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I have spent my entire professional life in the monetary world. Since 1987, I have developed, tested and implemented complementary currencies in many projects all over the world. This work, and the entire concept of monetary systems, has even more relevance in the turbulent times we find ourselves in as the second decade of the new century comes to a close. And as my life comes to a close, I am compelled to share with you, dear reader, my thoughts about how we, as the human race, can and must address the critical challenges that are facing us – and indeed, threatening our survival.

Today, I see mankind facing enormous challenges, including three that are overwhelming.

  • Climate change: It is happening and will bring drastic changes to how we can live and survive. It is truly a climate emergency and we are rapidly approaching the point of no return.
  • Refugees: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) forecasts that Europe must cope with hundreds of millions of migrating people. We can also expect similar moves worldwide, driven both by climate change and political and economic conditions in their home countries.
  • Monetary stability: our present monetary system is staggering from crash to crash.

Yet, I am and remain optimistic. I do believe that human beings have always faced challenges that stretched beyond the limits of their present capacity. Such challenges forced humans to grow and develop to the next phase in their evolution, ultimately navigating the paradigm shifts they faced. We are in a period now where we must enter another phase in our evolution, and this time we must simultaneously navigate three critical paradigm shifts.

So, that is our situation today: we face challenges the likes of which we have never seen before. Yet, I see the opportunity for mankind to learn and develop. The opportunity lies in going through three paradigm shifts in one sweep, something mankind has never had to do before. These paradigm shift imperatives - all aimed and ensuring sustainability of our world - are the subjects of this book. We must move:

As my life draws to a close, I write this last book to show that, despite the severity of the challenges we face, there is no reason for despair. Instead, I challenge the people of this world –– each single individual – to get up and move (even better: lead) through these three paradigm shifts. It is the only path to a sustainable future.

I wish you all success!

Bernard Lietaer, January 10, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bernard Lietaer passed away on 4 February 2019 following an illness, which he thought he had overcome.

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