Rethinking Money How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity

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ISBN-13: 9781609942960
Edition: 2013
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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Many of the world’s economic ills-- short-termism, compulsory growth pressure, cyclical recessions, unrelenting concentration of wealth, and erosion of social capital --can be traced to our competitive money system, in which there is built-in economic scarcity and never enough money for people to pay off their debts.We need an economic system that is both cooperative and competitive, with each balancing and complimenting the other. Lietaer and Dunne tell how such a balanced system can be created and, in fact, how it is already being built in many places around the world. Individual citizens, entrepreneurs, businesses, communities, and governments are creating new cooperative money systems that link unused resources with unmet needs. Over the past 30 years there has been a tremendous growth of cooperative currencies— from fewer than 100 in 1980 to over 4,000 today. But we need many more of them spread more consistently all over the globe. We also need more large-scale cooperative currencies. The emergent cooperative currency movement needs to grow up. Dodging the dogma of both left or right Rethinking Money provides the roadmap for this to happen.

Bernard Lietaer has been a leader in the field of money for more than thirty years as a central banker, a fund manager, a university professor, and a consultant. In 1992, BusinessWeek named him "the world's top currency trader." A codesigner of the European Currency Unit--the precursor to the euro--he is currently a research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resource Development at the University of California, Berkeley.

Foreword
Introduction: From Scarcity to Prosperity within a Generation
Scarcity
The Failure of Money: The Competitive Society
The Myth of Money: What It Really Is
A Fate Worse Than Debt: Interest's Hidden Consequences
Prosperity
The Flying Fish: A New Perspective on Money
The Future Has Arrived But Isn't Distributed Evenly ... Yet!
Strategies for Banking
Strategies for Business and Entrepreneurs
Strategies for Governments
Strategies for NGOs
Rethinking Money
Truth and Consequences: Lessons Learned
Governance and We, the Citizens: An Ancient Future?
Our Available Future: The Cooperative Society
Rethinking Money: From Scarcity to Sustainable Abundance
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index
About the Authors

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