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?

Currency Proposals

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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Community Currencies: The Story of Banco Palmas in Brazil

May 19, 2010 – 11:53 pm |

The story of Banco Palmas in Brazil is a great example of how local currencies can stimulate the local economy.  With the help of NGOs, people in Palmeiras, an impoverished district in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil …

NHK Interview (2000)

January 24, 2010 – 2:53 pm |

In this brief youtube excerpt of a Japanese TV (NHK) interview, Bernard Lietaer explains that the types of relationships we want to foster need to determine the kinds of currencies we use.

Interview (vidéo) pour Alternatives Économiques

January 22, 2010 – 9:39 pm |

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 …