Category: Politics & Economy

Towards an Economy of Flow

A while ago I read an article in the Guardian which states that in order to combat climate change we don’t just need to switch to renewable energy, we need to create a new economic system. I have been doing some research of monetary systems and the economic eco systems they create for a while and...

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The missing link in our sustainibility story

On the 25th of June 2016 I participated in the first civic council of Antwerp (in Dutch) and on the agenda was a fund for sustainability projects. I think it’s a great idea to have a fund for that! Very happy that Antwerp is investing in sustainability! But what is meant by sustainability? It’s one of those terms...

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Fixing the economy, eradicating poverty and making taxes obsolete

Yes, it is possible! It can be done with a new kind of currency. It’s an idea that has been brooding in my mind for about a year now and recently the final puzzle piece fell into place. I’ll start with a short introduction to our current state of affairs and then I’ll lay out the goals to be...

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Our insane addiction to jobs

When you hear any political candidate today, job creation will always be mentioned somewhere in their rhetoric. It does not matter in which side of the political spectrum they reside. The voting public also demands jobs, jobs, jobs. Up to the point where job creation seems to become the highest achievable good. It has become such...

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Democracy, can we actually vote for it?

The Western world claims to be a democracy. With lobbyists and big money having so much influence that statement might be up for debate. But we still have a vote to get the right people to power, don’t we? It depends on how you look at it. What is the influence of our voting system...

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The nature of money – Part 4: The alternatives

The year was 1932 and the small town of Wörgl in Austria was caught up in the great depression, just like the rest of the world. When Michael Unterguggenberger (1884-1936) was elected mayor of Wörgl, the city had 500 jobless people and another 1,000 in the immediate vicinity. Furthermore, 200 families were absolutely penniless. The...

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The nature of money – Part 3: How money is created

Now that we established what money actually is is and what it costs us, the next question beckons: where does it come from and how does the monetary system actually work? The source of money Where does money come from? Where is it actually created? I’ve posed this question to a lot of people. It’s a...

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The nature of money – Part 2: The hidden costs

Have you ever been asked: How does your work contribute to society? What values does your product support? What is your impact? When you want to start a new business or design a new product, one of the first questions you will likely get is: what is your business model? Or in other words, how are...

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