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Articles by Bernard Lietaer

“Hard decisions needed to stop this runaway train” by Alison O’Connor, Irish Independent (Bernard Lietaer quoted)

August 23, 2011 – 10:01 am |

You don’t need a degree in economics — in fact you don’t even need to be numerate — to realise that the European Union is making a dog’s dinner of the economic crisis.
Ignore the financial …

Au Coeur de la Monnaie, par Bernard Lietaer aux éditions Yves Michel

July 31, 2011 – 9:48 am | One Comment

“Est ce que l’argent moderne est en coherence avec nos besoins et valeurs d’aujourdhui? 
Et si nos systèmes monétaires constituaient le dernier grand tabou de notre époque ? Et s’ils étaient en fait fondés plus sur …

Reinventing the financial system – An audio interview of Bernard Lietaer by Dawna Jones

June 29, 2011 – 1:59 pm |

In this episode of the Evolutionary Provocateur, Dawna Jones talks to Bernard Lietaer, author of “The Future of Money” and the forthcoming “New Currencies for a New World”, about the root causes of financial uncertainty and what practical steps businesses can take to insure against it.

WIR Bank Report – RAI Television English SUB

June 14, 2011 – 4:50 pm |
WIR Bank Report – RAI Television English SUB

Excerpt of a RAI TV documentary presenting the WIR money system with a short interview of Bernard Lietaer.

Building Strength: A Big Picture Look at the Complementary Currency Movement

January 30, 2011 – 2:13 pm | One Comment

In a recent interview with Tesa Silvestre for the Community Currency Magazine, I was asked to take a big picture look at the complementary currency movement, and answer the following questions:

What are the questions you …

The CC Open Collective

September 26, 2010 – 2:02 pm |
Les Squires

The CC Open Collective is an online forum (skype chat) for complementary currency practitioners, researchers and advocates.   It is about 6 years old, and currently includes 120 people from around the world.  Members share their …

What is money?

September 17, 2010 – 7:00 am |

Most people tend to regard money as “a thing” because that is usually the way it appears to us (as paper, coins, checks, credit cards etc).  And yet, stranded on a desert island, we would …

Who creates money?

September 17, 2010 – 6:45 am |

Contrary to popular belief, governments do not create money in our current system.   As a matter of fact, whenever the revenues generated by taxes are inferior to their outlays, governments have to borrow money from …

What is the Problem with our Current Money System?

September 17, 2010 – 6:34 am | One Comment

Our modern monetary systems share in common the fact that they consist of a nationwide, government-enforced monopoly of a single type of currency, created by banks through loans attached to positive interest rates, and naturally …

Won’t community currencies create inflation?

September 17, 2010 – 5:21 am |

A common reaction to the concept of a community currencies is that it will increase the money supply and therefore fuel inflation. This reaction is further reinforced by the observation that the built-in incentive to …