9781609942960

Rethinking Money : How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity

  • ISBN 13:

    9781609942960

  • ISBN 10:

    1609942965

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 02/04/2013
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

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Summary

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.

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