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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Government

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

Business

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

Community

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

Research

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?

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 …

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 …