I am new to edgeryders, My name is Akul and I came web hopping via a facebook group on charles eisensteins proposals.
This project as I would put it, clicks with what I had in my mind. I’ve checked on the Multi swap site earlier this year and was hoping to find a group that could pull off an exchange engine to implement it.
I would like to point out and ask a few things based on the https://edgeryders.eu/system/files/EconomyApp-DetailedDescription.pdf pdf doc:
- The businesses on a large scale don't always follow an instant barter or product transportation. The essence of keeping some form of bill in exchange of service "monetized" and controlled by few eventually led to a debt based economy in a way. But the idea of keeping a digital transaction or a reciept of services in a local economy run off by a local currency has two advantages:
- The two agencies/party are reachable - The Trust factor prevails
- The problem of local currency can be sold by Interfacing local currency with fiat money
- The transaction can happen digitally as offered in a closed loop circuit, as outlined in the document but in real life, people/organizations usually don't "trade stuff" instantly as far as raw/natural resources is concerned. As in the case of overseas transportation. The flypside of local collaborative consumption are many. And we shouldn't ignore the benefits a globalized economy offers, the medical,products based,tertiary and secondary market lifestyle and health benefits that people get are mostly due to a global network of trade. I understand this probability of forming closed loops greatly increases when a larger set of elements is gamed together - in our case the whole businesses in the current economy
My Proposal is - An effective prototype of “Trust Calculator” based P2P barter between 2 users exchanging in any desired currency local/nonlocal and their ability to send and accept it in any of their desired currency by interfacing alternatve currencies with fiat money.
21The tolerance can be provided by (1) users configuring an “acceptable loss” percentage for their barter deals, (2)
users pre-charging an account once with a moderate amount of legal tender (<100 EUR), which the algorithm then
uses as a buffer for generating barter deals, keeping the money on the account fluctuating around its original
amount, (3) a combination of the previous.
As I understand it (but I would like to understand it with a demo if someone can clarify “Tolerance for dummies”) Tolerance Point 2 - Users pre charging with a nominal amt of legal tender - Which means there is an option to fill in my proposal- If local currencies can be interfaced with this nominal amt in the same unified account of that user, he is free to to exchange services as a bill/voucher.
This is particularly for B2B Network exchanges and alternative trading exchanges where organizations lend their services or products and esp is there is a shipment ordered, you know, say in the case of amazon.com, that you have paid for a “Big Costly Something” and it is supposed to reach you by this date XXYY. Similary, if exisiting B2B trade could be implemented using the system being offered by economy app, while still keeping the currency, localized currencies would just act as receipts and vanquish once the order is dealt with/received.
Extension of the proposal:
I am working on a network prototype that monitors the trading histories and builds trust between trading elements and gives each element/user/organization to monitor/track “trading strength” with all the other users - Which is a personal call for each organization/party/user to make; so if we provide a way to show this insight, the User lets say using a mobile app is better able to “Pay/Trust” ( Currency as a form of Trust?) the Seller/Buyer; the more they exchange the dense this bond grows and it actually enchaces local trade - a local body /network is a local union and transparent market exchange, digitally transacted and shown in that local marketplace helps everyone keep in check all the transactions happening between parties (FIgures and Things traded still abstracted ofcourse); But just like a Right to Information - for any corrupt practice during any transaction detected, the users/parties exchanging could be requested to show their record; THis is a proposed platform model Economy App could extend its features with.
Thus this kind of automated trust building could enchance business dealings more while keeping local currencies in the flow and inflation proof(since they are local and not being imposed upon some far off economy with any interests rates). THe second feature is insights into trust building.
The closed loop network offered can scale globally keeping these vouchers as proof of transactions actually while actual items might take time to be transported (esp in big business dealings); The idea is when a “Scale of Trust” is formed within a closed circle, as also suggested in CMB/Economy App, the Actual Figure of Dealings with all the concerned parties could be better decided by the offerings/buying parties. Otherwise the problem as I find it is not just solving the matter of network bartering to Close the loop and suffice everybody’s wants but to actually make sure the other person actually gets/offers what they have promised to - Unless you want it to remian in a closed room, very limited known market with people already knowing each other, bigger models usually require interactions where people don’t know each other and the Need to Buy something is an “Immediate One”; people wouldn’t wait to find out when the network loop closes; Until the Loop closes you keep a voucher with you - Some Method could be devised how the value of that voucher devaluates - you get what you want, the seller still sells his product /service on time - the moment a loop closes and everybody’s exchange is balanced out - the Bill/Voucher/Local Currency devaluates logarithmically;
This is a very interesting path im willing to work on. And I am going over the code provided in the repo as well (although im not a Ruby person prefer c++/python and would love to contribute)