I have been digging into Rushkoff since watching his NYTM presentation recently.
So far, this video on currency has been the best:
One of Rushkoff’s other videos I found (included below) contains the following anecdote: a restauranteur who could not get a loan from the bank, sold “Comfort Dollars.” For $100 US dollars, you could get $120 comfort dollars to spend at the restaurant when it opened. Through these community investments, he funded a new restaurant.
Rushkoff’s ideas about “Craigsbucks” and “Comfort Dollars” feel more real or natural than the debt based economy we seem to have right now. I wonder if his ideas appeal to me because of their apparent simplicity and my lack of any real understanding of how our economy works, or if his theories would actually provide a more stable economic path going forward.
Rushkoff at NYTM:
Vid promoting Rushkoff’s book:
Andy is going to loan me Rushkoff’s book once he’s finished with it and I’ll post some more thoughts once I finish it. For now, enjoy the vids if you stay in tonight and post any thoughts in the comments.