The New Age of Money
or How I learned to stop worrying and love the economic collapse.
Based on my research on the Future of Alternate Currencies and Transactions I will share technology usage trends, visions of future payment systems, how we can get there and why we need to pursue Alternate Currencies. Why the current economic troubles are actually good for us and how we can strengthen the resilience of our local economies.
This will be a positive presentation - acknowledging the hard problems, but not limited to solving them within our current paradigm.
I will cover: NFC, Square, collaborative consumption, local currencies, time banks, bitcoin, ven, payment trends (on, off and mobile), externalities, market system, gift economy and more.
Heather Schlegel is a futurist, technologist, and cacophonist. She has helped build and launch over 50 Internet products in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles at over 30 startups since 1996. Schlegel is the American Innovation Leader for Innotribe, the innovation initative of Swift; responsible for enabling collaborative financial innovation in North, Central and South America.
Schlegel's academic research includes the future of transactions and complimentary currencies; the impact of technology on identity creation and positive wildcards. Schlegel runs her own company, The Purple Tornado, a consultancy focused on bringing ideas to reality since 2006.
Schlegel is primarily known by her online moniker, heathervescent, where she explores the intersection of technology, culture and identity.