Bernard Lietaer has been the author or co-author of various books relating to monetary issues. Here is a guide to which ones would be most relevant for you. By clicking on the cover picture, you will find more details, tables of contents, as well as be led to the website where it is available. The most recents are presented first.
A layperson’s version of ‘Money and Sustainability’ below, particularly for Americans
Rethinking Money: How New Currencies turn Scarcity into Prosperity co-authored with Jacqui Dunne (Berrett-Koehler, release date, February 4th, 2013). NEW!
Rethinking Money is the layperson’s version of the Club of Rome Report ‘Money and Sustainability‘. The book provides remedies for challenges faced by governments, businesses, nonprofits, local communities, and even banks. It demystifies the complex and critically important topic of money. For readers eager to find innovative, meaningful solutions that will do far more than restore prosperity, the would give birth to an era of sustainable abundance.
For community activists
People Money: the Promise of Regional Currencies co-authored with Margrit Kennedy and John Rogers (Triarchy Press, July 2012) NEW!
Focuses on local and regional currencies, particularly in Europe. It provides stories, data and interviews with founders and practitioners of over 40 different types of currency systems currently operational, particularly in Europe.
For policy makers, academics, business or NGO leaders
Money and Sustainability: the Missing Link, a report from the Club of Rome by Bernard Lietaer, Christian Arnsperger, Sally Goerner.
It is the shortest and most condensed of Bernard’s books. It provides both the scientific proof why a “monetary ecosystem” is needed, and makes nine new practical proposals for monetary innovations at different scales from local to global, to be initiated by NGOs, businesses or governments at various levels. Deals with the connection between power and money.er, Stefan Brunnhuber, Triarchy Press, May 2012. NEW!
For general public, particularly for women
A synthesis book that covers both the systemic level and the collective psychology of different money systems. Shows the connection between the repression of the feminine and the imposition of a monopoly of a single currency. Includes historical precedents of multiple parallel currency systems and their effects in Egypt and the European Central Middle Ages.
For city planners, and urban-based NGOs
The original title was “Intentional Cities, Intentional Economies” explains its purpose. It takes explicitly a systems approach to urban development, something which tends to be implicit in Bernard’s other books. It explains how ten different forms of capital (e.g. financial capital, social capital, human capital, historical capital, natural capital, etc.) can be grown and protected with specialized currencies.
For general public, and those interested in the genesis of Bernard’s thinking
Thirteen years ago, this book accurately forecast where we are now. It was translated in eighteen languages and is considered to have placed the topic of complementary currencies on the world’s mental map.
Earlier books by Bernard
Europe + Latin America + the Multinationals : A Positive Sum Game for the Exchange of Raw Materials and Technology in the 1980s. London: Saxon House ; New York: Praeger, 1979.
Short-term Planning Models, published in Studies in Management Science and Systems Vol. 2. Amsterdam, Oxford, New York: North Holland
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Financial Management of Foreign Exchange, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1970.
Bernard Lietaer is fluent in English, French, Dutch, Spanish and some German and has published books and articles in each of these languages. Papers are also available in Russian, Hungarian and Italian. Please click on the top right section of the site to access available publications or interviews in that language.
The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder