Towards a sustainable world - book summary

6 minutes book summary of Towards a sustainable world.


The law of sustainability and its key terms

20 minutes presentation on the law of sustainability and its key terms: System/network, sustainability, resilience and efficiency.



Das Gesetz der Zukunftsfähigkeit - Interview mit ENGINEERS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE of University of Leoben, Austria (in German)



Money and sustainability - The missing link

Abstract from RESEARCHGATE:

In 1972, the famous first Report for the Club of Rome - 'The Limits to Growth' - showed how an economic system that demands infinite growth in a finite world is fundamentally unsustainable. This new Report explains our present monopolistic money system and the flawed thinking that underpins it. Our money system is the 'Missing Link'. We assume that we must have a single, monopolistic currency, funded through bank debt, enforced by a central bank. In fact, the present system is outdated, brittle and unfit for purpose (witness the eurozone crisis). It's profitable at first but ultimately a recipe for economic environmental disaster.




New money for a new world


We can end the threats to our environment and aid dramatically in its restoration. We can help provide meaningful work for all, with opportunities that enhance and replenish the world about us. We can effectively address fundamental urban and rural concerns and the many diverse and often divergent needs of developing and developed nations alike. We can create a better world where life and all living systems flourish. This is not an idealistic dream, but is rather a pragmatic attainment, achievable within our very own lifetimes.”



The future of money - Beyond Greed and Scarcity

Summary from WIKIPEDIA

The Future of Money: Beyond Greed and Scarcity is a book published by Random House in 2001, and currently out of print. It was written as an overview of how money and the financial system works, the effects of modern money paradigms, especially relating to debt and interest, and how it can work to everyone's benefit to solve a wide range of problems, especially with the use of complementary currencies.[1] The book is meant to be written for the layperson, while bringing light to subjects that only relatively few are aware of at all levels of society.

The book givs examples of different currencies that have been used in the past or are being used today, and assessment of the positive and negative effects they carry. While the modern money paradigm has both positive and negative consequences (e.g. that it induced industrialization), these currencies can exist in complement at the local, regional and international levels, as well as there being currencies for various sectors, such as healthcare. In order to optimally solve problems and create a healthy society, the world needs a variety of currencies in our "toolbox", and that otherwise we are "painting with a screwdriver".



Bernard Lietaer: Wie funktioniert Geld?

(in German)



Bernard Lietaer: Unser Geldsystem ist das Hauptproblem

(in German,  Text aus Interview mit Philipp Löpfe, DER BUND, Sep.2009)

Was also ist nicht in Ordnung mit unserem Geld?Gar nichts. Der Franken gehört, was die Inflation betrifft, zu den besten Währungen der Welt. Und ich habe grossen Respekt davor.Aber?Erstens hat selbst der Franken seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg wegen der Inflation mehr als 50 Prozent eingebüsst. Wenn das das Beste ist, das möglich ist, dann bin ich nicht beeindruckt. Zweitens unterliegen wir einer kollektiven Illusion. Wir glauben, dass Geld nur ein Mittel zum Zweck ist, dass Geld Transaktionen erleichtert. Aber Geld ist nicht neutral. Es beeinflusst die Transaktionen, die wir machen, oder die Investitionen, die wir tätigen, und es verändert die Beziehungen der Menschen, die gegenseitig Geld austauschen.Was sind die Folgen?Wir investieren beispielsweise zu kurzfristig, wir können das Auseinanderbrechen von Gemeinschaften nicht verhindern, und wir schaffen es nicht, wirksam gegen die Klimakatastrophe vorzugehen.