Graham Barnes

Graham Barnes is a Currency Innovation Strategist. He is a Director of Feasta and co-organiser of the Feasta Currency Group. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and worked at a senior level in IT and online marketing in a previous life. His current projects include the design and delivery of currencies to be sponsored by a local authority; by a social entrepreneur to complement and enhance a well established sustainability methodology; and by a restaurant chain.


Lies, damn lies and statistics: moderating the tyranny of numbers

Metrics are gamed in order to increase (or decrease) a given number so as to support an argument, boost a political view, trigger a linked payout or justify a proposed policy or course of action.

April 23, 2021

The Environmental Consequences of Monetary Dysfunction

Dysfunction of the money-system underpins the problems of the world’s multiple converging crises. Discuss. Might that assertion be taking an ideological position, encouraged by the echo chambers of like-minded twitterati? This piece is an attempt to tease out the nature of the underlying connection, and in doing so describe some of the attack surfaces that are available to those bent on change.

March 28, 2018

Questioning The Free Trade Mantra

In the matter of Free Trade, as with any ideology, there are none so zealous as the newly converted.

December 13, 2016

The Strange Idea of Negative Interest

The basic idea of interest is simple. It’s a special type of rent.

April 14, 2016

A Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) for Ireland

A Financial Transaction Tax levies a (small to miniscule) percentage tax on financial transactions such as share and bond purchases and derivatives.

February 3, 2016

Is Localism a Sufficient focus for Intentional Currencies?

Mainstream money, largely because of the way it is issued, rented out and (mis)allocated into first use, is a primary driver of inequality, unfairnesses, poor productivity and environmental damage.

October 16, 2015

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