The Call of Our Times

Humanity is now at a critical juncture. As Paul Hawken succinctly put it in his inspiring address to Portland University’s graduate class in May of 2009, “civilization needs a new operating system,” and fast. Many of the socio-economic rules under which we operate were created under a worldview that failed to recognize that the earth is a living system and that every form of life has its unique and valuable place and purpose in sustaining the larger web of life.

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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?

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 …

Reputation currencies @ Hubnet

April 23, 2012 – 9:03 am | 2 Comments

Reputation currencies will be a major drive in relational dynamics and a great way to reveal human and social capital within trusted communities. We relate David Ronfeldt’s relational dynamics and Bernard Lietaer’s definition of money …

New Money for a New World

November 24, 2011 – 4:20 pm | 14 Comments
New Money for a New World

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 …

Innovative Government Issued Currencies

November 24, 2011 – 3:54 pm |

Until now, governments at all levels have been using three main policy instruments to encourage behaviors they consider desirable: regulations; subsidies for behaviors they want to encourage; and taxes for what they would like to discourage. …

Bernard Lietaer @ Poptech, October 22, 2011

November 6, 2011 – 12:27 pm | 2 Comments

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New Money for a New World, video interview

November 2, 2011 – 12:30 pm | 3 Comments

Interview about the book which is available from here:

Feasta – The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability – 2011 video archive from debt conference

October 24, 2011 – 9:37 am | One Comment

Feasta’s Autumn conference examined measures that Ireland could adopt to secure its economic future which would not leave it reliant on external factors largely outside of its control. Scenarios explored included the potential collapse of …

Making money for business: currencies, profit and long-term thinking by Bernard Lietaer and Gwendolyn Hallsmith

October 17, 2011 – 4:24 pm |

In brief:
Businesses have tended to leave the question of how the monetary system works to the government, central banks, and the banking system. Yet in doing so they miss the opportunity to solve key monetary and …

Commercial Credit Circuit (C3)

September 28, 2011 – 2:19 pm | 2 Comments

The Commercial Credit Circuit (C3) is a business-to-business system that is an improvement on the WIR, in the sense that the currency is convertible on demand into national currency. It is a powerful way to create …

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.