Intellectual scout.

Explorer of, and reporter on alternate (social & economic) worlds.

Aaron Fernando

Aaron Fernando is an independent writer covering grassroots movements, new economy initiatives, and financial & monetary innovation.

Aaron's work is informed by his interdisciplinary professional experience and educational background including anthropology, development studies, and behavioral economics. Aaron has worked with multiple community currencies across the United States and is connected with countless projects around the globe that take a grounded, people-first approach to economic development.


Selected Articles

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What to Consider When Starting a Library of Things

February 25, 2020

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California Opens the Public Banking Floodgates

October 24, 2019


Healing Population-Wide Trauma from Gaza to Parkland: Q&A with Dr. Jim Gordon of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine

August 20, 2019

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April 10, 2019

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Blockchain as a Force for Good: How this Technology could Transform the Sharing Economy

May 23, 2018

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Everyone’s Wrong About Money: An Informed Framework for Understanding Currency

June 12, 2018


A Design Philosophy for the Ten Thousand Tiny Revolutions

Capitalism fails because it operates on principles that are at odds with the ecologies of the planet it operates upon. Here’s a design philosophy to counter it — informed by complex systems.


How Domestic Workers Built America’s First Co-op Franchise

September 5, 2019

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A Bay Area Housing Solution with

Worker Empowerment Built In

September 30, 2019

Nesta's 'ShareTown' Interactive Shows What a Cooperative, Tech-Enabled Economy Might Look Like

January 3, 2019

TESA Collective Creates Custom Board Games for Social Change

August 7, 2018

How the Dish Truck in Ithaca is Serving Up a Sustainable Future

July 16, 2018

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UK Co-operative Party Releases Report Outlining Plans to Double the Size of Co-op Sector

July 9, 2018


A Movement for Public Banking Gains Momentum

June 11, 2018

Is 2018 the Year of the Public Bank in America?

February 27, 2018

"There is nothing about Bitcoin that makes it a good store of value."

June 12, 2018

Civic Crowdfunding with the Blockchain: Q&A with Berkeley Vice Mayor Ben Bartlett

May 9, 2018

Blockchain and the Potential for Local P2P Power: Q&A with LO3 Energy

May 3, 2018

How Indigenous Land-Use Practices Inform the Current Sharing Economy

November 1, 2017

October 11, 2017

September 20, 2017

August 10, 2017

August 16, 2017

June 8, 2017

July 12, 2017

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