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HonorPay is a free, fun and open online public awards system in which appreciation can be awarded to anyone based around a virtual currency called an Honor.

The unit of HonorPay, an Honor, has a purely symbolic value. It is a token of gratitude whose purpose is to spread positivity beyond conventional means of reward.

The HonorPay website states:

To appreciate someone and to feel appreciated is what motivates us the most. Usually we demonstrate our appreciation through a gift or payment, but this is not always easy or appropriate. The Honor token seeks to encapsulate this ‘currency of appreciation’ and make it free for all to use in a public, meaningful way.

Every HonorPay profile can be used to award and receive Honors from others. In order to give value to the awards, there are some basic limitations to how they can be used:

  • Only one Honor can be awarded per week.
  • Honors received cannot be traded, sold or awarded to anyone else.
  • Unawarded Honors are deleted from the system.
  • The same person cannot receive an Honor twice in succession.
  • An Honor cannot be awarded to yourself.

Every Sunday at 0:00 GMT, a new Honor is created and added to every user account to be awarded to anyone they wish. Honors not awarded within seven days are deleted.

HonorPay was created by Irish author and social visionary Colin Turner, and is completely free to use, free of ads, made available for everyone, and personal data is never revealed to anyone.

The purpose of HonorPay is to extend the idea of giving or gifting for a more compasionate world.

HonorPay was set up to help people experience how all money is no more than a form of energy exchange and has no more intrinsic value than the purely symbolic Honor.

These ideas are set out and expanded upon in Colin Turner’s The Free World Charter and free e-book Into the Open Economy.



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Teaching at Nottingham University, Summer 2019

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