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Stroom Den Haag | Where does value come from? An introductory workshop on time/banking
Illustration by Sara Pape Garcia.

Stroom Den Haag

Upcoming Time/Bank Workshops in the Netherlands

Where does value come from?

An introductory workshop on time/banking

Presented by Stroom

25 August, 17.00h
Location: Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, Nieuwekade 213-215 Utrecht

We exchange, accumulate, and consume cash on a daily basis. The monetary note is an elementary cornerstone of our social existence. Where does the value of this social medium come from? Should the government have full control over the economic protocols that distribute and represent the value of labor and our daily exchanges? Can we envision a currency model that would better compensate for the ways in which we are exchanging, producing, and consuming in the service sectors? What would this alternative economic infrastructure look like?
Join us for an introductory workshop on e-flux’s time/bank! An alternative currency model that hopes to better facilitate the forms of exchange taking place in the creative sector and beyond.

Introduction to the Grand Domestic Revolution (GDR)

GDR Associate curator, Maiko Tanaka, will introduce Casco’s GDR program and articulate key questions emerging from the project relating to value and specific modes of exchange in and from the domestic sphere.
What is a time/bank?

The Den Haag Time/Bank Managers team will give a basic introduction on time/banking and how this alternative currency model has operated in the Hague and at the Stroom.
When goldsmiths became graphic designers…

Amsterdam based graphic designer, Chris Lee will present two significant historical examples of alternative currencies. Both emerged from conditions of severe financial crisis and were confrontations with the hegemony of fiat currencies. He will also propose that graphic design has a practical capacity to engage in monetary contestation.
Can alternative currencies be scaled up? Or are we happy with complementary currencies?

Patrice Riemens will discuss the problems that arise when we require alternative currencies systems to answer issues pertaining to ‘seigneurage’, the credit-savings/rent-interest/ and investment complex, banking and cross-currencies transfers, and the problem of taxation and redistribution.
Cases and Results of Scrip, LETS and Time Banks for Anti-poverty policies

Miranda van Kuik will share the results of a research evaluating empirical data on scrip, LETS and Time Banks. Effects of these systems on poverty relief, provision of care, social integration and return of long-term unemployed to the labour market were evaluated.

Following the presentations there will be an informal group discussion and refreshments.

What is the good of wage?
An intensive workshop on alternative currency theory and practice.
Presented by Stroom

17 September, 13.00h
NAIM Bureau Europa, Avenue CГ©ramique 226

A wage is the foundation of capitalist relations of production. It is the measuring stick by which the productive capacities of the worker are given value. Does the regime of wage as a predominant system through which value is distributed to a labor-force adequately measure your investment in the field of labor, however? How can a system that was developed for the productivity cycles of a factory and agricultural economy compensate for immaterial production? Do you feel subjected to an exhausting life of increasingly undervalued labor? Have you grown frustrated with the unregulated wage protocols of the service sectors?
Join us for an intensive afternoon discussion on Time/Bank’s and other alternative currency models that are being developed today for the needs and desires of the service sectors and beyond!
For more information visit the Stroom website here.

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