Milk 'n Honey (the movie)

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What is a currency?

What is a currency? - While I know we are still trying to arrive at a really solid definition of this, I think it might be useful to explain in laymen's terms what we mean when we use that word.  It certainly frames the conversation very differently from how people are predisposed to thing about something called "metacurrency."


To bring a wider audience up to speed on our ontologies, the way we use terms like currency.

General Interest

This card is a tag or category to represent people who are interested in the topic of currencies whether from the perspective of alternative currency efforts and advocacy, or just interested in how money is created in financial institutions and how that is evolving.


User Stories:

Put stories here about real or potential people with a general interest in currencies.  Get personal as to what drives people to seek out this space.


  • Currency is not just money
  • Currencies are like the footprints in the snow (recording things that happened in ways that allow others to coordinate their future actions).
  • Currencies are how communities interact with flows
  • Healthy flows make healthy systems.


Wealth Literacy

Wealth literacy -  Let's really distinguish the meaning of a book (or design of a currency) from the broader and more profound issue of literacy.  The printing press enabled universal literacy.  Metacurerncy will enable universal wealth literacy.  This is obviously a really big topic to condense into a 3-4 min video, but dropping some version of these memes on people would really help contextualize what we are up to.



  • Currency is a form of writing.
  • Understanding how to record wealth --> wealth literacy
  • Literacy of systems (feeling the system from the inside).
  • An individual currency design is different from being literate
  • Map vs. Territory. 


New Expressive Categories

What problem are we solving (use cases)? - I can't count the number of times people have asked me this when I try to explain metacurrency.  I think a quick outline of a few use cases metacurrency would enable would really help people understand the context a bit better.....Not solving a problem, creating platform for new possibilities.  Evolving the context.  Do we even want to "solve the problem?" What becomes possible?  Feedback loops are the engine of creation.  Organized for anti-entropy.  What possibility is this creating?



To show the way being able to design and create new currencies not only adds new things, but whole new categories of things, and ways of doing things.  Examples: emergence of Blue in American folk music, the way the piano and its versatility create new possibilities for music.  Electronics for recording and amplification transform musical performance from social production to mass product.

TED talk audience.  Someone willing to research and understand the concepts and has been drawn in.  Ourselves: personal stories of contact with new currencies.

For the viewer to have an experiencial context for the language and thought patterns of the new currency movement.  To meet some of the participants in the field and meet them personally through stories of engagement and transformation.


Stories:  (caution:don't sound utopian)

  • Ecosystem not Zoos
  • Problem space of collaborative action and design
  • Growth vs development: understanding living systems, rather than stopping something. 
  • What we value is wealth, resources aren't wealth. Problem solved is operationalizing the truth of this.
  • Productive vs Reproductive economy. Feminine energy.
  • Adopt-a-grandparent program rather than child-care timebank.


The Economic Shift - The changes that we are undergoing right now. How do we understand the shift that we are in the middle of? How is the game changing? What are the new rules? What does this mean to us and to the "end" of the Industrial Age.



  • land -> labor -> capital -> information
  • non-differentiation, differentiation, dissociation, reintegration
  • reintegration with living systems
  • information feedback loops are how living systems operate
  • Sharing is possible as a mode of production when feedback loops are healthy