Read the Organizers’ Initial Provocation

Participant bios


Location: UC Irvine campus, Donald Bren Hall 5011

Schedule:The event will take place from 9am-dinner on Monday, and 9am-3pm on Tuesday, with an ancillary event at 3pm on Tuesday. It will gather together a small, curated group in an academic “salon” setting. This means that we would like the discussion to be as open and participatory as possible. We will organize the participants into a mix of interactive panels, paper workshops, brainstorming sessions.


Monday, February 25, 2013

8:30 – 9:00                  Coffee and morning snacks available

9:00 – 9:15                  Opening remarks by Bill Maurer

9:15 – 10:30                Panel #1: Maria Bezaitis, Greg Waymire, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Gary Urton, will                                           each give 5-10 minute informal remarks followed by group discussion, moderated                                             by Lana Swartz

10:30 – 10:45              Walk to Langson Library

10:45 – 12:00              View Library Exhibit, “Gold to Gigabytes: The Past, Present, and Future of  Money”

12:00 – 12:15              Walk back to Bren Hall    

12:15 – 1:45                 Break-out sessions in groups of ~5:

1. discussion of pre-distributed papers and morning panel (45 min)

                                       2. rotate into new group, provocation and discussion (45 min)  

1:45 – 3:00                  Panel #2: Lynne Gamble, Daniel Littman, Katie Porter will informally report out from                                           break-out sessions, followed by group discussion, moderated by Robbie Kett

3:00 –4:15                   Workshopping of ATM paper by Bernardo Batiz-Lazo

4:15 - 4:30                   15-minute break

4:30 – 6:00                  "What the History of VISA can Teach us About the Future of Payments"                                             by Dave Stearns, followed by Q&A moderated by Bill Maurer

6:30 – 9:00                  Dinner at Il Fornaio with talk by Irving Wladawsky-Berger


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

8:30 – 9:00                  Coffee and morning snacks available

9:00 – 10:30                Break-out sessions in groups of ~5:

1. Provocation and discussion (45 min)

2. Rotate into new group, provocation and discussion (45 min)      

10:30 – 11:45              Panel #3 : Mark Moore, Juliette Levy, Henry Lichstein, Scott Mainwaring will informally                                       report out from break-out sessions followed by group discussion,                                            moderated by Lana Swartz

11:45 – 12:00              Semi-closing remarks by Bill Maurer

12:00 – 12:30              Break/walk to Economic History Colloquium

12:30 – 2:00                Lunch and talk by Bernardo Batiz-Lazo Economic History Colloquium

                                 (Economics Department, UC Irvine)


Reading list


Bátiz-Lazo, B., Haig, T. and Stearns, D. L. (submitted) How the future shaped the past: The case of the cashless society, Enterprise & Society.

Basu, S., M. Kirk, G. Waymire. 2009. Memory, transaction records, and the Wealth of Nations. Accounting, Organizations and Society 34: 895–917. Available at:

Bezaitis, M. n.d. Vibrant technologies. Intel Labs, Interaction and Experience Research.



boyd, d. and Crawford, K. 2011. Six provocations for big data. (September 21, 2011). A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society, September 2011. Available at SSRN: or

Bell, S. 2001. The role of the state in the hierarchy of money. Cambridge Journal of Economics 25:149-163. Available at:

Guyer J. 2012. Soft currencies, cash economies, new monies: Past and present. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 109:2214–2221. Available at:

Hudson, M. 2000. Introduction: the role of accounting in civilization's economic takeoff. In Creating Economic Order: Record-Keeping Standardization, and the Development of Accounting in the Ancient Near East. M. Hudson and C. Wunsch, eds. Bethesda, MD: CDL, pp.1-22. Available at: /files/imtfi/docs/2013/hudson.pdf

Mattessich, R. 1987. Prehistoric accounting and the problem of representation: on recent archaeological evidence of the Middle-East from 8000BC to 3000BC. The Accounting Historians Journal 14 (2): 71-9. Available at: [JSTOR access required] or

Moore, M. 2010. Who will win? The card brands’ “rails” or the telecoms’ “pipes?” Pay Before Update,, January 2010. Available at:

Urton, G. and Brezine, C.J. 2005. Khipu accounting in ancient Peru. Science 309: 1065-1067. Available at:

Wladawsky-Berger, I. 2013. The Evolution toward a Global Digital Money Ecosystem. Available at: or


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