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February 18, 2012, 12:27:53 AM
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Self-issued DIY-IOUs like the German minuto-zeitgutscheine are completely decentralized. They are promissory notes in their literal sense. You and everyone can print them at home, sign them with your name (it's notarial!), put them into circulation by buying goods and services from those who accept, while providing service yourself for all of these notes in the community.

Thus, these (and Ripple) don't have much of this centralized "administration overhead" (this will be another good point in my overview, thanks).

Without some central ledger, how would I know how many IOUs someone has given out already, or that they will be able to pay everyone back? For all I know, someone could have written millions of USD worth of IOUs, when they only earn a few 10k's a month. That system would require an enormous amount of trust Tongue I'm sure I'm missing something, though, as I haven't had time to look into it more.

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February 19, 2012, 01:49:12 PM
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Essentially, it's still IOUs. It's a legal contract signed with your name and postal code. They know where you live.  Cheesy Businesses will have to book those as liabilities. Individuals are obliged to also find two or three bailers. Furthermore, one of such vouchers has a limited validation period of 5 years. This has shown to provide incentive enough for these vouchers to circulate back to you very quickly. And this is exactly what these regional currencies are intended for, to strengthen local communities and self-sufficiency.

Here is an English FAQ: http://www.minuto-zeitgutscheine.de/minuto-english.odt - for further discussion about this specific project, I recommend to open a new (off-topic) thread though.

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