Network Analysis and Financial Diaries (NetFi)

The NetFi team researches and supports complementary and community currencies (CCC) that use an unconditional basic income (UBI) as a distribution mechanism.

The NetFit group is developing methods to study these currencies. To this end, a program for analyzing graph-based network data is being developed and made publicly available. Specifically, the macro-stabilizing effect (Studder, Lietaer 2016) and the local multiplier effect are studied using “flow motive detection” (Kosyfaki et al.), (Iosifidis et al. 2018). In addition, the financial diaries method is further developed and extended with categorization techniques. Both methods allow for a more detailed exploration of the use of the above-mentioned currencies and the usage behavior of currency participants. With its heterodox research methods, the NetFi team offers a methodological toolbox that is made available to any researcher free of charge. The FRIBIS team can provide advice upon request.

Additionally, the team bundles expertise on technologies for CCCs with and without a focus on the UBI. A number of technology solutions are represented by the team members. Thus, the group can give comprehensive advice on technologies for CCCs. The added value here clearly lies in the interface between research and activism, directly supporting CCCs in implementation and practice, while enriching science with novel research methods and results.

Research Team

Teodoro Criscione
Ph.D. Student in Network Science at the Department of Network and Data Science at Central European University, Vienna, Austria.
BA in Development Economics and International Cooperation, University of Florence, Italy;
MSc in Economics, University of Siena, Italy; external research collaborator for community-led credit and monetary innovations at Italian National Research Council.
Lives in Vienna, Austria

Gustav Friis

Master in management of Creative Business Processes from Copenhagen Business School. Bachelor in Political Science from Roskilde University. Alumni from the first European Blockchain Summer School and alumni of Tachyon / Kernel blockchain programmes. Winner of several blockchain / currency related hackathons by IDEO Labs, Devcon 3 and Blockchain for Social Impact. Received fellowships by Gnosis and Binance. Co-founder of Linkdrop and
Lives in Zug, Switzerland

Aleeza Howitt

B.S. from Tufts University, Medford MA, USA
Ronin Institute Scholar specializing in the intersection of UBI and alternative currencies, especially government-independent projects.
Contributor to the Trustlines Network,, and publisher at Founder of Borderless Basic Income. She is also a board member of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG) and of Hedge for Humanity.
Lives in Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Janos Kertész
Full Professor and Head of the Department of Network and Data Science, Central European University, Vienna, Austria;
Ph.D. in Physics at the Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary
Lives in Vienna, Austria

Julio Linares

Co-President of Circles Coop eG.  in Berlin, and Social Outreach officer for the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). Originally from Guatemala, Julio is a founding member of the Basic Income Network in Taiwan. MSc. Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics, London, UK. MA Applied Economics and Social Development, National Cheng Chi Univerisity, Taipei, Taiwan. Co-founder of the Community Currency Alliance.
Lives in Berlin, Germany

Transfer Team

Valentin Seehausen
M.A. Pluralist Economics, University of Siegen, Germany. The initiator of the Social Coin Siegen. Founder of Open Currency Technology.
Ph.D. student at the University of Freiburg.
FRIBIS Team Coordinator
Lives in Berlin, Germany

Blanka Vay

Co-President of Circles Coop eG and CEO of Basic Income Lab GmbH in Berlin. Founding Member of the Green Party in Hungary.
Lives in Berlin, Germany

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