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New Money for a New World

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Real Change is Truly Possible, Right Now…

We can end the threats to our environment, and aid dramatically in its restoration. We can help provide meaningful work for all, with opportunities that enhance and replenish the world around us. We can effectively address fundamental urban and rural concerns and the many diverse and often divergent needs of developing and developed nations alike. We can create a better world where life and all living systems flourish. This is not and idealistic dream, but is rather a pragmatic attainment, achievable within our very own lifetime.

So write Bernard Lietaer and Stephen Belgin, authors of the much anticipated book New Money for a New World. Mr. Lietaer is a principal architect of the euro and author of the acclaimed international best seller The future of Money, which has been translated into sixteen languages. Mr. Belgin is the founder and president of Qiterra Press and author of the upcoming City of Light Chronicles.

New Money for a New World examines a previously unexamined culprit for the many issues we face today—the monopoly of our centuries old monetary system. This book also provides many ways and means that are now readily available to stop the current juggernaut towards global self destruction. Many of the solutions offered within this book are more than theory. Communities from around the world have successfully addressed a myriad of issues without the need to raise taxes, redistribute wealth, or depend upon enlightened self interest from corporate entities. Rather the improvements were realized simply and effectively by rethinking money. With such a shift everything is possible.

Watch “New Money for a New World” video clips on Youtube and get an insight on the book!

Order the book here!


  • Kari Bu says:

    Hi! Will there be an ebook? I am trying to understand whether this book is published or not, as it is not sold anywhere else. I just read “The Future of Money” and thought; the only moneybook that could be better than this would be an updated version… (I am a Norwegian journalist writing about complimentary currencies).

  • Juan Arce says:

    Hi, Kari, you can purchase it in Kindle format:

    It really is a great book!

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    I’m loving Social network based on ripplePay tech for creating ‘hour’ based Interconnected trusted networks! It works and is a way more fun model for financial exchange! Trust, Gifting & Obligation

    Here is an article I wrote about printing your own money. Please read..

  • Tomasko says:

    Dear Lietaer,

    I would kindly like to ask for your opinion on Thrive, the movie, that may become as popular as Zeitgeist did, and also which exposes the global financial co-operation and gives complementary currencies as one of the solutions at the end of the film.

    The film is available at , I have no interest to give this link, but really am interested in your opinion.

    Thank you, with respect,

  • Harriet Cooke says:

    Thank you, Thank you Thank you. You have published the book that I would love to have published! Now my job is o share it with the world. I hope to find opportunities to teach this to my local community, Portland Oregon. We have a complementary currency group forming and I have an appointment to speak with one of our mayoral candidates in a couple weeks. If the booksI just ordered are here yet, I might copy chapter nine for him to give him a taste of what is possible. Coincident to these opportunities is a coal workshop on community rights and how to craft local ordinances that give local communities our power back No where is this more fundamental than our currency system. Thank you again and again for all of your work! And please contact me if you are ever in Portalnd Or or would like to be. I would love to set up an opportunity for
    you to talk out here. Though You deserve much greater audience than I might be able to gather. All the best in all that you do, and thanks for sharing your brilliance with the rest of us! Harriet

  • Harriet Cooke says:

    An important correction.
    Finding an error or limitation in a part of what otherwise seems like a great book can make one question the validity of the rest of the material, so here’s a little correction/addition to the limited misinformation about Western religion’s contributions to economics and Western religions “beliefs”.
    First, monotheism is not about a belief in only one God. It is the belief that God is One. This is a big difference. God is the interconnected oneness, the essential ecology, the interconnected web of all things. This is captured in the Old testament in the passage made into a central prayer of Judaism. “Listen Israel, The Transcendent God of all things, your personal God, is UNITY. That this has not been understood by many in this way is a testament to the limits of certain individual’s ability to comprehend such a unity, not an inherent limit in the testament itself. At worst the Old Testament has been misunderstood. At best it has the capacity to be interpreted by people at many different levels of understanding.
    Second, the snake tempting Adam and Eve in Genesis is considered by the Jewish kabbalists, the depth Jewish philosophers, as the agent of transformation of consciousness, a requirement for awakening and creation. A great description of this can be found in Rabbi David Cooper’s book, God is a Verb. see pages 42-46. The whole book is wonderful.
    Third, it is important to understand that Judaism came about during the period of time of scarcity described by Lietaer in chapter 21, times of desertification and resource scarcity that encouraged the development of patriarchy. Within this context came a religion that sought to temper the challenges of a patriarchal culture. As one knows that change is a slow process, it begins its teachings from what was the reality of the time and sought to take the Israelites (“God” wrestlers is the translation) to the next step of development and soul evolution. Thus, rather than completely shift to a different system, it created rules and constraints to nurture loving acts and offset human tendency for wealth accumulation. Debt was to be forgiven every 7 years, and every 49 years, the Jubilee, land went back to it’s original family of ownership. It is written into patriarchal scripture that we are not to accumulate wealth, and that equalization and opportunities for personal responsibility are to be encouraged in perpetuity.
    Western religions are potentially a great ally in the movement to create complementary currency systems. The more than we look for and find elements of agreement and wisdom in all sacred scriptures, the more unity we will have to make the huge shifts in consciousness required to successfully turn the tide and create a socially just economic system.
    The God of the Judaeo-Christian world is a God of Unity and Love. It is gender free but written about in a gender dominant time, and so, the scripture includes both gendered and non-gendered language. What better “God” to have behind the complementary currency movement, than the Unity of all things that is Love?

  • Arno says:


    I was just wondering, doesn’t the old currency system, or, as the federal reserve calls it; the money mechanism ,have to be totally abolished?
    Isn’t there a chance that this system, in time , will take over again?

    Also, as long as gold keeps it’s value it is still very possible to maintain a monopoly on wealth. Or so it seems to me..

    But i am very happy that there is platform and think thank for such Global new views, not fueled by geo-politics, or industrial intrests.

    Keep thinking, and dare to dream, i’d say.
    After all, everything mankind has ever achieved, started with thought and dreams.


  • Bernard Lietaer says:

    Answering Harriet’s comments above.
    I agree with you that religion has played an important role to temper the excesses of warlord types of societies: tempering the law of raw physical power over other people. It is also true that if one understands that “The Transcendent God of all things, your personal God, is UNITY” – i.e. the awareness that beyond apparent duality All is One – then all potential misunderstandings disappear. All mystics in all cultures and times have always affirmed such a vision. If this was universally accepted, there would not be any need for laws, any police, or any money!
    Unfortunately, there are also people in every religion today, who believe in fundamentalist interpretations of their respective “Bibles”. Such fundamentalists seem to have become more vociferous over the past decades, almost everywhere. They use their interpretations to delegitimize anybody who believes in any other religion,and marginalize even the women in their own religion. In such literal interpretations, the Judeo-Christian God is male, and can only be served by male priests. In my German book “Mysterium Geld” (unfortunately still unpublished in English, but available in French “Au Coeur de la Monnaie” and in half a dozen oriental languages) I explain why such a worldview makes a monopoly of a “Yang” currency a logical emotional outcome.
    I hope this helps…

  • Bernard Lietaer says:

    Answering Amo’s question about the role of conventional money and gold.
    From my perspective, conventional bank-debt money and gold are OK as one component of a monetary ecosystem. They each have their positive aspects, and their limitations. The problem arises when either one is being imposed as the only legitimate currency, and all other media of exchange get repressed…

  • Hello Bernard,

    I have read already two of your books (‘Das Geld der Zukunft’ and ‘Mysterium Geld’) and I am just starting on this one.

    Your work is very inspiring. Thank you for putting out such good and valuable information.

    Thomas Herold

  • David says:

    Dear Bernard,

    thank you for your work, courage, wisdom that I see in your videos.

    I would like to share that I uploaded the New Money for a New World interview series as 1 single video file at

    Please everybode, share it, it will stay there until it can.

  • Matthew says:

    Dear Mr Bernard,

    I am humbled by your wisdom over unity, oneness and that you incorporated this into economics in a certain way through your complementary currency books

    You wrote to questionner “Amo”: “Mysterium Geld” (unfortunately still unpublished in English, but available in French “Au Coeur de la Monnaie” and in half a dozen oriental languages”

    My I humbly and respectfully suggest Amazon Self Publish? It is available here

    May I also lovingly suggest Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing? It is available here:

    Please be so lovingly kind to let the world access your true knowledge by having it translated, published in English!


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    Organised by the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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  • Engr, Ovens Festus Ehimatie says:

    The Complimentary currency initiative will stabilize the imbalance caused by the craze for the national currency in various countries. One can imagine how 87 countries have experienced major currency crashes over a 20 year period. The complementary currency is a way to protect against the current economic recession that is currently spreading across most European countries like a virus.

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