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Teahouse Talks: For A New Economy

Teahouse Talks: For A New Economy

Greetings friends,

It's been a year of tumultuous climate events and increasing human frailty. It seems many people are reconsidering what we consider valuable and worth pursuing in our daily lives. Jobs may be scarce but there is still a lot of work to be done.

In this theme, we're presenting a pilot series of lunchtime talks for the end of the year which are less about 'expert knowledge' and more about coming together as a community to share information. The talks are being held at 19 Tory St, an open-source community gallery in central Wellington, starting this Wednesday 28th November.

These teahouse talks are a series of collaborative discussions on the value of our time and money in a digital, financially vulnerable world. The teahouse talks are in association with new education platform Chalkle, formed to offer people the opportunity to learn new things from other members of the community in informal, positive learning environments.

So bring your lunch, and we'll supply the tea. Details here


That's (not) my copyright - Wednesday 28th November, 12-1.30pm

Making money and losing authorship in the new age of digital expertise. Designers, musicians, film makers, educators and authors may cringe at the idea that digital distribution and access to cheap software means the end of having their unique skill base on offer. What are the new models for creative and co-operative authorship and how can the skills still being taught as professions be utilised for value in an online marketplace? Hear from film makers and musicians grappling with these issues and considering alternatives.

November 28th 2012, 19 Tory St Wellington, 12pm - Free Entry


Alternative currencies or alternative exchange? Wednesday 5th December, 12-1.30pm

Time banks, barter systems, crowd sourcing and new forms of usership are sprouting up on line. We will look at the range of alternative systems being offered and discuss which ones are fundamentally changing the inherent value proposition of the activity being paid for. Where does trust and community building fit into these models? We will hear from Spanish artists researching the newly created Turutas currency in Barcelona. Includes discussion on time banks in New Zealand, on Tradeschool,, and other international models. It is worth acquainting yourself with some of these before coming.

December 5th 2012, 19 Tory St Wellington, 12pm - Free Entry


What are financial systems good for? Wednesday 12th December, 12-1.30pm

We know that the value of fresh air and clean water and safe societies are very rarely considered in economic modeling and that the destruction of these are considered 'externalities'. We pay more than we think is just, for the services of bankers who have proven themselves unworthy of keeping . Will what is 'worth' paying for ever catch up with what is being paid for? Which financial services, such as free-interest loans, are worth keeping and which ones are not? Who and what can assist with the segue to a new international currency that can be traded throughout the world?

December 12th 2012, 19 Tory St Wellington, 12pm - Free Entry


Format for teahouse talks will include individual presentations followed by group discussion.

We look forward to seeing you,

Sophie Jerram (Now Future) and Silvia Zuur (Chalkle)

Wellington, New Zealand

Now Future


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