Money, Community & Social Change
Money, Community & Social Change - An Interview with Bernard Lietaer By Ravi Dykema.
What is money? And how well does it work to solve society's ills?
Bernard Lietaer, author of the upcoming book "Access to Human Wealth:
Money beyond Greed and Scarcity" (Access Books, 2003), has made a
life's work of exploring these questions. Lietaer has been involved
in the world of money systems for more than 25 years, and his
experience in monetary matters ranges from multinational corporations
to developing countries. He co-designed and implemented the
convergence mechanism to the single European currency system (the
Euro), and served as president of the Electronic Payment System in
his native Belgium. He also co-founded one of the largest and most
successful currency funds.
Lietaer is the author of nine books on money and finances, including
"The Future of Money" (Random House, 2001), The Mystery of Money
(Riemann Verlag, 2000) and a book for kids, called 'The World of
Money' (Arena Verlag, 2001). Formerly professor of international
finance at the University of Louvain, Lietaer is currently a fellow
at the Center for Sustainable Resources at the University of
California, Berkeley. Beginning this fall, he will be a professor at
Naropa University. Here, Lietaer shares his views on the shortcomings
of our conventional currency system, the benefits of creating a
complementary currency, and ways to effect lasting social change.