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?


What can scientific and academic research tell us about how to design and implement more effective and resilient monetary systems?

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What types of complementary currencies could help us overcome current obstacles to the flourishing of our educational, energy, commercial, and other systems?

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

February 8, 2013 – 9:15 am | 2 Comments


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 …

People Money, The Promise of Regional Currencies by Margrit Kennedy, Bernard Lietaer and John Rogers

July 23, 2012 – 3:05 pm | 6 Comments
People Money, The Promise of Regional Currencies by Margrit Kennedy, Bernard Lietaer and John Rogers

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About the book
People Money is a comprehensive guide to the principles and practice of regional currencies.
It shows how regional currencies can transform the lives and well-being of local communities, how they can …

Money and Sustainability, The Missing Link by Bernard Lietaer, Christian Arnsperger, Sally Goerner and Stefan Brunnhuber

May 29, 2012 – 3:59 pm | 5 Comments

Pioneering new research from the Club of Rome
In 1972, the first Report for the Club of Rome – The Limits to Growth – famously spelled out the unsustainable consequences of an economic system that demands infinite growth …

Credentials of a Flying Fish: Bernard’s Story

May 22, 2010 – 6:30 am |

My main qualification for talking the way I do about money is that for the last forty years I happen to have been exposed to an unusual variety of hands-on experiences of money as a …

Beyond Greed and Scarcity: an Interview with Yes! Magazine

May 18, 2010 – 8:54 am | 2 Comments

In a 1997 interview with Yes Magazine, Bernard explains that the condition of scarcity which plagues many of our societies is actually a product of the kinds of money systems we adopt.   He also …

Money Should Work for Us, Not the Other Way Around: An Interview with Ode Magazine

March 28, 2010 – 1:35 am |

Interview with Bernard Lietaer
Jurriaan Kamp | Ode Magazine, September 2005 issue
What is money? Do we need more of it to solve some of the world’s problems? Or is money the cause of them? Ex-banker Bernard …

Managing the Banking Crisis

February 4, 2010 – 1:33 am |

In this article, Bernard Lietaer, Robert Ulanowicz and Sally Goerner discuss the shortcomings of conventional approaches to managing banking crises (i.e. nationalization of problem assets), and they explain why these typically fail to address systemic …

Commercial Credit Circuit (C3): A Financial Innovation to Structurally Address Unemployment

January 30, 2010 – 11:01 pm |

This paper explains how mutual credit systems can help small and medium-size businesses face the current banking and economic crisis and deal with the problem of cash flow shortage.   Businesses can take an initiative to …

Video of Tedx Talk in Berlin (November 2009)

January 17, 2010 – 1:37 am | Comments Off on Video of Tedx Talk in Berlin (November 2009)

Overview:  In this talk, Bernard explains that the current banking crisis is a structural crisis which requires a systemic solution.  Studies have shown that a natural ecosystem’s ability to thrive and flourish critically depends on its …

The Terra TRC: A Global Complementary Currency to Stabilize the World Economy

January 14, 2010 – 10:54 pm | 5 Comments

The Terra is a global complementary currency designed to provide an inflation-resistant international standard of value; to stabilize the business cycle on a global level; and to realign stockholder’s interests with long-term sustainability.   From a …