All of the above is part of an irreversible process of change in our money system and our societies. We are now in a transition period, an interval of great risk but also of great opportunity. The risks are not only financial, some of the emerging money technologies could create a society more repressive than anyone of us thought possible. More importantly major opportunities are also becoming available: now more than ever it has become possible to address some of the most critical issues of our times, such as enabling more meaningful work, fostering cooperation and community, even realigning long-term sustainability with financial interests. None of this is theory, real-life implementations have pragmatically demonstrated such results. Combining these innovations can make available a world of Sustainable Abundance within one generation.
The degradation of the environment due to short-term financial priorities can similarly be addressed with pragmatic money innovations. Short-term thinking is shown not to be due to human nature, but to the prevailing money system. It is also possible to reverse this process, by using a currency designed specifically for multinational trade and contracts which would make long-term thinking a spontaneous process, focusing the attention on long-term sustainable solutions without the need for regulations or taxation. Historical precedents have proven such results, some of them lasting over several centuries.
Chapter 1: Money - The Root of All Possibilities
The Time-Compacting Machine
What is Sustainable Abundance?
What Prevents Sustainable Abundance?
Four Seasons in 2020
Creating Sustainable Abundance with Complementary Currencies
A Road Map to Your Money, Your Future
PART ONE: What Is Money?
Synthesis of Part One
Chapter by Chapter Outline
A Primer on How Money Works
How does Banking Work?
How Did Banking and
"Modern" Money Start?
Your Savings: Storing Value
Central Banks and Other Firemen
Money as a System
Chapter 2: Today�s Money
A "Simple" Question
Where is the money mystery coming from?
The History of Money
A Working Definition of Money
The Origin of Money�s Power
Money Shifts and Power Shifts
Four Key Design Features
Chapter 3: Cybersphere--The New Money Frontier
Post-Industrial Society=Knowledge Age
The Nature of Information
The Positive Forces
The Negative Forces
Distribution and Retail
Implications for Money
Implications for Banks and Financial Services
Wisdom in the Information Age?
Chapter 4: Five Scenarios for the Future
Scenarios - Windows on the Future
The Official Future: "More of the Same"
Why the Official Future is Not Going to Happen
The Corporate Millennium
Timetable for the Transition
How is this Possible?
The Case of the Stealth Mega-Store
Assessing Possibilities of Breakdowns
Hell on Earth
The Four Scenarios in Perspective
The Two Driving Forces
PART TWO: Choosing Your Future of Money
Chapter 5: Work-Enabling Currencies
An Important Distinction
Unemployed? Who? Me?
The Path not Taken in the 1930s
Conclusion: Complementary Currencies as �Early Prototypes�.
Chapter 6: Community Currencies
Currencies that Build Community
Complementary Currencies in the Information Age
Chapter 7: Some Practical Issues
Complementary Currencies, Legal and Tax Authorities
Complementary Currencies, Central Banks and Inflationary Pressures
Elements for a European Social Policy for the Information Age
How to Start Your Own Complementary Currency
Chapter 8: A Global Reference Currency - Making Money Sustainable
Positive Results of the Modern Money system
Status Report on Biosphere Earth
The Three Tools of Persuasion
Relationship between Money systems, Time Perception and Sustainability
A Global Reference Currency (GRC) and the Terra Unit
Terra as a Business Initiative
Chapter 9: Sustainable Abundance
A Visit to the Stanford Campus
Towards an Integral Economy?
The Three Waves toward Sustainable Abundance
A Monetary System for Sustainable Abundance
The Four Seasons of 2020 Revisited
The Four Scenarios Revisited
Epilogue and Prelude
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