Transaction Net: Currency Ratings

Welcome to Money Ratings Online, a place where we all can coauthor the future of money. We're focusing attention on several functioning money systems (as well as a few untested technologies and theories), and examining them against social, political, ecological, and economic criteria, in order to derive more elegant recipes for future exchange media.


As soon as you're familiar with these systems and what people have to say about them, add your voice to the discussion by filling in the voting matrix.


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Ease of
Start-up
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How much capital, infrastructure, and participation do you need at first?
Once you've started a nation, it's pretty easy to create a national currency--or just borrow the U.S. dollar.

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Flexibility
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What limits currencies to particular sizes or scales?
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Ease of
Operation
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How complicated, costly, and labor-intensive is maintenance?
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Economic
Effects
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e.g., income, employment, etc.
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Inflationary
Tendencies
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Does the currency itself depreciate?
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Inflationary
Impact
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e.g., the relationship to overall idle capacity, issuing mechanism or control; the results of many such systems operating in tandem?
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Social
Effects
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Does it build or dissolve community ties?
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Political
Effects
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Does it distribute or centralize power? Does it build consensus or polarize factions?
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Ecological
Effects
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Does the system measure long-term value? Does it encourage disposable consumption or biofriendly investments?
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reserve
money
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Ithaca HOURS
Time
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For more background on money systems, visit our Future of Money directory, which features several articles by Bernard Lietaer as well as his new book on Sustainable Capitalism, which we're discussing in a free online conference. Also explore our Community Currencies page, which presents a broad array of resources about alternative money systems from Barter to WIR.


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