When you are providing something, especially something of considerable value, it is good to know beforehand if the member who will receive it is a responsible trader. By ‘responsible’ we mean someone who is not a ‘taker’ and who gives back to the community more or less the same amount as they receive. It is […]
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Is the Talent Exchange a Bartering Syste...
Have you ever had to explain what the Talent Exchange is to someone who has never heard about it? Usually the conversation goes something like this: “So what is this Talent Exchange thing?” “It’s a system where people buy and sell without using money.” “Oh, you mean a bartering system?” “No, it’s not barter because […]
Documentary on Tim Jenkin, founder of th...
Prior to founding the Community Exchange System (CES) in 2003, Tim Jenkin found fame as an anti-apartheid activist in the 1970s. He broke out of Pretoria prison in 1979 and is currently the subject of a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as Tim. Watch a documentary here on Tim’s escape
“I have too many Talents and can’t find
How many times have you heard members report that they have removed or hidden their offers because they “have too many Talents” and can’t find anything to spend them on? In other words, they are now inactive and have decided to defer their claim against the community until “the community” offers something worthwhile. While this […]
Who is the Talent Exchange ‘Policeman’?
From time to time issues arise in the Talent Exchange that anger and irritate users: members exceeding their debit and credit limits; members having no offerings; members asking for more Rands than Talents; members using the exchange to promote their Rand businesses; flaky, meaningless offerings given in order to get an account; members who never respond to […]
Are Talents Money?
From time to time the Talent Exchange gets accused of being “just another money system”. Is this the case? Are Talents just another form of money? To be able to answer this question, we first need to be clear on what money is. Then we can make the comparison. According to the classical definition, money is anything […]
The Talent Exchange’s Magic Number: Zero
In the conventional economy there is no magic number. The object of the money game is to get the highest number possible — to get rich! Being rich is described as “successful” and when we are rich we can engage in some ostentatious spending so that our friends and neighbours can see that we are […]