From the monthly archives: March 2012

Groups posted

On March 29, 2012 By

Open season for swaps!

Here are the groups for the contest tomorrow. O no! Cruel fate! Did you get the wrong group? Read on.


Deadline Extension!

On March 29, 2012 By

By 4:30 pm today Ben Mazzotta will send the cashless/cardless assignments.

Those who have signed up are welcome to trade.

Those who have not signed up have till noon (12:00 pm Friday) tomorrow but you will not be able to trade.

At 4:00 pm the contest goes live! You will all know if you are […]


Congratulations, Nick!

On March 28, 2012 By

Nick Sullivan’s new book is out! Go get yourself a copy of Money, Real Quick: The Story of M-PESA (Guardian Books, 2012).

Summary at CEME. (Amazon link)


One day left!

On March 27, 2012 By

Sign up by March 28 at 11:59pm!

From Kim:

All students – we love your enthusiasm and restraint. You are signing up in droves for financial lent ¬†(no I am not Catholic and don’t observe lent but adhere to little sacrifices now and then, a virtue regardless of your faith) and we applaud you. John […]


Slate Magazine has a series on the cashless society. The meme is alive and well, although the whole concept seems to be a novelty in the public mind.

The Cashless Society – Slate Magazine.

Seth Stevenson just closed his serial first-person account of the cashless life today at ten o-clock. He points out all […]


On March 15, 2012 By

Hi All … If you make mistakes and own up, you are still eligible for the cash prize.

Hint: Pay your rent ahead of time!


Signup stats as of today

On March 14, 2012 By

22 students have signed up so far…. Deadline to join is March 28.


We’ve been scooped!

On March 7, 2012 By

David Wolman visited Harvard Bookstore to talk about his excellent new book, The End of Money. He packed the house, no surprise.

At the heart of David’s book is an experiment and the people it brought him to meet. He lived without cash for a year, just to see what the cashless […]


Register here.

On March 5, 2012 By

Registration for the smackdown is now closed. open! Thank you to our participants!


Cashless vs. cardless contest

On March 5, 2012 By

Students in Kim Wilson’s class (and anyone else) are invited to join in a week-long payments experiment. Students will be assigned to one of two groups, each of which fasts from a type of payments for seven days. The no-ink group will give up cash, checks and money orders for a week. The no-electrons group […]