Have you ever had an “IDEA”?

Perhaps it was a killer app, or 3D print design. Maybe you heard a complaint repeatedly and imagined a service to solve the problem. Or you had a vision of a song, a film, or a book.

Your friends liked your idea. A few of them assured you your idea would make you rich. Others volunteered to help you make your idea a reality.

So, you investigated.  What would it take to convert your idea into a fortune? You could

  • set up an account on Fivrr,
  • create a shop on Apple or Google Play,
  • negotiate crypto-exchanges on Tor
  • pitch at SXSW

But these venues all have the same weakness.  And that weakness is money. You’re either trying to raise money, or exchange for money.

What if you could trade your idea for other forms of value?  What if could exchange your idea for:

  • products you use, or
  • services you need, or
  • access to groups you aspire to, or
  • expert advice, or
  • places to stay
  • social validation?

What if your idea, or talent, or service, or product could make you wealthy without “money”?

That is the value proposition of Community Exchange system.

Extracted from: https://www.community-exchange.org/home/

A World Free of Money

There are many ways of exchanging what we have and can do for the things we need. Money is just one of them. The internet revolution has brought us new ways without the unnecessary step of acquiring money first. Here we exchange and share what we have to offer for what others provide using a variety of exchange methods: record keeping, time exchange, direct exchange, barter, swapping, gifting and sharing. Simply by keeping track of who receives what from whom we can dispense with the ancient idea of exchange media and the apparatus required to manage them. This helps us focus on providing and requesting what is really needed instead of chasing after money.

Extracted from: https://www.community-exchange.org/home/how-it-works/

How It Works

The Community Exchange System (CES) is a web service that provides the tools for communities to set up and manage exchange and trade in their areas without using money. It also provides communities with a network that permits them to trade with other communities, wherever they are in the world.

The main object of the CES is to facilitate trade and exchange by providing a range of non-monetary exchange methods. This helps to build community by connecting people and providing a local support network.

By ‘trade’ we mean the normal activities of providing goods and services by ‘givers’, ‘producers’, ‘sellers’ or ‘providers’, and the receiving of these by ‘buyers’, ‘customers’, ‘clients’, ‘patients’, ‘consumers’, ‘receivers’, etc.

The CES serves two basic functions:

  • it is an online exchange system that facilitates exchange in a number of different ways
  • it is an online ‘marketplace’ where users advertise their skills, offerings and requirements

A new feature has been added to the CES softwaretime that allows you to record the time you have provided to other users. To get to it, log into your account and click on the [Trading] button at top, and then select Record Hours from the drop-down menu.

This new feature is really useful for barter/swap arrangements where the exchange is one hour of your time for one hour of someone else’s time. This feature allows you to keep a record of the hours you have provided. The recipient of your time can likewise record hours they have provided to you and the details will show in your combined records.


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