Humans identify with each other through a common shared ritual, especially if it is held sacrosanct by both parties. Something in the sense of "Your Gods are mine".
Simple rituals could be the tool of building trust in a scattered community.
Dear Haiyan, The plan's reads nice, but I could not relate it to the existing economic models that we have i.e. how does bartering some skill sets when a society is facing an economic crisis really help out in the overall picture. Here is a question, sharing the *inner circle* information could always be a problem, and the participating entities be willing to part with some information that they consider is vital to their operation (concept). You mention that you had your first call on something similar on 21st May. What was their response on this front?
Dear Sheldon, Its a sheer delight to interact with people like you who go out in are the real gears of social change. What I describe here is what seemed viable to me and there is much that can be improved from field testing and the experience of people like you. The insights that you provide here in your four points are suggestive of that power.