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What is money?

What is money?

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 quickly...

Video of Tedx Talk in Berlin (November 2009)

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...

Managing the Banking Crisis

Managing the Banking Crisis

In this article, Bernard Lietaer, Robert Ulanowicz and Sally Goerner discuss the shortcomings of conventional approaches to managing banking crises (i.e. nationalization of problem assets), and they...

Rethinking Money

Rethinking Money

How new currencies turn scarcity into prosperity Rethinking Money points out that there is a way, in fact a thousand ways, to stop our current juggernaut towards global self-destruction. There...

The Story of the 11th Round

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...

Creating Wealth

Creating Wealth

by Gwendolyn Hallsmith & Bernard Lietaer Growing local economies with local currencies The underlying assumptions, frameworks, and institutions of our economy often go unquestioned, and one of...