Diversity is necessary to ecosystems. Similarly, local home-grown currencies are necessary to an economy.

TEDxBerlin – Bernard Lietaer

Title of speech:  Why this crisis (2009)? And what to do about it?

We can solve the unemployment problem with local home-grown currencies.  The financial system focuses on efficiency (mergers and monopolies) at the expense of resilience. This leads to repeated failures. A parallel, or complementary currency can link unmet needs with unused resources and put everyone back to work.

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Bernard Lietaer (born in 1942 in Lauwe, Belgium) is a civil engineer, economist, author and professor. He studies monetary systems and promotes the idea that communities can benefit from creating their own local or complementary currency, which circulate parallel with national currencies. He is is the author of numerous books (see below) has been active in the realm of money systems for close to 40 years in a wide variety of functions.

In 2012, he was the lead author (with Christian Arnsperger, Sally Goerner and Stefan Brunnhuber) of Money & Sustainability: the missing link,[1] a publication of The Club of Rome, in which he predicted that “the period 2007-2020 [will be] one of financial turmoil and gradual monetary breakdown.” The book was published in May 2012 and has been slated for release in several languages in November 2012.[2]

List of books authored or co-authored by Bernard Lietaer (Amazon.com links):

 Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity by Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne. BK Currents, February 2013.

People Money: The Promise of Regional Currencies, by Bernard Lietaer, Margrit Kennedy and John Rogers. Triarchy Press Ltd., July 2012.

Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link, by Bernard Lietaer, Christian Arnsperger,Sally Goerner and Stefan Brunnhuber.

Triarchy Press Ltd., May 2012.

Creating Wealth: Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies, by Bernard Lietaer and Gwendolyn Hallsmith. New Society Publishers, June 2011.

New Money for a New World, by Bernard Lietaer and Stephen Belgin. Qiterra Press 2011.

The Future of Money: Creating New Wealth, Work and a Wiser World, by Bernard Lietaer. Century Publishers, January 2002.

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