This was my last week in Paris, and for once, I was actually sad to leave. This was, in fact, another really interesting week on the crypto-front ! My friend had gone back to Boston, but I did not even have time to feel lonely as a new crypto-person came into my life. She’s a girl from Barcelona who is involved in FairCoop (that really cool initiative that that Stacco had told me about just a fe weeks ago). Stacco had connected me with her, since I had expressed interested in learning more and potentially getting involved in FairCoop. So he sent her to me. It was a pleasure to meet her and to hear more about the project. FairCoop is, indeed, one of the most interesting application of crypto currency as a means to support and sustain the commons. I was really happy to learn more about it, and the more I learnt, the more I was convinced that it was an amazing idea, whose elegancy simply could not be denied. Taking a crypto currency in order to create a global initiative connecting together a variety of smaller, local initiatives which could all interact with each other through a system of mutual credit, backup up by the FairCoin crypto currency instead of any fiat currency, so as to (1) remain completely independent from any central bank or government, and (2) directly benefit from the speculative value that the capitalists will bring to the project. Apparently a win-win situation, to begin with at least, but whose ultimate objective is to rely on capitalism only to bootstrap the project, and then be able to develop a sustainable alternative economic system that will eventually disrupt the capitalism system. An utopian vision perhaps, but given the actual success of the Cooperative Integral de Catalunya, I was confident that this one stand a chance to succeed as well. I decided I would do everything I could to hep them with the project. I joined the “Commons Council” of Faircoop, and I committed to launch a local node in Paris, together with Etienne (the Symba guy). We got in touch with the people from the Cooperative Integral Ile-de-France, with OuiShare, LaPaillasse, and other people who are highly involved in the commons-world in order to tell them about the project and try to involve them. The response was quite positive, and we already have decent core of people interested and motivated in helping out, that I’m actually looking forward to come back to Paris in december, in order to further develop the local initiative..
Interestingly, that week, I also had a presentation organized by Ouishare at La paillasse, of course, a presentation about the utopian / dystopian vision of Ethereum and decentralized autonomous organizations. It was the first time I had to give such a presentation in french, and I felt a little bit uneasy about it, but it turned out to be one of my favorite presentations so far, for I had the chance to present my ideas in front of a public that was not only interested, but actually quite passionate about this. Although not everybody was knowledgeable about the underlying technicalities of Ethereum, most of them understood the potential (and the dispotential) it present. I have even been asked to give a keynote about this at the next OuiShareFestival in may.. finally society is starting to understand the relevancy of my research :)