Creating Wealth: Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies

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New Society Publishers, May 1, 2011 - Business & Economics - 288 pages

The power of local currencies

Communities everywhere are challenged by issues such as health, elder and child care, housing, education, food security and the environment. On the surface, these problems appear to be rooted in economic crisis-forexample budget cuts have triggered reduced public services, soaring food prices have created food security concerns, and the subprime mortgage disaster has spawned record increases in foreclosures and homelessness.

However if communities could match their unmet needs with their underutilized resources, many would find that while their economies may bestruggling when measured in traditional terms, they possess enough genuine wealth to allow all their inhabitants to enjoy a vastly improved quality of life. Creating Wealth demonstrates how a healthy society can beattained through developing new systems of exchange. Using creative initiatives such as time banks, systems of barter and exchange and local currencies, cities and towns can empower themselves and build vibrant, healthy, sustainable local economies.

In addition to presenting many compelling case studies of successful alternative currencies in action, Creating Wealth also explores the different types of capital that communities have to draw on, including natural, built, social, human, institutional, cultural, technological, and financial. This book will appeal to community activists, city planners and other public officials, and anyone interested in developing strong local economies.

Gwendolyn Hallsmith is the founder and director of Global Community Initiatives and the author of The Key to Sustainable Cities .

Bernard Lietaer is the world's leading authority on complementary currencies and the author of The Future of Money .

 

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Contents

What is Wealth?
3
Crash and Burn Economics
15
Community Capitalism
43
The Possibility of Sufficiency and Abundance
55
Examples of Complementary Currencies
71
Building Equity
73
Growing Intelligence
79
The Creative Economy
91
Eating Money
143
Making it Happen
159
Intentional Cities
161
A Tale of Three Cities
181
Toward a Monetary Democracy
207
The Community Currency Howto Manual
217
Resources
239
Notes
243

Exchanging Ecologies
101
Minding the Communitys Business
111
Putting the Care Back in Healthcare
121
Honoring Our Elders Caring for Children
133
Index
259
About the Authors
268
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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.