Hi @DurwinFoster and @vmatekole -- I am super pleased to meet you, glad y'all/we are having this conversation, and I applaud your diving in!
I am a cooperative organizational developer and consultant; I've been studying co-op and collective best practices and methods for going on 8 years now. While I lack any knowledge about blockchains and cryptocurrencies, really, beyond a basic awareness, the questions you are asking and your aspirations are crucial.
In developing the vision for the architecture and plans for Cosmos over the past six months, Marco and I distinctly came to the conclusion that without an internal currency designed around our purposes and ethics and founded in the regenerative value and power inherent in our community itself, we could never fully realize our objectives. To the extent we limit our interactions with the status quo systems, and develop protected space in which our members can innovate on specific, humane/integrative design principles, we will be able to move both forward and away from reliance on "legacy systems."
We have given a fair amount of thought as to the design specifications of our internal currency (which gets referred to as LitCoin for brevity). That brainstorming is currently buried in our copious notes and meeting minutes leading up to our soft membership launch this week--but we do plan to shortly bust them out, dust them off, and situate them in the Cosmos tech-committee for further delving. That's the great thing about big questions--they are innately enchanting, and they tend to generate additional questions even as they answer some--the endless looping playscape that is collaboratively solving for big problems!
Right now it's just me and Marco trying to do everything, and we're plodding along. Next phase is to distribute ownership of key development and problem/vision-grappling among members, but until then, I encourage you to be patient (regarding official development business) while also not hesitating to have crucial, vitalizing dialogues on whatever you want. Welcome.