Bernard Lietaer

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Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money, is an international expert in the design and implementation of currency systems. 
He has studied and worked in the field of money for more than 30 years in an broad range of capacities including as a Central Banker, a fund manager, a university professor and a consultant to governments in numerous countries, multinational corporations and community organizations. 

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What About Money?
Bernard Lietaer interviewed by Lars Schall

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Lars Schall meets Bernard Lietaer: In this exclusive video interview, the internationally renowned currency expert Lietaer, who has worked in many different functions in the world of money, advocates an upgrade of our monetary paradigm as a systemic solution to our global financial crisis. The monopoly of a single currency in favor of the banking system must be eradicated. Diversity must substitute monoculture.

Keynote and Conversation

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2011 WNSF Event: New Money For A New World

As we witness the turmoil in Europe around the single currency and the search for solutions, few people are better equipped than economist, systems thinker and currency designer Bernard Lietaer, to shed light on the crisis and to share his vision for New Money For A New World.

Do take the time to view this. Bernard shares 14 years of fighting against orthodoxy. Solutions for the intractable problems of our era are available. Up for us to seize. By " We" yiou should read "we the people", the 99%. Thousands of systems exist. Do join the movement, be creative, I cannot understand this has not taken a faster track. It is still time. Let's act fast, bridging the knowing-doing gap. Masterfull.

Monetary blind spots and structural solutions

Covering the Crisis generated two days of intense interaction and fruitful debate between leading global players from the world of financial journalism. Fresh insights were offered, new connections were made, experiences were shared and innovative ideas were generated.

 Crisis as opportunity. Next steps.

In Lietaer's talk for this TEDx he describes the possibilities that arise out of the fundamental monetary crises. The reintroduction of local currencies based on a diversified set of values might just be a way out of the mess we are in. Things are happening based on new ways of collaborating and alternative creditsystems help deliver the promise of the network society.

He co-designed and implemented the convergence mechanism to the single European currency system and served as president of the Electronic Payment System at the National Bank of Belgium. 

He co-founded and managed GaiaCorp, a top performing currency fund whose profits funded investments in environmental projects. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley. 

He is also a member of the Club of Rome, a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, the World Business Academy and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Bernard Lietaer has written numerous books and articles about money systems.

Co-designer and implementer of the convergence mechanism to the Euro, Bernard was our keynote speaker at an event hosted by the Women's Network for a Sustainable Future and the Earth Institute on November 30, 2011 at the Altschul Auditorium in Columbia University's International Affairs Building.

A long time proponent of currency innovations and monetary diversity, Bernard took us on a journey through the history of money. He demonstrated how our obsession with the monopoly of our centuries old monetary system has fostered instability as well as societal and ecological breakdown.

In advocating diversity both in scale and type in our monetary ecology, Bernard showcased several innovative solutions, including examples of rethinking money already in play, that can "stop the juggernaut towards global self-destruction."

As a monetary expert, Bernard has studied and worked in this field for more than 30 years in an unusually broad range of capacities: as a Central Banker, a currency fund manager, a university professor, and a consultant to governments in numerous countries, multinational corporations, and community organizations. He served as president of the Electronic Payment System at the National Bank of Belgium (the Belgium Central Bank) and today consults with governments and central banks across the world.

He is the author of The Future of Money, co-author of New Money For A New World (forthcoming from Qiterra Press) with Stefan Belgin and co-author of Creating Human Wealth, published last month which talks about creating motivational currencies at local levels to grow local economies and to create jobs.