“New Economy” or “Noconomy”

In the midst of the Coronacrisis we hear many calls for a “new economy”. These come from both sides: from the upholders of the current economy, and from those who have always longed for a more relaxed, less destructive and exploitative one. Is it possible to create a...

What is the Difference Between Talents* and Money

Many who join the Community Exchange System see little difference between Talents* and money. After all, both are used in a similar way to “get stuff”. Some believe that both are representations of “energy” and ultimately “do the same...

Free Yourself from the Grids!

In last week’s post we discussed the notion of self-reliance. This week we continue along the same vein, but look at what it is that keeps us dependent and reliant on the unreliable reality that was once called “normal”. Our dependency comes through...

Rediscover Self-Reliance

The response by many governments to the coronavirus outbreak has impoverished millions, created massive unemployment, destroyed businesses, disrupted supply chains and eroded our freedoms. We are left on our own to cope with the aftermath, meaning that we have to take...

Community Exchange Manifesto

Community Exchange Manifesto Short Version Our condition Exchange is the essence of life. For aeons, humans only knew non-monetary exchange. Humanity’s problems started when powerful elites took control of their societies’ means of exchange. Initially, this was...

Is the CES a Bartering System?

Have you ever had to explain what the CES is to someone who has never heard about it? Usually the conversation goes something like this: “So what is this Community Exchange thing?”  “It’s a system where people buy and sell without using...

Are Talents* Money?

From time to time the CES gets accused of being “just another money system”. Is this the case? Are Talents just another form of money? To be able to answer this question, we first need to be clear on what money is. Then we can make the comparison. According to the...

Bitcoin Versus Talents*

A lot of people are getting very excited about Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. Some even question the efficacy of Talents now that there is a global ‘replacement’ for regular money in the form of the crypto-currencies. Bitcoin is the first major...