Interview 1072 - Jem Bendell on Money and Society

08/10/201521 Comments

What is the nature of money? Did it really evolve out of barter, and, if not, why is that myth so prevalent? What theories of money have been proposed in the past and how do they hold up? What monetary alternatives are on the table and how can they be improved? These are the types of questions that will be explored in a new Massive Open Online Course on "Money and Society" being offered by the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability. Today James talks to course co-creator Dr. Jem Bendell about the course, what topics it will cover, and how people can register to take the course (starting August 23, 2015) for free.

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  1. Corbett says:

    So what do you think, gang? Are there any Corbett Reporteers who are interested in taking this MOOC? Should we make it a collaborative activity of sorts?

  2. awarddimond says:

    Hi James, I’m interested in taking the MOOC. I very much enjoyed the interviews with Matt Slater. I think it would be interesting to do it collaboratively.

  3. Orenda Review says:

    I’m in. Just enrolled at the IFLAS site.

  4. david says:

    Yes I am in. Love open source activity.
    Clearly money has been deeply obfuscated through language, laws and lies.
    People need clarity about money, what it should be and what it should not become.

  5. lundqvist11 says:

    Great idea! Just signed up for it.

  6. Nick Sikorski says:

    HI James, I’ll give it a go, too! Finished an online course two months ago and really enjoyed it, so this’ll be a good follow-on…

  7. Corbett says:

    Glad to see some interest here from fellow Corbett Reporteers. I’ve registered for the course myself and am looking forward to engaging in it. Let’s use this comment space for any additional communication on the course as needed.

  8. Corbett says:

    I’m sure you guys are all aware, but just in case you aren’t the first lesson is now available for download/viewing at the course website.

  9. cee2002 says:

    So….after lesson 2 what do people here think? I would love some feedback from those of you here whom I trust before I pull the plug on this. Thanks!

  10. cee2002 says:

    I talk to myself all the time so this is not a stretch…although I would love some chatter here from others who are familiar with this course and a sense of what others think of it. After lesson three I am even more convinced that the two course originators are the poster boys for Agenda 21. I find that while they are aware of the perils of our present fiat financial system they are either woefully unaware of the Hegelian hand in where we are and the bigger picture or willfully promoting a life under the dome future. Please someone tell me I have my tinfoil hat on too tight yet again and I am being overly dramatic…..please.

    • Corbett says:

      Thanks for the contributions to this discussion, cee2002. I’ll chime in just so you’re not talking to yourself, but I don’t have much to contribute. I’m afraid that preparation for my 9/11/2015 podcastumentary (which I am taking a break from to type this!) is keeping me from the course. I managed to listen to the 2nd lesson but haven’t completed the assignment, seen the forum or attended the webinar. I’d be very interested to hear feedback from anyone else who has done any of those things, though.

  11. Corbett says:

    Alright, guys, I’ve been kicked out of the course for missing my assignments (as I was a tad preoccupied with producing 9/11 Trillions). Can anyone fill me in on what’s happening?

  12. cee2002 says:

    The MOOC was an interesting experience. My previous comments about the developers of the course being the poster boys for Agenda 21 still stands and although there was a lot of good information shared through the 4 units it was information that most Corbettites are already familiar with. Bill Still’s documentaries were quoted but going a bit deeper into the rabbit hole met with negative reviews for me on more than one submission. It was OK….but just OK and not something I would recommend to others just yet. I hope they continue to wake up and burrow deeper into the manipulation of the money system and if they do and develop some more units around that the course could be worth the time it takes to participate. The best part of it was the interaction with all the other participants and the opportunity to continue to do so with future participants….there are some wonderfully intelligent, awake and aware people out there… there are in here. Wish we could all get together in one room and figure out how to unscrew the world.

    • nosoapradio says:

      Interesting feedback on the MOOC cee2002.

      I agree of course that the MOOCs, library of things, fablabs, living labs, smart cities, and even the P2P economy all come together within a same NWO project instigated by the same MIT, Berkely, Stanford, Wharton et al super troopers working with obscure thinktanks and various foundations of the Bloomberg, Rockefeller and Gates variety.

      …Though it would be nice to have open source knowledge and P2P without ubiquitous so-called “ambient intelligence”…

      One of the more Rockefeller sponsored articles I saw (with the Rockefeller logo and everything) had the following title:

      The truth about smart cities: ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy’

      within the following paragraph towards the end:

      “…In truth, competing visions of the smart city are proxies for competing visions of society, and in particular about who holds power in society.

      “In the end, the smart city will destroy democracy,” Hollis warns. “Like Google, they’ll have enough data not to have to ask you what you want…”

      And these smart cities are on the way with their ubiquitous sensors whether we like it or not as thousands of mayors and politicians around the world have been sold on the idea and have allotted considerable sums towards building them and financing new budding businesses and “grassroots” associations to help them do it. The library of things and Fablabs are the mind-prepping bait. Like the iPhone7 is the candy for people’s consensus on voice recognition and ubiquitous siri-style
      interaction with machines, living labs will make smart cities the logical next step.

      This has been a long, long time in the making…

      When DARPA spun the web I suspect they already had the blue prints for the smart city and the bit coin.

      Back to a new middle ages within the dawning no-hierarchy and Sustainable Experience Economy paradigm… A new digital Auroville for the new Responsible and Aware citizen with India as its posterchild??

      New gadgets and games as the carrot, Climate change and credit crises, the stick.

      Mark Zuckerberg was right of course. Privacy had to die in the minds of the average citizen. And so will democracy.
      If it ever existed.

      • nosoapradio says:


        Clarification on Rockefeller endorsement of article cited above:

        “…The site will host opinion and analysis from a range of voices across the globe, along with news, graphics and data, and is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. The site is editorially independent of any sponsorship.

        The only restriction to the Guardian’s coverage on this site is where the Rockefeller Foundation is prohibited under US law from directly funding or earmarking funds to: (a) influence the outcome of any domestic or foreign election for public office; or (b) support lobbying or other attempts to influence legislation (local, state, federal, or foreign)…”

  13. nosoapradio says:

    The Peer 2 Peer economy and Fabcities:

    The P2P Foundation is an international organization focused on studying, researching, documenting and promoting peer to peer practices in a very broad sense. This wiki is our knowledge commons.

    For a quick introduction see our 2015 summary ‘What does the P2P Foundation do?’.
    We are in a global transition, FAB City is part of that, I like the idea of the medieval cities, protected by the walls, and in which you were living in the same place you were working or producing, I think FAB City could be compared with a high tech medieval city connected to a global network of knowledge produced in other cities.

    “We are in a global transition, FAB City is part of that.” – Tweet That!

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