials of DisCO – An introduction into the P2P/Commons, cooperative and Feminist Economic alternative to Decentralised Autonomous Organizations (or DAOs). Talk, followed by Q&A, by Irene Lopez de Vallejo, co-founder of, project lead for Commons Transition and co-founder of the P2P translation collective Guerrilla Translation.

7:00pm – 8:00pm
TRUST – Shared Infrastructures and Imaginaries
An introduction to Trust – a collective project for the research, development and maintenance of shared infrastructures and imaginaries based in Berlin. A presentation by Arthur Röing Baer, Calum Bowden and Joanna Pope.

8.00pm – 9:30pm
MONEY TALKS – A Call-in Show
>>> NFTs and Crypto Art <<< Facilitated by ECSA & members of the MoneyLab community.

9:30pm – 11:00pm
MONEY LAB Community Call-in: Across the Timezones
This session is dedicated to the wider MoneyLab community in different regions and time zones. We invite you to get in touch with us if you want to present your project or announce special events in this call. We look forward to a lively exchange with you! Facilitated by members of the MoneyLab board.

Saturday March 27, 2021

10:30am – 11:00am
Welcome to Day 2 of Money Lab: Monetary Experiments and Economies for Arts & Culture. Hosted by Ela Kagel.


Community Currencies, Social Capital & Basic Income
Discussion with Valentin Seehausen, Julio Linares, Blanka Vay, moderated by Inte Gloerich.

12:00am – 13:30pm
How to start a Community Currency as a non-profit?
Workshop by Valentin Seehausen (Social Coin Siegen/Open Currency Technology). Based on the example of Social Coin Siegen, Valentin Seehausen is going to introduce participants into the design of community currencies. Participants can expect insights into token engineering, community activation, marketing work and will get an idea on how to avoid common mistakes. Valentin will also share basic knowledge around the creation of a demurrage UBI system, so that everyone gets a clear idea of what creating a community currency actually entails. This workshop is particularly designed for members of non-profits that are interested to start a community currency. No special skills or preparations needed.

3:30pm – 15:00pm
CIRCLES – Build Local Economy Together
Workshop by Blanka Vay & Julio Linares (CIRCLES cooperative). Circles is a basic income made to promote local economy within your community. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the Circles token economy and will work on their own strategy on how to implement Circles as a basic income means in their communities, neighbourhoods or projects. Those who have no Circles wallet yet will be guided through setting up their own wallet, so they can start collecting TRUST right away. This workshop is for community managers, cultural workers, basic income activists & everyone involved in building micro-economic structures in their neighbourhood.

12:00 – 14:00
Socialising Tokens
Where is the social in social tokens and what implications does quantification have on online communities? A discussion looking at the emergent field of social tokens and digital community currencies, unravelling metrics of value, models of access and exclusion, and the tension between community and public interests.


14:00 -15:15pm
Participatory Governance Tools in Cultural Policy: How digital automation could radically advance the aims of an organisation and its techno-organisational mechanisms. Yael Sherill (freelance curator & cultural manager) will be joined by Janina Benduski (program director at LAFT Berlin) for a deep-dive into new modes of cultural organising.

16:30pm – 17:15pm
The Sphere: Towards New Ecologies of Funding for the Arts: The Sphere aims to become a place of mutually transformative exchanges and development between artistic processes (art flows) and funding practices (economic flows), pragmatically experimenting with new modes of funding in the arts and beyond.
A participatory online session by Erik Bordeleau and the Sphere Crew.

17:30 – 18:30pm
Black Swan DAO
Black swan is a digital initiative enabling governance mechanisms and collective fund allocation for communities of creative practitioners. Laura and Calum introduce the project and present findings from recent governance experiments. A talk by Laura Lotti and Calum Bowden, TRUST.

Invisible Economy is creating an economic model for the arts based on intrinsic motivations and social norms called the Invisible Economy. It allows a global community of artists to create collaborative digital art driven by intrinsic motivations, and receive a social dividend regardless of the free-market while creating collective long-term wealth. A talk by Lenara Verle,

Collective Action: Drink & Draw. Hosted by Lenara Verle.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Opening Day 2 by Ela Kagel


11:30am – 12:30pm
Session by Economic Space Agency
ECSA is formulating a grammar for expressing post-capitalist economic organizations. As part of this process, we’re offering XORG Initiative, together with Supermarkt, Robin Hood Coop, BlockScience, m-cult, Breadchain, among others. XORG utilizes games as a structural medium for organizations. The different fields of game design suggest different methods for drafting organizations. For example, roleplaying games offer structures for meaningful events and forging novel social entities. Hosted by Akseli Virtanen & Pekko Koskinen.

Against Housing Speculation: Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co
The Berlin initiative Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co! seeks to facilitate a referendum to re-municipalise the housing stock of major housing companies in Berlin. In her talk, Rabea Berfelde proposes a vision of a democratically controlled housing association that serves the common good, rather than the real estate market. Talk by Rabea Befelde.

How Amazon became the Death Star of the Covid-19 Pandemic
Yonatan Miller, tech worker, trade union organizer and co-founder of Berlin vs Amazon, will present his insights on how Amazon became the pandemic giant, reaping large profits amid a global health crisis. Where are Amazon’s relentless expansion and automation headed? Why is this unprecedented monopolization of power and finance a threat to workers, customers and basically everyone? Are there any ways to resist Amazon? Talk by Yonatan Miller.

Tools for Reimagining Better Worlds Through Collaboration
In this conversation, Rachel Uwa and Ela Kagel will look on strategic approaches, online tools, facilitation methods and cultural aspects of self-organization, aimed at creating a curriculum for digital self-management in groups and collectives. This session provides an opportunity for community organizers to call-in and engage in strategizing on how to strengthen collectives online. Conversation by Rachel Uwa and Ela Kagel.

String Figures – The Threads Connecting Us
This mapping workshop by Ailie Rutherford will be rounding off MoneyLab Berlin with a collaborative exercise in exploring the inextricable threads that connect us all. Created by Ailie Rutherford and Bettina Nissen, this digital digital mapping work aims to visualise and build decentralised networks for activists founded on a principle of mutual care. Max. number of participants: 10. Booking is essential!

5:00pm – 5:30pm
Closing Session of Money Lab Berlin, Outlook on what’s to come. Hosted by Ela Kagel.