“My goodness Cogs,” I hear you all cry. “It’s about time you set forth another one of your madcap websites on the world, isn’t it?”
Well, great people of the world, who am I to argue with that? And as the fates would have it, I have such a website to share with you!
A few weeks ago, I was perusing the interwebs and I came across this fascinating article about Social Capital by Jon Hickman, which mentions both Cory Doctorow (who I don’t know), and Lloyd Davis (who I do know). The article got the old grey matter whirring. Could you create an alternative system to our current economic system that was built on social capital? How would that work? Would it be possible to live in a world where you traded and lived by other people’s opinions of you?
So I came up with Whuff as a means to find out. It’s been a fascinating ride, taking me on a crash course in real economics along the way, and the end result is, well, I don’t know yet. I need you lot to play with it and get your friends on board and see if my hunches are anywhere near correct.
And before any Corey Doctorow purists get all hot under the collar, yes, I know the system and nomenclature is a bit different to the one outlined in Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, but I hadn’t actually read the book at the time, and didn’t want to until I’d got my own ideas out onto paper. I should finish the book in the next day or two. It’s very good, you should read it.
But check out Whuff first, and throw a few Whuffies at your mates!