Author: jf

A note to Mark Shuttleworth

I attended Mark Shuttleworth keynote presentation this morning at the Open World Forum, Paris. Mark is the founder of Ubuntu. During yesterday’s post, I wondered whether I would connect with him and give him the opportunity to explore and our work on free currencies. The conclusion is I liked what he said, I liked his simplicity. So I gave him the note on a piece of paper… Paris, 1st October 2009 Mark, We are about to launch the free currencies. Free currencies will be to money what open source / free software is to proprietary software. In the next years, millions of currencies will flourish on the Net and through our cell phones. They will serve for markets (buy/sell), but also for building intangible wealth such as trust, expertise, attention, reputation, recognition, and so on. They will free humanity from the current scarcity models based on Pareto laws of condensation, that leave full regions and sectors undermonetized. We are a group of people committed to make it a reality. Very very soon. For the protocol and infrastructure: check http://MetaCurrency.org For the spaces where these free currencies will flow: check http://flowplace.org For our work on collective intelligence: check http://TheTransitioner.org As for my own commitment to these next currencies, I will soon fully leave the conventional monetary system to enter in the next open one, next 2010. Your contribution to this...

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Open World Forum… open or closed?

I just went by the Open World Forum this afternoon, it takes places in Paris Oct. 1-2, 2009. As I will speak tomorrow Friday 2, from 2 to 4pm, I wanted to feel the atmosphere. I confess I was surprised by some sort of “grey” energy. I felt no joy, no jubilation. There were only men almost, the whole event being packaged in one of those congress centers, with carpet everywhere, and wifi, and hostesses, and badges… I just felt only conventionalism. No energy of conquest, no youth, no new things… It’s the opportunity to question myself on what’s next. Tomorrow morning, Mark Shuttleworth , founder of Ubuntu, comes as keynote. I usually don’t like to spend time in plenary sessions because usually I get bored and don’t learn many things. The reason why I will get there tomorrow is to feel the guy. If he comes, of course, because it’s quite common that keynotes are announced and they appear as visio-conference. I feel intrigued by Mark Shuttleworth. He seems t have had a real vision with Thawte, then Ubuntu. Would he be open to free currencies? Would he understand them? How prepared is his consciousness? Would he be a selfless supporter? Or did he, like so many others, fall back into “mainstream”, once conquests for reputation and power are done? That’s what I would like to feel tomorrow....

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Last day in Mexico, announcing the Vow of Wealth

Today is my last day of a one month retreat in Mexico. It has been an incredible crucible for an inner alchemical transformation. I am extremely grateful to Fernanda for creating such a safe nest so I could open myself to the next phase of my life. This retreat has brought me the Vow of Wealth, that is now open and public in this present blog. On the practical level, this Vow leads to leaving the conventional monetary system. In a few months I won’t use any conventional money anymore. Most of my social life will rely on free currencies in a gift economy context. This shift raises tons of questions. I am aggregating them here in this new Wagn site. I am expecting people to contribute, add, improve. Although its a personal Vow, its consequences can’t be anything else than collective! I feel like a little ant facing a huge mountain to climb. I am at the same time very excited, and scared, and in deep peace. Depends on which level I speak. And I am thrilled to share what this journey is going to be. With love, joy and gratitude, as always!...

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When you undertake something…

When you undertake something, know that you will have against you: those who wanted to make the same thing, those who wanted the opposite, and the vast majority of those who wanted to do nothing… — Confucius...

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