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?

Business-Related Case Studies

March 9, 2010 – 8:59 am | Comments Off on Business-Related Case Studies

There are now many successful examples of mutual credit systems, or business-to-business currencies, such as the Wir and the Wat described below.  They demonstrate the very beneficial effects of complementary currencies for businesses.   Such currencies …

Government Solutions: An Overview

March 5, 2010 – 1:30 pm |

Monetary innovations can be of great help to governments in both ordinary circumstances and times of crisis.
By helping to introduce or support complementary currencies, governments help address a wide range of socio-economic problems by helping …

Case Studies and Proposals

March 3, 2010 – 9:41 am | Comments Off on Case Studies and Proposals

We now have a number of well documented success stories of complementary currencies that were introduced by governments, with very positive results.   Two well known such experiments are the Wörgl in Austria and Banco Palmas …

Curriculum Vitae

February 6, 2010 – 1:05 pm |

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Download Photos

February 1, 2010 – 10:25 pm |

You can download any of the high or low resolution pictures below, by clicking on them and saving them as a jpg file.

Le C3 (« Circuit de Crédit Commercial »): Une innovation financière stimulant structurellement l’emploi.

January 26, 2010 – 8:52 pm |

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Créer des monnaies régionales pour traiter la crise globale

January 26, 2010 – 6:48 pm | One Comment

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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 …