Richard Logie owns and operate a credit clearing system called The Business Exchange (TBEx) in Aberdeen, established in 1995.
Richard became aware of complimentary currency systems and engaged and collaborated with various systems in the UK, Europe and the US.
Richard explored the past, present and future of complimentary currencies, particularly how they’re are evolving right before our eyes, how technology is enabling business and communities to grasping their benefits.
Vijay Anand is a crusader against corruption; as a co-founder and president of 5th Pillar, Anand has sought to empower Indians in tackling corruption at all levels of Indian society.
The Zero Rupee Note project has been one of 5th Pillar’s most successful initiatives, distributing millions of zero-denomination notes as tangible tokens of bribery.
Anand has spoken at the UN’s Convention Against Corruption, services on the board of the National Federation of Indian-American Associations and is also the founder of AIMS India Foundation, dedicated to assisting rural communities with education and healthcare.
Find out more about Vijay’s work at the 5th Pillar website (PDF link) or catch his talk, Combating Corruption, from the Poptech 2010 conference.
Simon has worked in the IT industry since 1996, specialising in information architecture and web development. He implemented one of the first online music databases of its kind at the British Music Information Centre in 1998, before going on to work with organisations as diverse as the Royal College of Music, London Underground Limited (now TFL), EMI Music and Deutsche Bank. Simon founded Loopo Ltd, a web solutions consultancy working mainly in the non-profit sector, in 2005. The company was acquired in 2010, leaving Simon free to concentrate on new projects.
His interest in complementary currencies was sparked by seeing the Lewes Pound in action, during late 2008. When two economists in Brixton decided to start a similar scheme, he soon became involved as a volunteer. Simon became a non-executive director of the Brixton Pound in 2010, and then managing director in January 2012.
Simon is also the Chief Technical Officer at QOIN, a Netherlands-based foundation which is one of the leaders in implementing complementary currency schemes, and specifically the technology to enable them. During 2012, QOIN will continue to work with the Brixton Pound, along with many other projects including The Bristol Pound and two largescale time-based currencies in the Netherlands.
Amir Taaki is a developer and proponent of free (as in freedom) software for ten years. Recently, Amir has been heavily involved with Bitcoin as a developer, and as an exchange-operator. Before Bitcoin, he spent many years as both artist and developer working on improving 3D games on the Linux desktop. The emerging digital economy has empowering implications for our shared culture. Still there are problems though with ways for supporting that culture. The funding models are new, and the tools for collaboration are bad.
Nobody understood the reason for the personal computer in the 80s. You could do accounting with them… We are at that stage with the digital economy.
Amir will be speaking about his work on Bitcoin at TEDxLeeds2012, in the meantime you can catch…