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For cities and companies, the value of virtual currency

The Hub is one of my favorite models for coworking spaces. They have their own currency: the Ven. Stan Stalnaker’s TechCrunch article is Bitcoin, Ven and the End of Currency. He provides an overview of virtual currency, and shares some … Continue reading

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Design principles illustrated by long-enduring common-pool resource institutions

Elinor Ostrom was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for “her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons“. In her paper “Self-Governance and Forest Resources” she identifies when organizations should be governed as common pool resources, and what the governance principles are. … Continue reading

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Checks, balances, and alternatives

In Ur, a person was responsible for his or her actions: “13. If a man is accused of sorcery he must undergo ordeal by water; if he is proven innocent, his accuser must pay 3 shekels. 14. If a man accused the wife … Continue reading

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Equity

The Code of Ur-Nammu has a preface that tells how the people came to be united. It tells its core principles “of equity and truth…. equity in the land; he banished malediction, violence and strife” and sets measurements. It also … Continue reading

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Code of Ur-Nammu

Source: “Code of Ur-Nammu” at Wikipedia Written: 2100 BC-2050 BC. Credited to king Ur-Nammu of Ur (2112-2095 BC). Maybe written by his son Shulgi. The Constitution …After An and Enlil had turned over the Kingship of Ur to Nanna, at that time did Ur-Nammu, son born … Continue reading

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