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Andre Hoogeveen

Specialist, Apple Computer Inc.

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What benefits and challenges might arise as a result of transitioning from a monetary system to a resource-based society?

In other words, if we were to eliminate all forms of money and bartering, what changes - large and small, positive and negative - might we see?

Thus, imagine a world in which there is a comprehensive accounting of the planet's resources, such as fresh water, arable land, minerals, and animal life. Further contemplate that technology and automation have begun to eliminate dangerous, boring, or repetitive jobs. Finally, take a moment to ponder the possibilities if each person were given the opportunity for a quality education and the ability to reach their highest potential.

Indeed, there is a lot to take in, and no single answer could account for the many facets of such a scenario. Nevertheless, from a position of sustainability, I think we must realistically look at what the monetary system has done, and what ever-developing technology will do.

As you consider your possible answer(s), please reflect on the following:

- The effect of education on the birthrate.
- Ownership of the Earth's resources.
- The concept of "usership" as opposed to the "right of possession".
- The inevitability of "technological unemployment".

I thank you kindly for reading this, and for taking the time to answer!


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    Aug 4 2013: And so we have the gold standard for an exemplarary system whereby we have discussed and divulged the sequence of steps that need to happen to make the posited post a reality.... and then the conversation closes... or rather we were just starting to make inroads and then the conversation closed!!!

    My point here being that , clearly as one of the challenges, we will not most likely be able to resolve the question here and even if we did... what next?

    The reality is, the ENTIRE WORLD functions predominately in a monetary way and as such any proposition to the contrary would effectively be a minority viewpoint.

    In this case, incremental change is the only possible scenario as is leading by example and to me the only viable option forward for a monetary less society.

    That said, there are such things already in play with respect to barter within our modern societies... (see bartercard from memory).

    I have mentioned via TED posts my viewpoints and would now profer the following here.

    TED can provide a conduit for positive social change. If participants can refine their ideas via this medium and then refine their ideas to commercial ready applications, then they could be rolled out and transferred into mainstream society via democratic endorsements via petioned support from the general public, or endorsement and support from political representatives canvassed! : D

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