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Who creates money?

Who creates money?

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...

Credentials of a Flying Fish: Bernard’s Story

Credentials of a Flying Fish: Bernard’s Story

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 system.   This was not...

Bernard’s Research

Bernard’s Research

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...

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...