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?

What are complementary currencies?

September 16, 2010 – 7:43 am | 2 Comments

Complementary currencies are agreements within a community to accept something else than national currencies as a means of payment.  They are sometimes called community currencies, local currencies or “common tender.”   Not all these common tender …

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 …

The Call of Our Times

September 3, 2010 – 1:38 am |

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.

A Call for Research

July 19, 2010 – 8:13 am |

After more than 30 years of practical experience and 15 years of academic research on currency issues, I am now shifting my focus and activities toward supporting and mentoring the next generation of currency researchers.   …

Bernard’s Research

July 19, 2010 – 7:18 am |

Since 2006, my academic research has been focused on identifying the conditions under which complex flow networks such as natural ecosystems are stable and sustainable.   The data my colleagues and I have been studying is …

The Sufficiency of Money Game

July 18, 2010 – 1:23 pm |

The game can be played with one or several people.  You can play it by yourself, with your family or a group of friends or strangers.   Imagine for the duration of the game that there …

Glossary

June 26, 2010 – 8:22 am |

This is a glossary of terms and concepts frequently used in discussions of monetary systems or in my work.   If you do not find a word / concept that seems important to include here, please …

Other Researchers’ Publications

June 19, 2010 – 8:40 am |

This page is currently under development and will list academic publications of interest to people researching the field of currency.   Your suggestions are welcome.

Complementary Credit Networks and Macro-Economic Stability (Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization) …

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 …