We think we know what money is. We use it every day and our lives are unimaginable without it. But look more closely and you find that coins and dollar bills aren’t “real”. They’re promises, symbols, ideas. And exactly what money is has evolved enormously over the ages.
On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, CBC broadcast the first part of The Illusion of Money, a new radio documentary exploring how we’re rethinking one of the most basic features of human society from the Canadian writer and documentary-maker Anik See.
I am one of the people Anik interviews for the programme. The others include artist Serge Onnen, anthropologist Joris Luyendijk, and the amazing Isabel Rupschus, experimenter in the art of with living without money.