Currently under development and searching for coders at the Berlin Biennale The Global Square, a social network for the new-age protestor, has some intriguing features. In my last two posts, I told you about the Renaissance and Evolution Forums and the News Commons. Now I’m going to tell you the final and most unique feature that The Global Square will offer – the Global Market.
Eli Gothil wrote a blog post about how the spirit of Zucotti Park inspired him. He said,
“In the middle of all of this activity, I noticed a woman who was enacting a quiet revolution by herself. Leaning over a chair, she was giving free haircuts to anyone who wanted one. Perhaps you had to be there, standing between large skyscrapers dedicated to a financial system predicated on greed, to appreciate the significance of this simple gesture. It seemed to me that this was the spirit of the Occupy movement: not just protesting one world, but experimentally leading us to a new, better one with a different premise”
(Gothil). His idea is called #PunkMoney, and the idea is that Twitter users can create their own currency by tweeting promises and using the hashtag #PunkMoney to keep record of this money. This is only one of the influences behind The Global Square’s Global Market.
The Global Square recognizes that people have needs, but the Global Market will help to meet those needs without contributing to, “Current banking and wider systemic crisis such as usury and accumulation of capital” (The Global Square, 2012). This system will use barter, trade, and open-source software to transfer currency to eliminate the need for banks, and therefore eliminate banking fees. Some of the other projects like #PunkMoney that The Global Sqaure is promoting are Opentabs, and Community Exchange.
This feature comes down to one of the true goals of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, by not just rebelling against the current system but instead creating a new one based on trust and donation rather than greed.