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At first I was stumped; so I did what anyone called Amber Sofia would do.

I cheated.

Well... Kinda?

See, I have travelled a lot. I have used so many different currencies it's not funny. I have haggled with dirhams in Dubai, donated Australian dollars to charities, and bought bread with euros.

So I was running out of currencies to use, when I decided the money I was going to use, wasnt money at all. It was more like trading. I do something for you, you do something for me.

So what happened was mum did me a few favours, got me some cavases/pains/art materials I needed (because I was running out) and in turn I helped mum. My side of the deal ended up as an extensive cleaning of the house, lifting heavy loads and doing heavy-duty work outside.

I found it more satisfying than an exchange of money through hands. The work was sometimes hard and tiresome, but I felt happier with the overall outcome of the situation. The process of do-something-for-me, do-something-for-you was repeated with my sister, but this time not in relation to objects with an actual material worth, We just helped eachother out. Even though we often do no get on, there was a great sense of comradship.

A future without money is a happy future, but people have become so attached to their bank notes that it would seem impossible. In reality, money is just a number. We place to much value on it. Money makes the world go round, but who wants to sit in a ferrari while people are surviving on little nothing? I couldn't live like that - could you?

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Comment by Carlos Gustavo Flores Ríos on April 1, 2010 at 1:21am
Hey Amber I'd like your utopic vision of the future, but I think there are a lot more issues with a currency-less world
Comment by kiyash on April 1, 2010 at 1:32am
I really like the idea of an economy of work, or of actions. I think it is viable at a community level, and not only that, but actually could be used to strengthen community ties, as you've reported here. Nice post - thank you.
Comment by Joshua Z on April 1, 2010 at 1:51am
Well said. In fact, I have been earning my "rent" in just such an exchange... no actual currency trades hands -- instead I work as an estate steward for a number of hours which are valued according to our agreement. Their house gets cleaned/maintained every week, and I have a roof, internet, food, and privacy.

I think these sorts of exchanges will become more common as we feel the economic crunch close in. While we may always benefit from using a proxy for valued goods/services, ie currency, as it becomes more scarce people will eliminate it more and more in favor of decentralized, local exchanges.
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 11, 2010 at 6:23pm
It is a nice dream. It is also possible at local levels, I think. There are indeed problems. Especially I think of international trade, which is necessary to my my mind. +1 vision

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