On the 2-3 March 2016, D-CENT is organising a two-day workshop discussing a complementary distributed currency for Catalonia. The programme will consist of a conceptual workshop on the 2nd of March (16:00-19:00) and technical workshop on the 3rd of March (10:00-18:00). Welcome to our event in Barcelona!
D-CENT (Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies) is a European project which brings together pioneering and transformative initiatives for democracy, and helps them to develop the next generation of open, decentralized, and privacy-aware tools, in order to develop network democracy and economic empowerment of citizens.
Under the project, the Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne, Nesta and Dyne have investigated the most significant experiences of alternative currencies and digital social currencies in Europe, in the light of the Bitcoin revolution. The result of the last two years working with the UOC and has been Freecoin Eurocat, a software to create complementary currencies chain technology blocks (blockchain). The pilot with social currency digital experiences will start in spring 2016, and blockchain technology to manage trust, reputation and community exchanges will be integrated as a service on the platform D-CENT.
The D-CENT Eurocat Freecoin Workshop begins on March 2nd with an informative session on the introduction to D-CENT and initial complementary currency Eurocat pilot, in order to inform interested parties on this initiative being developed in Catalonia: a mutual credit system backed by micro-P2P guarantees for social control of credit and for the SME sector, as well as municipalities and individuals.
The second day is an invitation to meet with other developers and designers involved in past, present and future complementary currencies in the context of Catalunya. In this meeting we want to define points of viable action the interoperability and synergy among active projects in the region, changing as little as possible what already exists, while imagining approaches to the integration of new tools and technologies blockchain Freecoin software, as actual needs arise.
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Conceptual workshop 2nd March, 16.00-19.00
The objective of this session is to work with potential stakeholders the key aspects of the implementation of the project: sharing objectives, model, work done, and plans for the pilot project.
Introduction (David Laniado, D-CENT & Marti Olivella, Eurocat)
Benefits of a citizen means of payment (Hervé Falciani, Technical adviser, Eurocat)
Benefits of a complementary currency. The WIR. (Narcisse Niclass, WIR)
How it works? (Susana Martín Belmonte, Eurocat)
For companies (Jordi Griera, Eurocat)
For consumers and workers (Roger Brumwell, Eurocat)
For city councils (Felix Simón, Eurocat)
Call to participate in the pilot
Limited places: it is essential to have registered to attend.
Technical workshop 3rd March, 10.00-18.00
Blockchain Technology for complementary currencies and alternative payment systems
The objective of the workshop is to meet together with fellow developers and designers busy with past, present and future complementary currencies. Starting from a fact-based definition of user journeys we want to define feasible action points for interoperability and synergy between projects, changing as less as possible what is there, while envisioning approaches for the integration of new tools and blockchain technologies as actual needs arise.
The goal is to give developers and system managers a space for knowledge exchange and strategic planning. The plan of the current D-CENT development phase will be adjusted from the findings.
Facilitators: Denis “Jaromil” Rojo, Dyne.org/D-CENT project; Marco Sachy, Dyne.org/D-CENT project.
Morning program (10:00-12:50)
1h: Round of introduction of participants and organizations
1h: Overview of tools and functionalities in use for complementary currencies
30m: Challenges, wishes and problems to leave behind
12:50 to 14:30: lunch break
Afternoon program (14:30-18:00)
30m: Presentation of the EUROCAT concept
30m: Presentation of Freecoin toolkit
1h: Round of future plans, commitments and participants statements
1h: D-CENT development plan update
Proyecto Eurocat: http://euro-cat.cat
D-CENT project: http://126.96.36.199/
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