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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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Hello all,

just sank my monthly Google Adsense payment into 2 shares of RH. I got to know of the possibility of a Robin Hood fund through Brett Scott’s book, but did not know it actually existed until this morning, through the Stir to action article from @danielhassan. I have very little money or knowledge to contribute (then again, it’s mainly through the little savings from people like me that banks derive their investment power); I am mostly here to hang out with you visionaries.

My background is in traveling, writing, organic farming and internet marketing. I run a travel guide to Central Asia and spend a lot of my time there (from Belgium originally), so can contribute the view of those underrepresented, heavily-indebted people living in Post-Soviet dictatorships with unstable currencies, should it be of interest.

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Hi everyone

Great to see this forum working and to read your introductions!

I’ve known the RH project for a couple of years but joined in only some months ago. I come from a solidarity economy/prefigurative politics background, much concentrated on the construction of “alternative” local economies and the sort. In the last years, I’ve been most inspired by the post-capitalist and anti-capitalocentric project by a bunch of feminist geographers (see communityeconomies.org).

Coming from this background, the strategy and methods of RH feel very different. Offensive, affirmative, creative, but also problematic (the “scandalous ethic”, for instance). And that problematic space is where I like to hang out. RH feels like an exciting and lively space where frictions are not stifled. What feels central to me is how very different anti- or post-capitalist projects (with their different economic ontologies and analyses, aims, methods, technologies, affective environments etc.) could more fruitfully coexist. RH feels like an inspiring environment for this kind of experimentation and the coexistence of different alterities (for instance visible in how RH supports “grassroots” projects).

Besides taking part in different economic projects here in Finland, I’m also working as a doctoral student at the Geography department of University of Oulu in northern Finland. I’m exploring the use of different post-capitalist tools (be they technological, pedagogical, metrological or whatever) and how engagements with these can be made aware of their own performativity, scope and challenges. What I’m trying to understand is how different projects practice their anti-hierarchic ideals through their tools and what kind of part these tools play in a becoming economic democracy. This researcher in me is highly interested in the fast technological and organisational developments of RH as well as the more theoretical discussions.

I hope to be able to join some physical meeting of RH soon. I’m also looking forward to opportunities to contribute in a practical way. I think this initiative is full of great potential and productive frictions, great to be onboard.

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Hello all! I am a recent graduate of English philology from the University of Tampere in Finland. I am interested in a great number of things, including international politics, monetary reform, cultural heritage, social transformation, etc. so when I heard of Robin Hood Co-op on Max Keiser’s show I knew I had to look it up. When I did, I found of its Finnish origins and became elated. I have since wanted to become a part of the effort, but haven’t found the chance to activate. That is, until recently.

I was a student of English, but I actually wrote my Master’s thesis on 3D Printing and the 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement, comparing c-b peer production, distributed manufacturing and co-ops with the artistic movement’s philosophy. During this time I got introduced to @Tere.

I have founded one non-profit association and have four years of experience with event production, as I organise two large sales events for the association every year.

I am not a member yet, although I plan to be very soon. I am hoping that I can provide some help to RH’s effort in the future by putting my skills to use.

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Hi, I’m Caroline Woolard.

I am thrilled to learn about this project, and hoping to help make media and experiences for members of the cooperative. Since 2008, I’ve been an organizer of solidarity economy platforms in NYC, including from 2008-2014 an 8,000 sf space, a barter network (OurGoods.org), a barter-based learning platform (TradeSchool), and now an arts advocacy group (BFAMFAPhD) and a project to take back community control of land (NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative). I went to Cooper Union, a place that has been tuition-free for 150 years and has no assignments in the arts, so I knew pedagogies of nonpayment from 18 years old on. For fun, I make furniture and performance spaces and online projects that show how much money we’d have if we placed a flip tax on properties sold in under 2 years. All of this work is subsidized by my day jobs at art schools as a Lecturer at SVA, Cooper Union, and the New School (although I have no MFA), and also as the development director for Laura Flanders of GRITtv.

I am new and looking for work / collaborations to do — so let me know if you have some media projects that need to be made!

In cooperation,
Caroline

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Hello! I’m Abhijeet.

I live in Upstate New York, an area economically depressed from decades of neoliberalism; many here are caught in a soul crushing poverty trap. I’m trying to sow seeds of an alternate economy locally through means and ideas much like those of RH. It is my firm belief that the Robin Hood project provides a line of flight for myself and many of my peers caught in a vicious labor market of wage slavery in retails and service industry or a quicksand trap of precarious freelance work–backstopped and meshed into a multi-front financial regime of control of heavy debt burden from student, auto and credit card loans, insurance premiums, data surveillance in the form of credit scores that constrain our mobility, amounting to deep anxiety and depression cycles. We need an alternative. I’m here to contribute and learn.

There are a number of us here locally that would like to start an economically sustainable cooperative but lack means to do so through traditional avenues. After having read the Robin Hood 2.0 grey paper, I’m very excited by the CEO and DOA but still quite confused about the full implications of blockchain and synthetic finance. I would love to tag along in the process of building and testing those systems.

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Hello all, I’m Jacob, I joined the co-op a few months ago, partly because I had some savings but partly because it seems like a series of really interesting experiments.

I’m a member of a couple of co-ops already, and as my username suggests I’m quite into co-ops, and spend some time trying to think about how to radicalise them (given that co-ops can often fit a bit too neatly into capitalism).

Something I’ve been wanting to see for a while is a way for people to organise really well online, including managing their resources online - there’s a hodgepodge of tools out there, but they aren’t coherent and often don’t fit together well, and you end up with four different logins to use all your online tools that don’t really add up to what you need. I’ve also been interested for a while in the notion of co-operative campaigning that can be organised online - as in, very democratic ways of mobilising resources, both locally and across continents, to achieve radical objectives.

So I’m most into the Robin Hood Unlimited idea. I have to say that I am not a coder or anything technical, so can’t be involved in that side of it. However I think online tools often need input from non-coders too, and of course there are other aspects to the organising happening here, so I’m interested to see if there’s anything useful I can do here (while also fulfilling all my other commitments…).

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My name is William Libert Williams (British and Walloon Belgian ancestry) – and I am a retired infectious disease physician who lives half the year at our home on Prince Edward Island (CANADA) and half the year in Maine (USA). My wife and I are both US citizens who lived in Louisiana (USA) for that last 35 years before retirement. We have four grown children and 2 huskies.

I heard about RH from the Max Keiser Report on the RT network. I thought the ambitions of the organization were noble and the workings of the organization unique.

My only fear is that any hedge fund relying on the stock markets of the world would appear a bit dangerous today. Personally I think the US dollar is going to fall – and fall hard – within the next 2 years. The corruption and manipulations are unsustainable.

As far as what to do with our monies raised for good causes, I am a firm believer that we have moral obligations to help our fellow human beings. This election we just had was a little bit distorted for me because the computer format for speaking and decision making was a bit foreign. But as I mentioned, our thrust should be for organizational education and support of people who are beginning to speak truth to power. That is the only way we are going to be able to truly change the world.

I am really happy that I have become a very small part of this movement. I shall invest more – but again we should be looking at items like gold, silver or other precious metals for investment very soon. The American Empire (like climate change) has already started to deteriorate.

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I am a software developer mostly working with Java in automation company. Automating one factory, logistic center or production plant at time around the world.

  • Are you a member of Robin Hood Coop?
  • Yes
  • How did you hear about Robin Hood Coop?
  • I think coop was covered by Finnish media and after that I watched an interview of 3 hoods (maybe Akseli and Virkki and someone else also) from the youtube.
  • When did you join?
  • Couple of months ago.
  • Why did you join?
  • Two reasons: First of all I really like the idea of the parasite. Parasite is cool piece of tech. Secondly I would like to play some role or at least be very well informed about the upcoming blockchain 2.0 revolution. Yes, it is coming. I consider being insider of this coop would be one way to do it. So, yes I am here for the tech more then the ideology. More interested about the tool then the way you are planning on using it. More interested about the RH 2.0 then the current setup.
  • What has your experience of Robin Hood been so far?
  • There has been so much interesting stuff to read and study. It has been very educating and interesting. I’ve been trying to find a place to contribute and help. Observing is also fun. So, maybe observing is my thing. Let’s see.
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Hello, my name is Laura Lotti and I am a PhD student in Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. My research looks at the relations between financial and digital architectures, with a focus on the impact of digitalization on the nature and functions of money. I have a BSc and MSc in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan, and a MA in Digital Media from Goldsmiths College, London. So I guess what I am doing now in my PhD is to try to make sense of this quite disparate background…

I am disgusted by contemporary finance and very interested in the potentialities of blockchain technology — so I was naturally drawn to RH. First time I heard of the parasite algorithm was back in 2012, and then again from Jan Ritsema at PAF in 2014. I finally joined a few months ago when my student savings allowed me to. So far I have been following the developments of the Co-op from the antipodes and I am really excited at the prospect of meeting some of you in Sydney in early November and hearing all about future developments. (I see from the newsletter that the Sydney event is TBA — happy to help out with organisation etc. in any way I can. I also have experience in events production)

Here in Sydney I have been involved with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as miner, supporter, general enthusiast (I am not a programmer but I enjoy tinkering). I do believe that the blockchain has the structure in place to redesign finance away from debt and toward a redistribution of wealth, though I have been very disappointed by the way things are turning out for crypto, and I am hoping to discuss these issues with you all and contribute to the creation of distributed collaborative networks.

Sometimes I rant about the fallacies of fiat money, general financial and data trading, and blockchain miscellanea at @lottiland

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