Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity

Rethinking Money How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity As the United States struggles and the economies of Europe stagger we fail to see a way out of this agonizing cycle of repeated financial meltdowns In fact there are thousands of ways to solve not o

  • Title: Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity
  • Author: Bernard A. Lietaer Jacqui Dunne
  • ISBN: 9781609942960
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As the United States struggles and the economies of Europe stagger, we fail to see a way out of this agonizing cycle of repeated financial meltdowns In fact, there are thousands of ways to solve not only our recurring fiscal crises but our ongoing social and ecological debacles as well Solutions are already in place where terrible problems once existed The changes cameAs the United States struggles and the economies of Europe stagger, we fail to see a way out of this agonizing cycle of repeated financial meltdowns In fact, there are thousands of ways to solve not only our recurring fiscal crises but our ongoing social and ecological debacles as well Solutions are already in place where terrible problems once existed The changes came about not through increased conventional taxation, enlightened self interest, or government programs but by people simply rethinking the concept of money With this restructuring, everything changes.In this visionary book, Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne explore the origins of our current monetary system built on bank debt and scarcity revealing the surprising and sometimes shocking ways its unconscious limitations give rise to so many serious problems But there is hope The authors present stories of ordinary people and their communities using new money, working in cooperation with national currencies, to strengthen local economies, create work, beautify cities, and provide education and so much is possible These real world examples are just the tip of the iceberg over 4,000 cooperative currencies are already in existence.The book provides remedies for challenges faced by governments, businesses, nonprofits, local communities, and even banks It demystifies a complex and critically important topic and will strike a deep chord with readers eager to find innovative, meaningful solutions that will do far than restore prosperity it will provide the framework for an era of sustainable abundance.

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    1. I am convinced that the root cause of almost every disaster, every scarcity, every human cause of misery in this world, is the design of money as it exists today Forget about engineering technological solutions to ease people s lives, the solution is to engineer money, rethink the very basic tenets of economics Decouple money into it s atomic constructs and rebuild it from the ground up The tonnes of stories in this book about how various businesses, entrepreneurs, governments, NGOs and local co [...]

    2. I heard about this book in an NPR interview with the authors and ordered it immediately I was not disappointed a very interesting read from start to finish, with well supported claims of how cooperative currencies could improve lives all over the world and in fact already are I definitely recommend this book to anyone, but for people with a social conscience it is practically a must read.

    3. Lietaer gets 2 stars here and I am explaining the UPSIDE for the 3 chapters of Part One or 3 parts of the book He does a good job of ripping back the cover that hides how and where modern day fiat currency comes from, and the problems with its risk, opportunity costs, and interest charges as issued debt which has been conjured up completely from elitist imagination.Unfortunately, after perfectly describing the vision and contours of the mountain peaks to be climbed he pulls on swim fins, a tenni [...]

    4. I would rate the book lower than five if I took off stars for over enthusiasm and too many stories about the topic But, what makes it so important is that it describes monetary systems that are operating either in other countries or right under our noses From the Berkshares, a local currency, accepted by five local banks, to the Swiss Wir, a parallel currency that is used mostly when the major currency is most under stress These systems have the benefit of not being based on scarcity and competi [...]

    5. I like the ideas and examples that are provided in this book I would like to see some of the examples provided in action The stories are good and I like the examples of what could happen in the future Having a finance background and seeing the large divide between poor and rich I like the idea that there is a way to close the gap I hope these different kinds of currencies will work and is picked up I wonder with the current state of affairs in the US if any new currencies will be created The boo [...]

    6. Highly pessimistic and optimistic both, this is a good primer for alternative currencies and potential paradigm shifts with regards to money, community, and education Worth reading for inspiration even with its failings Would be a good book to bring to a church or community adult education class.

    7. This book is tackling a very important subject, and it starts and finishes admirably Throughout the middle it stopped being the kind of book I wanted to read on this topic in a way that I can t exactly describe I m not comfortable with this rating, but I am sure this is a book worth reading.

    8. Although we often forget, money is just a social construct Today s monetary system, as the authors explain, is characterized by a monopoly of one type of money, in the form of fiat, scarcity based, interest bearing national currencies And the system has had deleterious effects Just like monocultures in agriculture, monocultures in money increase risk The manufacturing of scarcity by banks create a society that privileges competition over cooperation Debt and interest driven money both exacerbate [...]

    9. Pop science book for people interested with interest of how money works But does it answer to what money is, not what is does, as it promises in the beginning

    10. This book is regarded as a classic by the proponents of new money It is hard to see why The book does open with a very strong start It analyses the problems with money and how the current monetary structure is likely to lead us into a succession of crises The analysis is quite good Of particular note is the distinction between the present use of money medium of exchange and unit of account and the future use of money store of wealth and standard for deferred payments The authors correctly state [...]

    11. The book is incredibly disappointing compared to Lietaer s previous work and the far better Debt the first 5000 years , with an introduction by John Perkins that gives voice to the myth of the social contract and Lietaer invoking the notion of a meritocracy in the first chapter It s all downhill after that, rehashing many of the concepts in his other book and offering mostly ludicrous solutions to the world s problems Monetary systems are certainly coercive, but the notion of carbon credits as a [...]

    12. I received the book for free through First Reads and would recommend it to everyone who is interested in the well being of our society Money is causing so many unwanted and theoretically unnecessary issues in the ability for us to thrive The authors offer stories that are inspiring and informative when it comes to the allocation of money and the ways that change can and is happening outside of the formal, governmental monetary system After reading this book, I am inspired to make changes and to [...]

    13. I needed to read this book to add to my knowledge of why money and jobs seem so scarce in our economy I have very little background in either economics or finance Some of the ideas in this book seem very important, especially the way that the type of currency we use influences our social behavior and the ongoing development of social capital But I have to agree with many of the negative comments about the book s coherence and the authors over enthusiasm about certain alternative currencies I m g [...]

    14. While nontraditional currencies may well serve some productive functions, this book dramatically oversells their potential The discussion is also marred by pervasive fuzzy thinking and deeply flawed argumentation Not a serious work.

    15. Amazing book on complementary currency Provides many solutions to our current economic system.Explains that the problem is a systemic one, not ideological, political or otherwise.

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