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Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity Hardcover – February 4, 2013
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—Marjorie Kelly, author of Owning Our Future and The Divine Right of Capital
“You have no idea what money is. Read this book and find out how simply changing our money system will lead to a more sustainable and peaceful society.”
—Jurriaan Kamp, Editor-in-Chief, The Intelligent Optimist
“Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne’s clear and potent voice tells the story of our distorted and dysfunctional money system and how we can finally free ourselves from it and find our way to the future we yearn for. This stunning book should be required reading for every person who wants a world that works and a sustainable future for all of life.”
—Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money
“Rethinking Money does a brilliant job of eradicating the concepts and stories that our economists and other professionals in the field hold dear. The authors write that ‘money is our last taboo,’ but they don’t recommend abolishing the fiat zeitgeist. Rather, they wisely call on the various new currencies and other monetary innovations to complement the existing system.”
—Nigel Seale, former worldwide Chairman, Earth Day International, and founder of Earth Day Canada
“Rethinking Money is required reading for anyone who is serious about transforming our current unsustainable economic system to one where people and planet can prosper. This is a brilliant analysis of our current monetary system and its pitfalls. More importantly, the authors strategize the way forward with solutions that not only rethink money but revalue human beings, long-term planning, and our planet.”
—Georgia Kelly, Executive Director, Praxis Peace Institute
“In the midst of the confusion created by today’s crises, there are few people who can provide viable solutions that not only serve our local communities but also address the global economy. Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne are such a brilliant force for good.”
—Mariana Bozesan, PhD, integral investor and author of The Making of a Consciousness Leader in Business
“The mission of business—the mission of civilization—is to further the path of development that began in nature. We must develop a human ecosystem where we use less and have more. The monetary ecosystem proposed in Rethinking Money makes it possible and provides long-awaited solutions to the crises we face such as climate change, worldwide violence, and the chasm between rich and poor. This book is a must-read.”
—Tachi Kiuchi, Chairman, E-Square Inc. and Future 500
“The portrait of an emerging world where issues of lack, intolerance, degradation, and war are replaced by sustainable abundance and economic justice for all is balm for the soul. This shift is brought about, in large part, by simply rethinking money.”
—Sherry Ruth Anderson, coauthor of The Feminine Face of God
“The authors have expertly revealed new distinctions in the monetary domain but without the usual economic explanations of dry theory and abstraction. This book is for anyone who wonders why the system is failing us and, perhaps more importantly, what to do about it.”
—Julio Olalla, founder of Newfield Network and author of From Knowledge to Wisdom
“An instant classic! Lietaer and Dunne explain how and why our monetary system fails to put supply and demand together, subsidizes and promotes intolerable and unnecessary disparities of well-being, entrenches unearned privilege, undermines democracy, creates boom-and-bust cycles, and rewards unsustainable, destructive growth...Without undermining or vilifying all that money presently contributes, they provide a guided tour to an array of actual alternatives like time banking and complementary currencies to create a sustainable, more equitable monetary ecosystem.”
—Edgar Cahn, creator of Time Dollars, founder of TimeBanks USA, and cofounder of the National Legal Services Program
“Hallelujah! Finally there’s an interesting book for the layperson about what money really is...Rather than just blaming somebody—dumb politicians, greedy corporations, and banksters—Lietaer and Dunne show us the real issue: a system and a technology that are just built on agreements. And they show how we can change them to fit our real needs, live well, and save the planet in the process.”
—Paul H. Ray, PhD, coauthor of The Cultural Creatives
“In a time in which money has become a form of madness, this remarkable book offers profound understanding and guidance to the creation of a monetary ecosystem that can build both a better self and a better world. As we’re living now in a time of whole system transition, the rethinking of money is possibly one of the most important things we have to do, and at this, the authors succeed brilliantly.”
—Jean Houston, PhD, author of Jump Time and A Passion for the Possible
“New currency systems will not solve all the problems generated by physical growth on a finite planet. But we will have zero chance of creating a more satisfactory global future if we do not create new mechanisms for facilitating commerce. Rethinking Money is an incredibly practical and inspiring guide for how we could do that.”
—Dennis L. Meadows, coauthor of The Limits to Growth
“Rethinking Money addresses the last of the sacred cows—money. The new understanding this book offers is critical because economics has become the dominant—and increasingly only—discipline with which important decisions are being made. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to be part of the timely conversation on how to move forward to create the just, sustainable, and equitable world we all desire.”
—Thom Hartmann, internationally syndicated talk show host and author of twenty-four books
“The most comprehensive and readable revelation of the taboo role of money...Lietaer and Dunne describe the many thousands of innovative currencies in use by communities worldwide and how these currencies are facilitating the needed transition of human societies to more peaceful, sharing, prosperous and sustainable futures.”
—Hazel Henderson, President, Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil), and author of Ethical Markets, Planetary Citizenship, and Building a Win-Win-World
About the Author
Jacqui Dunne is an award-winning journalist and founder of Danu Resources, an emerging leader in helping entrepreneurs develop technologies and initiatives that restore the earth. The company is an interface between donors and projects. Danu’s unique value is its ability to work from a future reference point that draws out the greatness and builds upon the strengths of all parties, creating a flourishing paradigm shift for a quadruple bottom line: people, planet, profits, and power within.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm originally an economist and am currently spending all my time on bitcoin-related projects. Because of that I've been reading a number of books over the last months to understand our monetary system better. I'd heard of Lietaer numerous times and had high expectations. Alas, it didn't deliver.
- The first part of the book is a criticism of the current financial system. I found this part of the book strong, but it is also short and other books discuss it in far more detail.
- The rest of the book is essentially an endless string of anecdotes about different complimentary currencies and how they brought about all kinds of miracles. Much of it reads like it was taken straight out of the advertising brochures of the organizations. There is no critical discussion and almost no empirical evidence.
- He has a very manipulative style of argumentation and constantly strings anecdotes together in a way that suggests causality without providing any evidence. For example, he writes that a complimentary currency used in Germany for some time until 1931. Then it was declared illegal. Then 'advocates of centralized solutions gained appeal'. Then Hitler came to rise. So he is suggesting (without outright saying it) that the demise of this currency caused Nazism to rise. Really? I don't buy it and I find this way of writing extremely deceptive. (Another reviewer pointed out his unfounded suggestion that the WIR is responsible for Switzerland's stability.) The book is full of these things.
- He also suggests that complimentary currencies are the answer to the problems of our financial system. But then all the examples he lists are these tiny projects.Read more ›
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This is a GREAT look at our modern money system. A must read for anyone who wants to understand the base of the American economy.Published 12 months ago by Books & Threads
I ignored a socially liberal lean, and was rewarded with seriously world changing truths. This is a subject few spend enough time thinking about. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
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by Claus Gehner, Jan. 1, 2015
This book presents a much interesting information. Mr. Read more
Sometimes you need a little bit of fantasy to grasp the story and not all is new.
Shame that about 40% of the book consists of foot notes, legenda and such. Read more
Great book - puts everything into perspective. Appreciate the amount of thought and whit that went into this.Published 18 months ago by be free
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That is my share but Amazon requires something like 20+ words. When done reading this then re-read the first line and breathe in that image
I know very little about economics and feel helpless to make my life better and I want to learn how to use the money I have. Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by W&B Bush