Point Systems

One of the requirements for functioning Energy Accounting or Resource Based Economy bubbles[1], is the need for the members of an organization or a community, to use an internal alternative currency as a means of deciding how the organization should spend it's resources. That is the basis of any alternative economical system.

One of the possible ways to accomplish this, is by the already familiar system of Points. People tend to understand that as member of a club or community, they may earn points that they can spend to get things that they might desire[2]. This is not new and therefore is not difficult to implement in an exisitng community. Our research group has sucessfully implemented such a system in an unrelated online community as a proof of concept.

Within this context the following mechanisms have been recognized:

The point system used in this instance is not an Energy Accounting or a Resource Based Economy distribution system, therefore some things are different. For example, a pure distribution system would not have an uneven rate of earning Points amongst different people and therefore would not encourage any kind of behaviour, other than perhaps membership. Likewise an Energy Accounting system distributes credits on a time interval after which time they expire, leading to the absence of problems involving inflation or stockpiling of resources as Energy cannot really be stockpiled.

Within these trials we have also realized that the Resources of a Resource Based Economy bubble are not necessarily raw materials and/or energy. A Resource Based Economy bubble might primarily deal with other resources, such as: work-hours, montary funds, and/or storage space. As the bubble grows larger, it will be able to internally produce complex resources and therefore the larger it is the closer the resources will be to the minerals and energy envisioned as resources by Fresco.


  1. Nested Energy Accounting
  2. What is the economics behind reward points offered by banks on their credit cards?

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