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Introductions - Come and say hello and introduce yourself!

Welcome! We would like to hear more about you.

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I’ll get the ball rolling.

Perhaps we could make a suggestion on some points to mention (suggestions - not demands!):


###Suggested questions:
####Are you a member of Robin Hood Coop?

If yes:

  • How did you hear about Robin Hood Coop?
  • When did you join?
  • Why did you join?
  • What has your experience of Robin Hood been so far?

If no:

  • How did you hear about Robin Hood Coop?
  • Do you think you will join?

So. I’m Daniel Hassan (UK|GUY). People call me Dan or Daniel, sometimes Ben (it seems I mumble when saying my name). I am a part of Robin Hood Coop.

I am a community organiser and computer engineer. I have been active in autonomous co-operatives for over a decade, specifically in areas of economics (Rootstock, Robin Hood), housing (Radical Routes), food (Food not Bombs), migration (No Borders), labour (Footprint Workers Coop) and social centers around the UK and Australia. I have a particular interest in how people collectively self-determine their own living and working conditions.

I first heard about Robin Hood Coop through my partner when she saw a link to the Stuttgart Office through her friend @tterra142. I was preparing to start an MSc in Advanced Computing Technologies with a specialism in Advanced Data Analytics in London and was shopping around for socially interesting projects doing something interesting with Data (in the hopes I could bend a thesis to support the work). The tagline of ‘activist hedge fund’ caught my ear. At the time I was also playing around with Bitcoin and the underlying blockchain - so was interested to hear a group talking about how to hack, tinker, transmute money and democratize finance.

I joined the coop 6 months later after meeting up with @b_r_scott_06 to see what he thought of Robin Hood as one of the most interesting data(-ish) driven weird projects around. I then went to the Berlin and Dublin offices… and well… Got slightly obsessed with the project and jumped right in.

That’s enough for now - but a parting word on why I am still excited 18 months on. The feeling of an opening of space, of the possibility (although of course there is the chance this could all go wrong and not work - but this is part of the thrill!) that we, non experts (at least not in the conventional sense - but you can’t use the same thinking that got you into a mess, to get you out of the mess - so it seems to me, we might be exactly what is need), could effect how a financialised economy might be transmuted in our favour, that there is some chance of finding ways of making this change, in common, together, for different ends than we have seen before - that is what has kept me around.

I have some more info here at danielsan.dyne.org and I tweet as @dan_mi_sun

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So I’m Tere Vadén, one of the ”core” moderators in this forum. I first heard about RH through some newspaper articles in Finland, and thought it was really interesting, but didn’t act on the information. Then somewhat later I happened to take part in a seminar where Akseli Virtanen was explaining RH (at the time we worked in the same university); was thrilled and joined during the presentation. Akseli saw live from his mobile that I had joined, and came to talk. And, after that, I have been actively involved, taking part in some of the offices and as a board member.

My background is in philosophy, but I have also an interest in cognitive science, new media and stuff like that, so the way in which RH mixes social and technological engineering is very fascinating to me. In my day job at the University of Tampere one of my research areas is open source software and commons-oriented peer production, so RH fits that bill perfectly. I guess the main attraction for me – in addition to the lofty goals of creating commons – is the great group of people developing and running RH. There is a lot of heavy-duty thinking, artistic creativity, financial wizardy, collaborative organisation and effort involved – a wonderful mix of areas of life and talented people.
(I have a blog and tweet as @tereensio).

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Hi all!
I’m Magnus Kelstrup. I can trace my interest in the politics and philosophy of money and finance to just before David Graeber’s Debt book came out. I remember I thought "damn, that’s the book I wanted to write!" I did a bachelor in Business Administration and Phiosophy at the Copenhagen Business School which was a weird experience for me. I identify as an anarchist (of the communist variety) and I have a strong allergy to everything that has to do with “the establishment” - I’m trying really hard to get over that though. Real punk is done in suits. In the political circles I engange here in Copenhagen there is a very strong counter cultural element (black clothes everyday, punk music,veganism) and a political focus on antifa struggles. I’m getting tired of fighting the nazis and the cops who protect them and I’m looking for more strategic approaches to politics than simply protesting and reacting.

Right now I’m studying a short programme in Computer Science and then my plan is to get as much welfare as I can out of the Danish state and build a living collective to support ourselves and avoid the job market. It would be interesting for me to run my own miniature-Parasite for this collective perhaps. And possibly also other kinds of financial structures on a local/regional level such as saving pools, insurance and mutual credit (as in Robin Hood 2.0 I think?).

My wish for Robin Hood is to build actual power from the bottom up. I’ll be honest and say that I want our money and actions to go in the most revolutionary direction possible and I think we should be constantly self-critical about our integration into the heart of capitalism.

Lastly I just want to stress that I’m by no means at all an expert in finance or money matters, I’m merely on the amateur level. But I do have a strong case of what Keynes diagnosed as “Babylonian Madness”, an obsessions with the roots of money. This obsession might pass in a few years, and then I’ll maybe work on urban issues, anarchist strategies, permaculture, digital self defense or something else entirely.

Oh yeah, how did I hear of Robin Hood? Not sure, I know I read about it in Bret Scott’s “Hacking The Future Of Money”, and I also discussed it in a Master class I attended (unofficially) at the business school with Ole Bjerg (author of “Making Money” and central to the danish Positive Money campaign).
I’m on twitter too: @para_paramoney

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I’ll follow the suggested question algorithm then…

I’m a member of Robin Hood Coop since yesterday and already very excited to be working with everybody here.

I heard of the Coop by researching ways to invest what little fiat savings I have in a profitable, and ultimately useful way, outside of the usual systems. Now I’m still inside the stock market system with Robin, but the internal logic fits my mindset very well. By the way, great slogan: “Hacking Finance”.
So far I’ve interacted with Daniel and Akseli, because I was interested to learn whether those running the Parasite know of Nassim Taleb’s work around “Black Swans”, which he talked about in a book of the same name as well as his other two books, “Fooled by Randomness” and “Antifragile” (which I can highly recommend).
I’m excited about Robin Hood because it operates by a fundamentally different logic - the decentralisation of collaboration and democratisation of finance are particularly interesting to me.

I myself am a double college dropout (Philosophy & Economics, International Business) and am now working on a way to make problem-solving and education as well as development of new technology something everybody can participate in. The distinction of work and play, to me, is arbitrary. My primary occupation right now is building programs where emerging technology (VR/AR, Blockchain, Biotech, 3D Printing) comes together with the hacker mindset and the logic of problem-solving (which is to me what underlies entrepreneurship). Earlier this year I organised “The World’s First Space Elevator Boot Camp” under the name Copernicus I and with Exosphere as the formal host. For this we partnered with our Ukrainian friends from mindhack.me and the people from XPRIZE contestant PuliSpace Technologies, rented a Hungarian castle for three weeks and brought people from all over the globe to experiment with applying the hacker/startup logic to scientific research.

It didn’t go quite as we had planned or hoped, though of course it never does. What we learned from that is now going into the development of a new program where we focus on the Oceans, with the myriad problems those face. The website for that launches at the end of this week at hydra.exosphe.re.

For good measure, here is our current model for innovation in this era:

In the long run we (that is the Exosphere community) are planning to be a hub of scientific and economic activity that intermixes with education, at first based in Chile but later opening new hubs elsewhere. We are currently exploring options to transmute into a DAO ourselves, so I’m watching the development of Robin Hood Coop into Robin Hood Unlimited carefully.

If you want to learn more about my stuff, just talk to me on here, send me a mail at bierlingm@gmail.com or tweet me at @bierlingm.

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Hi all,

I’ve been a member of Robin Hood Coop since March. I heard about it from a former coworker, Blaine Cook.

I joined because my experience in the financial technology world has led me to believe that we’re in dire need of sustainable, collective alternatives to the dominant capitalist paradigm. I found the Parasite concept clever and compelling, and I’m even more excited about how the Coop could branch out when the time is right.

My last full-time job was as CTO and co-founder of US-based online banking service Simple, who were acquired by BBVA in 2014. Prior to that, I was an early employee and Platform Lead at Twitter, where Blaine and I worked together. These days I do a mix of angel investing and advising, supporting non-profits and activist causes, and building software for art projects and such.

I’m very interested in how the co-op structure can be technologically enabled. I’ve spent a fair bit of time with The Working World, an international non-profit fund for worker-owned businesses. I’m also involved in democratic socialist politics, which are underrepresented in the US. Generally, I’m interested in how we work towards a future that isn’t totally captured by neoliberalism. I spend a lot of my free time keeping up with economics, global and local politics, etc.

You can find me online at https://al3x.net/, where I’ve been writing for many years. I’m interested in supporting projects related to the Coop with both my time and money, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Hi all!
Great to see so many introductions already and that forum gets going! Thought to keep ball rolling and add myself here too!

I’m Teppo Vesikukka, one of the Robin Hood team, mostly working deep behind the scenes as invisible wall tapestry which helps to keep walls standing. (You might have met me through email from our customer care -team with nick “Cyberfriar Tuck”)

My background is somewhere in evermore uncertain territory of art and activism and at the moment I study in Academy of fine arts in Finland.

I get involved with this weird creature like, collective socio-tehnolocigal ongoing experiment more over year ago when we organized a discussion with Akseli in Finland with a group we call Art-InBetween Structures. I immediately realized that this weird collective hybrid really was the art inbetween structures. Bending and folding financial structures with collective participation and imagination with help of technology. After that I have used all my spare time on getting things happened and going in RH, and last half year almost all my time to get things going. This saga is just in its beginning!

I very much love our team, but we can’t do this alone, we need our (incredible talented and heterogeneous group of) members too.

Peace and love @TeppoVesikukka

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Hi, I’m Andy, I joined Robin Hood Cooperative after seeing one of your engineers on the Keiser Report.

So often I see good systems being corrupted by unscrupulous folks, dragging the common denominator down. Refreshing to see good folks playing an unscrupulous system, with the Parasite, and even more appealing is the idea of sharing the profits for the common good. I do hope the Parasite knows how to short the market!

Collaboration is in my view the only way forward, reversing the trend of divide and separate. We may be better off than ever before, but many millions are cubicled in their homes in front of TV and mainstream internet, getting more and more disenfranchised, more and more dog eat dog with unattainable aspirations filling the airwaves and brain cells.

I grew up in the UK, 50 something now, and at about 17 years of age I realised that my conservative upbringing and the path I had been put on by a well meaning but blinkered schooling, were taking me somewhere I didn’t want to go. I was near the top of my class, but I didn’t drop out, just took a path away from academia.

I took an opportunity in my early 20’s to get involved with Sudan and the Band Aid type phenomenon, and during that time, my belief in the system we live in was damaged forever. I am not a conspiracy theorist, just a realist. Charity and international trade and foreign aid are great business opportunities! When a big banker with years in Africa told me that I would never make things better unless “they allowed it” It was quite a wake up call.

My experience says it makes more sense to sidestep the systems you don’t like, if you want to stay productive and less “angry”. Give them string to push against while you do your own thing!

By normal standards, I am a failure compared to my peers who have stayed in the system marked out for them. However I am blessed with a beautiful little girl and we are living on our terms, pretty much. I have no pension, but I reckon I have the material for a good book.

The blockchain sounds like a plan that fits my outlook on life, and the way the Robin Hood Cooperative is talking about financial instruments on the blockchain, it all sounds very positive.

This forum software is ace by the way :slight_smile:

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Hey, I am Akseli Virtanen, one of the initial thinkers behind Robin Hood and one of the co-founders then in June 2012.

If someone is interested in the first round of thoughts behind this, how we began, and why – take a look at this
http://www.futureartbase.org/2013/10/08/democratization-of-finance-a-discussion-about-robin-hood-with-akseli-virtanen/
It is an ok summary of the first two years or so.

So we had some wild ideas and really funny first meetings. I remember well the first members’ meeting in Helsinki in the autumn when we had launched the pilot and people had just started to join. We were so nervous of the meeting, like who are these strange people, what do they want, had they really got what we had in mind even if we knew we had been totally unable to communicate it in any reasonable way, as if things were so clear to us either. :smile:

But from that meeting on – which was by the way awesome (turning into a night long party!), there were 28 people present if I remember it right, every one there different, with his/her own story and ideas, but also with different desires and hesitations - I understood that this will work, that in the idea of cooperation which is organized and governed and ruled by its participants is something very powerful. I also understood then that this power has to do precisely with this heterogeneity, and remember thinking, I got to make sure we never lose that.

It also meant that we had to come up with a new form of organization. One that was not a community, based on some kind of common will or value or goal, but rather on taking risks, posing a challenge, introducing even conflict and division among ourselves, and of governing oneself and others in such a situation. So from the beginning, we have not been about being nice and responsible, doing what is accepted, staying in a place assigned to you.

It is a miracle that we are still here. :sunglasses:

But the reason are the people who have gathered to do Robin Hood. I think it is a group of the most creative, brilliant, cooperative, uncooperative, dynamic, stubborn and crazy people I have ever met. I mean, I can’t get enough them. So, when we jointly understood, maybe after 1,5 years from the start, that we really have the power and imagination to reengineer finance (I remember well when @glovink put this to words first time), cash and risk flows, flows of dependencies and potentialities and organizational capacities lying latent but definitely build into its matter (like @Benjamin likes to always say!), new ideas started to break out. We are only at the beginning of understanding what we can do, how we can change finance, and the social architecture it produces. I think of finance as a place of creation.

And that makes me excited. For example, we are in the middle of thinking about a new more monstrous, open, digital and distributed form of financial services platform which will correspond to the needs of workers, makers, co-creators, peers, crowds becoming new kind of economic operators. A financial platform of the future. What could it be? What should it do? I think it should free finance to be social, cooperative to be unlimited, assets to be networked and capital to be distributed. A platform created, owned, governed by and benefiting its operators. Making our monetary and other assets - like knowledge, abilities, skills, networks - liquid, effortlessly moving, connecting, communicating and opening the field of possible. This is closer to poetry than economy in any old sense of the concept.

My background is in new political economy and finance and organizational experimentation – RH is the fifth in a series of serious studies on creation of new social, political and economic forms we have run - I did my PhD at the Helsinki School of Economics, a book is coming out soon called Arbitrary Power. A Contribution Towards a Critique of Biopolitical Economy (by n-1 Edições, forthcoming 2015) where also some basic premises of Robin Hood.

I am, like the rest of core team, working full time with the development of Robin Hood. Don’t hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can help you with. Or if you have some ideas!

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Hi all,

I’ve recently founded Newspeak House, which is a community space focused on the impact of media technology on politics in the UK. This covers digital transformation of publishing, internal communication, organisational design, collaboration & co-creation within government, political parties, unions, activists, journalists and think tanks - plus a side order of open education, complex systems and game design.

Newspeak House is a five story building in Shoreditch, London, with an event space, a club space, and half a dozen rooms for residencies. It recently hosted Robin Hood’s Open Office conference. Notable members include Cory Doctorow, Bill Thompson, Rufus Pollock (Founder Open Knowledge), Tom Steinberg (Founder, MySociety), James Arthur Cattell (Head of Whitehall Engagement at The Cabinet Office), Mike Butcher (Editor, Techcrunch Europe), Sym Roe (Founder, Democracy Club). You can find out more here: www.nwspk.com

Robin Hood is exciting because it’s an experimental organisation working on an experimental platform that has collected a community of people that aren’t afraid to push boundaries. If nothing else, I think we will all learn a lot taking part…

Connect with me at @edsaperia, or drop by Newspeak House on a wednesday night: www.nwspk.com/calendar

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Hi all - nice one for organising introductions. Great to see all the different perspectives and motivations of people.
Following Dan’s lead:

  • How did you hear about Robin Hood Coop?
    I first heard of Robin Hood from Dan who I met at NESTAs Future Fest, 2014. He approached me after I asked a question of Jaromil’s panel about which exact elements make the political difference in the future development of blockchain - what would determine whether we develop Hayek’s wet dream or a scalable Bookchin (or something completely different). This is still a question that preoccupies me, where exactly we determine the political difference in terms of code, governance etc. and is the topic of my current PhD that I am doing at the Geography department of Durham University.

I am also part of the crew working on D-CENT (http://dcentproject.eu/) between Spain, Finland and Iceland, and previous to that worked between London (http://maydayrooms.org/ - ongoing) and Athens (http://crisis-scape.net/). In terms of work I usually design, film and research things (trying to pull together some disparate projects here: jayapapaya.net) and while my past has been with anarchist and autonomous leftist movements in Europe, since the financial crisis and after working in Athens for a while now have a healthy scepticism towards any project that calls itself “radical” or claims a political label for two main reasons:

  1. We are no longer in a period of symbolic politics. To me, if not before, the Greek referendum this summer about the new memorandum definitely made this clear. Claims made on the basis of legitimacy (democratic, social, humanitarian or otherwise) are powerless in the face of institutional and financial procedures that have become reified much the way that gold once was (heh, grabbed that from Lapavitsas).

  2. I have seen too many projects get hung up on projecting the right image and speaking the right language while when it comes to actual organisation, processes, procedures, social relations and power dynamics they fall back on conservative habits or careerism and completely fail to produce any change, if any material effect at all beyond the symbolic.

In other words, to me the only thing worthwhile at this point is developing social, technical and financial infrastructures that are qualitatively different not by name, but by their nature and effect. Because, when it comes to symbolic politics, whether in riots or media strategy, this legitimacy game (which many of us from european social-democratic contexts have been used to playing) is over - because no one is listening….

Which does not necessarily have to be a bad thing…

  • When did you join?
    I joined RH coop early summer of 2015, not long after hanging out with Dan and meeting Tere at the MIT/ Berkman London Blockchain workshop.

  • Why did you join?
    Because I am drawn to projects and people who are thinking concretely and politically about infrastructures and are actually building them, who are not afraid of tinkering with finance and because I was curious and had a lot of questions as well as scepticism. And because I wanted to see what kind of money was being made and to suggest projects to support :wink:

  • What has your experience of Robin Hood been so far?

In general, from discussions at the London office, there are a lot of extremely interesting ideas and thinking going on, and I am very curious to see how RH 2.0 will play out as this is where, it seems to me, that the real fun begins. The parasite relies on (and contributes to) systems that are fundamentally fucked up, so seeing how this can evolve from there is very exciting.

And just wanted to note that the work done so far on the interface and on communication in general is great - congratulations!

Hope to still be in Athens when you have the office here.

I (occasionally) tweet @jayapapaya

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Hi. Im Harri Homi, Finnish line up of Robin Hood. Found my way to team thorough dusty corridors and scruffy lecture rooms of Aalto-university at winter 2013/2014 when I dropped into a session where Robin hood was presented as new way to think about economy (as well as political intervention). Since I am designer and my field is experimental design where I focus on social change, the concept behind Robin Hood was immediately clear as trailblazer for experimental social design in social context. There was no question about it, Robin Hood was the most interesting and intelligent approach to social change. So on I found my way to mini seminar held by Akseli, which opened up the role of economy as a mean to organize society and its ability to formulate the social identity. Based on this I started to develop my own perception of what experimental design can do in social and political context.
This work I continue at the day, by studying the designerly counter hegemonic social production under democracy. It would not be exaggeration to say that the conceptual framework that Robin Hood build changes the ontology of political act itself by rethinking and re-imagining the participatory means of it. Based on this concept of reimagined political act I apply the rhetorics of design in the creation of tangible surface between political and social where new social identities can rise from.

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Hi, I’m Ruth Catlow from Furtherfield.

I became a member of Robin Hood Coop last week.

I first heard about it through Brett Scott at the Digital Futures: Money No Object prototyping session, then read about it in MDC issue #76 We Grow Money, We Eat Money, We Shit Money, and then discussed it over breakfast with Tiziana Terranova at Transmediale in Berlin in the Spring. I was attracted by the dynamic combo of practical and experimental interventions: artistic, financial, theoretical!

With Marc Garrett and the community at Furtherfield, based in London, I co-produce art shows, labs, & debates around critical questions in art, technology and social change. We are developing a new programme called Art Data Money. This aims to build a commons for arts in the network age, and invites people to join us and discover new ways for cryptocurrencies and big data to benefit us all.

I joined Robin Hood Coop to get more involved with its artistic projects - to get a better feel for decentralised finance and for how we might facilitate new and better ways to invest in the arts, to learn more about money, finance and the blockchain. We’re very pleased to be hosting Daniel Hassan and Brett Scott for two weekends of labs at Furtherfield Commons in the coming months alongside our exhibition The Human Face of Cryptoeconomies that opens 16th October 2015. :smile:

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Hi, my name is Tiziana Terranova and I joined Robin Hood in June 2014.

I have a degree in the humanities, Languages and Literatures, but I always had a strong interest in media, communications and technology so when I finished my undergraduate studies at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’ I moved to the Uk where I studied these subjects first at Brunel University and then at Goldsmiths’ College. I wrote my PhD about cyberpunk and cyberculture through a fieldwork on Internet forums in the mid-nineties. Since then, I have never stopped looking and being amazed by the vitality of the Internet and its culture of perpetual trasnformation and layering. I wrote a book on Network Culture in the early 2000s, and a chapter of that was dedicated to the phenomenon of ‘free labor’, that is the fact that the Internet is fuelled by free and voluntary labor of user. That essay was kind of prophetic and it has become a bit of a classic because it provided an autonomist Marxist reading of this process by means of notions such as the ‘social factory’, ‘immaterial labor’ etc.

After over a decade of teaching in UK institution, I have moved back to Italy where I continue researching the Internet while also participating to various projects such as Euronomade, the Italian free university network which has carried on the theoretical and political work of Autonomist Marxism and various kinds of militant networks.

I heard about Robin Hood from Akseli Virtanen whom I had met at a conference organized by Franco Berardi in San Marino as part of his attempt to found a European School of Social Imagination. He got back in touch with me in 2014 after he read an essay called Algorithms and Capital which I had published as a result of a workshop involving autonomist marxists and software studies scholars. I was on sabbatical that year and the techie world was going through its bitcoin infatuation phase. In Italy, a social centre such as Macao had launched a platform such as Commoncoin for the circuit of occupied spaces. There was a lot of debate on finance and new possibilities.

As a result I attended the first RH office in Stuttgart which involved theorists I very much admire and respect such as Maurizio Lazzarato, Brian Massumi and Erin Manning and met new ones. I accepted to join the board even as boards make me nervous and I feel very responsible. RH has changed a lot, I was drawn to the idea of the parasite as paradox but also opening a path and breaking a taboo about finance, then the blockchain happened and all kinds of things have been set in motion. We sometimes disagree and there are occasional clashes, but I like a cooperation founded on the tension of dissensus.

I am in RH because I am sick and tired of seeing such a waste of talents, creativity and power in this economy, of its mono-dimensional emphasis on competitive individualism, the sadness and depression it creates, its intrinsic racism. I believe that finance is not bad, but it raises important issues in an economy of abundance, that is investment in the future, what we value and desire. It should not be left to a bunch of oligarchs who keep giving themselves huge dividends and pay-raises until they disappear into the ultra-rich stratosphere. It should irrigate and nurture the social, that is all that is deemed as ‘unproductive’ by most economists: learning, healing, thinking, researching, looking after people, animals, nature, inventing new ways of living, art, intelligence.

At the moment I am working on a book about the ‘social turn’ in networked media, looking at what the social element of networking bring into it, but also into production, automation and money.

I am looking forward to RH’s office in Athens in November, to really catch up with developments and see them tested on the ground.

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Hello.

Name’s Polonos, Petros Polonos. :slight_smile: Originally from Poland, currently half-Greek, half-Rojavan by choice. Fortunately some more halves are stored for future choices. I am living in Greece, following my great patron, Diogenes of Sinope, only in a creative way.

I share my time between writing political & (indie)philosophical articles and working on “liberatory technologies” (bookchinism!) to complement Rojava-style self-governance and Greek-style solidarity economy.

My strong opinion is that Greece (solidarity society, NOT the state) and Rojava have to be strongly supported, as they together make a chance for us Europeans to survive and develop new, confederate and heterogenous political framework, to replace the house of glass of European Union.

Consequently, my mission here is to talk you guys into supporting some projects we try to trigger (I mean my neighborhood people in Thermaikos, N. Greece). And of course you are invited to meet us here.

If you want to know more – just ask, or read through my texts here and on various websites, starting from the one linked in my profile.

Best, P.

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Hello, I’m Gian Luigi. I wish to thanks Robin Hood for the opportunities it gave me to travel and participating in the project with smart and very friendly people when I was unemployed and I felt frustrated. Participating in the creative discussions gave me an important vital push…All the best to everybody…

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Hi,
I’ve been a member since June this year. Like a previous poster I saw Dan Hassan on Max Keiser’s Show on RT. Sounded really intriguing - A Hedge Fund for We the People, Occupy Finance, extend the Commons. As well as making a couple of bob, I thought I might also be able to fold RH in to my classes somehow. (I teach Social Studies at a bilingual college prep high school in Guatemala). Been trying to educate myself about “what’s really going on” the past several years. Find myself gravitating towards people like Catherine Austin Fitts, Paul Craig Roberts, Michael Hudson and others, as examples of accurate analysis, truth-telling and transparency, and now, the Robin Hood community. Thanks to all for providing this forum. More of a pragmatist than a theoretician, with no particular axe to grind, I am enjoying the level of discourse, and look forward to the prospect of creating and participating in community and monetizing it (in a good way!)

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Hi, my name is Geert Lovink and I am a Dutch/Australian media theorist and net critic, based in Amsterdam. I got introduced to RH probably early on by Franco Berardi who knew the whole Finnish crew. Maybe he’s the Godfather of the project? Who knows. His writings have been influential and I love to see RH as some Finnish-Italian, two Euro cultures I know well and admire. Let me first say that I am not a Deleuzian but always find myself surrounded by them so maybe I am an unconscious Deleuzian, who knows… Here at the Institute of Network Cultures (that I founded in 2004) we’ve been doing the MoneyLab project since 2013 and that explains my passionate interest and involvement in RH. To develop a source of income is something incredible for me. For so long I have been doing either projects that costs no money or a bit of money where we have to spend most of our time not on the project itself but on finding money to do it. This is more and more the condition. So for me the dream in fact goes in three directions: a. no money involvement at all, b. projects that generate money through bitcoin, crowdfunding etc. and c. Robin Hood. Elsewhere I have already said what the shortterm strategy of RH could be. Of course, the sky is the limit and that the good thing about this period when a field opens up. To me that expansion is something that takes place in our hearts, our imagination and conversations. It’s collective. But that doesn’t mean we can implement all these directions and ideas overnight. We need to make choice what we’re good at. How can we find out?

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Hi. My name is Michalis Polakis and I’m a web developer / software engineer from Crete, Greece.

I first heard about Robin Hood through a friend that resides in Amsterdam and is an avid reader of nettime digest, a list curated/created by Geert Lovink who replied just above my reply. She forwarded me a post about Robin Hood and it just made sense.

Working within the system, with a system like parasite is just brilliant and the right way to go, instead of just complaining on the sidelines. Also, I really like early stage initiatives and startups in general, and I’m interested in programming(my profession), finance/investing/algo trading and social change. For me Robin Hood is an initiative that I find interesting from an art perspective, a learning perspective and of course a world changing perspective. I would love to see it grow to something that can sustain some commons projects and help shift the mindset and attitudes about finance as we know it today.

My time is sort of limited, but I’d like to contribute it in areas where I can add value(e.g. coding) and learn at the same time(parasite related projects, blockchain, etc)

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