An online lecture and in-depth discussion with Ferananda Ibarra
Friday, October 21 at 6pm EST
What would a living systems inspired economy look like? First, we would see ourselves as a superorganism, working together for the commons and for the evolution of our species. We would understand that economics, social agreements, language are all part of the DNA of our social organism and can be mindfully designed to preserve, create and regenerate life on earth.
In a living systems inspired economy, currencies would enable and shape healthy patterns of flow naturally, like hormones enabling different functions as they flow through our bodies. They would be generated in response to needs and expended in service of life-sustaining activities, building community wealth, trust and coherence; locally, bioregionally and globally. It is possible to align economic activity with the natural flow of energy and resources in the biosphere and currencies have a big role to play for this to happen. Rather than seeking to maximize profit, businesses would seek to optimize flows within the social organism. This would create an economy that is regenerative and adaptive, one that evolves along with the social organism it supports.
In this seminar we will dive into currency design from the perspective of social organisms DNA, flow and the patterns that create stable and healthy social systems.
The universal flows, patterns and principles the cosmos uses to create stable, healthy, and sustainable systems throughout the real world can and must be used as a model for economic-system design
– John Fullerton
Ferananda Ibarra is a civic innovator that has been working at the intersection of living systems, collective intelligence, organizational architecture, economics, entrepreneurship and technology. Her work is focused on the creation of new systems that intrinsically incentivize life-enhancing behaviors at all levels of agency, supporting distributed and conscious participation in our global evolution. She co-founded The Metacurrency Project, Holochain and currently serves as Director of The Commons Engine, a service agency focused on currency design and decentralized tech for commons-oriented projects. The source of her commitment arises from the experience of living systems. Nature gives her powerful keys in her inquiry towards wholeness. Love as a first commitment brings forward a heart intelligence that nourishes her deeply. https://bio.link/ferananda
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