May 13, — am 3 Comments Bernard Lietaer Image credit: Willi Filz, Brandeins We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Bernard Lietaer, who passed away recently at his home in Hoherhagen, Germany with loved ones. Bernard was a financial justice warrior; a fierce advocate, sharp businessman and revered educator who dedicated his extraordinary career to exploring global monetary systems, uncovering truths about their effect on civilization and shaping their evolution through rigorous research, eloquent writing and heartfelt lectures around the world. Later, as a central banker, he designed the European Currency Unit, the precursor — and what many have said was a superior approach — to the Euro we have today. As the Great Recession wreaked havoc in , and austerity measures constricted the flow of national currencies in debt-saddled nations like Greece, Bernard urged Greek cities and towns to adapt and create their own parallel currency system. And long before blockchain technology emerged to offer a new set of tools for currency development, Bernard advocated for an alternative, multidisciplinary view of money which drew on findings from history, psychology and ecology to expose untruths about the global monetary system, inspiring discourse, debate and global action by entrepreneurs and activists to redesign money from the ground up. Bernard believed that communities could design complementary currencies, alongside and in support of their national currencies, which would better serve their needs, and better protect and stimulate local, national and global economies through the kind of diversity that generates resilience in nature.
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This book is out of print, but a few copies are still available on Amazon UK. A digital version of this book is available for download at the bottom of this page.
This book provides pragmatic solutions to each one of these issues. The debate it will create will be a contentious and passionate one. Lietaer starting point is that money is only an agreement within a community to use something as a medium of exchange. This agreement is being placed under an unprecedented strain, due to a wide range of factors from the creation of cybermoney and currency speculation to social and political issues.
This momentum of change could become even faster, and the effects more brutal, if the instability of the monetary system continues to spread. And the indications are that it will. The global monetary crises of the s Mexico, Russia, Asia and Brazil proved that our money system is now sick, and that this affects everything. In order to prevent a global monetary meltdown, a unique vision of sustainable abundance, and the mechanisms for achieving this, is proposed.
His book shows us such a solution in a bold and fresh manner, and it is in this sense that this is an epoch-making book. It provides witty revelations of what money is, how it is created and why money systems need re-designing for social equity and environmental sustainability. This book is a roadmap for monetary reformers to complementary and local currencies.
It shows how the Internet is changing the game for all the players and blowing out the old confidence games of generations of bankers. Only such a mind could have produced so fresh and so lucid an analysis of how money has become an obstacle to abundance — and how conscious choices about new kinds of complementary money can help us fuse underused resources with underemployed people.
Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph. He pops the myths, shines light on the shadows, demystifies the unknown and blows the whistle on what really keeps it all going. The medium is the message. As Bernard Lietaer points out, the money system is not neutral. One way or another, our behaviour is heavily influenced by it.
Can we change the way it works? This question concerns us all. The answer will help to decide the future of humanity and life on earth. Excellent food for thought and action. According to Nobel price winning physicist Ilya Prigonine the further you are from equilibrium the more traumatic, the more accelerated, the more non-linear is the behaviour of the systems unless placed on a new and sustainable level playing field.
The development of civilisation with its socio-economic and political institutions, together with the advent of the world monetary system have evolved into systems which are far from equilibrium.
This book looks set to be the herald of the future money revolution. Chairman, Sawayaka Welfare Foundation, founder of the Japanese Hureai Kippu currencies National currency is cold and selfish by itself.
Bernard Lietaer gives the recipe on how we in the future can create a social economy which is more responsible, more friendly towards the environment, and less filled with conflict.
The Future of Money
This book is out of print, but a few copies are still available on Amazon UK. A digital version of this book is available for download at the bottom of this page. This book provides pragmatic solutions to each one of these issues. The debate it will create will be a contentious and passionate one. Lietaer starting point is that money is only an agreement within a community to use something as a medium of exchange. This agreement is being placed under an unprecedented strain, due to a wide range of factors from the creation of cybermoney and currency speculation to social and political issues.
He then goes on to explain the origins of our money system, and the underlying problems and benefits of it. Lietaer explains how the cybersphere is fundamentally changing money and the financial system, and what it means for us. He ends part one with five scenarios speculating what might happen if the five core problems mentioned in the first chapter come to pass, especially after a widespread monetary crash. Part 2: Choosing Your Future of Money[ edit ] Lietaer devotes the latter part of the book to outlining the variety of currencies that have existed in the past and exist today, with an outline of how they can be optimized towards what he describes as sustainable abundance, the most preferable outcome of the five scenarios listed in the first part. In addressing practical issues, Lietaer argues that one important solution is the idea of a complementary clearing house to trade currencies, giving them additional value.