What it means to be Administrator

Being Administrator

When you send in an application for a new exchange group you automatically become the Administrator of the exchange. The CES web site is just a tool for managing the exchange, it is not the exchange itself.

Many have registered new exchanges expecting that by doing so the exchange would simply create itself when people join and begin to trade. In practice this does not happen. An exchange is a real life, on-the-ground entity. It has to start on the ground and it has to exist on the ground, not in cyberspace. It has to be promoted in the community and it constantly has to involve activities that bring users together, such as markets, meetings and other events. It has to have one or more champions who are passionate about promoting the idea of an alternative or complementary exchange system in the area where the exchange operates.

Being Administrator comes with certain responsibilities and duties. The Administrator has access to the administrative interface, which has a host of tools for managing the exchange. The Administrator's duties include the following:

Apart from the above the Administrator needs to promote the exchange in the community to ensure its growth to a position of critical mass, when the exchange tends to take on a life of its own.

Often the Administration consists of a committee and the tasks of administration are shared. Every exchange is different.

Please consider the above before sending in your application for a new exchange. Administration is a rewarding position but for an exchange to be a success it does require some effort!