Transaction Net Communications

Money is Information; Information is Money

`Money is
about the way
we exchange

-- Bernard Lietaer, whose ideas Transaction Net is amplifying online

Cells in your body are engaged in transactions right now--exchanging fuel and information. These exchanges create energy and keep track of your experiences; without them, you'd have trouble doing or perceiving anything.

When markets lose energy, it's often because too few transactions take place. More transactions take place when more information is available. When information doesn't flow, the potential energy stored in the workforce never heats up the marketplace, and the comforts of the marketplace never get absorbed by the workforce.

Informed exchanges can build communities, honor all living creatures, and reward innovation.

Let markets bloom everywhere

The web provides easy access to information, so we at Transaction Net feel that it can--and should--be harnessed to loosen up rusty markets and create better social contracts.

What's the best way to do this? We've been investigating the new payment methods developed for use on the Internet. Read more about these innovations (and this site) in Howard Rheingold's article, "The Internet and the Future of Money".

Strategic Partnerships

Sometimes we're lucky enough to find terrific collaborators whose work we try to amplify (and vice versa). These have included, among others, several famous (and not so famous) software developers, as well as some major corporate clients, and a number of not-for-profit organizations.

We're always looking to build partnerships with innovative people whose work is consistent with our mission, creating quantum change (for the better) with win/win technologies like the Internet.

For example, in order to promote informed exchanges, we're hosting The Money Conference, where people are gathering to coauthor new exchange media, as well as the Beyond Greed and Scarcity conference, where we're critiquing Bernard Lietaer's forthcoming book on stable sustainable currency systems. We're also spotlighting some of the most current and relevant economic theory we can find on the web. Let us know if we missed any good resources.

We've spent the last year devoting our attention to this site and other independent projects (including a very exciting startup which you'll be hearing about shortly).

Sites we were largely responsible for putting together:

Sites we had a much smaller hand in: Dave Winer told Andrew Anker, CEO of HotWired, and Chip Bayers, Executive Producer at HotWired, that "Everyone on the web will be working with Brian eventually."

The Information Revolution begins at home:
San FranZiskGo!

SF sunset Yes, the world is getting smaller, but we don't think it has to lose its local flavors. Free, informed exchanges can and do build local communities as well.

We feel lucky to live in the San Francisco Bay area, and are proud to help build "bridges" of information for our neighbors: Since the Spring of 1994, we've listed at least one cool event taking place every day in the San Francisco Bay Area and maintained The Ultimate Resource for San Francisco, two dozen directories of Bay Area resources, from the A's to Zinfandel.

Saturday morning educational cartoon segment

The television industry, despite its broadcast model, can complement the web. We have several toons which will hopefully by the end of 1997 have evolved into a formal 30-second pilot [People like the main character ;-) ], in which we'll be commenting on the new ways people interact with each other and their online environment, and how these on- and offline communications can nourish and clarify each other.

We hope to syndicate it nationwide.
If you'd really like one of your own scene, ask us about custom cartoons and caricatures.

shockwave toons

top of this page