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Saturday, July 9 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Bitcoin and Beyond: The Problems and Prospects of New Digital Currencies

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Can new technology enable us to reinvent the money system? This session will introduce some of the emerging opportunities and dangers among digital currencies and financial platforms, including Bitcoin and lesser-known alternative currencies. We can expect to understand better not only the workings of these systems, but what they mean for efforts to create a more just economy.


Chris Hewitt

Chris Hewitt is the executive director of the Hudson Valley Current, a digital local currency for the mid-Hudson Valley. As a co-founder of the nonprofit project, Hewitt has helped grow the membership in the barter exchange to over 210 members that have exchanged over 160,000 Currents since January 2014. He launched the monthly newspaper Country Wisdom News—age-old and modern thoughts on community, the land and the home—in August 2010... Read More →
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Mario Liebrenz

Communication Team, FairCoop
Mario Liebrenz is a member of the FairCoop Communication Team and a co-founder of the European Cooperative Society "Freedom Coop". Since 2013, he is involved in alternative and post growth economy movemtens, integral cooperatives, commons, cryptocurrencies and related areas. Currently, he finished his study "Professional Public Decision Making" at the University Bremen, with a Master’s thesis about Bitcoin, decentralized networks and blockchain... Read More →
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Scott Morris

Founder, CEO, Ithacash
Scott Morris is a political economist and community economics activist living in Ithaca, NY, where he founded “Ithacash” as the buy-local/localist answer to Bitcoin. He has been designing and organizing for complementary currencies since the “HERO Rewards” and “Merit” currency he led in Iowa (2009-2012) which was featured in the “Money & Life” documentary (2013). Today he is launching a marketplace-based app in Ithaca in support... Read More →
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Stephanie Rearick

Creative Director, Mutual Aid Networks
Stephanie Rearick is founder of the Dane County TimeBank (DCTB) - a 2800+-member timebank devoted to building a just and inclusive economy - and Project Coordinator of Mutual Aid Networks. In addition to her work in timebanking and promoting grassroots-up economic and community regeneration, Rearick is co-owner of Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. Rearick worked for Greenpeace for six years and helped launch Madison Hours local currency in 1995. Rearick... Read More →
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Nathan Schneider

Scholar in residence, University of Colorado Boulder
Nathan Schneider is a scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder whose work revolves around economy, technology, and religion. His articles have appeared in publications including Harper's, The Nation, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Inquiry, The New York Times, The Catholic Worker, and others. He writes regular columns for America, a national Catholic weekly, and Vice magazine, and is... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rockwell Hall 201

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