MoneyLab considers interventions in and experiments with digital economy. MoneyLab is a network of artists, activists, and geeks experimenting with forms of financial democratization.
Peter Šurda: Some misconceptions about Bitcoin, and why it is best left ungoverned
Economist Peter Šurda made a case against a hierarchical monetary system in his talk “Why is Bitcoin misunderstood: hierarchical vs. decentralized structure of society”. The barriers set for people to entry the money creation and circulation in a centralized banking system, in combination with discretionary monetary policy, lead to a segmented society that Šurda labels [...]
Fresh projects in the Alternatives Bazaar
The Alternatives Bazaar on stage made its debut with Geheimagentur, a project from Germany that started out as a protest against the conventional banking system and as an art installation (“the bank of burning money”). Later on, the project developed into a solution for impoverished communities in Germany. The switch was from burning money to [...]
Eduard de Jong: Towards an open e-currency system
Eduard de Jong started the session on Saturday with a brief history of digital currencies. First of all, he explained, it is important to understand what we mean when we say “electronic currency”: electrons that represent monetary value. The value is transferable and the electrons are on a wire, in silicon, in a magnet. De [...]
Bill Maurer: an anthropologist’s take on monetization
Bill Maurer began his session with a statement about the alternative currencies today: “It’s a wild west out there”. Of course, a lot of the emerging payment systems fail along the way. Looking a bit at the origin of alternative currencies, we see the 19th century’s references to the railroad systems. Terms such as “freight” [...]
Ending the MoneyLab event in (hacking) style!
For MoneyLab attendees & interested folks, The hacking community at TechInc (Technologia Incognita) have a wonderful proposal for ending the MoneyLab event. What? An invitation to attend their hack & research space for drinks & discussions on coining alternatives & hacking society. When? Sunday, March 23 after 4 p.m. Where? Technologia Incognita – Amsterdam Hackers [...]
MoneyLab: conference, bazaar, workshops & film program
Meanwhile, at the INC & MoneyLab headquarters: We are preparing the conference, but also the complementary events. Here’s what we have in store for you: Friday, March 21: Four crowdfunding workshops Organizer: Teach2fish Time slots: 1. Crowdfunding workshop for beginners: 09:30-10:30 2. Crowdfunding workshop for advanced: 11:15-12:15 3. Crowdfunding workshop for beginners: 14:00-15:00 4. Crowdfunding workshop [...]
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.