Rethinking Money: How new currencies turn scarcity into prosperity _on Economic Collapse Teach-in

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Rethinking Money: How new currencies turn scarcity into prosperity

Rethinking Money is a new book by the former Belgian central banker, fund manager and now university professor Bernard Lietaer and the journalist Jacqui Dunne. Published in 2013 the book is the most up to date international overview over complementary currencies and alternative systems of credit. The diversity of these systems is quite staggering, examples come for Poland, Brazil, Japan, the US and even the center of all banking, as some see it, Switzerland. But what they all have in common is their response to and critique of the current system of banking and money management.

This is a global survey of community currencies, grassroots credit clearing and regional mutual aid systems. These are creative attempts to fill a role that the current monopoly system of money that is created by banks not only fails to fill but often undermines.

Bernard Lietaer is a former central banker and fund manager turned university professor and the Irish journalist Jacqui Dunne is CEO of an enterprise that assists entrepreneurs to restore the earth. Published in 2013 their book, Rethinking Money, is the most up to date international overview over complementary currencies and alternative systems of credit.

The real live projects that they describe, fall roughly into two categories, exchange systems that renew social bonds while helping individuals and neighborhoods to manage their needs for help, food, local trade, health care and education; and larger regional credit clearing and exchange systems that can actually create permanent jobs and substantial infrastructure like farms, gardens and parks, housing and public utilities.

Edgar Cahn, the creator of one such complementary system, Time Banking, legal scholar and speech writer to Robert F. Kennedy summed up the purpose of the book on Rethinking Money:

“Lietaer and Dunne explain how and why our monetary system fails to put supply and demand together, subsidizes and promotes intolerable and unnecessary disparities of well-being, entrenches unearned privilege, undermines democracy, creates boom-and-bust cycles, and rewards unsustainable, destructive growth… they provide a guided tour to an array of actual alternatives like time banking and complementary currencies to create a sustainable, more equitable monetary ecosystem.

In 2 Parts. Part 2 immediately follows Part 1. From a TUC Radio Presentation.

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