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"Well, it's one for the money,

    In February, Kohkoku magazine published the open money manifesto, announcing the Japan open money project - jomp. This declaration of virtual money independence gave the broad outline of expected developments, and made a few specific predictions.

      - two for the show

        In April, we published the theory of open money and the means to explore that theory - LETSplay - the game that can tell you all you really need to know about money, "real" and virtual.

          - three to get ready

            In June, it was all about the cc (community currencies) college, patterns of trading, naming systems, operations and administration. It was the works, the necessary and sufficient ways and means, the nuts and bolts of the cc systems organization.

              - and it's go man go

                In August, it's..."go". It's the next step, and the only one that counts. Nothing starts without it and there's no time to lose. There are serious and urgent problems, for which open money provide the solutions.

You can do anything that you want to do,

    All the pieces are here - the software, the network, the organizational designs, and the basic instructions.

      - but uh-huh honey, .....

        - it's good to know some steps before you take to the floor ......

          ...don't you step on my blue suede shoes

            Carl Perkins 1956 Hi Lo Music/Unichappell Music, Inc.


it's the next thing to do - just go

Often, in games and life, there's a point when you suddenly know what's happening. Things snap into focus, the pieces add up, the chips have fallen and can be counted. Sometimes that's also when you realise that up until then, you really had no idea. The game of "go" can be a succession of such moments. You suddenly realise your stones are surrounded, captured - that you weren't seeing what mattered, or maybe weren't even looking in the right direction.

It's much like that with open money. So far not many people know this, but the few who do (and the few are more each day) see it more clearly all the time - the cc game is on. It's also getting clearer that the game is not just on, but virtually over and done. The good news is that everyone can win - not much way to lose, really. That much is clear.

Of course, there's much that isn't - precisely how it all unfolds is quite unpredictable. Maybe it will be like mushrooms appearing in a meadow in the morning, or maybe like a box of fireworks going off. You can expect an interesting show.

All the pieces are in place - virtual money is now available. Whenever and wherever we want, we can all start our perpetual money machines (batteries not required). Incentive and urgency are there, and the means, and opportunity. So - what's the matter?

Perception is the matter - it's both the core of the problem and the problem's only solution. Sometimes a simple thing can be almost too big to see. The inevitable riddle that faces every new idea in human society. We can only see what we see, and what we see is what we get, until we see it differently. This is the quintessential paradox of paradigm shift.

So, while everything about cc virtual open money systems is perfectly logical, logic is probably the most difficult way to get your head around the idea - or, rather, to get the idea around your head. Others have found the same difficulty moving new economic ideas into old economic minds -

    "The ideas which are here expressed so laboriously are extremely simple and should be obvious. The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds."

    Preface to General Theory.
    John Maynard Keynes.

the way of monet / money a la monet / monet for money / see money as monet

Try looking at open money as you would look at an impressionist painting - back away a little and let the fragments create the whole. Don't try to think it through, just let your mind make the connections and watch the pieces fall into place.

Act as though you don't quite get it but you feel it's a good thing and let it get you instead.

The materials in this edition of Future Social Design are, like a movie preview, intended to stimulate your imagination, increase your interest and draw you to look deeper. They are a guide to the more detailed materials on the web at openmoney.org where you can explore these ideas and see what your mind makes of them.

The threads that run through this edition of the magazine are

  • the individual imperative - what's in it for "me"? - what's my role in this?
  • the community values - what need's doing around here? - where are our values?
  • the organisation available - how we naturally collaborate if the connections are right, how many individual and diverse interests are linked by cc to create both personal and common wealth
  • the test cases - real virtual systems at work - models and patterns to be followed and developed
  • a general design proposal - a mix of many resources and relationships.

What holds these threads together are the connective systems already in place and increasingly networking - the technical structures and service that hold make it all workable.

What are you waiting for? It's all about money and change. That's really the only thing to get and when you get it, you won't forget it -

change the money, change the world