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commit 4d98d6ad7ded429a7bf63360f4f4f1298f4f98c8
parent 587aa524e1aee2bdbd0e05ba0516ee144adae330
Author: elf Pavlik <>
Date:   Mon,  8 Apr 2019 07:39:36 -0500

introduce multilateral exchange agreements (#484)

* introduce multilateral exchange agreements

* move paragraph as requested

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diff --git a/docs/introduction/ b/docs/introduction/ @@ -4,6 +4,8 @@ Here we look at exchanges of resources from an independent or neutral viewpoint Exchange is ubiquitous on the internet today, with offers everywhere. In ValueFlows, we want to track not only the offers and promises, but also the actual flows of resources in networks, in all directions. And we support exchanges that don't involve money as well as those that do. +Valueflows enables multilateral exchange agreements as well. Any number of agents can commit to flows where they provide something and flows where they receive something. This way creating a reciprocal cycle in the flows graph. So for example, Alice can provide apples from her orchard to Bob, who can provide accommodation to Claire, who can provide tutoring to Alice's children. Such exchanges can happen in infinite number of possible ways, as long as all agents participating agree on specific reciprocal cycle in the flows graph. + We also support non-reciprocal one-way transfers, such as in a gift economy. However, an exchange implies at least two transfers with reciprocity.