Mutual Credit Services has more work than it can handle. That’s not surprising, since we’re the only people, as far as we know, doing this work, this way. Also, we’re small, unfunded and not likely to break even for a while.
If, like us, you can’t think of anything more useful in the urgently needed efforts to avert system collapse than building an economic system that works with, rather than against, life, then you might be wondering how to contribute to the changes that are needed.
Our website is deliberately not written in marketing speak – it is intended to filter for people who are interested in, and willing to grapple with, deeper systems-change work around finance and economics. But if you have had a good look at it, and share our analysis, then you might want to think about working with us.
We don’t expect you to ‘get’ all of it immediately – it has taken us years to get to this point – but if you disagree with or don’t recognise large parts of this, then it probably won’t work out (also, if you have developed a whole set of proposals of your own, which you really want to see implemented, then probably you’re best off finding a group of people with whom your work resonates, and building with them – we wish you well!).
Whilst we hope that our website gives a sense of the ‘what’, the ‘how’ is harder to communicate, and even more open-ended. We are very serious about building a properly diverse crew, and a humane and highly effective working environment, where we are all the time learning and refining our models and understandings.
Assuming this all sounds good and you’d like to talk with us about working together, we need to be upfront about a couple of things:
We face the classic problem of capacity-building while bootstrapping; we don’t have the time or resources to do high-quality onboarding. It’ll be a case of learning by lurking for a while. You’ll need to be a self-starter, be prepared to read a fair bit, then process for yourself, then talk things through as you go (this is what we do, all the time);
We don’t have much money, either.
We need everything, but especially people with solid technical skills (across the stack), people with fundraising experience, community builders, someone to bring our website to life. Most of all, we need people who are willing to do the hard thinking on unorthodox economic theory and ‘mesoeconomy’ design, and then use that capacity to work with the fantastic and diverse pioneers, community activists, networkers, and new economy builders we are meeting from around the world.
Whilst our current focus is on the small business sector, we are interested in everything from community currencies to financing international trade, from turning the global property market into a commons, to reviving local shopping.
Still interested? We’d love to hear from you!
Read our website, watch the videos, write us a short piece about what you think you'd like to do here, learn here, how, why – the more specific, the better. You can send it using the form on our contact page.
We’ll read it, and send you a proper reply, then take it from there.