PEOPLE MONEY is a comprehensive , real-time survey of all the robust, viable local currencies and credit-systems emerging worldwide .These are now vital to provide safety-nets as citizens cope with the assaults of austerity policies of technocrats guided by defunct economics and what behavioural scientists call theory-induced blindness. Economics was never a science and monetary policies based on its failed models are causing such widespread harm that the sensible solutions described in this book are now coming to light. This book is vitally important, not only to NGOs and concerned citizens , but also required reading for bankers, financiers and all economy policymakers looking for saner alternatives.
Hazel Henderson, author of Building A Win-Win World, creator of the Green Transition Scoreboard (r), President , Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil), producer of the TV show The Money Fix
PEOPLE MONEY is the single most useful and empowering book I have encountered for those wanting to get involved in the complementary currency movement. Its diverse real-life examples and insightful how-tos , embedded in deep theoretical understanding, will surely make it essential reading for activists, policy-makers, and economists interested in localization and sustainability.
Charles Eisenstein, Author of Sacred Economics
PEOPLE MONEY is an inspirational book with its feet firmly on the ground - not only has it spurred the development of new regional currencies, it offers real-world lessons and experience from the people at the cutting edge of community currency development. This English translation is long-awaited, and the revised version is especially welcomed. The new section on case studies is a major step forward in terms of sharing and consolidating learning in this exciting and fast-moving field. The combination of visionaries and practitioners in this edition is its greatest strength, and I wholeheartedly recommend the book to anyone interested in the why and most importantly, the how, of developing regional currencies.
Dr Gill Seyfang, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Consumption Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Research Group School of Environmental Sciences University of East Anglia
None has done more than Bernard Lietaer and Margrit Kennedy to remove our blinkers on the damage caused by banks creating our money. By teaming up with the regional currency developer John Rogers, they provide a key synopsis of innovations in sustainable currencies. PEOPLE MONEY unleashes the power of example, as the currency innovations reveal how we need not wait for the powerful, but can get on with our own solutions right now!
Professor Jem Bendell, Griffith Business School, and a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum
Those who assumed that money is a neutral medium that can be relied on to organise exchanges have had a rude awakening in recent years. Margrit Kennedy and Bernard Leitaer are world experts in alternatives to the mainstream currency issued by the central bank. Their books tells the other story of money: how people can make it themselves and how, when they do this, those communities thrive.
Molly Scott Cato, Green economist, social innovator, ideas merchant, Professor of Strategy and Sustainability