Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link

A report of the Club of Rome - EU chapter

Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link – Report from the Club of Rome proposes an alternative: a monetary ‘ecosystem’ with complementary currencies working alongside the conventional one. This is more flexible, resilient, fair and sustainable. Societies worked like this in the past. So can we.

The book first explains these systemic problems in detail. It’s written in a way that’s clearly accessible to the general public (although it references at length a wide range of technical topics: economics theory, the history and institutions of banking, the physics of complex flow networks, the science of sustainability, and population trends and climate change). This gives a framework for understanding the present money system. The authors then describe their proposal for an alternative money ecosystem which systematically addresses and resolves the problems created by the present system.

Finally, this practical proposal is illustrated by nine case studies of different complementary currencies which are either running now, in development or could be implemented at short notice in individual cities and regions around the world. [For a more in-depth account of regional and complementary currencies – including blueprints for starting and running them and interviews with the founders of a range of currencies – see People Money by Bernard Lietaer, Margrit Kennedy and John Rogers.]


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