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MetaCurrency Team Players

Arthur Brock


Arthur Brock builds targeted currencies which shape the social dynamics of our emerging post-industrial economy. He has created more than a hundred designs for multi-currency systems and his software company has built and deployed dozens of those systems.

Initially, Arthur put his experience Artificial Intelligence to use at GM, Chrysler & Hughes, but shifted his focus to building intelligence into social architectures rather than to computers. He started student-run schools and award-winning, employee-run businesses and discovered the engine that runs these types of organizations involve specific patterns of incentives and feedback. He began to unlock secrets of the Social DNA by which people operate and the critical role of currencies for programming these patterns. 

Arthur’s designs include currency systems for: collaborative scientific research, sustainable fishery management, corporate compensation plans, employee stock options, community-based economic development, business barter and exchange, triple-bottom-line trade credits, open source software development, customer loyalty programs, water rights, recirculating gift certificates, community service, employee performance management, arts & culture development, efficient resource sharing & management, and community & environmental impact assessment.

Based in New York City, Arthur Brock consults worldwide with organizations which are actively restructuring themselves for the new economy and leverages his designs in a number of rapidly growing social enterprises in the field of entrepreneurialism and education.

Eric Harris-Braun

Eric Harris-Braun designs and builds software infrastructure for the new economy. He is a co-founder of the MetaCurrency project.  He works closely with TheTransitioner, a research and development group dedicated to understanding and developing new forms of collective intelligence, where he is the lead developer of the Flowplace.  

Eric serves as an advisor to the Shumacher Center for a New Economics.  He is the co-founder of Glass Bead Software, a provider of peer-to-peer networking applications, and of Harris-Braun Enterprises, a free-lance software development shop, which has created, among other things, complex data-collection web-sites for the health-care industry, an Android application for catch-monitoring for the fishing industry, and which built and operates the Online Writers Workshop. In 1994, he published the Internet Directory, with Fawcett Columbine which sold over 100,000 copies, and which went on to a second edition in 1996 before thankfully being made obsolete by Google. Eric received a B.A. in Computer Science from Yale University.

Currently he lives in a straw-bale house in rural New York where he is part of a Quaker Intentional community, plays with his two kids, tends a garden, and occasionally feeds the sheep and chickens.

Alan Rosenblith

Alan has a diverse background as both an artist and a change maker. He began his career as Boston-based electronic musician, “Blue Meniscus”. After working for two years on an organic farm in New Mexico, he ultimately pursued a career in filmmaking.

His first film "Dreams of Green" detailed green building and was broadcast on New Mexico public television. His second film, “The Money Fix” explored our society’s relationship with money and was broadcast on PBS stations across the country.

Alan is passionately committed to catalyzing a deep shift in our economy. He co-founded “The MetaCurrency Project” which seeks to create open digital infrastructure for the next economy. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Fernanda Ibarra

Fernanda Ibarra was born in Mexico. After a very atypical learning path she decided to explore the facets of existence through dance, underwater photography and art. The arrival of the internet was a revelation for her. Very soon she was known in Latin America for her success  in the domain of internet marketing, e-learning and the formation of learning organizations. She participated with recognized universities and the Interamerican development bank in the formation of e-learning systems and online communities. Following her interests in organizational development she found the way into collective intelligence.

Today Fernanda Ibarra is an internationally recognized figure in the new discipline of collective intelligence. She has two main domains of expertise, the first one is centered in global collective intelligence, comunication/collaboration platforms and practices as well as distributed organizational models.  Her other expertise focuses in dialogue processes to facilitate emergence and collective intelligence through different process arts like World café, open space and Theory U. She designs and facilitates online and offline processes for communities and organizations.

Fernanda still works with big companies, organizations, government and civil society. She supports organizations in paradigm change. She applies integral models (AQAL), bonds personal development processes with the sociological evolution of culture (in particular with the emergence of cultural creatives) and global collective intelligence through online collaboration practices.

Beginning in 2006, Fernanda joined, a research and development organization focused on the domain of collective intelligence which she co-develops with its founder Jean-François Noubel. TheTransitioner works mainly in the launching of free currencies  which will soon replace conventional money and give birth to new cultures and innovative economical and political relationships. She contributes to the creation of the Flowplace, designs learning playshops and gives conferences in Mexico about the next economy. Fernanda is in the anglo-saxon and Latin America world considered as one of the most advanced researchers in this domains.

Jean-François Noubel

As a researcher Jean-François dedicates his life to Collective Intelligence and Wisdom and Consciousness (CIWC). He founded, a pioneering non profit organization dedicated to R&D and building the next global wisdom driven organizations. Prior to this, Jean-François has an entrepreneur background, he was one of the founders of AOL France and other high-tech companies..

Today he travels around the world to give seminars and conferences. He assists global leaders and pioneers, helps them build strategies to catalyze CIWC in their organizations and in the society.

Jean-François has two concrete commitments: build global wisdom driven organizations, and develop the next global monetary system (the “free currencies” project) that will liberate humanity from artificial scarcity and dependency from centralized powers.

As part of his spiritual practice, Jean-François has been practicing martial arts since he was teenager, he is engaged in non-violence and vegetarianism. He has a French nationality and lives in Provence, he is the happiest dad of Estéban, his little boy born in August 2001.

Lauren Higgins

Lauren is an entrepreneur, artist, and strategist committed to holistic design and transformational change in human systems. Comfortable at the edge, Lauren pioneers new organizational and enterprise models that help both teams and leaders respond to the challenges and opportunities of the sustainability era. She is known for her interdisciplinary work in organizational development and design, experimental conference and event curation, economic innovation, and her focus in sustainability, collaborative governance, and learning in organizations and society. Her passion lies at the intersection between creativity, collaboration and systems design, inspiring her to work with large-scale vision and to develop projects and environments that build our dreams into reality.

Lauren works closely with the community and think tank that comprises the economic experiment of The MetaCurrency Project.  In addition to exploring the Future of Money in the field of financial innovation, Lauren’s work focuses on using open source software to design alternative and complementary currencies, metrics, and incentive systems. These systems aid organizations and communities worldwide in measuring, sharing, and acknowledging different forms of tangible and intangible flows of value that are building the New Economy.

Lauren is currently interested in collaborating with communities actively creating currency systems worldwide that are building regenerative new economies with a particular emphasis on supporting currency experiments and reframing new economic models within the world of art and culture.