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Bank to the Future: Protect your Future before Governments Go Bust Paperback – February 29, 2012
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If you are just interested in what you need to do to help your individual situation to deal with all of the coming changes due to the fraud and manipulation going on in our governments, or if you really want to help humankind, this books gives concrete steps you can take.
Even if we have already passed the point of no return and our economy crashes, our understanding of what happened and how to combat it and prevent it from happening again is necessary if we are to grow into the prosperous, loving planet that should be the birthright of all human beings.
Thanks to Simon for his vision and the solutions that he provides.
The only sour note is this is a very expensive book to get on a Kindle and I wish it were more affordable so that it could get wider readership.
Everyone needs to read this book!
In short,I came to the undeniable conclusion that the global economy is in deep trouble. Even worse, there appeared to be no solution in which a regular well intentioned and socially responsible capitalist like me could participate without subscribing to to some worn out political ideology that historically speaking, has always resulted in the transfer and or destruction of wealth but never the creation of wealth for the betterment of all.
Then one day I stumbled upon Simon Dixon on You Tube (see "Banking Reform") the rest is history.
How simple! Banks create all money, all money is debt. Governments and people alike are indentured to debt via their own ignorance and willing participation. A monetary system based upon debt alone is unsustainable. Financial education followed by monetary reform is the answer. Monetary reform can be achieved by people like you and me investing in each other according to mutually agreed upon values and individual "Social Capital" via the "Free digital economy" created and supported by "7 disruptive technologies" all of which are described in detail in the book. Bank to the Future: Protect your Future before Governments Go Bust
This book is easy to understand and yet written for the layman and professional alike. In the future I believe it will be to banking what prodigy is to the internet now. Don't get left behind. The future is already here. Read Bank to the Future now!
And yes,this is the only gift I'm giving this year.
The book surveys the nature and implications of the fundamental change technology is bringing not just to banking, but to business in general. It argues that society is inexorably moving away from an employment economy to one based on entrepreneurship.
Simon shows why our debt-driven banking system is doomed and is in need of a radical overhaul. As a former old-school international banker I wholeheartedly agree with his reasoning. I loved his narrative device, borrowed from the film `Back to the Future', of going back to 1844, when the foundations of modern banking legislation were being laid. He examines whether, if certain changes had been introduced then, these might have prevented today's crises (they would have).
`Bank to the Future' is a solutions oriented book which shows how seven technological developments in particular, which the author refers to as "hugely disruptive" (to business as usual!), are side-stepping the traditional role of banks. This is making it possible for funding to reach people whose needs are either too small or too risky for conventional lending institutions, and who typically don't have access to any form of banking.
He postulates what the four essential criteria for good lending practice are, and shows how current banking practice invariably fails on all counts. His solution is the creation of the social network banktothefuture.com, which will enable person to person lending and crowd-funding.
The book offers a lucid argument for the development of one's personal social capital. Simon is the first writer I have encountered who makes such a clear case for the importance of developing a coherent personal social media strategy.
Highly recommended ... to anybody trying to understand where we are headed in these turbulent, but exciting, times.