A new project called datti is offering a way to build gift economies on a community level by witnessing and memorializing gift transactions using beautiful, pewter coins.
Local currency is often proposed as a way to revitalize
local economies, insulate them from global market forces, and re-create
community. There are at present thousands of them around the world. So what's the catch?
Even before we have printed a single note, everywhere we go in
Baltimore people have already heard of the BNote, and businesses are
signing on to accept them when we launch next year. We are finding that people are very receptive to the idea of an
alternative economic system – one that will benefit people instead of
It has become sadly common for science popularizers to dismiss philosophy as an empty, altogether useless discipline consisting of circular abstractions. Even scientist Stephen Hawking went as far as to declare philosophy dead. I believe this public dismissal of philosophy, rather than reaffirm science, brings harm to its integrity.
No matter how much religion I had rejected and science I respected, I was never fully willing to give up the idea that there may be purpose, meaning, and love inherent in the building blocks of the universe. But, like many atheists, I had always been turned off by spirituality wrapped up in New Age packaging.