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Creating Wealth: Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies Paperback – June 28, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716674
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gwendolyn Hallsmith is the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Montpelier and the founder and director of Global Community Initiatives. She is an international specialist on sustainable community development with 2 decades of experience working with government at all levels. Gwendolyn is also the author of several well-known books including The Key to Sustainable Cities.

Bernard Lietaer is the world’s leading authority on complementary currencies. He was instrumental in the development of the single European currency and is the co-founder of ACCESS Foundation, an educational non-profit organization whose goal is the re-alignment of sustainability and global financial interests. The author of The Future of Money and Of Human Wealth, Bernard has been a monetary consultant on four continents for clients ranging from multinational corporations to developing countries.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mastergreed on December 19, 2013
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Recently, I've read many books about New Economy with all its trends and ideas. This one is not as good as the others, but nevertheless, it's worth reading.

Both authors present the history of money and the ways money influenced our economy, in a negative way, of course. Then, the book presents ideas of complementary currencies from all around the world, which is the most inspiring thing in the entire book. Later on, the book provides tips for creating alternative and complementary currencies for cities and villages, along with case studies. And that's it.

It's definitely an inspiring reading, but it's not really meant for civilians :). It's more focused on providing tips and advices for people in charge - those who run villages and cities. And you can feel this "focus" throughout entire book. Nevertheless, it's an inspiring reading for those who, one way or another, wish to become more active with using complementary currencies to create more wealth around themselves - activists, business owners and NGO workers should be happy with the content of this work.
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13 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Fredi Tal on August 14, 2011
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I just hope that many will read it and many will have the guts to do something about it and not wait for the "messiah" to change the world ...
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