In the context of the Talent Exchange, which of these statements are conceptually true and which are false? “I’ve got two hundred Talents left” “I’ve run out of Talents” “He now owes me five hundred Talents” “I gave him a hundred Talents in exchange” “I borrowed two hundred Talents” “I transferred seventy Talents to his […]
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“New Economy” or “Noconomy”
In the midst of the Coronacrisis we hear many calls for a “new economy”. These come from both sides: from the upholders of the current economy, and from those who have always longed for a more relaxed, less destructive and exploitative one. Is it possible to create a “new economy” by reforming the current one; […]
What is the Difference Between Talents a...
Many who join the Talent Exchange see little difference between Talents and money. After all, both are used in a similar way to “get stuff”. Some believe that both are representations of “energy” and ultimately “do the same thing”. On a superficial level, these observations are correct. Both are a means of exchange, used to […]
Free Yourself from the Grids!
In last week’s post we discussed the notion of self-reliance. This week we continue along the same vein, but look at what it is that keeps us dependent and reliant on the unreliable reality that was once called “normal”. Our dependency comes through our reliance on the various grids that make up the matrix woven around us. “Grids” […]
The government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak has impoverished millions, created massive unemployment, destroyed businesses, disrupted supply chains and eroded our freedoms. We are left on our own to cope with the aftermath, meaning that we have to take personal responsibility for our lives. Consequently, there has been a turn towards self-reliance and a realisation […]
The Talent Exchange is an exchange system. It is designed to facilitate exchange without using money. But, as we have witnessed during this period of lockdown, it is not terribly useful when we are not in a position to physically provide or receive much. The money-based exchange system appears to continue working because some “essential” […]
Where do the levies go?
Have you ever wondered what happens to the levies that are part of every transaction on the Talent Exchange? When you enter a transaction, you will see the amount of the transaction that goes towards the levy. Currently the levy rate of the CTTE is set at 2%. This means that 2% of the amount […]
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
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 […]