What can governments do to address the banking crisis, remedy unemployment, poverty and ecological threats, and create conditions for sustainable abundance?


How can time-tested currency innovations such as mutual credit systems help businesses of all sizes deal with cash flow shortages and monetary instability?


What can communities do to leverage their untapped wealth and connect resources that would otherwise remain unused with needs that would otherwise remain unmet?


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Bernard Lietaer – Why we Need a Monetary Ecosystem, INRIA 2014

February 23, 2015 – 1:22 pm | 2 Comments

Rethinking Money, How new currencies turn scarcity into prosperity by Jacqui Dunne and Bernard Lietaer

February 8, 2013 – 9:15 am | One Comment


Rethinking Money points out that there is a way, in fact a thousand ways, to stop our current juggernaut towards global self-destruction. There is a system of solutions already in place in localities throughout the …

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.

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

January 30, 2011 – 2:13 pm | 2 Comments

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 are the main characteristics of modern national currencies?

September 17, 2010 – 5:05 am | One Comment

National currencies

are geographically attached to a nation-state
are chosen by a central authority when it declares that something is the only medium of exchange acceptable in payment of taxes (the only valid “legal tender” for all …

Is a Community Currency Just Another Welfare System?

September 17, 2010 – 4:26 am |

To many people, anything that helps the poor is a welfare system.   While that is indeed the case in most programs, community currencies are an exception.
Let us consider a practical example from a city …

What are the three main effects of interest-based currencies?

September 17, 2010 – 4:00 am |

Until the 16th Century, Western Civilization prohibited the practice of charging interest on money on both moral and legal grounds.   In our modern monetary system, however, money is created by banks through loans issued with …

The Story of Curitiba in Brazil

September 8, 2010 – 4:43 pm |

The story of Curitiba in Brazil illustrates how the introduction of a complementary currency was able to help a developing and impoverished city leverage its untapped resources to creatively solve a host of challenges and …

The Story of the 11th Round

September 8, 2010 – 4:41 pm | Comments Off on The Story of the 11th Round

The story of the 11th round illustrates how the introduction of interest in a monetary system forces artificial competition amongst its users beyond what would naturally occur.

Once upon a time, there was a small village …