The Future Of Money

Bernard Lietaer


In Circulation

Based on the four mega-trends of monetary instability, global greying (an ageing global population), the information revolution, and climate change and species extinction, Bernard Lietaer looks at different scenarios of what the world might be like in 2020.

1. The Corporate Millennium: governments are disbanded, central banks close down and the world is run with Big Brother control by huge corporations with their own currencies.

2. Caring Communities: people retreat into small, self-sustaining communities, like tribes.

3. Hell on Earth: in which the breakdown of life as we know it is followed by a highly individualistic free-for-all, resulting in an ever more obscene gulf between rich and poor.

4. Sustainable Abundance: envisages a world where we take better care of the environment, re-engage the poor and the unemployed in mainstream society and give back time and fulfilment to the over-worked, while providing the elderly with a high level of personal care. A society of sustainable abundance is achievable - but only if we are willing to re-invent our money system and create new currencies.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Discusses the importance of diverse currencies beyond traditional fiat money, exploring complementary and community currencies.

  2. Decentralization: Explores the concept of decentralized currencies and their potential to empower local economies and communities.

  3. Complementary Currencies: Discusses the role of complementary currencies in addressing economic issues and fostering local economic development.

  4. Monetary Ecosystem: Examines the idea of a monetary ecosystem comprising various currency forms and their interplay in an economy.

  5. Social and Environmental Impact: Explores how alternative currencies can address social and environmental challenges by incentivizing positive behaviors.

  6. Role of Technology: Discusses the impact of technology, particularly blockchain and digital currencies, on the future of money and financial systems.

  7. Community Empowerment: Emphasizes how alternative currencies can empower communities by providing financial tools tailored to local needs.

  8. Resilience in Finance: Explores the potential for diverse currencies to create more resilient financial systems, less prone to crises and shocks.

  9. Economic Innovation: Discusses how alternative currencies foster economic innovation by encouraging new forms of exchange and value creation.

  10. Policy Implications: Examines the implications of alternative currencies on monetary policy and regulatory frameworks, proposing potential changes.

Language English
ISBN-10 0-7126-9991-0
No of pages 371
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Century
Published Date 17 Jan 2002

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Author : Bernard Lietaer

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